EXHIBITION (April 2013)
ALL torche' artists involved in our Grand Opening exhibit
Photos of our artists and guests at the exhibition
Thank you to all who made this event possible
PRESS RELEASE: GRAND OPENING
Ocean Grove resident and artist Roddy Wildeman has transformed this former automobile showroom into a comprehensive exhibition space. torche' galerie is bi-level and spans over 4,500 square feet. The main floor is equipped with removable/adjustable walls which lends itself to a variety of spacial configurations. The second floor houses three rectangular exhibition rooms, and is equipped with a viewing room for video installation. Torche' galerie is one of the largest independently run exhibition spaces on the Jersey shore.
Wildeman, who is best known locally for his “Composite Memory Artwork,” that utilizes collected remnants from homes destroyed in hurricane Sandy, is the gallery’s owner & director. The exhibition forges a connection between Urban Studio from FIT in New York City and local artists via the shows curator, Melissa Starke, a Long Branch native. Starke holds the position of Department Coordinator for Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology and co-founder/project coordinator for Urban Studio, an artists collective. When Wildeman decided to open to gallery he approached Starke with the idea of a collaborative effort for the first exhibition. They requested submissions from both local artists and members of her group, then they worked together as a selection committee to pick the individual pieces for the exhibition. The artwork represents a wide range of approaches/mediums- painting, sculpture, fiber art, video, multi-media, photography, drawing, semi-abstract, landscape, and conceptual.
Wildeman’s impulse to create this gallery taps into the energy of the revitalization and rebuilding of the post-Sandy communities around him. His desire to memorialize and honor the homes of local residents in his own work is paired with his vision of bringing people together in this community.