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Discover the Power and Beauty of the Abstract

Newark, New Jersey—Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Temporality and Objects: New Installations and Photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood and Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm.

"I want to simplify, simplify, simplify," Hazlewood says. A great part of that simplifying is listening, noticing, acknowledging, feeling, engaging in a playful, almost innocent conversation with the world immediately before and around us, finally seeing, as it were, and therefore being. 

“He simply orchestrates forms and shapes that a piece of thread draped over a steel pin already possesses and manifests, the inherent line in a string, the shape embodied in a folded sheet of vellum or cotton; in effect, the essence of things as they are and as they reveal themselves as long as we are willing, patient, attentive and humble enough to notice and engage,” says curator Olu Oguibe.

Hazlewood will present combination wall paintings and objects made specifically for and in Aljira's gallery space. Photographs by the artist dealing with themes of the visual quotidian, will be exhibited in a second gallery.

In the third gallery will be Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie. Boddie’s works explore questions and pose answers: How are language and culture reborn in an alien context under the twin pressures of assimilation and segregation? Can ancient spiritual maps guide and shape us in a geographically and culturally distant land?

The images explore those questions and posit some answers in a new language fraught with old meanings. Fragments of hair, specifically locks, are used to examine notions of time, its influence on individual and collective growth, and how it intersects the development of a language that describes new experiences. The layering of images and media is a central device in Boddie's work, reflecting the accretion of history, memory and narratives, as well as the competition between "subjective" and "objective" voices for narrative space.

Temporality and Objects: New Installations and Photographs by Carl E. Hazlewood and Birth of a Cypher: Works by Terry Boddie will be on view at Aljira through December 21, 2013.


Public Programming

November 1, 2013 – 6:30pm – 9pm

“All the world’s a stage” as choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and Carl E. Hazlewood join forces for a unique gallery experience.  As Dorfman’s dancers join the viewers, their internal and external experiences will take physical form.  As Hazlewood’s art dances on and off the walls, the dancers both observe and become the art.  These artists celebrate what Hazlewood describes “the concrete poetry of seeing”, creating a personal and collective experience.


About Carl E. Hazlewood

Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, South America, has been an exhibiting artist since childhood. He is also a writer and curator currently living in Brooklyn, NY. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, he has taught at New Jersey City University and other institutions. Currently associate editor for Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, (Duke University) he has written for many other periodicals, including Flash Art International, ART PAPERS Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine. Since 1984 he has organized numerous curatorial projects for Aljira such as ’Modern Life’ (co-curated with Okwui Enwezor). Hazlewood’s project for Aljira, Current Identities, Recent Painting in the United States, was the US prize-winning representation at the ‘Bienal International de Pintura,’ Cuenca, Ecuador 1994. As an Independent curator he has organized exhibitions for The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Hallwalls, NY; Artists Space, NY; P.S.122, NY, among other venues. Advisory board - FUSE Infrastructure, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Editorial Advisor - The Arts Journal: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, History, Art and Culture of Guyana and the Caribbean.

He has received numerous awards and fellowships including Triangle International Artists Workshop, NY 2012; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant nominee, 2010;  New York City Council Citation for Community Service, 2010; The Guyana Cultural Association of NY Award for contribution in the Arts, 2010; The Wheeler Foundation Grant, NY 1997;  Exhibition Grants, Artists Space, NY; Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation Scholarship, Chicago, Ill.; Max Beckmann International Award for Advanced Study, Brooklyn Museum, NY; Anco-Wood Foundation Award, Pratt Institute, NY; Rosalie Petrash Schmidt Memorial Award, Pratt Institute, NY; Award, National Art Exhibition, Guyana, SA; Human Rights Year Award, National History and Arts Council, Guyana, SA; Poster Design Award, Chamber of Commerce, Houston, TX; Awards, National Scholastic Exhibitions, Houston, TX; Awarded Commission for Public Art - Bronx River Project:  —Elizabeth Grajales - Sculpture & Carl Hazlewood- Poetry, Bronx, NY, 2002.


About Terry Boddie

Terry Boddie is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist. His recent works explore the physical and psychological landscape of memory and history framed by issues of exile, migration, globalization, and the traitorous role of memory in retaining cultural traditions. Boddie received his Bachelor of Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College, New York City in 1997. Recently his work has been exhibited in "KREYOL Factory" at the Parc La Villette in Paris, France and in the show "Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. His work has also been shown at the Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum among other venues. His many awards and honors include the Studio Museum of Harlem Artist-in-Residence, the Center for Photography at Woodstock Fellowship, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

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March 29, 2014 – September 28, 2014:   Aljiria’s 30th Anniversary Retrospective exhibition,

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About Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art fosters excellence in the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that serve as catalysts for inclusiveness and diversity, promote cross-cultural dialog, and enable us to better understand the time in which we live. Public understanding and support of the visual arts are strengthened through collaboration and community-based educational programming. Aljira seeks out the work of emerging and underrepresented artists and brings the work of more established artists to our community. Through the visual arts Aljira bridges racial, cultural and ethnic divides and enriches the lives of individuals.

Aljira’s operations and programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, The Kenneth Aidekman Family Foundation, Bank of America, Brick City Development Corporation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Greater Newark Conservancy, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation, MCJ Amelior Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, PNC Bank, Prudential, The Prudential Foundation, PSE&G Foundation, RBH Group, Spire Group, State Farm Insurance, Telebrands, Tides Foundation, The Turrell Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and many generous individual contributors.