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Effigy: Ghosts of Asbury Park

Thursday March 7, 2019
11:00 AM until 12:00 PM


Photographer Joseph Meacham will discuss his work, "Effigy: Ghosts of Asbury Park" which is on exhibit for the month of March in the Library meeting room.  The talk will touch on the history of Asbury Park, specifically from 1955 to 1980.  He will discuss his work in detail, addressing its visual language, meaning and technique.  Mr. Meacham will also show some related work from that time and talk about his influences.  He will finish by showing some current work, the artwork he lives with in his home, and will answer questions from the audience. 

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."

Joseph Meacham has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan.  He has exhibited in group shows from Maine to Seattle. 


Location: Eastern Branch
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