Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
Upstream People Gallery continues the tradition of exhibiting artworks from around the globe, promoting artists and their exemplary talents, for over ten years. It is indeed encouraging that several artists have sold their work and many newspapers have featured articles about the artists who have exhibited with us.
This month the gallery features the “6th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Online International Art Exhibition” so-called in order to show that color is oftentimes the dominant element to enhance a colorful message, while at the same time, color may be used subtly to present a mood. With this in mind, following are comments about particular works that are outstanding in terms of their impressive character.
RITA BLITT of Leawood, Kansas is quite adept with her understanding of linear presentations. In her painted steel piece entitled “Inspiration” the curvilinear movement created via stacked outlined shapes stand twenty-six feet tall as if the height upward connects to the higher dimensions of faith.
TOM CASALINI of Zionsville, Indiana has several colorful photographic works. Especially strong is his Giclee on canvas called “Cinque Terra #2” wherein a very brightly colored grouping of stacked houses are nestled amidst the hillside compositionally forming an overall “V” shaping.
CHARLES CRAIN of Scottsdale, Arizona has a vast visual vocabulary as seen in his five Giclee prints. One of the most touching is "Navajo Weaver (Arizona)" which shows the rich character of the woman with an elaborate handmade turquoise necklace.
WALT CURLEE of Phenix City, Alabama has some of the strongest works in the show. His oil painting is brilliant in terms of style and technique. In “Appalachian Pumpkin Patch” he shows a view upon a hill looking down on a quaint farm. The undulating rhythm of the rolling hills presents a wonderful typography. In his “Cultivating The Peas” he shows a simple man in overalls and hat plowing the soil with horses pulling, showing an appreciation for the old ways. With his wonderful sense of space, he shows a young person walking down the pathway in the foreground with his dog, his caught fish, pale and fishing pole in his work called “Fish For Supper”. Continuing with his theme of the pleasant farmland, he presents “Raking The Hay” with the flowers in the front and the red barn in the distance, while cows graze peacefully. And in “The Veon Farm” he shows the expansiveness of the land with a stream flowing through. In all his works he shows some interesting cloud formations.
JEANETTE DICK of Belle Terre, New York shows several skillful pastel works. Perhaps most important among them is the work “The Future Is For Tomorrow” wherein she presents a young man looking forward. The coloration of blues and yellows are nicely handled.
PATRICIA DURR of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada uses collagraph and monoprint in her dynamic piece entitled “Armageddon Comes” showing strong yellows and reds with contrasting blue-grays in a twenty-one foot triptych.
CHARLES FARMER of Alexandria, Virginia photographically creates a striking work called “Blue Dragon I” with rich manipulations.
JUSTINE FERNIE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada has a acrylic painting that is quite engaging in that it is very colorful and full of wonderful patterning, entitled “Bedtime Squares”. In a rather unusual treatment of colorfully patterned trees along a walkway to an elaborate cottage she presents “Carter Cottage”. And again she has a very strong and colorful work called “The Garden” in which the varied shapes and movement are delightful indeed.
ERICA JENSEN of Eureka, California captures imagery in the environment. In “Creek Bed” she captures the rich organic textures and subtle colors therein. In the photograph “Sunlight Thru the Redwood Forest” she shows the light coming through the density of the forest.
HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia steps up in an intriguing way in his presentation of his triptych “Projectogram 1” in which he shows the movement of a man’s torso while he uses an opaque projector creating something rather unusual and wonderful.
MARJORIE KAYE of Cambridge, Massachusetts has some of the strongest colored pencil works. One of the most striking is her work “Lightship” with it’s near symmetrical orchestration of intense and dull, warm and cool colors.
PATSY LINDAMOOD, PSA, UKCPS, AFC of Gainesville, Florida is a recognized artists with a highly skilled mastery of pastel. In “Glacier Blues” she orchestrates the landscape with a large horizontal oval created via the cloud formation. And in “Sarah’s Smile” she captures the beauty and happiness that goes beyond any photographic approach.
HAVVA MARTA of Izmir, Turkey has developed a body of work with the subject matter of the phoenix. Of particular note is “Anka 4 (Phoenix 4)” which has the brilliance of blues, reds, greens and yellows. The strength of character is developed in her black and white oil “Anka 6 (Phoenix 6)”. Additionally, her piece “Anka 10 (Phoenix 10)” shows the imagery in yet another way with the strong linear developments.
ERICH J. MOFFITT of Charlotte, North Carolina has a rich imagination in all his works in the show. “Bye” is indicative of this with the elaborate characterizations. Another exceptional piece is “Calm Down” which is quite forceful in the color and movement of the characters.
And in “The Selfish Giant” he uses the hot red and yellows in the larger figure contrasting the smaller figure in the foreground. Most interesting is the coloration in the man’s face!
MATT NEUMAN of Aspen, Colorado is another one of those highly talented and imaginative artists working in oil. All his works are quite remarkable. “The Acceptance of the Beaver”, “The Adaptation of the Beaver”, “The Folly of the Beaver” and “The Redemption of the Beaver” are meritorious in every way of artistic achievement.
MAYDA RUMBERG of New York, New York is engaged with the genre of New York City and it is wonderful to see what she captures. Her photograph “Good Morning” shows a morning cup greeting the morning at the open window.
DAVID L. SMITH of Stevens Point, Wisconsin has some very delicate and pattern-rich works. His piece “Spin and Span - The Colors Ran...” shows the delicate inner workings in patterning with the warm colors in the center and the coolers colors toward the edge.
DAMIA SMITH of Carlyle, Illinois creates what could be called body sculpture. Especially nice is “Dendrites Chromium” which hang around the neck and fitting nicely on the ribcage. The copper, enamel, monofilament and sterling silver give a rich presentation. Another wonderful work is her elaborate necklace sculpture entitled “Polymer Strands” in bright red-orange, yellow-green and light blue. And “Grana Carotene” moves strikingly across the chest in bright copper.
THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PRC, China continues in this show with a bold use of color. In “Garden Path” he shows some very intense colors. And again in “Global Warming Series 2” he tackles an important topic. Especially rich is his work “Nature Color Jewels”.
RALPH WHITE of Redondo Beach, California uses acrylic with fluidity in two rather striking works: “Cosmos” and “Kimono” both show a nice sense of color and pattern contrasts.
BRYAN M. WOOD of Charlotte, North Carolina has a signature style with circles in a grid centered amidst rich expressionistic gestural movements. The contrast of the controlled and free form is engaging. Perhaps the most striking in the series is “Ignoring the Obvious” and “Love” in which color and tonal contrasts add greatly.
THOMAS YEZZA of Vernon, New Jersey paints these intricate geometric abstractions that are optically compelling. Quite strong is his piece “Aztec Autumn Sun” and “Bang” with the radial burst almost giving off energy itself.
KRISTINA ZALLINGER of Hamden, Connecticut has some very rich textural acrylic and mixed media works in the color field mode. All of them are wonderful in their own special ways of color and shape as well as textural richness. Her titles are quite interesting: “A Hop, Skip and a Jump”, “I Like Thalo Green”, Liquitexture”, “Osha Orange” and “Portrait Pink in Places”. These are all jewels.
As the gallery goes forth, we hope that artists will benefit from the worldwide exposure which each truly deserves.
Curator, Professor of Art