ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Irmari Nacht, of Englewood, is one of the artists who has been selected for the New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Arts exhibition, a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the works of visual artists and craftspeople in the state.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For the 2016 NJ Arts Annual in Fine Art the selected artworks will showcase the current state of contemporary art and varied artistic practices throughout the state and will be held at the Noyes Museum Arts Garage in Atlantic City.
Among the juried selections are two of Nacht's recycled books from the "Saved" series, which uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into artwork. The books are cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made.
Sometimes painted, wetted and re-formed, the books have changed from utilitarian objects to sculptural objects capable of many interpretations.
The books used in "books92Angkor" and "books112Shoes" are small slivered, sliced and folded books with barely readable words that extend beyond the surface of the covers by means of the outreaching slivers. The ideas and concepts of the book reach out to the viewer, perhaps generating new ideas continuing the recycling of ideas and matter.
"We are all affected by changes in the environment and are beginning to realize the need to recycle to protect our future," Nacht said. "I hope my books will increase awareness of these changes and will get people thinking about recycling, reusing and repurposing."
Nacht's work is in the permanent collections of Newark Museum, International Museum of Collage, Bowdoin College, Jimmy Carter Museum, Cleveland Art Institute, Rutgers University and Yale Art Museum.
The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, July 28, at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, Noyes Museum Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., in Atlantic City.