Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
Upstream People Gallery is delighted to host a color exhibition that is international in scope. It has become increasingly inclusive of nearly every country in the world. With this venue artists are able to showcase their work to the whole wide world.
All of the works exhibited by these fifty artists were selected for certain reasons that are too numerable to mention in detail, however some artists and their work are herein recognized for having demonstrated a high level of artistic achievement, either technically or conceptually.
JAKE ALLEE of Grand Junction, Colorado shows a certain facility with his earthenware. In particular, his concept of using the landscape form in a ceramic plate is intriguing in that idea of a vast landscape captured in a small plate has merit indeed.
LAURIE JOAN ARON of New York, New York continues to orchestrate amazing collages as seen in several of her pieces in the show. “65 Cubes” with the high degree of spatial geometrics while including a dog looking up and another area with organic features. Also, dealing with some oriental and western imagery in a strong rectilinear format together with a nice curvilinear staircase accents well the piece “116 Gold and Orange”. The play with space using more rectilinear devices and opened doors she develops “2 Blue and Red Perspective”.
ANEESHA BALDEOSINGH of Shorewood, Wisconsin has a signature aesthetic using water based mixed media on masonite in richly textured artwork. “Approaching” shows the soft upward flow with the linear section coming in from the right. The pink and orange area contrasts well with the dark value area. “Dominance” is very strong in it’s loose grid work interwoven with the moving and more organic threading, all enhanced in a blue and black palette. And “Void” shows several subtle nuanced areas in a warm olive green, devoid of any clear shaping, yet very strong in its textural orchestration.
SABINE BLODORN of Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia brings dynamism to the exhibition. The high gloss acrylic and collage on canvas speaks well to this fortissimo of visual strength as seen in “Intergalactic Treasure Hunt Alert”. The organic interplay of bold primary and secondary colors with black and white accents is indeed arresting visually. Seemingly calmer in the smaller areas and cooler palette she brings the dynamism again in “The Big Bang in Color”.
DEBORAH JEAN BURDIN of Colorado Springs, Colorado works well with mixed media in order to give expression to her ideas. “Violation” is striking in terms of the artist’s intent which finds its strength in the figure-ground format and the use of red splats and the bold “X” marking.
IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California has a vast vocabulary in her prolific display of works that are widely selected for exhibitions. Of particular note is her piece in watercolor entitled “Farmer’s Market” with its sections that represent the numbers of fruits and vegetables. The tilting umbrellas gives a nice movement to the work. Another fine work is her acrylic painting “Rain Dancers” with the sequential placement of the dancers moving diagonally in the background and foreground. The orange and black add strength to the message as well.
RAMONA CREEL of Rapid City, South Dakota brings an interesting digital photograph to the show. One wonders where this exists while at the same time being enamored with the neon glow of the many curvilinear shapes moving in pattern upward.
C. ARTHUR CROYLE of Ames, Iowa combines acrylic and oil in expert fashion as seen in his triptych piece “Gorge Triptych”. With its 54” width it helps to typify the vastness of the terrain. The skill in modeling the rocks helps to show the areas of depth.
CAROLYN FRANCES of Monument Beach, Massachusetts is an accomplished mixed media artist using fabrics, resins, glue and acrylic. Her work “Poet of Venice” stands out with the overall curvature of material surrounding the face which has interesting embellishments to intensify the character. The warm coloration with the contrasting violet makes it even more impressive. The whole formation of “Rome on Fire” is richly moving and the warm and cool with the white face with voids for the eyes and mouth make for an awesome work.
FAITH GABEL of Brooklyn, New York makes art proving that less is more as seen in her acrylic painting “The Conversation”. The simplicity yet directness is refreshing. And the boldness of red with bright yellow as a background makes it even more intense.
GEORGE S. GATI of Poughquag, New York has a keen eye for wonderful interrelationships. “Faded Wall” is created from a photograph of a section of a roof corner cantilevering into the squarely formatted composition. The continued movement into the piece is given with the shadow onto the nicely textured faded wall.
MANUEL J. GONZALES of Lubbock, Texas develops his concepts with mixed media monoprint works. “Further into Obscurity” shows the warm and cool makeup organic in nature using tree and land forms. “Momentary Lapse: Passing Glances” depicts richly developed areas with figurative elements in high tenebristic shaping. The interior structuring helps to give the dimensional quality. In a similar fashion he shows “Momentary Lapse: Desolation” with even greater emphasis on the spatial effects.
MICHAEL GRIESGRABER of Las Vegas, Nevada has his own style of painting. In “Big Red” he uses the thick vertical straight lines in black with the bold red and yellow orange together with the areas of smaller and loosely gestural lines sets up a dynamic interplay. This signature style is developed also in the complementary color scheme of “Green Fields”. And with the blue green, red orange contrast he presents “Unfinished Symphony” which seems to have a push and pull with the increased dark area at the top.
SARGAM GRIFFIN of Healdsburg, California has a sense of delicacy and rich painterly qualities. This is especially seen in the specially hung painting “Openings”. Actually the horizontal structure which hangs the vertical painting makes this work quite well.
HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia is a master photographer. He always seems to have a fine sense of his art. His piece “Garden of Eden” has mystery as the shadowed hand overlaps the tilted feminine face counter balanced with the flowing hair. And “Starship 2000, LA County Fair” captures the movement of the people well orchestrated on both sides. The sense of fast and slow works quite well. Also his piece “The Cubicist’s Rube” is wonderful with the black and white figural shape contrasted with the colored geometrics.
DEBRA KAYATA of Ocean City, New Jersey has a developed eye for detail in her close up photographs. With some manipulation, she creates “Hyacinth Blue” which is quite nice to see up close and the chosen blue is “cool”.
F. M. KEARNEY of New York, New York always searches out the environment for interesting compositions. In “Lost in the Moment” he is able to find a richly colorful space with the trees and water which is reminiscent of some northern Japanese landscapes. And what a dynamic find he gets in his piece “Natural Confetti” with all the fall-like coloration.
TRICIA POULOS LEONARD of Reno, Nevada has a developed artistic use of mixed media as seen in her music themed pieces. “Jazz Singer” shows the figure with many textural treatments including the treble sign, musical notes and the microphone, all developed with a strong warm and cool vibration amidst the central figure. And “Jazz Musician” is also rich with the angularity of the saxophone player and the black and red with green dynamics.
MICAH LINTON of Venice, California uses a warm palette to create her acrylic paintings of interesting figures as seen especially in “Burning 2”. The skin and facial patterns add a strangeness to the message, adding to its artistic merit.
JAMES P. LOUKS of Spearfish, South Dakota presents several assemblages in the show. “Do You Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated?” is remarkable in terms of what he has selected to assemble. The enclosed female figure with her hands on her face helps to give meaning as well as other added parts. His “Lost and Found” is a visual delight with the facial mask playing a major role as well as the open drawers and open door parts.
GWENLYN NORTON of Oak View, California uses cut glass with watercolor in a special manner. Her work “Night Moves” is an interesting abstraction with some areas in watercolor and some areas in patterned cut glass - such an unusual combination of materials, which makes this rather important in terms of her special style. And on a larger scale she gives a sense of expansiveness in “Shutter Blues” showing intricate technical skill.
PRAVEEN RAI of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India uses iconography typical of his environment. In “Harmony” the bell, the meditative eyes and the special hand sign all make for a rather peaceful statement and the softness of the shapes adds a calmness as well.
LOIS SCHLACHTER of Sprint Mt, Pennsylvania is great with the curvilinear and polychromatic palette uses in her acrylic paintings. “Balloon Fiesta” is a nice abstraction of the idea. “Clamming” is another dynamic piece with the vibrancy and the movement all over. In “Links” there are areas of rest and then movement with the composition of curvilinear forms. The light and dark in the colors adds greatly.
MARLENE SIFF of Westport, Connecticut takes shaped canvases to a significant level of achievement. In an abstract formation she creates “Breaking Free” with the main direction moving to the right with a little left movement. The bright red and orange with the darker colors makes for a strong piece. And the large size of 56” wide makes it even more impressive. Another richly constructed piece is “Follow Your Dream” with the strong warm and cool coloration with the interplay of the curve and straight movements.
CHARLES STROH of Kalamazoo, Michigan has captured some interesting places in his travels. “Art Deco Jeweler: Lisbon” is rich with light and dark pattern in various parts. Showing the street or passageway slanted in the picture adds to the horizontality and verticality found in the photograph. “Mijas Stairs: Spain” shows the warm and cool, light and dark all working together with the curve movements playing a major part. Seeing the special relationships in “Red M: Istanbul” shows his keen eye, wherein he shows the contrast of the looseness of the warm red M together with the tight cool blue pattern.
THOMAS TEAMOH (LI FEI LONG) of Chongqing PR, China always had dynamic photography. “Rainbow Flight” is quite well composed with the several figures moving to the right in the foreground with the brightly colored airplane facing left in the background. His “Red Berry” composition is wonderful with all the red berries and the brightness of the colors. Moreover, the best of his work in this show is “Red Dress Dance” where he captures the movement strengthened visually in red and black with a central figure lightly treated.
CRAIG C. WALKOWICZ of Stevens Point, Wisconsin captures a wonderful scene in his photograph “Under the Bridge” which shows great strength in its simplicity. The bold black representing underneath the bridge and the white vertical structure and the bright blue sky are great together - and it is from a real scene, yet has strong abstract qualities.
GREGORY WALTER of Blair, Nebraska paints regionally with the landscape subject matter. His “September Soybean No. 1” is a very accomplished representation of the rural scene. The rows of plants are in rhythm with the cloud formation in the distance. And with more rows he develops “Desoto Bend: Wild Mustard No. 3” wherein the panoramic view is composed showing a left and right subdivision, a kind of warm and cool arrangement.
KRISTINA ZALLINGER of Hamden, Connecticut is most definitely a very strong colorist. Her painting methodology is quite delightful with the many spots and areas of color. “Color, Color Everywhere” is a magnificent work indeed. “Color on Fire” shows an overall yellow-orange space with many multicolored spots. “Cotton Candy” us also fascinating and richly colored with an abundance of the pink cotton candy color. The larger and smaller areas of color work very well. “Graffiti” has many more smaller areas with some of them more linear which increases the dynamic variety. And “Landscape in China” has the coloration found in some chinese art and the use of black and white adds to her repertoire of variation in her well-liked style.
To conclude, please know that Upstream People Gallery is working hard to present to the world the outstanding artists of our day. The gallery hopes to enlighten viewers to the talent that artists have developed into significant accomplished art.
Curator, Professor of Art