CCM Art Gallery Presents the two New Jersey Artists in Exhibition

Fragile Attachments and the Space for Repair


MORRIS COUNTY — The County College of Morris’ (CCM) Art Gallery is pleased to announce the latest exhibition, “Fragile Attachments and the Space for Repair,” featuring the works of two New Jersey artists, Alaine Becker and Gail Winbury.

The exhibition runs from November 25, through January 27, 2020. The CCM Art Gallery is located in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, December 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The CCM Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Alaine Becker: Don’t Say That, 2017, 60″x 43″; soft pastel and white oil pastel on paper.

“Fragile Attachments and the Space for Repair,” examines and dissects the artists’ personal stories and traumas. Becker and Winbury create a new world in which bodies and emotions, spaces and memories are fragmented, chopped up, and reassembled into a new milieu that exists between real experiences and imagined scenarios. The world they portray is the world of women, their wrestling with aging and death, as well as discrimination, stereotype, body image and sexuality.

Most of the pieces in “Fragile Attachments and the Space for Repair” are works on and with paper, unframed and fragile. Either executed in human scale or as intimate deconstructed and flattened dioramas, the works are pinned to the wall and left to hang. These delicate pieces are contrasted with large, bold canvases. This formal duality bleeds into the conceptual complexity of the works. The pieces effortlessly shift between figurative images and pure abstractions that resemble organic forms. Whichever technique the artists decide to utilize, Becker and Winbury use it with appropriate combination of scientific precision and intuitive gesture.

Becker holds a BFA from The State University College at Purchase. She has been awarded The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship. She attended a residency in the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Among other venues, Becker exhibited in Ben Shahn Gallery at William Paterson University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sussex County Art Gallery, the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, The Drawing Rooms in Jersey City, The Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit and Seton Hall University Law School in Newark.

Gail Winbury: They Took Her Sweater Away, 2019, 60″x48″; oil, cold wax and charcoal on canvas

Winbury holds a Psy.D. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and studied painting at the School of Visual Arts. She attended a residency at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan and a Visual Art Fellowship at the Bau Foundation in Otranto, Italy. Winbury received an Artist Residency in Arad, Israel from the Jewish Federation and a Castle Hill Center for the Arts residency in Truro, Massachusetts. Her work has been seen in both the Jersey City and Trenton City Museums. She also has exhibited at the Village West Gallery, Drawing Rooms, Bethune Center and St. Peters University, The College of St. Elizabeth, William James College in Newton, Massachusetts and OTA Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico and other venues. Her work is collected in the United States and Europe.

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