“I love procuring spaces and I love installation work. So [Propagate] came out of that and the desire to support people, like myself, who need a space to express themselves, to sell their work, to come and be creative in whatever capacity.”
Blakesberg, who grew up in Clark, shares his photography at the museum (opening Oct. 14) and in a new book, which features hundreds of shots of the culture and prominent artists over the decades, from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to Green Day, Fiona Apple and Pearl Jam, and tells the story of a lifetime.
“[I’m also playing] a squirrel on a cartoon, so that’s, I guess, how I’ve been describing my life for the past year: living in this cabin, going into the city and recording squirrel stuff.”
“Our mission is to allow everyone to have a voice, and that diversity of voices is more important than ever and it’s not about dividing people… but about uniting a community around our mission.”
“I remember just sitting in this back bedroom doing nothing but writing poems. Something switched in me, man. I just felt like I had to mend myself.”
Jasorka illustrated and reimagined a found employee handbook for Castle Dracula, which offered a dungeon boat ride and a walk-through attraction with torture scenes, a mad scientist’s lab and more.
“I’ve always been a fan of that sort of barstool storytelling, those very fleeting sort of moments where you have to be there in the moment to hear it.”
With concerts, murals, Pride events and more, the Gloucester County community is making a name for itself in the South Jersey arts scene.
“Everyone is going through something in their lives. Not everyone can explain it or deal with it in the same fashion. You have to remember that it is tough for people when they are dealing with this stuff to get through to other people about it.”
The egg is 14 feet tall and made of welded steel, covered in a shell of polar fleece. When it cracks on June 25, dozens—maybe hundreds—of people in outlandish, creative, awesome bird costumes emerge, a steady stream of fowl in many shapes and colors that enter the egg in the back and emerge to onlookers through the front.
As a result of Jerry Dantzic’s unique level of access to Holiday’s private life during her one-week engagement at Sugar Hill jazz club in Newark, the collection of photographs works to push back against the historically dominant narrative of who Holiday was.
“There’s no way we would all come together to stop some dumbass Godzilla or some alien or some nonsense. I just watched grown-ass men argue about putting on a mask. Someone would probably say Godzilla is not even real.”