Curious Matter Gallery Presents “There’s a Moon in the Sky, It’s Called the Moon”

Joey Parlett

Curious Matter gallery is presenting an exhibition titled “There’s a Moon in the Sky, It’s Called the Moon,” which features works by Joey Parlett and includes images and objects from the Curious Matter archives. The exhibit title borrows its name from a B-52s song. On display for the rest of the summer, the exhibition celebrates the brightest object in our night sky: the moon.

Located in Downtown Jersey City, Curious Matter is an exhibition venue for contemporary visual art. They strive to create dialogue among artists at all career stages with their calendar of regular exhibitions. They want to open a door for the community to appreciate contemporary art.

Joey Parlett is a Brooklyn-based artist who likes to explore the synthesis of popular culture with art history and personal narratives. Since 2006, he has been exhibiting his work throughout the country, and he has been commissioned for two local projects: the Splash of Red Mural Project in Asbury Park, New Jersey and the 2009 Agriculture Reader Animation in Brooklyn, New York.

To complement the exhibition, the Jersey City Free Public Library is currently displaying a a volume from Peter Heylin’s 1652, Cosmographie in the New Jersey RoomAccording to the card catalog, the book includes a “particularly charming feature… an appendix…describing undiscovered areas as fairyland, the cities of the moon, the New Atlantis and Utopia.”

“There’s a Moon in the Sky, It’s Called the Moon” will be on exhibit until September 16 at Curious Matter (272 Fifth Street) . Hours are Sundays from noon to 3 pm and by appointment. For more information, visit Curious Matter’s website curiousmatter.org.

Image courtesy of Curious Matter

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