MARIA MIJARES

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And I see Senator Menendez and Governor Corzine.....

Sheila McKoy, NJT ARTS & Marc Jonson

AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE
June 2003

with Peter Denitz, VP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Santa Rosa, CA

STUDIO VISIT

May 2005


STATION OPENING

February 2006


AFTER PARTY
with music by Gary "Pig" Gold, Dave Rave, and Marc Jonson

Sheila McKoy, NJ TRANSIT ARTS • Peter Denitz, VP Parsons Brinckerhoff • Stan Gdowsky, Chief Architect HBLRTS

BERGENLINE AVENUE STATION PLAZA

Union, City, NJ


"BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND MEADOWLANDS" ©2005

Four murals in porcelain enamel on steel



I.

Swirling pattern of the actual rock facing the river at the tunnel opening.


The light rail is 'under ground.' Distant, closer, and speeding by.


Captured jumping off trains in the tunnels of the Newark Subway with the garage foreman.















           




Carmi speaks with a bus driver about my murals



II.
The bus is nearly actual size- to walk right up to, while a vaster vista draws the viewer into the panorama. This mural refers to the Manhattan skyline segment for orientation, while avoiding skyline cliché.
The yellow street-line, as a true-in-life design element, "arrows" the eye upward. Most of the detailed painting work is at eye-level to be seen at close range. With distance, the depicted scene comfortably lives beside the real---the landscape around the corner...






III.
A color-popping night on Bergenline Avenue is seen
through the donut shop window. Enjambment to the first mural, the bus passes.



















IV.
Reality is 'peeled back' to reveal a view of the
Meadowlands for orientation, framed by indigenous quaking aspens.


The street scene shown in the center mural by night is detailed in the next by day. The building across from the station anchors the right side.


Cultural contrast is quietly referenced with two figures- the bicycle rider, large
in the foreground, do-rag, and a Marine crossing from the recruit center.


2017~ UPCOMING ~2019

NJ TRANSIT

MARKET STREET BUS STATION Second Floor Hall Paterson, NJ 

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with Monsignor Gilcrist

ORIENTATION:
Two spectacular panoramas appear and disappear. Intermittently blocked, elusive horizontal vistas peak out in tall slivers down the side streets.

FABRICATION

December 2005


A hundred years before I stood at the tunnel opening, so had another photographer capturing the “sandhogs” building the tunnel. I was amazed to recognize the EXACT wrinkles of rock that I had painted from my own studies, appearing right there in this historic photograph!

(Compare top right corner to “Beneath the Palisade.”)

Commissioned by NJ TRANSIT, with funds made possible by the Federal Transit Administration. The Transit Arts Committee consists of NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.

 Three street-level vent stack murals (10'6 x 11' )                                                                                                                          Clock-tower marquee (13'6" x 8')

PROJECTS UNREALIZED:

AWARDED:
RIDGEWOOD STATION, Ridgewood, NJ.
NJ TRANSIT (2002, 2003, 2004)
Pedestrian underpass stopped

FINALIST:
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, Iowa City, Iowa
Florida International University/College of Law (Miami, FL) 2007
NY Penn Station-31st St. Entrance, 2006
Mount Arlington Station, 2006
South Amboy Station,
Secaucus Transfer Station, 2000
Plainfield Station. 1999

INTENTION - DESCRIPTION

Vibrant BERGENLINE AVENUE-established, well-orchestrated- is the picture of the true New America. At the site I met Cubans, Mexicans, Argentineans, Puerto Ricans, Arabs and Turks. A clear concern is the preservation of individual identity, while participating in, and benefiting from, a collective community pride.

With this complex tapestry of culture in mind, I take my part to highlight existing poetry. My intention is to leave the viewer with the resonance of harmony-the sense of well-being found through the balancing of beautyand significance.

In this, the most populated square mile in the country, the people are accustomed to a full concentrate of stimulating input. Starting with actual local imagery, I polish the rough edges of reality into jewel to then fit inside a framework, a context. A painting within a painting. Refined multiple realities open the way to narrative paths so accessible that anyone can travel as protagonist in their own drama.

WE ARE TRANSPORTED
October 23, 2005


A'happening'hosted by the Fanwood Arts Council at the Kuran Art Center to unveil the four acrylic on linen paintings that form the basis of Mijares' then upcoming public art installation in the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System's Bergenline Avenue Station in Union City, New Jersey. Three street-level murals and a clock tower marquee will inspire and intrigue riders and passers-by for coming generations, but this preview offers a rare opportunity to see the original paintings before the installation of the monumental porcelain enamel on steel reproductions.



Six award-winning poets read bus & train poems:














                                                             

ADELE KENNY  •  JOHN MCDERMOTT  •  TOM PLANTE • WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON •  PENNY HARTER • JOE WEIL


With a special guest performance by American songwriter
MARC JONSON


PUBLIC ART