Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
The "11th Annual All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition" continues the tradition, after ten years of operation of the Upstream People Gallery, to showcase various works of art from around the world. Artists from almost every country have participated and made this visual adventure a success. We are proud to be able to let many millions of visitors see these selected works.
Here are some comments about some of the works that have received special recognition because of originality of concept and technical artistic achievement as the most considered reasons.
JAKE ALLEE of Tyler, Texas has some well excuted stoneware pieces that deserve recognition. His two works entitled "Quatrefoil Vase" are well constructed and glazed to enhance the unusual forms.
KATRIN ALVAREZ of Koln, Germany takes an approach that is not often reflected upon. “Chain of Childhood” shows a strong spatial relationship of a large portrait of a young person in the near foreground with an older couple in a dance position, yet having both their right legs tied together. The earth tones and decorative aspects adds to the strength of the piece.
SAKAGUCHI BENJAMIN AKEALA BELEW of Fairborn, Ohio paints with oil in a rather softer manner. In his painting “The Rest” the reclining figure in a relaxed state works well with the smoothness of the painting. The play of angles helps give the work added interest.
ROSEMARIE BLOCH of Okeana, Ohio is quite the colorist. The intensity of her color palette is eye-catching, moreover the juxtapositioning of the five rectangular and square canvases strengthens the idea of her acrylic painting entitled “Take Five”.
JAMES BROWN of Cedar Hill, Texas brings a bit of humor somewhat with his drawing “Man with Surfboard”. Here the wideness of the board and the man’s stomach are harmonious, yet the idea of the sleekness of the surfboard and the pot belly of the man create an interesting contrast.
MATTHEW DEREZINSKI of Kirksville, Missouri has some successful digital prints in the show. “Abandon” evokes wonder in terms of the textural treatment; “Adam’s Rib” shows a skeletal structure contrasted with other circular mechanical and linear parts; “Forgotten” gives a mystery of thought in the play of a window with one broken shutter, a crow and flying birds altogether with the shadow of a tree; and “Trapped 02” is another composition of parts that give more unusual interplay.
JOCELYNE DESFORGES of Lachine, P.Q., Canada uses oil in colorful ways, not only literally but in terms of her ideas. Quite striking is her painting “Charles Bukowski and Georgia Peckham” wherein the couple are enjoying a drink together. Also her piece “How Do You Make It?” shows diverse imagery all about and under a tent-like canopy, all together rather delightful and playful.
HALINA DOMANSKI of Yuba City, California is a master at the collage technique. Quite successful is her arrangement called “I Like You Old Roseville” with juxtaposed parts of buildings and signs such as Welcome and Historic Route with street numbers, a U. S. Flag and a street clock. The gold, yellow, red-orange and green color changes are perfectly placed. Another fine piece is “Two Loveable Cities” with the obvious ladder centrally located with other parts of the city carefully placed with the open space in the upper left. Also “Wonderful Capitol City” works quite well in the warm tonality with the openness at the top.
CAROLE DUEBBERT of San Diego, California uses reflections in a very interesting way in her piece appropriately titled “Trapped in a Box”. The emphasis is placed on the head form with the black and blue coloration perhaps to connote the negative feeling of being boxed in. The boxed head in the diamond shape strengthens the mood.
MAYA GREEN of Jesreel Valley, Israel has a distinctive color palette that is intensely marvelous. Her Oil on canvas pieces are bold and beautifully created. “Overture” shows her use of bright primary and secondary colors with a strong value pattern overall. “The Beautiful Land” shows the artist’s appreciation of the landscape with the mostly warm colors in the foreground and the cooler colors in the more distant hills.
NANCY HART of Odessa, Texas has the ability to articulate in three-dimensions in an intimate way especially noted in her two artist books and boxes “Aviary” and “Lunation”. In the former there are images of birds out in the open on a branch contrasted with images of birds behind a wired grid as if caged in. The latter shows aspects of the sky with the moon and calculations or measurements.
ROSS HILGERS of Moorhead, Minnesota provides five new works in a series entitled “Terrane” created in earthenware. In these the structures are areas built upon one another. This is quite interesting as an artistic direction which is somewhat architectural as well especially noted in the piece “Terrane IV”. “Terrane III” shows some expansiveness outward as well as upward.
ANGELA CAZEL JAHN of Phoenix, Arizona submitted just one mixed media work that is full of wonderment. The title is engaging: “Ego: Best Just Stay Home Today”. All the images seem to come forth with a seated figure whose mind is full of a lot of things. This is a delightful work.
BETTY JAMESON of Austin, Texas handles abstraction is rich ways. One of her best pieces in this show is her acrylic painting “Earth Coat” with a strong figure-ground relationship and the strong tonal contrast with well positioned meandering yellow orange and orange curvilinear movements.
JEMMA JINGCO of Siegburg, Germany presents a dynamic drama visualized in his acrylic work called “Life” which shows among several symbolic images, the three crosses in the background with a marked and bloodied figure in the front. The other works selected for this show are all quite strong and dramatic.
HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia has a variety in his body of photographs. Especially nice is his unusual work entitled "Colorscape" and his piece "A Big Fan" is rather humorous.
SUKI KWON of Springboro, Ohio is involved with various fabric and sewing. Especially effective is the square piece called “Laughter” which in its bright and multicolored arrangement suggests a kind of happiness.
IRENA LIALKO of the Ukraine has a most wonderful and engaging sense of detailed artistry. Most magnificent in all the wonderful little shapes and lines put together to form “Lips” in basic red and green mostly. It is what can truly be termed “awesome”. The other work "Silver Dream" is equally wonderful and amazing.
JACQUELINE DIAZ MALDONADO of San Juan, Puerto Rico has captured a good sense of the situation in her work “Homeless”. Nicely framed in a rectangular opening is a man in a rather fetus position, sleeping away.
ISIK MATER of Istanbul, Turkey has some very crisply detailed digital photographs that are excellent. "Land of Enchantment" is a beautiful landscape; "River of Umbrellas" is an interesting contrast of humans with the structure of buildings; and "Waiting for the Miracle" is a rather near symmetrically positioned and hope filled work.
KELLIANNE McCARTHY of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has an interesting approach to pattern and concept. Two of her square formatted oil paintings are quite nice. “The Virgin Hiding in a Dream” and “The Virgin of Humility with a Pink Crown” both show a richness of a flowery patterning to enhance the gentle idea of purity.
BARBARA MEHLMAN of Woodland Hills, California brings the show a contemporary slant in her use of digital painting. “Age Old Battle” is rich in the bright light reflecting on the head of the older man while this is contrasted with the clarity of the folded hands of the seated figure. With acrylic, digital painting and graphite she creates a richness in her piece “Passion of a Pastor”. She uses xerox, acrylic and digital paint quite effectively in another strong piece called “Sicilian Andreas” which also shows an older man. And quite wonderful is her piece “Too Late to Revisit Childhood” which again shows her mastery of her rich technique.
SACHIN NAIK of Pune, Maharashtra, India has quite the facility to sensitively work with watercolour. The work "Bridge" is wonderfully orchestrated with the richness of textures created with the transparency technique.
RYAN O’GRADY of Bethel, Connecticut positions his imagery effective to get his message across. “View of Broken Dreams” shows the monument of James Dean with the faded Hollywood sign in the background.
LYNN PALUGA of Archer, Florida uses mixed media to graphically depict thoughts taken from T. S. Eliot. In her piece “Ghost Page” a living left hand holds open the page while a skeletal right hand holds the right side. The lettering and the framed detailing add more quality to the work. Quite rich in materials and idea is her piece “A Dozen Long-Stemmed Remotes” well orchestrated in the complementary red and green color scheme. The enclosed bottom contrasted with the irregular openness at the top are well designed too.
RACHEL M. RAAB of Savannah, Georgia has a digital photograph that seems to be a commentary. “Cans?” in a hugh pile with sacks containing cans makes quite a statement but with the American Flag on top makes it quite significant indeed.
JONATHAN RAMIREZ of Woodland Hills, California mounts his photographs on vintage particle board for a special effect. Of his six selected works, “Lost Life 1” seems effective in getting the point across rather well in that a recliner that looks taped on with a stronger light source, is placed amidst wood structures that are falling apart. “Lost Life 2” and “Lost Life 3" shows the destruction of once functioning buildings.
PARKS REECE of Livingston, Montana has some well executed original lithographs. “Bearly There” in the cool blue tones gives thought to the bear species that may be becoming extinct perhaps. With the rich elaborate treatment of the sky, she develops an exciting piece entitled “The Buffalo Jump” which continues the thoughts about near extinction. “The Wishful Thinker” is also thought provoking. And “Waiting for a Rainbow” seems to provide a hopeful aspect to this body of works.
DIANE ROTHBART of Southampton, New York takes abstraction to a delightful level in her “The Art of A Nice, Fat Meow”. Of this series “Untitled 1”, “Untitled 4” and “Untitled 5” enrich the given area abundantly reinforcing the idea of the fatness of a meow as such.
DEREK ROWEDDER of Denison, Iowa brings to the forefront the textural imagery of contemporary graffiti framed well in all itls glory giving it a level of sincere professionalism. “On the Inside” is sculpturally effective in the depth created off the wall.
DENNIS SALON of Henderson, Nevada uses mixed media in quite imaginative ways. All the works are striking in imagery combinations and dramatic tenebristic value patterning. “No. 18” certainly addes the element of mystery. “No. 27” is strong in the message indeed. And “No. 28” seems to have mixed rather messages of seriousness and lightheartedness.
SAMIRAN SARKAR of Jadavpur, Kolkata, India has several well painted watercolors enlightening the viewer of the artist’s environment. “My City at Morning” is terrific with the “U” shape formation with the light reflecting on the buildings and traffic in the distance. In “My City” is captured the balance of the dark on the left and the light on the right. The “U” compositional shaping in “Mystery Light at Thimpu, Bhutan” works well with an overall lightness. And the rectangular bordering all around in the painting “Tea Stall at Early Morning” is very nice with the people inside the area.
NIRA SCHWARTZ o Haifa, Israel has some limited edition prints and collage works with gold decoration. Especially playful and lyrical is her piece nice titled “Lovers” in which two long stemmed flowers stand strongly amidst a lot of fanciful activity.
ALICIA SHEMS of Waban, Massachusetts creates a dynamic interpretation in mixed media with a work called “Tsunami 2004: In Memoriam”. Her attention to detail with the beading and the juxtapositioning of fabric is quite forcefully presented.
JULIE SHRIVE of London, United Kingdom has some interesting photo work. Especially good is “New Horizons” in which figures on the left tilt in on the left and on the right is a good angle of a bridge. Also challenging in terms of spatial aspects is “Prospect”.
DAVID L. SMITH (aka Dr. Doodle) of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is one of a kind indeed. His highly detailed drawings are spectacular and wonderful. The current composite collages add another dimension to his works. Of particular note is his piece “Joanne ust Joined The Journey of Sojourners to Her Heavenly Home”. The analogous coloration bodes well with the orchestration which is awesome indeed. Another terrific composite is “Lindsey Learned Her Lines and Lyrics for Her Lead in the Play The Lives and Loves of Little Lillian Lilliput”. Here the simple rather complementary color scheme works quite well.
L. SUSAN STARK of Mill Valley, California is unique in her use of silk dupioni and organza as art media. Quite compelling in intention is her piece “Approaching Storm”, horizontally positioned with the dark on the one side helps to convey the movement. Also interesting is “Vinery Roses” in which the compressed media simulate the shape of the rose which works well with the flowing parts in contrast.
PAULA SUTER of Poulsbo, Washington captures a wonderful view of a close up of a flower. “Blue Tulip” in it’s square format is quite nice in its abstractness. Her “Fish Market” is effective and strange with the red, black and white strength and with the fish upside down with eyes wide open.
HARUHISA TAKANO of Chiba, Japan has the power of the brushstroke in his rendition of a city in “Future Urban Speed”. The complementary color works well and the energy felt in all the dashes and the movement captures indeed the artist’s concept.
THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PRC, China is a master digital photographer. In this show all his five works are selected for their unusualness and coloration. “Color Reflection” is strong with the tilted colorful oval in the foreground and the dark silhouetted figures in the middleground. “Evening at Fantasy Park” works well showing the attractive violet, blue, yellow-green and green colors. Most striking is the red and green of “Jialing River Boats Traffic” and the sense of space is very nice with the overall large curve. “Night Shoppers at Jiefangbei Mall” is rich tonally and with the glowing lights. And on a light side, “Plastic Ball Fun at City Park Pool” is delightful.
LESLIE TUCKER of New York, New York makes use of photomontage to create some very well created works that seems to make the ordinary genre of everyday life rise to a higher level as in her piece “Extraordinary Mundane”. “Hard to Swallow” is an interesting commentary about the popularity of heavy water consumption. “Obey” seems to strike at the compelling nature of drinking Coke. “Requiem” shows how this type of light bulb, one king, is being replaced with more efficient ones. And “Toxic Carbs” repeats the idea of how white bread with it’s high carbohydrates is rather toxic. The use of the other symbols adds to the strength of this statement. All of her works chosen are quite extraordinary.
JOHN VINKLAREK of San Angelo, Texas shows a rather ambitious mixture of images in a rather compelling piece entitled “Pursuance”. The play of the organic and geometric adds strength in this vertical sculpture.
MARYDORSEY WANLESS of Topeka, Kansas provides tintypes for a rich development of imagery in her “Renewal” series. All of them show a person’ s face immerse under water as a kind of baptism or cleansing is taking place. In “Renewal 4”, “Renewal 6”, “Renewal 7” and “Renewal 8” the eyes are closed. Interestingly in “Renewal 9” the eyes are open and looking upward!
JOHN WESEMAN of Granite City, Illinois combines ceramic with found objects. In “Stellar Urban Sprawl” there is a richness in the number and repetition of silvery gray, mechanical looking pieces that collectively sit atop an earthy organic structure. “Underhand” is also strong with the contrast with the organic with mechanical attachments.
PHILLIP A. WINDELL (aka paw fotograf) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania captures a strong message in his digital photograph “Soup” showing two men in front of store that has most of its windows covered with posters.
All in all this show covers a lot of ground in terms of a variety of styles and messages. It is important to us to see the world and our lives through the eyes of talented artists such as the ones we showcase here. Thank you all.
Professor of Art, Curator of Upstream People Gallery