Don't Miss 2012
Tue, December 11 , 2012
Evening Readings @ Queens College
December 10 - December 10 , 2012
Polish and Romanian Carols
Mon, December 10 , 2012
Moshe Yassur on Yiddish Theatre
November 25 - December 1 , 2012
Djuvara and Plesu published in Canada
Tue, October 30 , 2012
Norman Manea and Claudio Magris
October 10 - October 12 , 2012
Romanian play in Washington Heights
October 5 - October 14 , 2012
Matei Varga performs Chopin
October 1 - October 11 , 2012
Thu, September 27 , 2012
Cristian Nemescu: Short Films
Tue, September 25 , 2012
Sanda Weigl concert at Joe's Pub
September 15 - December 31 , 2012
Romanian Artists @ SFMOMA
Sat, September 1 , 2012
Vladimir Tismaneanu The Devil in History
August 31 - September 2 , 2012
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu back in NYC
July 6 - July 8 , 2012
4th Romanian Film Fest in Chicago
June 23 - August 20 , 2012
Vlad Agachi residency @ Tanglewood Music
Tue, June 19 , 2012
Norman Manea at National Arts Club
May 31 - July 27 , 2012
Works by Romanian artists@Lombard Fried
May 18 - May 26 , 2012
Sorescu: Jonah Interrupted in Buffalo
Tue, May 8 , 2012
Gianina Carbunariu's Kebab at Origin
May 5 - June 4 , 2012
Dumitru Gorzo's solo work at SLAG
May 4 - May 7 , 2012
Boar and Tinei at NADA New York
May 4 - May 7 , 2012
Two Romanian Galleries in Frieze NYC
May 3 - May 7 , 2012
Romanian films in SEE Fest, Los Angeles
May 3 - July 15 , 2012
Sasha Meret in Conference of the Birds
Sun, April 29 , 2012
Matei Varga and Linden String Quartet
Wed, April 25 , 2012
Our School in SEEFEST
Mon, April 23 , 2012
Andrei Serban and F. Murray Abraham
April 20 - May 30 , 2012
Negura Bunget on a U.S. and Canada Tour
April 16 - April 19 , 2012
Eastern European Culture@Queens Library
March 31 - May 1 , 2012
Our School continues its U.S. screenings
March 28 - March 30 , 2012
March 8 - March 11 , 2012
Razvan Boar and Dumitru Gorzo at Volta
March 7 - March 15 , 2012
Alex Rotaru’s documentary SHAKESPEARE
March 1 - March 18 , 2012
Nic Ularu returns at La MaMa
February 23 - March 2 , 2012
Liliana Ursu on a U.S. poetry tour
Sun, February 19 , 2012
Alexandru Andries in NY
February 10 - February 12 , 2012
Catalin Dorian Florescu in NYC
Thu, February 9 , 2012
Stefano Ionescu @ the Fine Arts Museum o
February 7 - August 12 , 2012
Sasha Meret’s Sand Calligraphy @ MAD
Mon, February 6 , 2012
Our School at the Brattle Theatre
January 27 - February 5 , 2012
Hotel Project
January 25 - January 26 , 2012
Ionel Petroi's French Lessons
Mon, January 23 , 2012
Saul Steinberg's Italian Years @ Center
January 22 - February 24 , 2012
Pianist Vlad Iftinca's NYC concerts
January 20 - January 29 , 2012
Nic Ularu's "Hieronymus" at La MaMa
Sasha Meret in Conference of the Birds

May 3 - July 15
Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, or by appointment
Gallery staff will be present Fridays, 11am - 4pm

Visit the exhibition's website for more details

Between May 3 - July 15, Sasha Meret's work is featured in the curated exhibition “Conference of the Birds” presented by CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ. The exhibitioned opened on May 3rd with a reception open to the public.

“Conference of the Birds” features artworks by thirty artists from around the world, and explores our collective relationship to birdlife and the ramifications on their habitat and ours. The title “Conference of the Birds” is taken from a Sufi text of the same name written in 1177. It is a parable about striving toward enlightenment: each bird in the story represents a failing
of character that prevents him from persevering toward that goal, and one by one they fall away, never attaining an understanding of Selflessness and the true nature of God. Eight centuries later, the birds are a metaphor on a different order, that of the earthly realm: their message is about our species’ relationship to our habitat, and by extension, the habitat of all living creatures.

Birds are the only complex species on the planet that inhabit the three realms: air, water and earth. They are, quite literally, the canary in the coalmine. In every instance, the birds are communicating by their numbers how successful we are in preserving habitat for all species, including our own. Where their numbers diminish, so do our opportunities for a successfully integrated environment where all species can thrive.

Birds often migrate hundreds, even thousands, of miles each year to nest. Below them, as they fly, we continue the headlong rush of our day-to-day life, spreading our species’ influence in ever-widening swaths of our habitat. Ours is a relatively new order of land use that has grown exponentially in the past 150 years, one that is most often hostile to birdlife.

Sasha Meret was born in Petrosani, Romania in 1955. He started to study art at an early age, and earned his BA in 1974 and an MA in 1979. After arriving in New York in 1987, he studied printmaking with Tony Harrison at Columbia University.

Meret’s work encompasses a wide range of techniques and styles. He alternates figuration with abstraction in search for a balance between ideas and emotions. The latest development in his work embodied a more conceptual component materialized in sculptures and large-scale objects. The artist is currently working with found objects, including plastic cutlery, to create sculptures in a variety of scales. His work is part of many collections, such as: Pfizer, Sony Corporation, Joyce-Gilmore Mertz Foundation, Art Lin YuNu Foundation, Pall Corporation, Romanian Cultural Foundation, Queens Museum, Carcassonne Museum, Craiova Museum, Rafael Collection and other corporate and private collections.

Meret was awarded the Printmaking Prize by the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in 2002 and in 2003 the First Prize for best-illustrated book awarded by the Romanian Editors Association. In 2005, Meret was honored as a guest artist by the Government of Pintung Province in Taiwan for the Peninsula Arts Festival. In 2010, he received the Award for Excellence in Arts given by the publishing house Scrisul Romanesc. His work is featured in Project Sieben, released in November 2011 by the German publishing house Klartext with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Berlin, followed by an exhibition in March 2012, in Bochum, Germany.

[Image: Sasha Meret, The Plastic Menagerie #12, 2011, polystyrene, 48” x 24” x 22”]

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