POISON at Curious Matter. Poison has captured the imagination for millennia. It appears in folk tales, fairy tales, opera and murder mysteries. Poisoning has been the clean, classic way evil... More > characters subdue and eliminate a rival without the use of brute force. But poison is not just a substance used to remove inconvenient competition. It is more than our romantic notions of hemlock and horror, and the artists of Curious Matter’s POISON exhibition have sensitively distilled the tincture to find its purest forms.< Less
"Aesthetic Insubordination" accompanies the exhibition curated by Travis Childers, featuring artists, Jessica Braiterman, Zofie Lang, Elizabeth Morisette, Susan Noyes, and Donna Stack at... More > Curious Matter March 10 - April 14, 2013.< Less
Exhibition Catalogue: Curious Matter presents with great pleasure, Tabula Rasa, a group exhibition curated by Aimée Burg. As an artist, Ms. Burg explores constrained, personal environments. As... More > curator she has chosen to examine another intimate setting–the tabletop. The arranging plane of the table and the vast array of people and accoutrements that are its inhabitants have been reinterpreted for this exhibition as a pedestal, a stage, or the Tabula Rasa, the erased tablet where all is possible. The works assembled survey public and private relationships, etiquette, ritual, and compel us to ponder more deeply and see beyond what we might already expect.
THE ARTISTS: Sam Anderson, Lorraine Dauw, Frank De Léon-Jones, Tamar Ettun, Shanti Grumbine, Nate Heiges, Steven Paneccasio, Mónika Sziládi, Catherine Telford-Keogh< Less
In our collective effort to understand the world, we’re driven to name and catalog everything around us. From cave painting to modern ecology and zoology this impulse is not necessarily purely... More > aesthetic or scientific. Naming and cataloguing can include the assignment of moral or metaphorical associations. Implicit is the desire to know and understand ourselves. We share the earth with a variety of life forms and as the curious ape that has taken on a divine task, we give an identity to all that we see. Each of the 37 artists in our exhibition have gone on their own expeditions and present compelling works inspired by the imagination and observation of the natural world.< Less
CURIOUS MATTER presents BETWEEN WORLDS. Twenty six artists explore the strange and mysterious realms that inspire legends, rumors and fear. Featuring: Ali Aschman • Yiftach Belsky • Ryan... More > Browning • Arthur Bruso • Peter H. Everett • Amy Finkelstein • Maureen Foster • Ronald Gonzalez • Michael Heroux • Yvonne Kleiman • Sebastian Lemm • Ross Bennett Lewis • Marianne McCarthy • Joan Mellon • Richard Metz • Raymond E. Mingst • Jeanne Mischo • Matt Pych • Carol Radsprecher • Brooke Rogers • Anthony Santella • Lisa Taliano • Kikuko Tanaka • Jamie Marie Waelchli • Alyssa Taylor Wendt • John J. Zirkelbach< Less
Exhibition catalogue for The Fool's Journey at Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ & Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY. April 1 – May 20, 2012 at Curious Matter & April 14 – July 1, 2012... More > at Proteus Gowanus.
The Fool’s Journey is a complement to the yearlong, multi-disciplinary inquiry hosted by Proteus Gowanus on the theme of Migration.< Less
From Eden to Monsanto, plants are entwined in virtually every aspect of our lives and culture – whether for nourishment, their medicinal properties or decorative appeal. A Time in Arcadia is a... More > special collaboration between Curious Matter and The Jersey City Free Public Library.< Less
With “Dividing Light Measuring Darkness,” Curious Matter explores the fearsome dark and the joyful light. Darkness hides dangers, light exposes them. We need light to see. We need... More > darkness to dream. The 23 artists of “Dividing Light Measuring Darkness” evidence both.< Less
Curious Matter presents with great pleasure, Dangerous Toys, curated by Sasha Chavchavadze. The exhibition explores the psychological, physical and social aspect of toys and play. The keenly focused... More > collection is in turns beautiful, playful and startling.
THE ARTISTS: Aaron Beebe, Zoe Bellot, Arthur Bruso, Sasha Chavchavadze, Anthony Heinz May, Raymond E. Mingst, Heather Molin, Douglas Newton, Neal Anthony Pitak, Debra Regh, Margaret Roleke, Lance Rutledge< Less
Curious Matter is pleased to present an exploration of the psychopomp. Featuring the work of 16 artists, curator, Vincent Como, will guide us along this shadowy path. Arriving just before death, then... More > leading the soul to the afterlife is the role of the psychopomp. It is a beneficent spirit, a horrible creature or in various cultures an animal. Birds, fish, dogs and horses are common manifestations. In ancient Greek mythology, Hermes was called upon to bring Persephone back from Hades so that she could spend spring and summer with her mother Demeter. Afterwards, Hermes would usher her return to the underworld. Assigned the task by Zeus, Hermes became the guide of souls to the realm of the dead.< Less