Traveling Exhibition 'PULPED UNDER PRESSURE' Coming to The Monmouth Museum

Traveling Exhibition 'PULPED UNDER PRESSURE' Coming to The Monmouth Museum

Pulped Under Pressure, co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, is a traveling exhibition that will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Monmouth Museum from March 19th - May 7th 2017. The opening reception, will be held March 19th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and is Free and Open to the Public.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 the Monmouth Museum and The Jill Molinaro Dance Company, sponsored by the Brookdale Community College Dance Club are proud to present a modern dance workshop, art gallery reception, performance, and panel discussion featuring guest artist Jill Molinaro and dancers.

This arts collaboration was the brainchild of dancer and choreographer Jill Molinaro and inspired by the traveling exhibition Pulped Under Pressure, specifically the artwork of Reni Gower. This collaboration begins with a free Master dance class on March 25, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 at the Black Box Theatre located at the Brookdale Community College PAC. Thirty spots available for class, Pre-registration online at At 11:30 participating dancers have free admission to view the artwork in the Monmouth Museum Main Gallery.

At 6 pm the Monmouth Museum will be hosting a coffee and cookie reception along with free admission to view the Pulped Under Pressure exhibition. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm at the Brookdale Community College Black Box Theater is a free performance from the Brookdale Community College Dance Club and The Jill Molinaro Dance Company. A panel discussion will follow the performance regarding how the artwork inspired the dances.

With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge recognition of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.

Co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, Pulped Under Pressure features seven artists from California, Illinois and Virginia. Each of the artists, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Reni Gower, Trisha Oralie Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp, Maggie Puckett, starts simply with a foundation of pulp made from natural fibers. Their multifaceted results incorporate a rich range of printmaking, letterpress, papercutting, and installation with a diversity of recycled disposable materials (junk mail, egg cartons, old cotton t-shirts, ripped denim jeans) as well as old bedsheets, beetroot, heirloom plants, and illuminated el wires.

In very unique ways, these artists consider paper beyond its most common function as a passive surface of record or craft. Instead, the material is transformed and imbedded with content that turns communication into a public practice. By challenging assumptions, the artists of Pulped Under Pressure create artworks that are both beautiful and brave.

The artists of this exhibition begin with wet pulp that is stirred, formed, drained, and then pressed to remove the excess water from the fibers before drying the finished product. While the word "pressure" in the exhibition's title recalls this penultimate step, more importantly it alludes to the ways in which these artists adopt hand papermaking to convey pressing concerns beyond functional considerations, often using the medium as an activist tool for social engagement. In their art, process itself has inherent value.

Traveling Exhibition 'PULPED UNDER PRESSURE' Coming to The Monmouth MuseumOf the many configurations Jillian Bruschera's handmade paper bricks entitled Wastemade can take, one version resembling a crumbling, unstable wall, may be suggestive of her ongoing efforts to dismantle barriers of all sorts. A California native, Bruschera is an interdisciplinary artist who recycles discarded materials. By combining bits of broken technology (tv remotes, cassette tape, and cds) with waste paper and trash cardboard, the artist questions built-in obsolescence, over consumption, and identity.