TRENTON - A picture can speak a thousand words, and through photojournalism, it can retell entire stories that may have otherwise been lost over time.
On Friday, August 1st, The College of New Jersey’s TrentonWorks Art Gallery will present the opening of “No Vacancy,” an exhibition that will highlight the role that photojournalism has played in informing and reminding society of historical events in Trenton and around the world. The gallery, located at 3 South Broad Street, will showcase the works of Trenton residents Jonathan Gordon and Scott Ketterer. An opening reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, August 1st from 4:00-8:00pm.
Jonathan Gordon was born and raised in southern New Jersey, briefly living in Sioux City, Iowa, during his childhood. He attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Arts Administration. His studies focused primarily on printmaking and photography. While an undergraduate, Gordon spent time living in Vienna, Austria, where he studied European Film and Museum Studies.
Also during his undergraduate career, Gordon was a First in the Nations Scholar, where he traveled between New Hampshire and Iowa studying the presidential primary process. Through broth of these experiences, he has grown a deep appreciation for journalism and developed an interest in sociology. It is his intention to record current events through a historical lens. Gordon typically works in found object sculpture, and over the past two years, he has been focusing on assemblage, Xerox, and collage artwork.
Scott Ketterer is a reporter and photojournalist at the Trentonian. He covers a wide range of subjects, including crime and life in general in the Greater Trenton area. Most of his photographic work revolves around crime in the city of Trenton, though lighter events throughout the city are also part of this work. He has lived in the area most of his life and has covered the news for the past four years.
Much of the work on display at the TrentonWorks Art Gallery runs the gamut from the city’s darkest hours to its finest moments. Ketterer presents the world as framed through his lens, and encourages the viewer to draw their own conclusions with regard to the content in the images.
TrentonWorks is TCNJ’s downtown hub for innovation, creativity, collaboration, and community change. It is primarily a space where the members of the campus and local community come together to learn, share their experiences, apply their knowledge, and utilize skills while addressing some important public challenge or interest. The goal of the TrentonWorks initiatives is to provide expanded programming to the TCNJ and Trenton communities. TrentonWorks also includes an Interactive Multimedia lab and social entrepreneurship workshop.
The exhibit will remain at the gallery until September 12th. Individuals and groups interested in visitng the gallery can contact Jonathon Gordon at (609) 393-8998.
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