Along The Nerve at Curious Matter

“The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity.”

—Anne Truitt, Daybook

Each of the artists of Along the Nerve cut the most essential lines. Edges and planes are reduced to concise, graphic shapes and rhythms. Their intention and focus is keen. All work with paper, exploring surface — whether the seductive sheen of foil, coarse corrugated cardboard or subtle, fine-toothed, textured pages. Arthur Bruso, Robin Sherin and Paul Simmons employ abstraction and minimalist strategies to investigate ideas that touch on balance, positive and negative space, language and musicality.

The surgical precision of Robin Sherin’s work belies an ineffable effect. Paul Simmons takes the humblest material, in this case corrugated cardboard, and leads us into a reconsideration of signs, symbols and the delicacy of communication. Arthur Bruso exploits photography as both source imagery for drawing, and the raw, physical material for abstract compositional exploration. These three artists are identifying, breaking down and rebuilding the most essential parts of their visual worlds and presenting us with the substance of their expression in a form that can only evolve out of their persistence. Anne Truitt writes of artists that we are “faced with the fascinating problem of translating what we know with the just accessible parts of ourselves into the available physical terms, we simply do our best, leaving all result aside.” Each of the artists of Along the Nerve are keen observers, relentless explorers and have penetrated through to articulate something both individual and elemental.

​​Please join us on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm at Curious Matter. We will be honoring the artists Arthur Bruso, Robin Sherin and Paul Simmons and celebrating the opening of their 3-person exhibition Along The Nerve.

Curious Matter

272 Fifth Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302


Paul Simmons, (Untitled) Installation, Flashe, acrylic, cardboard, wood, dimensions variable

Arthur Bruso, The Seductive Quality of Shiny Things - No.2, 2019, Photo paper, colored foil, acrylic medium on paper, 14 X 10 inches

Robin Sherin, Overlap #2, 2019, Paper, cut and pasted on paper, pencil, 9 X 6 inches

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