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Recent grad's artwork, now featured in the Art Library

July 23, 2013

The Rutgers Art Library has proudly accepted an eye-catching artwork by Grant Newman, a spring 2013 graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

On display by the staircase on the lower level of the library the 2012 artwork, entitled "Painting As Sign, As Sound, As Image, As Thought," is a welcome gift from a user of the Art Library who wanted to 'give back' to the Libraries.   

As Grant explains: "This painting was created during a time when I was thinking about the ways that Painting could function like a sign.  This led me to look at language, and the way language communicates meaning but I also wanted to consider the ways language could be altered to emphasize sound or context and therefore generate additional meaning.  But language is only a portion of the visual communication.  The font, the size of the letters, the white paint on raw linen with the stained wood frame all contribute to other levels of visual communication which is meant to contrast the meaning established by the text.  This sets up a dualistic nature.  The exaggeration of the text is contrasted by the the neutral qualities of the visual elements allowing the character of the painting to hover back and forth."

Grant's artwork has been featured in exhibitions at the Arthouse in Austin, TX, the Converso Showroom in New York City; the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, IL; the Lexington Art League in Lexington, KY; the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ; and in other locations.

For more information on Grant Newman's art, please see: www.grantnewman.com

The Rutgers University Libraries thank Grant for his kind gift.