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11th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The “11th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online Exhibition” contains an array of styles, expressions and media. Fifty-two artists were selected from entries from around the world. Herein are comments about those artists and their works that were visually remarkable.

LYNDA E. ANDRUS of Manhattan, Kansas has an adeptness with creating her mixed media works that involve several techniques such as weaving, collage, assemblage, sewing and painting. Numerous media is used such as Tootsie Pop wrappers, fabric, embroidery floss, paint, nylon loops, tassels, balloons, trinkets, found objects; spoons, plates, wooden bench and ice cream treats, photographs, teapots, handwritten letters, balloons to mention a few. All of her works submitted are quite engaging and handsomely colorful and textural. “Tootsie Pop Attire”, “Ice Cream Treats”, “A Child’s Room”, “Keeping Count” and “Birthday Surprise”, appropriately titled, provide a visual orchestration rich in her signature style.

LYNNE J. BAGGETT of Poplarville, Mississippi creates bas relief pieces using acrylic on Plastic Resin. This method enhanced with text, gives strength to her messages. Of particular note is “Last Orders (21)” in which words such as fragile, refuse and damage not, add depth to the message.

TOM BOVO of Brooklyn, New York creates through photography. By finding interpenetrating imagery in the reflections of the city windows he captures some interesting interplay. “5th Avenue #1”, “5th Avenue #5” and especially “West 34th Street” provide a mix of indoor/outdoor relationships.

E. M. BROOKS of Baltimore, Maryland captures some fine nighttime scenes that are rather dramatic in the power of high tonal contrast. “Lock the Door Before You Leave” in it’s diamond shape composition, dark at the bottom and light at the top, seems to deal with security and a passing of time in which a person is about to leave a space.

CHARLES CRAIN of Scottsdale, Arizona finds the Native American to be honorable subjects for his photography. “Crain-Hopi Carver 1” shows the elder with the contemporary nonnative dress of the shirt and eyeglasses. “Crain-Hopi Carver 4” shows a rather joyous one. And “Crain-Hopi Carver 5” adds the contemporary cell phone.

LUDWIG (DOC) DOCHTERMANN graces the show with intriguing sculptures made of metal parts. “Running Deer”, “Equus”, “Fledgling”, “Grasshopper” and “Rapter Rex” are indeed outstanding. The strength of material used and the artist’s original approach is truly refreshing.

CLAUDIA FAINGUERSCH of Martinez, Buenos Aires creates with digital photography. Perhaps one of the most engaging is her piece “L’ombre” in which shadows of a man carrying a case, surrounded with a spotlight; the shadow of a street post; and the cut out circle in the wood creating another space, all add up with a kind of mystery.

PAUL GAGNER of Brooklyn, New York has some wall sculptures that combine unexpected parts. One of them unified by it’s overall white is “The Brightest Stars for the Construction of Mechanical Clocks” using plaster, aluminum, plastic, pump and maple syrup.

FREYA GERVASI of Denville, New Jersey creates in stone. In a kind of radial burst upwards she develops the concept of “Emerging” in pink alabaster. The movement up and out in such a hard material is a great contrast. The polish of the stone smoothes the lagato rhythm.

JENNY HAGER of Los Angeles, California uses bright and muted coloration to express in acrylic and marker on canvas. “The Pedestals Upon Which We Stand” is an interesting stance about a kind of self-awareness.

PETE HERZFELD of Washington, D. C. proceeds with the print with added hand-drawn areas with permanent markers, showing his two-part process. One of the strong and large pieces is “Barron” and another special piece is “Fleek”. The patterning and the reversed text dealing with weather conditions is quite unusual. People are affected by the weather so this is an interesting association.

DAN HITTLEMAN of Melville, New York captures many images via photography. With the concept of contrast, his piece entitled “Tide is Out” shows a boat on mostly dry land. The cool surrounding and the warm colored boat add to the idea.

ELLIE KANE of Coral Gables, Florida brings an oriental flavor to the show as noted in her piece “Wedding Kimono” in which she uses the delicate rice paper with silk embellished with warm colored acrylic shapes.

JAN KEEN of Cincinnati, Ohio handles the idea of symmetry with elegance. Her piece “Blue Cougar” with its delicate interplay of line, shape and light and dark and warm and cool in the vertical format is quite striking. Also remarkable is her “Stained Glass I”. Both are created in acrylic with such precision!

PAUL BONNIE KENT of Cattolica, Italy shows his abstract oil paintings. His piece “Vase with 3 Apples” is intense with bright yellow and other dominantly warm colors. The radial arrangement holds the shapes together.

ANNIEO KLAAS of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa uses bright color, curvilinear shapes in a playful manner using a mixture of charcoal, watercolor, colored pencil on tissue paper. The title “Blueprint” is rich in that the large blue face with head phones is what the piece is about.

NIKOLAY KOEV of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria creates with plastic and acrylic forming sculpture pieces. “White Legend IV” in its repetition of the vertical armatures interlaced together is almost regal.

JENE T. LAMAN of San Marcos, Texas has manipulated paper in such a way as to look like a kind of strong metal, perhaps due to the brown patina look. “Waves” is nicely handled with delicacy.

LAMPO LEONG of Columbia, Missouri in his large mixed media and acrylic on canvas works capture a engaging sense of spatial qualities. Especially strong is his piece “The Golden Synergy III”. And with further involvement with a mysterious space is “Resolution in Higher Dimension I”.

LEGARLIN LI of San Diego, California expresses feelings about Africa in “Bleeding Africa”. This message is certainly important. The strength of the acrylic painting is in her handling of the face with the bloody red dripping downward.

MARK MARRARA of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a painters’ painter in that his super realistic approach to accurately portraying reflective and crinkled foil with reflected colors is outstanding. The movement and value patterns are a delight. “Blue Grimace”, “Bold Stares in Black” as a photograph, “Silver Copper Folds” and “Red Folds” are all a testament to his remarkable artistry.

DON MICHAEL, JR. of North Las Vegas, Nevada makes a strong statement with his signature style. “Flirting with Disaster” shows symbols that reinforce the gambling message.

GERRY NAGATANI of Point Richmond, California creates very handsome works with Origami paper assemblages. With its strong tonal contrasts “Autumn Sky #3” is one of the best. All of his pattern choices are dynamic together.

JEANNA RAGSDALE of Takoma Park, Maryland combines oil and acrylic on canvas. One of the strongest of her works is “Untitled” showing a youth with the influence of another. Here she nicely blends the face of the other over the head of youth. This is quite nice.

JEFFREY REZENDE of Columbus, Ohio is an expert oil painter. Isn’t it wonderful to see such super realism in his “It’s a Chevy” which shows the reflection of trees bending across on the top of a car. Done in black and white it is quite an achievement. And showing perfection with perspective he succeeds in “Recon”. “River Calle, Paris” again in black and white is nicely handled.

MAYDA RUMBERG of New York, New York wins one here in her photograph “Duck in Koi Pond, Tucson” showing a calm duck floating on top of the water with the fish swimming about.

STEVE SCHEIBE of Olympia, Washington has some wonderful stone lithographs. “Because We Can’t Eat Rocks II” as a diptych plays humor about rocks. His photo-collage/stone lithograph “Five Smooth Stones, Five Green Gones” provides food for thought. And his piece “Rock Paper Scissors” shows a playfulness and youthfulness with the little scissors and paper airplane.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER of Cleveland Heights, Ohio is our selected ceramist. In his earthenware piece “Moby 2” he provides a colorful, linear interplay across a rich crackled texture in a square format.

STELLA STEEL of Madison, Wisconsin arranges various images with a professional sense of graphic design. “Impulse Purchase Inventory List” is informative as well as visually engaging - it’s interesting to see such things bought on impulse.

CLIFF TIERNEY of Nashville, Tennessee overlaps imagery via collage and encaustic. “Tapestry One” in its linear passages, cropped images and medium toned coloration is nicely orchestrated. With a more apparent bird image with the complementary colors and white curvilinear aspects he shows another strong piece in “Tapestry Two”. And “Tapestry Three” with the ultramarine blue and rust orange with the other components is also visually rich.

ESTABON JAY TITTLE of Bronx, New York presents a strong message about self and the other. “The Corner” shows a man who has painted into the corner the words “Love Me”. This oil painting has such strong emotional power in it’s directness.

ANDREW TOTH of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is engaged with thoughtful statements using ceramics as the vehicle. One of these is “Social Security” with the golden (years) glazing in the main body of a kind of piggy bank.

PHILLIP A. WINDELL of Pittsburgh, PA shows what can be done with photography. “Cat Watch” with its bright color and rectilinear grid work, “Fruit Shopping” with the many reflections capturing bright red, yellow, green and blue with black, “Open Xerox 2” with its reflections, “Walkin’ the Song” with its strong and brilliant color, and “Wall Holes” in much the same way showing red and green with black and white - all are visually exciting.

VALENTIN ZABOLOTSKIY of Kiev, Ukraine captures a remarkable band of pink down the middle of the sky touching lines in “Powerline”. The pink and blue works well showing this unusual formation.

So there are a some comments about some very nice works, to name a few. It is always insightful to see what is going on around the world. We wish to thank all the participants and wish them continued success.


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art