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Photographer Aubrey J. Kauffman Featured at MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery Sept. 5 to 29; Community Invited to Reception Sept. 6


"Home Base," a 36” x54” Archival Pigment Print, 2014

"200M," a 36” x 54” Archival Pigment Print, 2014

"Basketball Court," a 36” x 54” Archival Pigment Print, 2012

Trenton, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announces the opening of an exciting new season at its downtown Trenton gallery. The James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) presents a solo exhibit by photographer Aubrey J. Kauffman. “It’s Not About the Game” features approximately 20 of Kaufman’s works and runs from Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Friday, Sept. 29. The JKC Gallery is located in MCCC's Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across the street from MCCC's Kerney Building.

The award-winning photographer will speak about his work at an Artist Talk and Gallery Reception on Wednesday, September 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Hours for the show will be posted on the Gallery website here.

This exhibit is Kauffman’s first at Mercer since he presented a show as an MCCC alumnus in 1980. “I am excited to have been invited back to exhibit in the college’s brand new space,” he said.

Kauffman notes that the exhibit's focus on basketball courts, stadiums, soccer fields and lacrosse fields is part of his long-standing fascination with urban spaces. "My work extends from abandoned urban structures and shopping malls to building facades, parks and ball fields," he said.

"In all cases they are devoid of activity and human interaction. I am drawn to these unoccupied spaces because of the architecture and the visual interaction with the surrounding landscape. My interest lies not in the portrayal of teams, sports or players, but in the visual elements of where play takes place. I am also intrigued by the vision that takes shape in my viewfinder," Kauffman said.

Gallery Director Michael Chovan-Dalton, Coordinator of MCCC's Photography and Digital Imaging program, observes that the exhibit studies the design and architecture of these unoccupied spaces as “event backdrops.”

"These photographs of athletic fields and courts treated as place rather than event allow the viewer to consider what they are about and how they have become an ordinary part of the American landscape," Chovan-Dalton said.

He observes that Kauffman's images, viewed as a series, examine the design and architecture of utilitarian and highly regulated spaces. "We recognize the sport by the repetitive markings and shapes that define what is considered 'in' or 'out,' what is considered 'foul' or 'fair,' and by how points are achieved. Children and adults measure their successes and failures on their ability to move an object within those defined limits," Chovan-Dalton said. "Inside these arenas we discover some parts of our nature."

Kauffman was born and raised in the Mercer County area. He received his B. A. in Media Arts from New Jersey City University and his M.F.A. from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he formerly served as gallery manager. He is a contributing writer for US1 newspaper.

Kauffman's work has been featured in exhibits at Newark Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Biggs Museum of American Art, University of Delaware Gallery, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Enfoco Touring Gallery. Kauffman was awarded the Brovero Photography Prize for Excellence from Mason Gross and is also a long-time cinematographer. He served as president of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association for ten years. His work is in the permanent collections at Rider University and Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Headquarters in New Brunswick.

Five additional exhibits will take place at JKCG during this academic year. View the schedule here.

JKC Gallery at Mercer

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