SMALL WORKS: The Art of Gifting
November 20. 2020 – January 8. 2021
Exhibiting Artists: Mariam Paré (Illinois, USA), Cheryl Kinderknecht (Florida, USA), Ellen Mansfield (Maryland, USA), Weihui Lu ( New York, USA), Emily Tironi (New York), James Betts (Pennsylvania, USA), Sarah Montagnoli (New Jersey, USA), Michelle Jones (Alabama, USA), Natalie Bradford (Michigan, USA), David ‘Izzy’ Isakson (California, USA), Michael Alston (Georgia, USA), Nathaniel Byrd (Georgia, USA), Labdhi Shah (India), Nitiksha Dawar (India), Ebrar Ahmad (India), and Abhishek Kumar (India), Kirti Sharma (India), Kaushlendra Prtap Singh (India), Anna Ng (Singapore), Loraine Klaiber (Netherlands).
OPEN DOOR POLICY
Come as your are, stay for a while, and find joy in artwork that speaks to you!
Cautious Hope (Heart Ember Series)
Mixed Media Collage
2018. 5x7x1 inches.
How Lucky I Am To Have You
Gel medium transfer, hand sewing, pen on Stonehenge paper
2020. 5×6 inches.
We Are Having Beautiful Weather These Last Few Days (I Miss You)
Gel medium transfer, hand sewing, pen on Stonehenge paper
2020. 4.5×6 inches.
The Ruth-less Fight For Justice
Mixed Media Collage on Panel.
2020. 8×10 inches.
Mixed Media Collage on Canvas
2020. 3×3 inches.
Girl with Bow
Oil on Canvas
2020. 10×10 inches.
Blue & Tan Threadhoops
Brass, Copper, Silver, Steel, Thread
2020. 2×2.5 inches
Weihui Lu was born in Shanghai, China, and immigrated to New York with her family at a young age. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was selected for the Centennial Scholars Fellowship, which supported her solo art exhibit at the Louise McCagg Gallery. Her paintings have also been exhibited at venues such as Trestle Gallery, Oxford Arts Alliance, and LIC Arts Open, and published in magazines like Mud Season Review and Sine Theta Magazine. She was a 2020 Resident at Trestle Art Space, and currently lives and works in Queens, NY.
Brief Description of Work: In my paintings, I utilize elements of both Eastern ink painting and Abstract Expressionism to explore a sense of fracture and conflict within my bi-cultural identity. I work intuitively, often using Chinese ink brushes with acrylic paint; as I combine colors and textures in unexpected ways, these surreal landscapes become visual metaphors for mental spaces and subconscious feelings.
Nitiksha Dawar (1988, Delhi, India) is an artist who mainly works with Printmaking. Her prints demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multi-layered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Nitiksha Dawar currently lives and works in Greater Noida, India.
Brief Description of Work: Universe is the creation of Nature and Woman is the ultimate gift and missionary of Nature. They both go side by side for the evolution and promulgation of the universe but rarely join each other. Belike nature, no survival is possible in absence of feminine. It conceives the whole universe, nurtures in its womb, sacrifices itself for initiating a new descent. Our work is more than a reflection of our ‘self’ and ‘ideas’. Be like nature, no survival is possible in absence of feminine. It conserves the whole universe’s nature in its womb, sacrifices herself for initiating a new descent. Our work is more than a reflection of our ‘self and ideas. It delineates this rare combination of female and naturalism. Early forms of art can be seen as ways of communicating mythology and cultural traditions and as our cultures grew art developed into new forms of communication.
Mariam Paré is a Visual Artist and designer. At the age of twenty, Mariam became the victim of gun violence when she was struck in the back by a stray bullet while driving, the assailant never caught or identified. That incident resulted in a C6 spinal cord injury rendering her quadriplegic. Mariam later taught herself to paint by holding brushes in her mouth and continued on to develop herself as a “mouth painter”. Today Mariam is a well-recognized creative talent celebrated for her colorful portraits and multi-media works. She often tackles motifs surrounding the issues of gun violence and disability awareness. Mariam is a member of the Association of Mouth & Foot Painting Artists. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide as well as in many private collections. She participates in disability advocacy, and speaks on the topics surrounding arts, disability, creativity, and adaptation.
Brief Description of Work: Surreal portraits painted by mouth.
Sarah Montagnoli is a Jeweler & Metalsmith who is currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working towards her MFA at Tyler School of Art & Architecture (2021) following a short period of career exploration after receiving her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in 2018. Her work is created using traditional practices of hand fabrication in conjunction with technology and programs like CAD, Water Jet Cutters, and Laser cutters; to create perforated metal forms. Through adding textiles and fiber materials to the pieces, tactility and moments of comfort are created in the work. A continuing theme within her work is exploring childhood memories and memorabilia, along with concepts of pleasure and comfort through “toy” based forms.
Brief Description of Work: The pieces I’ve submit are all miniatures or smaller production pieces from my studio practice. Most of my studio work involves pillowed forms, or pierced metal that creates patterns of tabs and openings, that are either left alone or filled with a fiber or textile element to create moments of comfort or play.
James Betts is an artist and designer currently living and working in Philadelphia. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD/CAM at Tyler School of art. Brief Description of Work: This current body of work investigates natural and psychological phenomena. This series in particular addresses the idea of pareidolia; the tendency for humans to perceive imagery or familiar objects in otherwise abstract forms.
Kaushlendra Prtap Singh is a professional artist and completed his MFA from Raja Mansingh Tomar University, Gwalior. He has participated in various national exhibitions and camps. Brief Description of Work: I still see beauty inside the ancient content, The oldness of the buildings can be seen in their carvings which are in the paintings, and the effect of its colors can be seen very deeply. The tangible form of folk life and subject matter of Indian painting during ancient and medieval times, today, I also make it immortal in my form, as i show the effect of the color of the different proportions of our shapes in my artworks.
Ebrar Ahmad is a passionate and keen observer of uncertainties of life and times we are living in. Hailing from a small town – Mau – in UP and based in Delhi for over a decade now, Ahmad has seen these uncertainties in his own life up-close. Coming from a humble family with limited means he has not only sustained himself in a big metropolitan city, he has also been able to polish his artistic skills. Over time, this ever fluid nature of life has become more and more pronounced in his creative expressions. Seriously pursuing art since his early childhood, Ahmad still believes he has hardly begun to learn the craft. That is perhaps the reason why he doesn’t have a problem in bringing in the uncertain and subtle shades of life into his paintings and continues to evolve into a mature artist that he is.
Abhishek Kumar (Delhi, India) is an artist who mainly works with painting and completed BFA in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi. He participated in 30 group exhibition including India. UK and USA. He had participated in different workshops in Delhi, Mumbai, Awarded North Zone Bronze Medal Award for Digital Art by Prafulla Art Foundation (2017) , Awarded Fellowship Award for Painting by Dhoomimal Art Gallery (2015-2016), First Award by BPNI on their 20th Anniversary. (2012)
Brief Description of Work: By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
Ellen Mansfiled Born Deaf in Manhattan, New York but grew up in New Jersey for 7 years. Went to public school where Ellen learned poorly without sign language and interpreters. Spent all summers in Goldens Bridge countyside, north of New York City. She earned a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Ellen has led a life filled with art and experiences with a background in drawing, painting, batik, ceramics, and many other media that have brought her onto her current journey. When she moved to Maryland, she began to recognize just how much her Deaf identity had been part of her artwork. Life was starting to blossom as she was surrounded by Deaf culture and sign language, which developed increasingly colorful images including watercolors , oil paintings and tile paintings in her artwork.
Natalie Bradford I am a mixed media artist from Metro Detroit, Michigan and recently graduated from the University of Western Michigan Frostic School of Art with a bachelors degree in fine studio art with an emphasis in print media. While at school, I’d been exploring the medium of printmaking and other alternative forms of mark making such as drawing, painting, and collage. I’ve exhibited artwork locally in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Lansing, as well as internationally through PxP Contemporary Gallery. I currently lives and work in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Brief Description of Work: My work is autobiographical and oftentimes deal with themes of absence, memory, temporality, the passage of time, and loss. My artistic process starts with identifying my sources; I pull my inspiration from family photo albums dating back to the 1930’s through present day. I then makes photocopies of the pictures and physically cut out pieces of the image to strip it of it’s details, which speaks to absence, the mortality of people/places, and the fleetingness of memories. With some prints, I incorporate excerpts from old family letters through using ink pen or hand sewing. I end my process by transferring the scraps onto a new piece of paper using lacquer thinner, or gel medium. By doing this process, the prints become immensely abstracted from their original start as a photograph, which show the inconsistent but ephemeral side of our memories, while still honoring the past.
Cheryl Kinderknecht I’m a mixed media artist and former gallery owner (Siesta Key, FL; Bradenton, FL) currently residing on Florida’s west coast. Originally from Kansas, my formal art training includes an art degree from Fort Hays (KS) State University. Her work is exhibited in local galleries, juried regional and national shows and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Brief Description of Work: Mixed media collage that incorporates acrylics, graphite, ink and paper.
Emily Tironi is a mixed media collage artist living in Cambridge, NY. She enjoyed creating art in many media since high school and got her Associate’s in Media Arts, where she learned photography and design. She got her Bachelor’s in Disability Studies and combined her interest in art and disability advocacy in creating collages and including her experiences as a person with a disability in them. Emily works on her collages daily.
Brief Description of Work: I create mixed media collages about disability and other issues I care about. I often use bright colors and surrealism.
Michelle Jones earned her MFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005 and a BFA in painting from the University of Mississippi in 2002. A native of central Mississippi, Jones spent eleven years in Boston, MA producing paintings and quilts as well as a handmade children’s clothing line that was sold in boutiques along the East Coast. Jones made the journey back South in 2014, and resides on the Gulf Coast with her husband and daughter. With its sweeping vines, clutches of hanging moss, and mix of live oaks and palm trees, life in the deep south feels a bit like living in a jungle and is a direct influence with her most recent works. I am interested in chance. I search within drips and splashes of paint, acidic fields and washes of color, to find the lush jungles, pools, and creatures that inhabit my paintings.
Brief Description of Work: My work reflects a nature that is voluptuous and beautiful, but also confrontational and sinister. Predators are camouflaged or at rest, their lonely idyll an invitation aslant. The worlds I create within my paintings highlight the peril of the wilds, the claustrophobia of unattended growth, but they also urge one to tumble in, to throw off caution and niceties and give in to the excesses of life without constraints. A tiger bathes in a pool or emerges from a dense canopy with the offer of a languid freedom only found in the solitude of the terra incognita.
Labdhi Shah is a self-taught artist based in Ahmedabad, India. She specializes in finger-painted art works created from intuition without any reference or pre-sketch, distilling the purest expression of her emotion into her art. Art seeks to convey the truth of the human experience, in all its complexity. Her effort as an artist is to share the faith she has in the capacity of love, and to accept the uniqueness of every human being irrespective of race, color, gender, and culture. She works with watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, chalk and ink. Her work has been has been exhibited virtually at Ikouii in Atlanta, the Las Laguna Gallery in CA, USA, Student Art Spaces in Hyderabad, India. Her work is currently on view at the Stay Home Gallery in TN, USA. An economist, a clinical psychologist, and an art therapist by training, her passions include traveling and studying human complexity.
Brief Description of Work: This work is inspired by birds, their freedom to fly in the sky without any urge to reach to a destination. This are intuitive finger-painted works without any reference or pre-sketch, with the finger strokes clearly visible. Sunset/Sunrise, The ever-changing myriad hues of the sky at dawn and dusk reflect the ever-changing nature of life. Watching the sun rise and go down, the sky light up and go to sleep, seeing the burst of activity in the chirping birds at dawn and their relatively quiet flight at dusk was an source of hope for me during this pandemic. They reminded me that nothing ever stays the same. That this too shall pass.
Loraine Klaiber is a Surinamese multi-talented lady from The Netherlands with St. Lucian roots. I started my own movement in Creative Arts to inspire people called Water of Words-WOW, with pillars such as dance, spoken word, poetry, coaching, motivational speaking and calligraphy art. I have been teaching and performing various dance styles from Latin to inspirational and including people with and without so-called disabilities as part of my movement. Because I believe we all have a rhythm of our own hearts to follow, maybe just with some extra coaching. I dance with Words, as I write poetry or wordplays in calligraphy, combined with spiritual and decorative drawings and paintings. My writings, just like my dancing, usually spring forth from my heart & soul, with a higher purpose to touch hearts in a divine way with words that flow to water your soul, often on the journey of life. I also write on request and often work on several projects using different mediums from paper to stones to create unique art pieces, personalized!
Michael Alston was born and reared in Detroit, Michigan, now residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Artistic media is photography, abstract painting, and wood sculpturing. He has participated in art showings since 1993.
Anna Ng Imaginative, intuitive & intrepid, I am a self taught artist inspired by mother nature and her gifts. Through the process of Experiment, Observe and Feel, I hope to showcase the abundance and beauty of nature’s gift and to highlight the importance of protecting the good earth for our children. Brief Description of Work: These works are intuitive, joyful interpretations of nature inspired landscapes, flora and fauna. At times whimsical and abstract, the brushworks express my innate responses to paint on paper. I name this my “Love Be” series. Love is beautiful when everyone has it in their hearts for love accepts, believes, hopes, endures and always triumphs. Love as we are one.
David ‘Izzy’ Isakson began his career as a sculptor in by accident, building props for his girlfriends theater group, in Amsterdam. Assimilating massive amounts of information about art and learning a new language, Dutch, David ‘Izzy’ Isakson found his metier, working as an assemblage artist. In 2012 Izzy began to exhibit regularly, Winning prizes in juried shows for his work, he developed his sense of deconstruction humor and continued to refine his assemblage work. With over 80 gallery shows and 90 pieces of art to his credit, he has exhibited at BG gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA. The Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA and a solo show titled Relics of the Civilization of Myself at The Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo CA, among others. Brief Description of Work: I am a schizophrenic Jewish American artist working is assemblage, and sculpture. I weld and join materials to make humorous deconstructions out of everyday objects.
Nathaniel Byrd is a recent graduate from UGA who currently lives in Athens, GA. He balances his time between developing his yoga practice, coordinating a community gardening/free-food delivery service, and creating art in his tiny bedroom, which doubles as a Metalsmithing studio and a yoga room.
Brief Description of Work: My work explores the human contradiction of being both “of” nature and separate from it. I see my practice as a spiritual exploration, a physical method through which I can come to understand my place in the world, in the universe at large, and in the human timeline. I explore these themes in the abstract by juxtaposing fractal, organic patterns with rigid, geometric structures and pulling from ancient religious symbology and architecture.
Kirti Sharma Delhi India