The Gallery at County College of Morris will be launching a new program format this coming academic year featuring each of the college’s four Visual Arts academic programs: Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography.
The first program focusing on Fine Art will feature the works of Charles Perkalis and Wayne Charles Roth, two notable Morris County artists. The exhibition opens Monday, August 17, and runs through Friday, October 9. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. For gallery hours, visit www.ccm.edu/artgallery
“The Perkalis - Roth exhibition is really two separate shows,” notes Todd L. W. Doney, professor of Fine Arts and gallery curator. “Perkalis’ work is aggressive and hard edged. His brushwork is bold and chaotic and ejects the emotions of forcefulness and rage. Working against the conventional concept of painting, Roth’s work is digital. His art is heavily influenced by television, music and technology. His sublime images are filled with fluid and ethereal shapes that can best be described as dreamlike.”
Doney adds, “To view Roth’s and Perkalis’ work together is somewhat like viewing a painting that is created using complementary colors. Blue and orange are opposites. Yet no color makes orange look more orange than blue - its complement. The Perkalis - Roth exhibition should be viewed as complements. They make each other look their purest and best selves.”
Perkalis received his formal training at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant recipient, whose work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including the The Drawing Center in New York City, Simon Gallery in Morristown, Morris Museum, Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, Noyes Museum in Oceanville, Hal Bromm Gallery in New York City and the Trenton State Museum. Perkalis also has exhibited internationally at the Sutton Place Gallery in London, England, and Gallerie d'Arte Moderna di Ca Pesaro in Venice, Italy. His work is also featured in numerous private collections.
Roth, after earning his MFA from The Rochester Institute of Technology, began his career working at top design firms and agencies in New York City. He was a co-founder of Chiselvision, one of the first digital imaging firms in the United States. He produced digital art, photography and campaigns for major clients such as Adobe, Ford, Sony, Time-Warner and Mercedes-Benz. Over the last four years, Roth’s digital painting and fine art have been exhibited in galleries, museums and art shows in the United States and Europe. His works are in public and private collections worldwide.