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My work owes a debt to many past and present masters of figurative art, although it is the result of a search for a modern and personal response to those masters and their traditions. The imagery in my work is usually recognizable and taken from everyday life and observation; at the same time, it is often framed in unexpected ways.
Linda Ganus Albulescu exhibits regularly in the NYC area and is a member of Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA in History from Lehigh University, and a B. Mus in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan.
Engaged with our relationship to Nature as well as the nature of our relationships, her work delves into the sublime and the uncanny through a variety of media: drawing, painting, photography, video, music, and sound. Linda has done commissioned work in all media.
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I work mainly in oil and oil paint stick on canvas and wood panels and find inspiration and wonder in the world around me. In my paintings, I try to express and also celebrate my passion for nature and all its splendor of color and variety. I employ layers of color, as well as juxtaposed colors, to create a visual energy that fascinates me. After working in a representational manner for many years, “little pieces of landscapes” began to mix in my artwork with pure abstractions of color and texture.
Lately, I have created purely abstract images expressing in unabashed and exuberant color my passion for nature. I’ve also begun to investigate collage much more fully – both on paper and other surfaces. Besides paint, crayon, and oil pastel, my collages are made from a variety of items: colored and textured papers, flyers, and cutouts from magazines and from maps. Bits and pieces of these papers and other such items have come from trips abroad to foreign destinations like Paris and The Bahamas.
My work is about “place” and is landscape-inspired, but it is not a representation of a specific location; the viewer is welcome to enter by imagination, memory, and reverie.
As both a painter and a photographer, I have always tried to make work that is experientially powerful as well conceptually complex. My most recent photos, from the series "Eyes in the Back of My Head," are an attempt to reimagine images of landscape, and to reflect my experience of being a part of, rather than separate from it. It is an experience of being enveloped, immersed or entwined in nature, of being sucked in and spun around, of being reconfigured by it. I am trying to create an experience that is both renewing and a bit frightening; kaleidoscopic, hallucinogenic, therapeutic , exhilarating and calming.
I think of my palette as not just color but also space, light, and time, perception, meaning, understanding and knowing. I am interested in both the particulars of making photographs and the broad questions of our mental processes, and how these two interact with each other.
February 4th, 2021 Featured Artists
Meet Our Guest Juror
Joseph Cavalieri is an award-winning native New York artist and educator. His work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, the Italian American Museum, and the Stax Museum. Known for his witty and imaginative, Medieval-style stained glass, drawing on diverse cultural references, Cavalieri’s work pays tribute to Jackie O, Robert Crumb, the Simpsons, and Aesop.
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Kimberly Camp works with museums and visual arts organizations as a curator and management consultant in the areas of organizational development, strategic planning, succession planning and governance. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at Drexel University, where she teaches visual arts organization management.
She is president of Galerie Marie, with over 100 international artists. She was CEO for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, President and CEO of the Barnes Foundation, President of the Charles Wright Museum and director of the Smithsonian’s Experimental Gallery.
Camp has more than 50 years’ experience as a painter, then doll maker. Her work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions here and abroad. An accomplished artist, Camp has received two NEA Fellowships, and the Kellogg National Leadership Program Fellowship. Camp was born and raised in Camden NJ.”
Nashormeh N.R. Lindo, newly-re-elected Chair of the California Arts Council, is a world-renowned artist and educator. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she holds a Masters of Science degree in Education from the Bank Street College Graduate School of Education’s Museum Leadership Program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Lindo’s work in the arts is two-fold. She works as both a practicing visual artist and as an educator/cultural worker.
An independent museum consultant and curator, Lindo enjoys lecturing and writing on visual culture as it pertains to the cultural and socio-political history of African-Americans and their contributions to global culture.
As an artist, she has designed and painted public murals, organized art exhibitions and workshops. She creates collage/assemblages with her photographs and other mixed media. Most recently, she has been exploring the various possibilities of digital media, using her photographs for surface design on textiles. Currently, she teaches African American Art History at City College of San Francisco. She lives in the Bay Area and in New Jersey with her husband, actor, Delroy Lindo and their wonderful son, Damiri.
Kumasi J. Barnett
Kumasi J. Barnett received his MFA from The Ohio State University, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often timeless genre with a present day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over old copies of comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and more broadly, systemic racism.
Barnett’s works have been exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; City Lore, New York, NY; Con-Artist Collective, New York, NY; The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY; Sulphur Bath Studio, Brooklyn, NY; and The Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY. Museum exhibitions include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa; The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; and most recently the Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA.
Barnett presented a solo booth with Lowell Ryan Projects at The Armory Show 2020, in the Focus section curated by Jamillah James. Barnett’s work has been featured in Artforum, Ammo, Vibe, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, Autre, Artnet News, and The Guardian, among others.
August 20, 2020 Virtual Event
June 18, 2020 Featured Artists
Barbara Shelly comes from a long line of activists and art lovers. Her art reflects and represents current events in performing arts and politics. She grew up in the 50's immersed in everything mid-century culture had to offer. Her images reflect the 20th century as her art evolves in the 21st. Her passion for the arts, admiration of leaders, compassion for humanity and hope for change emerge in her work. Her dance, fashion and film background show up in her art as she makes the paint dance on the canvas.
She is a self-taught mixed media artist who's work has been shown in multiple solo and group shows in New York and Philadelphia. She is a founding member of Artists Supporting Artists to support the endeavors of other artists and curated and organized the Artists Give 2020 event for WHAM, Women's History/Art Month.
Barbara is the producer of the documentary film about the Central Pennsylvania Ballet. The Film "Children With A Dream" received awards from "Dance on Camera" in New York and the National Educational Film and Video Festival Association, and it continues to reside in the PBS Film Library (having been shown frequently) and the New York Performing Arts Library.
The years spent as an architecturally trained interior designer are built into Laurie Lamont Murray's paintings and metal sculptures.
She becomes immersed in the interplay of shapes and colors, layers and line, creating work that is both geometric and gestural with an overriding sense of design.
Laurie's work has won numerous awards and is included in corporate and private collections throughout the U S.
Fascinated with texture, patterns and the tonal interplay of color and form, Marion is driven by the ephemeral atmosphere and patchwork of light and shapes in nature. A budding colorist, she not only fixates on color and form and has always been captivated by the ability to capture that instant where she spot's something simple and ordinary with a view to it as an abstract painting. Her goal is to engage the viewer to a dialogue inward toward something simple, to look beyond the surface, deep within the image, and within ourselves.
Self taught with a voracious appetite for growth, she calls her art Phainting. Semi-retired after living 2 decades in Paris, she's based in Jersey City and is active in her community.
NYC born and based, Denise was lucky enough to study with artist Juanita McNeely in the 1970s and is influenced by the Feminist Art Movement and Expressionism. Denise attended Buffalo State University for 2 years where she studied printmaking. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BA degree in Fine Arts. Denise's work has been shown widely nationally and internationally.
June 18, 2020 Virtual Event
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”