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"Surface Tension," a solo exhibition by Bonnie Gloris

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  • Surface Tension is a selection of artwork made by Bonnie Gloris over the past decade, ranging from her graphic Pop-inspired printmaking, surreally complex mixed media collages, rich, illustrative oil paintings, and combinations thereof.

    Gloris’ work is characterized by a poignant tension between a veneer of decorative motifs, and the conceptual themes that lie beneath their pleasant surface. The dark undercurrent of Gloris’ bold compositions is often belied by an ironic depiction of delicate patterns and beautiful women. This includes the subliminal thoughts explored in "Investigating the Subconscious," a series of portraits based on word-association interviews with her subjects. "Patterns Revealed" is a group of paintings that combine realistically rendered figures with patterns derived from architectural elements, to examine the relationship between people and their urban surroundings. Gloris' work also meditates on the delicate boundary between life and death in her series of mixed media pieces inspired by the film "Night of the Living Dead."

    A narrative quality, careful attention to detail, and dark undertones unite these disparate series into a consistently engaging body of work.

    See the exhibition at LITM, a gallery, restaurant, and lounge at 140 Newark Ave. in downtown Jersey City. The show will be on view from Sept. 6 – Oct. 3, 2010, with an opening reception on Sept. 7, 7-10pm. For more information visit