(October 20, 2016; Hackensack, New Jersey) : Hackensack artist Ruth Bauer Neustadter returns for a second time to the Pine Gallery of the Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library in Fair Lawn, New Jersey to present a new exhibition, Go Figure, from Sunday, November 6 to Friday, December 30. The exhibition will feature expressionistic, bold, highly textured and sensual figurative work, many created from recyclable materials, over the last 15 years.
The pubic is invited to attend a free Opening Reception on November 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the gallery, located at 10-01 Fair Lawn Avenue. The artist will be available throughout the reception to discuss the work and answer questions. The exhibition may also be viewed during the gallery’s hours on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bauer Neustadter drew upon her career and experiences as a dancer to capture the figures shown in the exhibition. “I love painting the figure and portraits. This is probably because I spent a significant part of my life working as a modern dancer. Working with the human figure, often on multiple canvases, breaks up and distorts the shape, creating unexpected negative spaces to engage fully the viewer’s imagination. The figures are reminiscent of my exposure and involvement in a three dimensional space, as a dance translated into a two dimensional format,” she said.
When not painting figures, this environmentally conscious artist can be seen on her daily walk picking up recyclable materials, such as rusted bottle caps, bolts, nuts, rusty pipes, and loose railroad spikes to integrate into new art pieces. Her work has been exhibited extensively at several museums, including the Montclair Museum, Hunterdon Museum, Jersey City Museum, Newark Museum, Belskie Museum of Arts & Science, and Bergen Museum of Art and Science. Among the galleries that have featured her work is the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery in Piermont, New York, and the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Collectors from Sweden, Italy, Canada, and the United States have purchased her work.
Bauer Neustadter studied with luminary fine arts teachers Nicki Orbach, Michael Dillon, and Joe Terrone. She received a bachelor of arts in dance from Bennington College; pursued a career in dance working and studying with prominent choreographers Charles Weidman, Claire Porter, Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham; and founded the Ruth Bauer Draper Dance Company. An active member of the arts community, she serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Modern Dance Education, Hackensack Cultural Arts Board, and Salute to Women in Arts.
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