Walking into Gallery U, Montclair’s contemporary art gallery on Glenridge Avenue, is an over-stimulating experience rife with unexpected familiarity. Most of the pieces set aside simplicity and adopt an entertaining complexity that causes the viewer to pause and enjoy. People come and go through the door, some buying paintings or sculptures, and some simply admiring the exhibit. A three-dimensional piece made of wire and wheels calls out for attention by the couches and CD player at the room’s far side. Cartoonish paintings of women with stinging neon green faces and violet hair provide a comic relief in the midst of the abstract surrounding artwork that have more existential undertones. Across the hallway is Universal Institute’s New Moon depicting countless moons over a dark blue space. It is easy to get lost in the detail of each piece, making it even easier to forget that there are still other rooms to view, including in the restroom.
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