Art Exhibit: Effigy: Ghosts of Asbury Park

Friday March 1, 2019

Photographs by Joseph Meacham on exhibit all month.

From the Artist:  "I grew up several miles south [of Asbury Park] in a middle class suburban beach community.  Just a twenty minute bus ride from my home, Asbury Park was the innocent arcade of my 1950s childhood and the raucous hub of music and surfing of my 60s adolescence.  It was a social landscape I associated with excitement, independence and freedom.  All that changed in the mid 1970s. 

"By 1974, Asbury Park, scarred by race riots and economic distress, was slowly crumbling into oblivion, taking the ghosts of its past with it.  The amusement park rides and boardwalk attractions were still there, but the life energy of this once vibrant beach town was gone and the future was growing darker. 

"Effigy: Ghosts of Asbury Park" is my reflection on those times and what became of this place.  It's a historic record and a personal metaphor, colored now by the patina of time.  Although the imagery is a mixture of nostalgia and sadness, I choose to think of it as the falling leaves that have served as the fertilizer for the renaissance of Asbury Park today."

Location: Eastern Branch
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