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Group Show "Open 2018"

Artists Statements

Nicholas Zalevsky (USA)

Artist Statement:

I hate existential fears. My works hint on how to resist these fears. Maybe this experience will be useful for some of my spectators. And I believe in general that the mission (if it exists) of art is to prepare us to the rendezvous with eternity. We are immortal, are not we? And please: do not consider this a psychiatrist's diagnoses

Nicholas Zalevsky Artist

email: vzalev@gmail.com
Artist Website: nick-zalevsky.com

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Kelsie Ward (United States)

Artist Statement:

My works simultaneously engage and reference natural forms and the increased artificiality of the nature we experience in our lives. They are comprised of synthetic rock and glacier formations organized as immersive environments. The contradictory appearance and materials of these structured environments present forms that are familiar yet dislocated from the natural world. I am interested in the relationship between the viewer and the object, and whether these interactions are intimate or public. Navigation through these forms provides an individual journey and feelings of isolation and time for self-reflection. Shifts within dimensional space and scale are utilized to heighten the viewer's awareness of their body as it fits within a space. The importance of nature to my process manifests in two ways: inspiration and time for reflection. I connect with nature and identify with place through it, especially while traveling. My most inspiring and memorable recollections of place are of the vast differences in natural terrain, particularly of rock and glacier structures. I continually gather images of natural landscapes containing, rocks, ice, and water in differing weather conditions to inspire the texture and form of my fabricated environments. These images and memories invoke the way I felt while being present within those places, providing me with a sense of ease and relaxation. Investigating these natural phenomena first-hand offers information on sensory, emotional, and spatial levels that photographs cannot. The opportunity to tangibly experience diverse places affords crucial knowledge to multiple aspects of my work. Nature is a spectacle and is more complex and unpredictable than anything manmade. Consequently, a deep understanding of nature is both an experiential and intellectual one. The works are constructed by piecing together triangular fragments of varying synthetic materials, in a repetitive and obsessive manner, establishing the means to solve a puzzle with endless possible outcomes. The triangle has deep-rooted meaning in many religions and cultures and can be considered a balanced, divine form. Yet I am most drawn to the triangle because of its ability to break down nearly all forms and its reference to math and problem solving. The triangle is a symbol of stability and strength as are the rock and glacial forms that I create. We have become an increasingly technological society, and through generations our connectedness to nature has seemingly diminished. Psychological research within the field of nature connectedness, which is the degree that individuals incorporate nature as part of their identity, indicates that connectedness to nature is important for psychological wellbeing. I promote a dialogue between the natural and the synthetic; I want my viewers to consider what nature really is and what nature is not at an individual level, by displacing and presenting artificially constructed, natural forms indoors.

Kelsie Ward Artist

email: kelsieward18@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.kelsieward.com

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Christopher Voss (United States)

Artist Statement:

In many of the treehouse series of works, I use birds and other elements, to signify family members coming, and going, leaving and staying. I hope to create a sense of tension within the work as the tree, signifying the family and the home, is being altered by its surroundings. The tree's state of being is being altered in some way by either bird's engagement of the space or an absence fostered by a sense of desolation alluding to hopelessness. The treehouses contain pipes, which can be viewed as both piping for the circulation of the home, or the circulatory system of the human body. They are synonymous. I hope to create a sense of stability, and hope, by having the tree in the same place within the picture plane with its roots grounded. In many cases this is the only stability that is consistent throughout the tumultuous circumstances. The tree is the nurturer, the stable part of the visual dialog. Throughout the canvases the actions are meant to be ambiguous and unclear with a hint of strength and instability.

Christopher Voss Artist

email: vossartstudio@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.vossartstudio.com

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Carmen Verdi (US)

Artist Statement:

Carmen Verdi Artist

email: cverdi39@yahoo.com
Artist Website: www.carmenverdi.org

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Nato Velkov (USA)

Artist Statement:

Nato Velkov Artist

email: tuscanartaz@gmail.com
Artist Website:

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William Turner (USA)

Artist Statement:

William C. Turner Artist Statement My intimate knowledge and love of machinery has been a part of my life having worked in the field of automotive restoration for 30 years. I choose to paint distressed vehicles and machinery to tell a story. Influenced by classical art and Greek and Roman mythology as well as folklore, I use my imagination to reinvent these tales using vehicles as surrogates for humans. Much time is devoted to research, preliminary sketches and composition in executing each piece. It is a joy to create narratives on canvas, and especially meaningful when someone relates to my work.

William Turner Artist

email: turnwoodarts@comcast.net
Artist Website: www.turnwoodfineart.com

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Carol Scott (United States)

Artist Statement:

Bio A New Orleans native, Carol attended the University of New Orleans, where she earned a Master's degree in Fine Arts, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. She established two Art programs, Ganus High School in 1979 and the University of Holy Cross in 1987. Carol received the Outstanding Faculty Award for 2018 and was named Professor Emeritus by the University of Holy Cross. She has created a pantheon of over 600 works of art and participated in more than 300 shows. Statement My work is stimulated by personal experience, contemporary issues, and the wonder of seeing.

Carol Scott Artist

email: jcscott1707@hotmail.com
Artist Website: www.carolscottart.com

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Gale Rothstein (United States)

Artist Statement:

My art practice has always been about "putting together the pieces"-as a child it was not unusual for me to take apart one thing to make another. As a young adult, I parlayed this skill into my first professional career as a jewelry designer and manufacturer, in operation for over two decades. I was initially trained by a silversmith in Tucson, Arizona. I returned to my native New York to hone my skills, working in many areas of the jewelry industry, then went out on my own designing and producing an extensive line of fashion jewelry in my Meat Packing District studio, employing several artisans. I no longer produce jewelry, as I feel I made my statement in that arena, and am no longer interested in creating a wearable product. Creating assemblage/collage sculptures is a return to my roots, and provides me with unlimited opportunities for choice of materials through my penchant for collecting vintage objects, the harvested innards of discarded and broken appliances and hardware, and the amazing things I find on the street. Through the creation of assemblage and collage, the parameters of context are wide open; I create fantasy worlds that incorporate references to Dada and Surrealism, historical content, and through juxtaposition of contrasting elements, prompt the viewer the question relationships to scale, location, and relativity. My titles are also compelling, identifying the work with names that further add to the mystique are an essential finishing touch.

Gale Rothstein Artist

email: rothsteing@aol.com
Artist Website: www.galerothsteindesigns.com

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Abhinaya Ramadurai (India)

Artist Statement:

I paint - predominantly people, their mind spaces and time. I like to capture people in their contemplative moments. A moment of suspension, drifting into their mind space - at times in complete isolation from the surrounding dimension and at times in oneness with the physical space. It makes one wonder about how the mind works, how it makes a person drift away from reality, or makes one more aware of reality, or even makes one look for another dimension within reality. Art is organic and yet explosive and therefore, I prefer working with all styles and formats in paint and pencils. I like the idea of possibilities and I thus explore various strokes, styles, mediums, and surfaces.

Abhinaya Ramadurai Artist

email: abhiksh@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.abhinayaramadurai.com

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Daria Martinoni (Switzerland)

Artist Statement:

In the Eye of the Storm As a geographer, I use photography to playfully (de)construct the built environment we live in in order to explore our perception of space. For this project, I exploit the geometry of the urban environment. I use perspective and dimensions to create a sense of direction and depth. To enhance the effect, I exploit reflections and I experiment with long shutter speeds and several zoom settings in one exposure. I use a symmetric composition to convey a sense of stillness and to evoke the impression of being in the eye of the storm.

Daria Martinoni Artist

email: daria.martinoni@gmx.ch
Artist Website: www.dariamartinoni.com

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MaryAnn Lomonaco (United States)

Artist Statement:

I'm interested in using everyday materials to express universal concerns of all people, regardless of gender, nationality or race.

MaryAnn Lomonaco Artist

email: maryannlomonaco@gmail.com
Artist Website: Maryannlomonaco.com

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Junyi Liu (United States)

Artist Statement:

I am deeply influenced by both traditional representational art and contemporary culture. My works focuse on depicting female figures and raw meat. Raw meat, the flesh of animals, is a metaphor for our primitive desires, the desire for the body of another human being. In my paintings, the nudes and the meat interact in a subtle way, forming a visually pleasant, surreal and seductive scene. The visceral beauty of the raw meat, the sensuality of the youthful bodies and the materiality of them all are important to my works. Through these imageries I am creating a conversation about how females are materialized and consumed in the society.

Junyi Liu Artist

email: jliu04@mica.edu
Artist Website: www.junyiliuart.com

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Christopher Lane (United States)

Artist Statement:

Religion, politics and human conflict are all important themes in Christopher Lane's body of work. His images evoke moods and memories inspired by real life, and which cause a remarkably compelling narrative. He is always looking for new visual symbols to reflect an emotion or ideal. Born in Minnesota in the late 1960's, Lane spent these formative years inspired by the great regional artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Roy Lichtenstein. His early teenage years were spent living in Cairo, Egypt. Here his work was influenced by the great architecture, sculpture, use of symbolism, hieroglyphs and the expressive colors used in their paintings. During this time period Christopher discovered he had dyslexia and furthered his education at the GOW School in South Wales, New York. It was here that Christopher received encouragement and guidance from Fine Arts teacher Bill Parsons. Upon leaving the GOW School, Christopher spent a year living in Paris, France which fueled his creative instincts further. Christopher returned to the States and pursued his art degree at Eastern New Mexico University. Christopher has now made his home in South Carolina where he continues to use fantastic imagery to turn his life experiences into visual stories. Christopher's work has been shown in galleries in South Carolina, California and New South Wales, Australia. His work is currently featured in the Resist and Recover group exhibition through Kyo Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia where he also has a solo exhibition in 2019.

Christopher Lane Artist

email: laneartworks@yahoo.com
Artist Website: www.laneartworks.com

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Dolores Kiriacon (USA)

Artist Statement:

As a fine artist with a background in painting, printmaking, and sculpture, I now use photography as a source of ideas and a tool to create. My photographs are portraits/still lifes of nature's forms, from flowers, dried leaves, twigs, the bark of trees, mushrooms and other natural elements in their various stages of growth and natural decline. I have been collecting and photographing these natural forms for quite some time and I am always looking for that special form of nature that inspires me. The camera brings out qualities that one cannot see with the naked eye. These photographs are taken indoors, using natural light and a reflective surface. When composing and taking these photographs the challenge is to create exciting and interesting compositions to entice the viewer to see these images in a new and different way. They created a new life of their own through the lens of my camera. I am not interested in taking an exact representation but more of an artistic impression and interpretation that I want to convey when one looks at the final image, allowing the viewer to appreciate them in their new beauty and transformation.

Dolores Kiriacon Artist

email: doloreskiriacon@icloud.com
Artist Website: www.doloreskiriacon.com

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John Jaster (United States)

Artist Statement:

John works with heavy body acrylics on fairly large canvases with a lot of detail and bold colors. He calls his style "realistic impressions" because, while the overall feel of the work is definitely realism, he offsets the detail with impressionistic splashes of color. Instead of smooth blending, he likes to use puzzle pieces of color to emphasize the complex relationship of light and shadow over form. John's inspiration comes from the hidden beauty in ordinary objects.

John Jaster Artist

email: jwjaster@gmail.com
Artist Website: johnjasterstudio.com

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Leon Belokon (United States)

Artist Statement:

Art for me is another dimension of life. There are many of them such as: my search for truth, my family, my yoga practice, and my students, all of which are reflected through my works. My art is a tool for exploring my inner curiosity to life, giving me another perspective into my journey into the unknown.

Leon Belokon Artist

email: ibelokon123@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.lebeor.com

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Liza Botkin (United States)

Artist Statement:

I was born and raised in New York City, but my photographic career began in Los Angeles in the 70s while I was working for photographers Michael Childers and Lou Stoumen, from whom I learned how to print. I consider myself a street photographer, shooting from the hip, taking my camera with me wherever I go. I wander the streets of Los Angeles, spending much of my time in malls where, for many years, I've been documenting the preoccupation many people have with shopping. Though I've never studied the art of photography in an academic setting, my work is deeply influenced and defined by that of Henri Cartier-Bresson. I, too, search for what he so aptly called "the decisive moment."

Liza Botkin Artist

email: lhbotkin@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.lizabotkin.com

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Lynn Chen (Taiwan)

Artist Statement:

Lynn Chen Artist

email: q22052q@yahoo.com.tw
Artist Website: www.celesteprize.com/member/idu:96810/

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Noelle Cox (United States)

Artist Statement:

One woman, many faces. My work is dedicated to the curiosity of the ever changing states of emotion that a woman can experience. This anomaly has interested me since I was a child. I began early on to use myself as an experiment of study to explore this paradox through self portraiture. The process of self portraiture induces a reflection that may otherwise never have surfaced. I use this process to learn more about who I am. Woman, Mother, Daughter, Wife, Human Being and everything else this world tries to define me to be. It is infinite, as is the depth of all dark matter in each and every one of us. Thank you Noelle

Noelle Cox Artist

email: noellecox@ymail.com
Artist Website: noellecox.net

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Leslie DuPratt (United States)

Artist Statement:

I like my work to portray the current events that affect the lives of women today with humor and beauty. I depict the predicaments of women balancing motherhood and careers but with style and grace. My large life size paintings are still frames of what could be a glimpse into the

Leslie DuPratt Artist

email: dupratt@sbcglobal.net
Artist Website: leslieduprattstudio1609.squarespace.com

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