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The Significant Gesture: The Black and White Series | Solo Exhibition artist Josephine Barreiro

The Significant Gesture: The Black and White Series

December 2015 Solo Exhibition

The series, by artist Josephine Barreiro, presents her exploration of emotion and intention through gesture. Gestures are a form of nonverbal communication in which visible bodily actions are used to communicate important messages. Gestures are represented by a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face. They express thought, intention, emotion and have meaning. Barreiro’s figures, be they human or animal, convey both emotional and visual responses to life’s experiences and interactions. It is important to recognize that it's our nonverbal communication, our gestures and posture, that speak the loudest.

BIO: (born in Newark, N.J.) - A daughter of immigrants from Spain, Barreiro grew up in Newark’s Ironbound area. This urban center and its diversity inspired her energetic colorful paintings as well as her black and white works on paper series, which also developed out of her love for abstract expressionism and graffiti art. Barreiro earned a M.F.A. in Fine Arts and MA in Art Education from New Jersey City University (N.J.) and a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts (N.Y.). She is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University, She has exhibited at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (Colorado Springs, Co.), the Fountain Fine Arts Gallery (Framingham, Ma.), Joyce Gordan Gallery (Oakland, Ca.), Wilmer Jennings Gallery (New York, N.Y.), Human Rights Institute Gallery, James Howe Gallery (Union, N.J.),  Newark Museum, Paul Robeson Gallery, City Without Walls, 27 Mix, {LIPS}, Index Art (Newark, NJ), Distillery Art Gallery, L.I.T.M, Lemmerman Gallery (Jersey City, N.J.),  Ben Shahn Galleries (Paterson, N.J.); Raritan Valley Community College (Sommerville, N.J.) among other locations.

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