Opening Thursday, August 15
Armando “OUTthere” Diaz: “Everybody’s Got A Little Light Under The Sun”
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 15, 7-9 PM
Signed by the artist, archival ink and paper: 16 x 24" print: $650 + tax
(exact image size may vary slightly depending on dimension ratio of image)
Larger sizes and prices available upon request.
Clerestory Fine Art presents documentary photography by Montclair, NJ native Armando “OUTthere” Diaz. Focusing on Montclair and Newark, NJ, Diaz has amassed a tremendous photographic archive numbering close to 50,000 images, out of which just 30 stellar photographs have been culled for limited printing and exhibition. Diaz’s work highlights icons of the local music community, portraits, and street photography. He sources inspiration from all walks of life, capturing graffiti artists, musicians, dj’s comedians, dancers, painters, and members of our community in full creative flow.
With a background in music production and editing, Diaz has also amassed a large volume of video work which will be projected in the gallery, in addition to a flat screen monitor with images available for review and printing upon request.
As a long-time resident of Montclair, Diaz’s work bears witness to the changing landscape of northern New Jersey, whose rapid development threatens to disrupt existing communities. In this, Diaz carries on the tradition of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, but he transcends traditional documentary photography as an active participant in the very same communities he captures. His first-hand experience of the consequences of demographic and political shifts, and his dynamic, participatory style, combine to infuse his work with the energy and vitality of local communities and their people.
About the Artist
Armando “OUTthere” Diaz is a Montclair, NJ native who has worked in both personal and collaborative music production and technical media for over 20 years. His documentary photography focuses on the human experience in northern New Jersey. He regularly takes commissions for organizations interested in his candid, un-posed perspective, including three years documenting culture for the Montclair Center Business Improvement District. Diaz has been very involved in local schools and community, raising 5 children through the Montclair School System and actively volunteering for S.O.F.I.A., an organization which provides services for "at risk" women and children in situations of domestic abuse.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
An outpouring of community support for Diaz's life and work will be evident in weekly music and DJ performances spanning all six weeks of the exhibition, which will be open to the public.
Thursday, August 15 – Opening Reception 7–9 pm
Appearance by Comedian Ty Raney with performance by Janetza Maria Miranda
@comediantyraney / @janetzamariamiranda
Thursday, August 22 – TWO special events on the 22nd:
5:30 pm Panel Discussion, Gail Campbell and Armando “OUTthere” Diaz, Clerestory Fine Art
9:00 pm The MC HOTEL + Clerestory Fine Art Creative Takeover at Allegory
Performance by Gail Campbell, hosted by House Music Icon Eddie Nicholas
Clerestory is proud to partner with the brand new MC Hotel in Montclair to showcase Armando “OUTthere” Diaz’s work with a pop-up photography exhibition, accompanied by an exciting performance by renowned Newark alternative and soul singer Gail Campbell, a subject frequently documented in Diaz’s photographic and video work. A 5:30pm panel discussion at Clerestory Fine Art between Diaz and Campbell about the relationship between photographer and performer will be followed at 9pm by a performance by Campbell in the MC Hotel Allegory Lounge, complete with photography by Diaz in the Allegory Marketplace, facing Bloomfield Avenue. The exterior of the building will be illuminated with projections and videography curated by Diaz.
@outtherenj / @gail_campbell01 / @dekmusique
Thursday, August 29, 8-10 pm – Stand-up with Comedian Ty Raney + Friends
Saturday, September 7, 8-10 pm – Silent Disco with Blissed Out Beats
Saturday, September 14, 8-10 pm – Performance by Samad Savage
Saturday, September 21, 8-10pm – Performance by singer and musician Gabi the Artist
Photos: Armando OUTthere Diaz