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Alvin Pettit in his studio at 34 Astor Place

Film Festival: JC PowerHouse Short Film Festival, Powerhouse Arts District, September 30 – October 2.

The JC PowerHouse Short Film Festival features short narrative, documentary and animated films selected from filmmakers around the world.  Among the film screenings are the British comedy, Wish 143, nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Short Film and the documentary, Striking a Cord, following the singer Nell Bryden and her band on their tour of army bases in Iraq as they bring music and relief to deployed soldiers.  The festival takes place in tents on Provost Street between Bay and 1st Streets in the Powerhouse Arts District.  Screenings start on Friday, September 30th from 6 – 8pm with an after party.

Exhibition: Dividing Light, Measuring Darkness, Curious Matter Gallery, 272 Fifth Street, October 1 – October 2.

Curious Matter Gallery presents an exhibition of work by 23 artists exploring diverse human responses to light and darkness.  Artists reflect on notions of light and darkness  existing in ancient myth, modern science, world religion and beyond.

Exhibition: 365 Days of Print: An Exhibition of Artists Mining the Media, The Visual Arts Gallery / New Jersey City University, 100 Culver Avenue, opening reception on October 1, 5 – 8pm.

The exhibition of 365 Days of Print is comprised of work by over 40 artists who contributed to the online project by the same title, including Mana Contemporary’s artist-in-residence Beth Whitney who discusses her work in an interview on Mana Log365 Days of Print has invited artists for one-month residencies to produce work sourcing newspapers and various media outlets.  The exhibition consists of more than 120 works that respond to the challenge to comment on and critique the media landscape through audio, collage, photography, embroidery and sculpture.

Exhibition: Exquisite Corpse, Mana Contemporary Annex, 227 Coles Street, October 1 – 2.

Jersey City artist Tina Maneca organized a large group exhibition of artists who collaborated on an extreme version of the traditional exercise of the “exquisite corpse” in which one artist creates the the head of a figure, another adds the torso and the third adds the legs.  In this version, 65 artists were assigned different body parts in 2-D and 3-D, and the more than 20 corpses they made reflect diverse creative visions in strange and funny ways.

Open Studio: Alvin Pettit Studio, 34 Astor Place, open October 1 – 2.

Alvin Pettit is one of hundreds of Jersey City artists opening their studio doors for visitors on Saturday and Sunday.  Petitt received a BFA in illustration and sculpture from SVA and assisted artist Jeff Koons which provided him with knowledge of new techniques and material that he incorporated in his own work.  Petitt draws, paints and makes sculptures and models from his Jersey City studio.  His work has been commissioned by clients such as the Museum of Natural History, the Gap and Telco Creations.

– Tema Stauffer