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Group Show "Red 2018"

Artists Statements

Gary Aagaard (United States)

Artist Statement:

As a fledgling illustrator in Brooklyn during the 1980's, I took on any project thrown my way. I refer to that time as my "snack or famine days". Eventually, I zeroed in on editorial work and soon scored assignments at publications like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Newsday and The Village Voice (primarily covers). Since the early 2000's, I've concentrated on gallery work with an editorial, satirical slant. essentially larger oil paintings with conceptual content reminiscent of my illustration years. Lampooning politicians, pundits or spiritual leaders who specialize in alternative facts, manufactured outrage, false equivalents, convoluted conspiracy theories and tunnel-visioned tribalism (whew) is my form of protest and provides a satisfying outlet (i.e., it minimizes shouting at the TV, reduces those pesky nightmares & eliminates my quest to prove Jeff Sessions is actually an interloper from The Shire).

Gary Aagaard Artist

email: aagz@msn.com
Artist Website: www.aagaardart.com

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Antanas Adomaitis (Lithuania)

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Antanas Adomaitis Artist

email: aronasdovidas@gmail.com
Artist Website: artadomaitis.com

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Luis Ardila (United States)

Artist Statement:

My work has an expressionist-symbolist style and I use mythologies from eastern and western civilizations. I use Syncretism to develop patterns that reveal how our current culture opens itself into its different art's functions to reflect our way of living, hopes and mistakes. Syncretism is the combination or fusion of different beliefs, Philosophies, Mythologies or Religions, emphasizing an underlying unity that allows an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism commonly have expressions in art and culture that can join together.

Luis Ardila Artist

email: luisgermanardila@aol.com
Artist Website: www.ardilaart.com

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Chaos and Thread (New Zealand)

Artist Statement:

In my arts practice, I am endeavouring to provide a snapshot of an unabbreviated moment in time. With the combination of all emotional responses; intersecting, interrupting and cross-pollenating each other conjointly, I endeavour to create a pictorial language that is not bound by the constraints of realism, but one that speaks volumes of my internal dialogue. My process is at once loose and free; slow and methodic. As paint is given a fabric-like quality in the second part of my process, and meditatively hand-stitched onto my background, a feeling of calmness brings any given artwork to completion. In my newest series using the colour red as my dominant palette, I am embracing all the intense emotions that this particular colour evokes. Energy, determination, desire, love, passion, sexuality are vibes that coil around each other, merging and abating at any given moment. Red is visually stimulating and has the ability to focus attention; in fact, it cries out for attention.

Chaos and Thread Artist

email: chaosandthread@gmail.com
Artist Website: https://www.chaosandthread.com

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Georgia Catrina (United States)

Artist Statement:

Born in Romania in a family of agrarian farmers; she had the privilege of living and enjoying the impressing beauty of the countryside scenery with its complex and vey generous landscapes. This way, the encountered various colors and structures allowed Georgia to manifest since her childhood a will for artistic expression. All of this determined in her soul a specific passion for the arts and artistic education. She undertook studies of at the High-school for the Arts in the Romanian city of Ramnicul Valcea, where she began to study hand drawing and sketching, techniques in both painting and clay modeling as well as art history. Georgia continued her studies in painting at the Academy of Art in Bucharest Romania. She graduated from this institution with a Degree in Fine Arts, Art Conservation and Restoration and Art Teaching. After graduation, Georgia enriched her artistic activity in several European countries such as (Austria; Germany; Italy; Bulgaria, France and Romania) where she took part at many "Art Camp and Group Exhibitions". Throughout this entire international experience gathering process, she was awarded three international awards. Georgia manifested a remarkable passion for mural arts, undertaking the creation of three very large public works, executed in the techniques of "all fresco, and mosaic". She also took part in the restoration of several medieval frescoes. Since 1989, Georgia moved along with her family to the United States and she settled in New York City. Aldo for a time period, she lived the sentiment of separation from her roots from the European culture and from her ancestral lands, Georgia managed in a short period of time to rebuild her creative energy and continued her artistic activity. A member of many Artistic Associations in both the United States and Romania, Georgia remarked herself as having a powerful personality a strong passion for adaptation in this new spiritual/cultural and artistic American space. Her artistic education, her cultural roots and her direct contact with new cultural values allowed Georgia to diversify and enrich her means of artistic expression. Today, her artwork has a characteristic vigorous chromaticity, which sometimes has a bright character and other times dramatic. Abstract and figurative elements participate all together to the final experience of her paintings. In the New York City galleries Georgia?s paintings where displayed and admired in seven group exhibits and two personal exhibitions.

Georgia Catrina Artist

email: Georgia.Catrina@gmail.com
Artist Website: https://georgiacatrina.carbonmade.com/

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Marek Czarnecki (Poland)

Artist Statement:

Marek Czarnecki PhD, Fine Art Photographer, a member of the Polish Association of Fine Art Photographers. He goes in for artistic and commercial photography. He is a winner of many prestigious awards, among others he is a seven-time winner of the British OSKAR prize awarded by MPA in Great Britain. He runs his own studio of an artistic and commercial photography, combining his artistic work and passion with a professional work. He makes advertisement projects for many companies in Poland, Russia, Germany and Great Britain. He also goes in for a photography of architecture and landscape. Photographic panoramas are his passion which he has taken for many years and used in advertisement and his own artistic work. He makes his works in various techniques Color, HDR, Infrared, Macro, Stereoscopy. He is a member of elite associations embracing outstanding world artists: - The Master Photographers Association (Great Britain), - International Association of Panoramic Photographers (USA), - British Institute of Professional Photography (Great Britain), - the Federation of European Photographers He is an artist whose works have the Digigraphie Certificate of the Epson company, which is a quality certificate for photographers, artists and museums, a guarantee of the highest standards in a digital reproduction of art. It is a technique assuring the highest standard of digital reproduction of artistic works, providing safety and credibility meeting expectations of museums, galleries and buyers of limited editions. In his collection he has over 7000 panoramas from various parts of Poland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The author of many photographic albums, he cooperates with publishing houses in Poland, Germany, Great Britain and Dubai. He runs seminars in the scope of Commercial Photography in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. His works can be found in many private collections throughout the world. Artistic credo: "Each photographer is as good as good is his last photograph". Additional information can be found at www.marekczarnecki.eu. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 an international competition The Epson International Photographic Pano Awards in the general classification photographer recognized among 50 of the best panoramic photographers in the world. He was honored in 2014 by the mayor of the city of Torun Thorunium medal for outstanding achievements in the field of arts and culture for the city of Torun. He is a winner of the Marshall's of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Award for achievements in the field of art und culture.

Marek Czarnecki Artist

email: photo@czarnecki.com.pl
Artist Website: www.marekczarnecki.eu

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Suzette Dushi (United States)

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Suzette Dushi Artist

email: dushis@aol.com
Artist Website: suzettedushiphotography.com

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Jane Gottlieb (United States)

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Jane Gottlieb Artist

email: jane@janegottlieb.com
Artist Website:

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William Haney (United States)

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William Haney Artist

email: wnmhaney50@gmail.com
Artist Website:

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Anne Harkness (United States)

Artist Statement:

A native of NC, Anne Harkness is an alumnus of the Atlanta College of Art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work as an art director in NYC for 15 years has embodied her work with a graphic element that astute viewers can detect in her paintings. As a contemporary artist, Anne seeks to capture a distinct point of view, often finding some unexpected beauty in locations or views others would easily dismiss as ordinary, or too unattractive to be considered as the subject matter for artistic compositions. Working from her love of subject matter with a strong design element, Harkness also focuses on the importance of line and shape in her work as a means of giving her compositions a strong foundation to reveal the many layers within each piece. Anne credits her emphasis on these particular components to her love of drawing and a desire to retain the looser marks that give a piece a more rustic, unfinished quality. Anne also looks for the surprises that come from spending time in a painting. These discoveries are her treasures and assure that she is always learning and seeking the "new-fresh" for her work.

Anne Harkness Artist

email: annepharkness@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.anneharkness.com

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Kenneth Hershenson (United States)

Artist Statement:

From a young age I have been captured by the magic of turning a two-dimensional surface into a virtual three-dimensional object. My current exploration is of the magical geometry and abstractions in realism of chrome surfaces in my series of acrylic paintings called "I DO Know Jack!" This interest in reflective surfaces coupled with my love of humor with their engaging titles, is the driving force for me in this project. It is fascinating to place jacks in unexpected settings and scales. The complex geometric design of the modern jack, with its sleek and reflective surfaces, called to my imagination and childhood memories. They represent the simplicity of childhood and the complexity of adulthood. I feel fortunate to be able to experience both the realism of my subject while at the same time discovering the beautiful abstractions within and, with the magic of chrome, I enjoy giving the viewer a look into the world around the artist that exists beyond the four sides of the canvas. I choose to create stark, simple images that exemplify what a child might see...the complex distilled down to basic truths.

Kenneth Hershenson Artist

email: ken@KennethHershensonArt.com
Artist Website: www.KennethHershensonArt.com

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Barbara Kantz (United States)

Artist Statement:

Barbara Kantz is a retired college professor who taught history and human services. She is interested in visual art as an important element in examining the human condition. She developed an aesthetic sense from her father, a commercial artist. She lives on Long Island, in an historic home on a tidal marsh. She photographs what is local and regional. She is an award winning photographer and songwriter. She studied photography for one semester at Parsons School of Design.

Barbara Kantz Artist

email: BarbaraKantz@gmail.com
Artist Website: BarbaraKantz@gmail.com

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BoKyung Kim (United States)

Artist Statement:

I recently had an experience of pyrophobia and Igniterroremophobia (fear of fire alarms) from a fire. This created the worst phobic experience in my life. To portray these emotions of fear and chaotic memories, I use spray paint on mylar sheet to portray the efect of a burnt kitchen. I also use acrylic, oil paints, and charcoals on stonehenge paper with roughly repeated marks and texts to show pandemonium and a chaotic atmosphere which I felt during the experience. Through the process of creating a space through combinations of diagrammatic, aerial and linear perspectives, and planar structure, I form an arena in which to observe myself. Occupying the depth of field with the painterly activities of marking, repeating, erasing and destroying, I create a

BoKyung Kim Artist

email: bokyungkimart@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.bokyungkim-art.com

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Cedric Leonard (Belgium)

Artist Statement:

For as long as I can remember, I always drew and I have never stopped drawing- an inexplicable need that I try to enhance every day. As the youngest one of a family of 8 children of African descent, I had to speak up very early in order to fit in and learn to exist. I think that this fundamental necessity has allowed me to reveal my artistic side. I want my works to convey a message and to stand out- further than what I can achieve for myself. I also want them to be noticed, to be able to shock, to move or to inspire. I need them to be what I wish I was in my everyday life. These works of art represent my inner self and they are my most faithful embodiment. They symbolize another version of me. They complete and sublimate me. They are rooted in my life experience and I live through each one as an actual catharsis. However, if they are related to my life, I appreciate my audience to project their own experience. I indeed intend to rock the spectators in order to get them out their usual framework and to wake them up to a multi-faceted reality that is obviously biased but strong and powerful. In my view, art enables to internally get away and to make people around us enjoy our inner landscapes. An artist sees and depicts the world in a different way through their eyes. Nothing is beautiful but nothing is ugly. And anything can be either one or the other. This is what I call artistic relativity. The disability I have on my left hand has contributed a lot to my creativity. Since I was a little kid, I have had to grasp life differently and develop a whole set of new strategies in order to live as anyone else. Today, my art is still marked by this subterfuge process. Not everything is conspicuous. It has to be discovered step by step. I've always felt as someone who is trying to belong to a senseless world. My artistic approach is rooted in the willingness to accept oneself and to come up freely with this identity in a world that does not let us be what we want to be. I feel like my art provides me with assertiveness and establish myself in any environment; it also testifies thisdeeply rooted feeling that I'm unique. In my opinion, art is the evidence that beauty lies anywhere and in all of us. I'm obsessed with life, drawing, creativity and creation. The technique of collage enables me to reinvent life and to give it a new dimension beyond codes and conventions. And this process is endless. Shapes no longer matter; possibilities are infinite.

Cedric Leonard Artist

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

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Cristiano Mangovo (Angola)

Artist Statement:

Christano Mangovo, born in 1982 in Angola, graduated in Fine Arts during his stay in Kinshasa. Growing up as a minor refugee in the Democratic Republic of Congo and spending most of his time in a turbulent Angolan society, his work is naturally inspired by daily urban life and by the need to protect the weakest from the strongest. His paintings are wild with deformed characters and multifaceted faces that have lost their complete real life form. The attraction of his paintings lies in the 'extreme polarities' in colors and shapes that are showing the needs and defects of every human being, the depressions and chaos we sometimes end up in, and why we like to open our eyes to continue walk without giving up. Your work is also giving some hope that you can find back in the shadows of the personalities. Most of the characters in his paintings have two mouths, where he wants to express freedom of expression.

Cristiano Mangovo Artist

email: cristianomangovobras21@gmail.com
Artist Website: www.chrushna.afrikblog.com

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Yvonne Melchers (The Netherlands)

Artist Statement:

On this beautiful planet where there is so much hatred, war and massacring, I feel blessed to be an artist, being able to withdraw in my studio and surround myself with beauty. It is the greatest reward when my paintings are a comfort to the viewer as well. Yvonne Melchers, november 2018

Yvonne Melchers Artist

email: ymelchers@hetnet.nl
Artist Website: www.yvonnemelchers.com

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William North (United States)

Artist Statement:

These images are part of an ongoing series on Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and are a personal response to the architecture and décor of the interior space. The predominant color in the space is red, symbolizing life, resurrection, and victory over death. Photographing in square format helped simplify compositions by eliminating distracting details. The square format also allowed me to focus on a specific aspect or view which in turn gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with the subject. In my work, I try to capture the spirit or essence of the subject. As a result, a detail can be a metaphor for something else.

William North Artist

email: north.wm@juno.com
Artist Website: wn-photography.weebly.com

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Sushila Oliphant (United States)

Artist Statement:

I am deeply inspired by spirituality, peace, inner traditions and the grandeur of nature. When I paint, it becomes a meditation and when I come out of it, I am just as surprised at the results as anyone else. It is my joy and gratitude to be able to create! Painting is my life's mission whether I have an audience or not.

Sushila Oliphant Artist

email: studio@sushilaoliphant.com
Artist Website: https://sushilaoliphant.com

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Ralph Turturro (United States)

Artist Statement:

I like this quote from Clifford Still: The work itself, whether thought of as image of idea, as revelation, or as a manifest of meaning, could not have existed without a profound concern to achieve a purpose beyond vanity, ambition or remembrance, for a man?s term of life. As a painter now for 42 years I would insist that the above thoughts closely represent me and my approach to painting. I paint because it is the best thing I can do and the best way to speak about all that I feel and believe to be true. I believe that as a painter my most immediate task is to learn something from the work right there in front of me. I am either telling the truth or not and in that dialogue with the surface at hand I trust I will learn the answer to that question. When no answer comes I just continue until it does. Often, I do not sleep! If I had to articulate a long-range goal, I would have to decline. Not very goal oriented am I. However, I might could say that the main objective for the long haul is to learn better who I am through this glorious process of creation. And hope that I come out on the other side having never compromised my efforts in telling my truths as they hopefully evolve.

Ralph Turturro Artist

email: rt55alive1234@yahoo.com
Artist Website: https://www.facebook.com/rat.turtur

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Diane Webb (South Africa)

Artist Statement:

If one color dominates the month of November, RED it is. Primary, symbolic, evocative, mixable.. All of those it is. A month of terrifying wildfires worldwide, mountains aflame and homes destroyed. From California to South Africa, the heat and destruction grab our attention. RED The artist shows a landscape of fiery tones, orange, red, crimson and Scarlett...RED A donkey cart flees the Karoo, the beasts more from the apocalypse then reality. A dramatic ballgown sets the scene on another side, the Artist joyfully capturing the highlight of young Johanna 's end of year school dance. The challenge lies to then interpret the moment and transform it on canvas. By using dazzling sequins and free interpretive line, the young woman is depicted seated, her future unwritten but full of promise. The flat acrylic and oil is used to calm the busy cloth.The RED is unifying, dramatic, and holding all the promise of womanhood. Two sides of RED both fear and joy...passion and pain..A color like no other

Diane Webb Artist

email: dianewebb17@gmail.com
Artist Website: None

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