Upstream People Gallery

13th Annual Contemporary Art Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

An 'International Exhibition' is unique in terms of showcasing a variety of art forms, styles and personal expressions, from rather traditional approaches to the more post-modernist trends. There has been and still is a paradigm shift which allows for a more inclusive and richer abundance of quality art of all types. This exhibition is a good example of what is happening in the art world today.

Since art can have different meanings for different people, the selections were based on representing this wide cross section of art today which is punctuated by a diversity of manipulated materials, technological advances, beauty of overall form, layers of meaning and technical proficiency; altogether highlighting personal and/or universal concepts.

When one thinks about the human spirit as it grasps the creative process, we can become somewhat awestruck at the artistic results. For this reason we become convinced that all art is good art at some level. Albert Einstein said 'Imagination is more important than knowledge'. Therefore, let us think of creative expression as quite important for the maturing of the whole person.

Nevertheless, human nature is often competitive, consequently we strive for standards of excellence or what can be decidedly called 'Great Art'. These standards are indeed achieved when one commits to informed decision-making and creative problem-solving, tirelessly perfecting one's craft, dedicating oneself to hard work, time and self-awareness in this journey toward eloquence with this language of art.

The artists selected for this exhibition are all winners because they were chosen to be exhibited. We congratulate all the artists for their invaluable contributions to this wonderful show! Hopefully the viewers will all gain insight and be touched in some way. Following are some comments about particular artists and their work.

ROBIN ANTAR of Brooklyn, New York is a master carver of marble. All the works submitted are recognized for the visual clarity achieved. In the realistic vein, “Boxing Gloves” and “Hat” are master works indeed. And in the rather abstract vein, “D Knot #1”, “The Thinker” and “Undoing the Knot” are remarkable especially considering the twisting and bending of the medium of marble.

TAMARA BARON of Holon, Israel has a rich sense of texture and image in a rather second generation New York School approach in filling the pictorial field. “Cleopatra” shows a collection of collaged pieces with areas of acrylic. The work “Gypsy” is outstanding especially in the handling of the polychromatic color throughout. And “Metropolis” displays an abundance of more rectilinear parts with less color and more grays and blues.

ELDRED BOZE of Wardensville, West Virginia creates an unusual web-like structure of treelike growth in this fantastic acrylic painting entitled “Elvethera Banyons”.

RAY CHEN of Terre Haute, Indiana is prolific with his stoneware and earthenware artworks. The series of “Mother and Child” is a recurrent theme in his work. Especially noteworthy in this series is “Mother and Child 3” in which the interrelationship of the two is noticeably apparent with the atectonic extension connecting the two. Also the photography of his work is excellent.

IONE CITRIN of Los Angeles, California is another prolific artist working in the states. In this show “Tree Sa” stands out because of the dark brown color and the richly embellished material covering the person.

MINDY Z. COLTON of Orlando, Florida has a great affinity with horses. In her mixed media pieces she grants them a kind of super elegance with the extended legs. “Unbridled Spirits: Nature’s Gift” shows two horses varied in size, yet almost regal in their stance together. And in “Unbridled Spirits: The Conversation” she adds a turquoise glaze coloring to what seems to be younger horses.

WALT CURLEE of Phenix City, Alabama is truly a fine artist. His oil paintings are full of detailed imagery in a realistic setting with a special signature cloud formation. “Rural Winter” is striking with the animals and trees, red barn and the old car parked outside the farm house. In his “Springtime on the Farm” he shows beautiful rolling hills with flowers and trees, an orchard and mushrooms, a farmer on his tractor plowing the curving fields, the farm off in the distance and the wonderful cloud formation in the sky. And in his “Turkey in the Hills” he uses a reversed ‘L shape’ compositional structure showing the detailed turkeys in the foreground as if on a hill and the middle ground is downhill beside the running water. Also, “Autumn Wheat Harvest” shows the rolling landscape with many creatures detailed, such as squirrels and a frog, cows in the distance as well as houses and other buildings further away. Every section of this and all his paintings are delightful and masterworks deserving of praise.

DANI (aka Shirley D. Leyrer) of Ramona, California is another artist achieving masterful detailing in the sculpture form in bronze. “The Conquista” Duet stands twenty-nine inches tall, both the male and female figures are positioned to show the elegance required. Another of her fine bronze figures is “The Ring” wherein the elegance of the female figure is quite apparent.

OLGA de KLEIN of Chattanooga, Tennessee works with yarn on wood panels. She uses the concept of opening and closing and this is achieved especially in “Open, Close II” and “Open, Close III” both showing the complexity of the yarn structure on the wood, while extending down in strands off the wood.

DENA J. GERSHON of Kent, Ohio shows some striking body sculptures using various mixed media. The work “Baubles” (alternate view) nicely echoes the face of the model. And “Shibori Pears” (worn individually) works well in its moderate proportion to the head. “Tendrils” modeled on the woman is very nice with the larger parts and smaller extensions.

BEVERLY GLASCOCK of Louisville, Kentucky shows an ambitious work reusing materials in her piece entitled “Recyclist I” which shows a great use of materials formed strategically together .

LIVIA L. GUS of Bronx, New York has a colorful work called “Triptych, Deepwater Horizon” which is quite intriguing when considering the concept of how space is handled in the three sections. Also quite nice is “Seasonal Feet” wherein she shows a quartet of panels that are quite rich visually.

DAN HITTLEMAN of Melville, New York uses photography to show aspects of his surroundings. Of particular note is “Chairs” which shows the signage on the building with six birds standing on the top of the roof. The idea of sitting played against standing is interesting.

ANGELIKA KADE of Naples, Florida shows an African spring stone piece entitled “Breaking Out” which is conceptually strong and also strong in the contrast of shape, value and texture. Altogether this is quite effective.

NIKOLAY KOEV of Weliko Tarnowo, Bulgaria has a visually moving ceramic work called “Metamorphoses 1”. The undulating coils formed together and standing fifty-eight inches tall is quite impressive. With the same signature method he creates “Metamorphoses 2” with a contrasting straight line base moving upwards in swirling motion. And “Metamorphoses 4” takes coiling to another level wherein the piece is larger at the top with little coiled circular pieces protruding out randomly.

JAIME LOPEZ of Walnut, California uses acrylic, glass and wire to structure a work called “Portrait of a Schizophrenic”. Herein is an abundance of small shapes surrounding a rather cubistic, larger facial feature in the center.

PATRICK LUBER of Grand Forks, North Dakota creates with a variety of media. In “Benign Tumors” he incorporates wood, aluminum beverage cans, brass nails, laser cut steel, paint and safety glass. The concept is also interesting with the particular silhouettes encased inside the shape of lungs making one contemplate more deeply about the message. And “Picture Window” is attractive especially in the ten inch projection off the wall and of course the materials used.

DOROTHY McGUINNESS of Everett, Washington creates some awesome woven artworks. “Child’s Play” is quite accomplished in the weave of watercolor paper and acrylic. Also “Coral Maze” is another amazing piece with the rounded concavity contrasting the zigzag patterning. And “Seven Fingers” is outstanding in the folding and bending and curving within the framework of the tight geometric weave. These works are truly terrific!

LEON OKS of Niles, Illinois creates wonderful and engaging patterns using a harmonious motif throughout. His “Sound of Night” shows this well with the many houses as if on a hill along a cobblestone passageway.

MARK ROSS of Las Vegas, Nevada creates from manipulated materials and then photographs the arrangement. Quite successful visually and conceptually is his piece “Spinning Ideas”.

HELEN N. ROWLES of Mesa, Arizona shows her skill with colored pencil and this shows well in her work “Desert Bride” with the cacti strategically placed about the bride. And with great color and pattern she creates “Mexico Landscape” which is well accomplished with the large curves of the sky formation and the small curves of the foreground patterns. Also, “Tools in My Belt” is rather intriguing in a more abstract sense.

LOIS SCHLACHTER of Spring Mount, Pennsylvania has a delightful summertime work entitled “Seaside” showing the surfers and boats on the abstracted water waves with the rather evenly spaced people on the beach in a lighter tonality with the geometric cityscape in the distance. And in a work called “Summertime” she creates the drama in rich color tonality with the curvilinear movement dominant. Also in “The Gardener’s” she shows the outdoor activity with the nicely stylized tree forms. And in “The Pickers” she gives a strong and well formed abstraction of the activity of picking fruit from trees. What a great use of imagination and skill.

BARBARA SCHNEIDER of Duesseldorf, Germany, a recent recipient of a TOY Design Award 2010 (Italy), displays a strong message in a playful way. “Born Free or Happily Ever After” is a photo-etching, intaglio print showing a teddy bear with playful building blocks which show the peace symbol and messages about no war and fun.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER of Cleveland Heights, OH uses stoneware and earthenware. His work “Contemporary Dinnerware Set” shows control in forming the pieces yet with a nice loose, free play with the linear embellishments.

BARUKH SHOHAM of Moshav Bet Arif, Israel displays a highly skilled brass cast piece entitled “SILVER WING - KHANUKAH MENORAH”. In .999 silver finish, this is a very handsome work indeed. Another great work is “MOTHERHOOD” which shows an elegance in its minimal abstraction. Created in aluminum, “and the spirit of GOD hovered over the face of the water” Genesis 1:2 is a wonderful interpretation and quite impressive in its large size of six by nine feet. Also "KING DAVID'S HARP" - Shabath Candlestick is remarkable in its abstraction and the use of brass cast 24k gold finish and mahogany wood base. And “MOVEMENT OF DANCE” also works well with the extended line on one side and the gathered lines on the other side.

JOHANNA SIEGMANN of Los Angeles, California captures such fine clarity in her digital photography as seen in “Bon Apetit”. And the humor is a bonus indeed. “Shadow Dancer” is another successful work. The woman’s head to the right and the spotted dog’s face to the left works well along with the strong shadow on the floor. And with a touch of humor again she creates “’sup?”. The large portrait with the little chicken on the shoulder is rich. The high value contrast in each work gives each photograph much strength.

MORTON SMITH of Beachwood, Ohio portrays his works in a rather autobiographical context. "General Mark Clark Drops By Fort Knox My First Day In The Army" is painted realistically in oil and the expressions on each face is quite revealing. His “Grandmother Smith” shows a lot of detailing and the facial character is wonderfully portrayed.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PR China has a good sense of abstraction. “Abstract Images” is an unusual piece in terms of the mystery of not knowing what it could be an abstraction of. “Nature Spring Dance” is another fine abstraction with dramatic effects in the use of black and white together with the color.

LANCE TURNER of Morganton, North Carolina tends to work in a large format such as in his large acrylic on wall piece “Frankenstein Information System”. The composite work “Recca” is ambitious with the different patterns and the one with the little girl, also wearing a patterned shirt, holds a gun, which makes you think about it in the context of the other pieces.

GARY WEATHERFORD of Sausalito, California captures subtle and dramatic effects using acrylic and tissue decoupage. “Morning Mist” shows the gentle nuances of the texture in cool tones. And with a more bold palette he creates “Vermillion Veil”.

RALPH WHITE of Redondo Beach, California has a special approach using acrylic on canvas as seen in “Genesis”. The black and white and the red, yellow and blue make for a striking piece. His “Riptide” is very impressive in terms of the rich texture. And his interpretation of “Synapse” is wonderful with the linear patterning.

Congratulations to everyone!

Sincerely,

Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art