Gianluca Bianchino

Coming May 23, 2014

Reception 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM with Music by Art Crime

Artist Talk:  Saturday, June 7, 3pm

The Prospect Firestation Art Center is pleased to present “Spacetime Discontinuum” a site-specific installation by artist Gianluca Bianchino.  Bianchino will envelop the entire space of the gallery with his sculptural environment that consists of both two and three dimensional forms to create a multi-media landscape.The forms are combined to establish an ambiguous space that alludes to questions of identity and similar existential concerns, moving the genre of landscape forward into new, allusionistic territory that refers not only to our surroundings on planet earth, but also physics and the universe.  At the same time, Bianchino draws upon prior art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism and Constructivism which are similarly concerned with shape, space and form.  The exhibition is curated by Hal Laessig of Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center.

Bianchino considers both materials and the literal space of the gallery to be an integral part of his work. Informed by his interest in cosmology and physics, he creates immersive environments through the tangible mediums of paper, wood and found objects, conflated with intangible elements such as light, shadow and projections.  This creates an ambiguous space that invites viewers to consider their relationship to his work as well as their place within it.  There will be an artist talk featuring Bianchino and Curator Hal Laessig on Saturday, June 27, at 3PM moderated by Jonathan Goodman, renowned art writer and regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Critical.  The talk is co-sponsored by Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery.

The Firestation Gallery is operated by Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, established in 1993 by a collective of musicians, architects, poets, graphic designers, visual and fine artists interested in broadening their reach within the local Newark, New Jersey area and beyond.The Firestation Art Center is located at 56 Prospect Street, Newark, New Jersey, in the Ironbound District.  It is easily accessible by car, PATH train and NJ Transit.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Hours of operation are: every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Noon until 6PM.




Our 5th annual IRONBOUND UNBOUND will run during the Newark Arts Council’s Open Doors Studio Tour 2014, opening October 10, 2014 at the Prospect St. Firestation. 16 artists will participate.

The exhibition will be featured in Sumei’s Ironbound Unbound Art Magazine.



Linda Jacobs: Kearny, New Jersey

In celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey and the rebuilding of the Pulaski Skyway, Sumei Art Center presents a program of exhibition, performance and history of the Pulaski Skyway and its place in New Jersey.  The question:  What is the iconic meaning of a Bridge?
Featuring the works of:

Linda Jacobs Lorin Roser & Nina Kuo
Antonio Rendeiro Kate Colabella
Anker West Linda Gottesfeld
Daniel A Lembo Lisa Cameron
Fermin Mendoza Marco Munoz
Franc Palaia Robert DiMatteo
Harry Prott Trix Rosen
John Bendel Zenna Broomer



Fátima Santos & José Luis Iglésias

A night of Portuguese Music and Poetry with Fátima Santos (vocals) & José Luis Iglésias (classical guitar).

The music of José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, José Niza, José Luis Iglésias, and Teresa Silva Carvalho, and the poetry of António Gedeão, Fernando Pessoa, Alexandre O’Neill, and João S Martins.



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111 First Street


Branko and 111 First St. Movie Artists

Sumei presents “111 First Street: From Paris to Jersey City, They Showed No Love.” A film by Ironbound filmmaker and photojournalist Raul “Branko” Romero. The 111 First Street building was located at the Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City or WALDO neighborhood zone.
“You could say that landlords and politicians had created this Art Zone to fill the empty, abandoned warehouses with working artists. They couldn’t rent the spaces as apartments, and companies did not want to rent as warehouse or work space. When this land became valuable, the politicians and landlords unceremoniously declared the artists personae non-grata. They removed the Art Zone and historic building designations and passed new ones to allow new upper class, residential construction.

The film is 2 hours and 13 minutes, followed by a discussion with the artist.


This program is supported in part by the Newark Arts Council, the Ironbound Business Improvement District,  and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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