February 6, 2019

“Stand Up Men” at Trenton City Museum

“JUJU”: This work by Will “Kasso” Condry is featured in “Stand Up Men,” on view through March 3 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. The exhibit also includes works by Habiyb Shu’Aib and Autin Dean Wright.

“Stand Up Men,” a new exhibit at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, is on view through March 3. It features works by three Trenton artists — Will “Kasso” Condry, Habiyb Shu’Aib, and Autin Dean Wright.

“Stand Up Men” is a celebration of Trenton’s African American male artists and their use of canvas, photography, and sculpture to convey the pathos of what it means to exist as a man within the realm of Trenton’s black culture and beyond. “Stand Up Men” inhabits the world of the quiet, deliberate Trenton arts movement forged in love, life, and courage.

Trenton native Will “Kasso” Condry, whose murals still grace much of Trenton’s cityscape, conveys both chaos and beauty in his work. His work has graced spaces throughout the United States and echoes his strong commitment to both urban renewal and the challenges of being a local artist. His muralist approach to his work produces bold, moving images which focus on themes of history, community and humanity. He is one of the founders of the S.A.G.E Coalition, a nonprofit diverse group of visual artists, engineers, fabricators, musicians and teachers dedicated to the rebirth of Trenton.

Born and raised in Trenton, Habiyb Shu’Aib uses the camera to give visual context to Trenton’s past and future from his portrait of a father and daughter to the empty decay of an abandoned school. Shu’Aib’s work has been featured regularly at Trenton’s Art All Night and Art All Day, on the Trenton 365 Show (WIMG 1300), “Soul of The Message with SAGE Coalition” at Casa Cultura Gallery, “Trenton Makes” at Capital Health Medical Center, “I See Storytellers” exhibit at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, and the “Anthracite Fields” art exhibition at Roebling Wire Works.

Autin Dean Wright, who was born in Jamaica, has made his home in Trenton for more than 20 years. Wright is a sculptor whose work is both organic and experimental and evokes a vision of strength and wisdom. Since 1993 he has been a staff member at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, where he is currently the technical supervisor for paint and patina. Autin has six sculptures installed at the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton.

For more information, call (609) 989-3632 or visit the website at www.ellerslie.org.