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­Three Exhibitions To Open At Hunterdon Art Museum

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Works on View Explore Contemporary Issues Including Climate Change, Socio-Political Friction, Burdens of Society in the 21st Century

CLINTON, N.J. - EntSun -- The Hunterdon Art Museum is pleased to present three new exhibitions opening Jan. 23, 2022. The exhibitions include work from artists Thea Clark, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, and Nanette Carter.

"Thea Clark: Do/Undo" is an exhibition that spans ten years and highlights Clark's unusual jewelry that is based on climate change.

Clark has been preoccupied with environmental issues her entire life. Her pendants, brooches, and necklaces incorporate domestic and found objects that often reflect her concerns. Isobar maps, anthracite coal, acoustic tile, and asphalt shingle are a few of the materials she has incorporated into the jewelry on display at the Museum.

She ponders and speculates on the disharmony vs balance between the natural world, mankind, and the constructed environment. As a means of personalizing the global predicament, she creates art. Thea believes that people must first feel before they can take action, and she hopes her art will inspire others to do the same.

"Malcolm Mobutu Smith: Evermore Nevermore" showcases the ceramic work from the artist's "Race and Identity" series, largely influenced by aesthetic impulses derived from Jazz and his background as a graffiti artist and breakdancer.

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"Identity and race, two sides of a single coin, are contextual truth for all my work, whether explicitly or implicitly evidenced in it. I am seen as a black artist/educator, and this quality of blackness moves me, follows or advances before me in all that I do and make. The primary obstacle is for the work to operate as works of art not works of black art," says Smith.

"Forms Follow Function: The Art of Nanette Carter" features work from two of the artist's series, "Cantilevered" and "The Weight."  Carter refers to herself as a chronicler of our time, taking intangible ideas around contemporary issues and finding a way to present them in an abstract vocabulary of form, line, color, and texture.

Carter's Cantilevered series adopts an architectural term that refers to horizontal structures supported at only one end. Precariously balanced, they suggest the uncertainty and instability of twenty-first-century lives.

Work from Carter's series, "The Weight," pays homage to the mysteries of nature, human nature, and the contemporary burdens we bear in the 21st century.

Learn more about these exhibitions at https://hunterdonartmuseum.org/.

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Source: Hunterdon Art Museum
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