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"Scrutiny 1" by Joe Lugara, Watercolor, 7" x 5"
"Scrutiny 1" by Joe Lugara, Watercolor, 7" x 5"

Joe Lugara: "Scrutiny," 40 Paintings

7-13-2022 to 10-7-2022
Dates & Times
8/18: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/19: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/20: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/21: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/24: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/25: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/26: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/27: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/28: 11:00am – 6:00pm8/31: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/1: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/2: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/3: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/4: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/7: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/8: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/9: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/10: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/11: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/14: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/15: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/16: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/17: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/18: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/21: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/22: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/23: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/24: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/25: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/28: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/29: 11:00am – 6:00pm9/30: 11:00am – 6:00pm10/1: 11:00am – 6:00pm10/2: 11:00am – 6:00pm10/5: 11:00am – 6:00pm10/6: 11:00am – 6:00pm10/7: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Noyes Museum of Art, Noyes Galleries at Kramer Hall
30 Front St. Hammonton, NJ 08037

Event Description

The works are part of a continuing series. Begun a decade ago, “Scrutiny,” which is still in progress, consists of more than 200 small-scale watercolor paintings on board. The images are abstract but suggest various aspects of nature—terrains, atmospheric conditions, mud slides, plants, animals, bones, and fossils.

The artist describes the series as a nature walk. “Like the title implies, the series is about observation. I’m more concerned with how we observe nature than I am about depicting nature accurately. I wouldn’t be working abstractly if I were concerned with physical accuracy. My purpose is to produce shapes that vaguely suggest natural forms and phenomena. They should seem alien and yet distantly familiar, activating our imaginations as to what nature means to us. The small scale of the paintings should emphasize the sense and intensity of observation.”

The forms hint at growth, decay, and regeneration—a continuous change reflected by the numerous revisions most of the works have undergone. Fingerpainted on primed boards, the occasional scratches, nicks, gouges, pitted areas, and scrubbings attest to their own evolution. The artist’s fingerprints, which are often visible, impart a sense of time, measured not in centuries but millennia, as traces of human curiosity and activity.
“Nature never stops being mysterious,” the artist said. “That’s my goal with ‘Scrutiny’: to bring to the viewer, through a myriad of peculiar details, an exaggerated encounter with the range of the natural world.”

An opening reception free and open to the public, will be held July 21 from 5 – 7 pm, with a closing reception September 15, from 5 – 7 pm.