Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Identity Document

Curated by Chris Bors, Gallery Director
Exhibition dates: November 7 — December 13, 2017
Opening Reception: November 14, 2017, 6—8 pm
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329

Artists: C.J. Chueca, Amir H. Fallah, Carla Gannis, Rico Gatson, Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Fariba Hajamadi, Jeannette Louie, Gustavo Prado

Identity Document features eight artists from diverse backgrounds working in painting, sculpture, video, film, and photography that address the idea that identity can be fluid. It can be represented in many forms, including the concrete, the abstract and somewhere in between. It can be both the self and the other. In our current social and political climate, great emphasis is placed on immigration, geography and nationality, although we have never been a more global society given the ease of travel, communication technology, and the web.

Many of these works could be said to address these contradictions indirectly and none of them should be taken at face value. Instead, the works in Identity Document both celebrate and analyze personhood in complex ways, looking to raise questions about what identity means today.

C.J. Chueca (born in Peru) creates realistic looking walls out of ceramic tiles, wood, concrete and plaster. Although the story they tell is open to interpretation, they could be thought of as metaphors for vulnerable people, a body in crisis and layered experiences. Their physical imperfections are blatant, but we don’t know exactly what they represent.

The lushly-painted portraits of Amir H. Fallah (born in Iran) depict concealed individuals and allude to memories and symbolism of Middle-Eastern culture and in the case of his Milk Maid, 2016, to the work of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Adorned with patterned fabric, Fallah’s mysterious souls exude a complex personal narrative.

The self-portrait videos of Carla Gannis (born in the US) shows her inserting herself
into looped digital environments, referencing art history as well as our uncertain future. Her Nude Descending a Staircase, 2016, for example, uses Marcel Duchamp’s painting as a starting point for clones of the artist entering a tumultuous body of water.

Rico Gatson’s (born in the US) “Family” series of manipulated digital photographs alludes to his own family’s migration from Georgia to California in the late 1960s. Their rainbow hues and light leak quality suggest an optimistic viewpoint about the struggle of the black migration out of the American South that occurred from World War I through the 70s.

The photographs of Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly (born in the US) depicting tourists at iconic locations comment on selfie culture and focus on the narcissism of the individual. They show that history and culture now take a back seat to our own pleasure and moment in time and that the past is secondary to the act of documenting our contemporary existence.

Bergen Community College faculty member Fariba Hajamadi (born in Iran) documented the diverse community at the college with her large-scale color portraits of students. Each subject shared a personal story that accompanied their portrait, making the work relatable to others with shared experiences.

The films of New Jersey-based Jeannette Louie (born in the US) explore our inner-identities and hover somewhere between our conscious and unconscious mind. Louie’s Amygdala, 2013, is an experimental film that illustrates how the perception of fear operates by combining the lyrical tradition of a fairy tale with the vernacular nature of presenting scientific fact.

The mirrored elements of Gustavo Prado’s (born in Brazil) industrial metal sculptures allow the viewer to capture themselves and their surroundings with a quick glance but potentially conceal as much as they reveal. Jutting from the wall, they resemble a cubist security system and create a situation where the fantasy of our environment circumvents the reality.

Rico Gatson
Family #1, 2013
Inkjet print on paper
14 3/8″ x 21″
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Man—Hollywood, Los Angeles, 2014, 35mm C-Print, 20″ x 30″

Amir H. Fallah, Milk Maid, 2016, Acrylic on panel , 24″ x 24″

The Art Club presents The Student Art Exhibition at Gallery Bergen.

Opening Reception April 19th from 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition on view from April 19th – May 4th, 2017
Gallery Bergen, West Hall 329


Gallery Bergen, West Hall W329A
Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey

February 15 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception
February 15, 2017 6-8pm

Curated by Professor Claire McConaughy

The Gallery Bergen exhibition VIBRANT brings together artworks from eleven professional artists from NY, NJ and MA that create vibrating, energetic fields of bright colors and dynamic marks. These paintings, sculpture and film pieces use the language of contemporary abstraction, whether it is hard-edged, organic, geometric or otherwise, to show and create vibrant energy.

Inspirations and source materials for the artworks are varied – some are derived from physical experiences, others are responses to the visual elements of art such as color and contrast, and some are interpretations of tangible objects or the result of a specific process, but one commonality is abstraction. Free from representation, the abstract works in VIBRANT convey open-ended and personally interpreted communication between the artist, materials and audience.

Gregg Biermann
Alyce Gottesman
Erika Knerr
James Pustorino
Gary Petersen
Rick Purdy
Jason Rohlf
John Mendelsohn
Natalie Moore
Stephen Maine
Michael Miller


  Alyce Gottesman, Nature’s Edge, 36″ x 54″, acrylic, ink, graphite, color pencil on canvas



Stephen Maine, P15-1130, 50″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas



Jim Pustorino, The Sound of a Star, Cacophonic, 84″ x 74″, pencils, acrylic on dendril


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Artists from the Habitat For Artists Collective
November 18 2016 – January 31 2016

Habitat for Artists uses the idea of the artists’ studio as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and their community.

For almost a decade a changing set of artists in the collective have invited other artists to take up residence and do their work in signature HFA 6’ by 6’ temporary structures. The artists have engaged in active dialogues with new audiences while exploring their own creative process. Participants have been invited into dialogue about art, the artist’s role and topics relevant to their community.

In this exhibition,[email protected] at Gallery Bergen work from these HFA public projects as well as work from the artist’s studios will be presented.

BCC students will be invited to explore different topics and have the opportunity to make work related to HFA engagement activities, topics and public workshops. Such workshops will include “College Collage” in which students can create original pieces from various recycled materials.

The gallery space will alternate between a studio work space and exhibition space with the opportunity for collaborative pieces to evolve between the HFA artists and BCC students. The exhibition will include worktables and wall sections to be used over the duration of the exhibition.

Michael Asbill
John Bridges
Richard Bruce
Bill DeNoyelles
Simon Draper
Kathy Feighery
Marnie Hillsley
Jessica Poser
Todd Sargood
Tom Sarrantonio
Donna Sharrett
Molly Rausch
Beth E Wilson

CreativeVisions:  BCC Student Art Show – April 16 – May 10, 2015

Organized and presented by the BCC Art Club at Gallery Bergen

Forget about New York, Milan, Tokyo, Barcelona. The season’s can’t-miss event is a millennial happening at Gallery Bergen showcasing the talents of BCC’s visual artists.



BCC Student Art Exhibition
Sponsored by the BCC Art Club
Dates: Apr 17- May 8, 2014

Opening Reception: Apr 17, 2014, 5-8:30pm
Live Music, Dance Performances, Body Art Exhibition, Poetry and ART!

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