Upstream People Gallery

18th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The 18th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition continues to show a lot of variety from areas far and wide. It is interesting indeed that quite a number of these artists create with newer technologies as well as proven directions. The following is the juror's comments about particular works that speak uniquely as memorable.

ROBIN ASSNER-ALVEY of Saint Louis, Missouri has two digital prints that are significant: "Untitled (4.10.07)" and "Untitled (1.55.23)". The process of developing these definitely shows off the popular digital characteristics, especially in the latter, wherein the human figure is amidst the colorful graphics. The one with a special figure-ground character makes the interaction of the two halves rather mysterious in terms of the spatial dimension.

TED BARR of Ramat Hasharon, Israel highlights various stages of the developing human in the womb. "Brain 26th Week" is dynamically presented with the brightness of the brain contrasted with its surrounding. The large size of the work makes it even more profound. "Conception 4th Day" shows the life emerging and developing. A recent published article noted that at conception a bright light occurs. "Galaxy-Embryo" in the warm coloration actually shows the young one central to the work emphasizing the message with the size of 70 inches wide! "The Fingers Formation (9th Week of Pregnancy)" further illustrates with expression, the later stage of development. Bravo Mr. Barr!

DON BERGLAND of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is certainly one of the gallery's favorite artist who has shown his genius in some rather bizarre surrealistic situations as seen in "Dance" whereby a girl dances together with a large fish floating above shallow waves over a wooden floor. "Free Will" speaks strangely about a boy and a girl inside the their heads attached to the bodies of sheep. Such fantastic imagination herein presented is quite unusual. Also, "Napier's Theorem" has the large and empty heads of two women with a younger woman in the middle, who has tattoo-like clothing of images of a circus and her head has figures walking about with a hair design of an outstandingly large curl. All staged up front with a normal beach scene with the exception of the checkered beach.

PRESTON CRAIG of Topanga, California brilliantly composes genre which includes a teddy bear clothed as a regular person. In "Homeless Teddy" he calls attention to the shopping cart with plastic bags full of necessary belongings. Teddy has his arm as if petting a relaxing dog as he sits there with a young lady passing by. This work says a lot -- a teddy bear usually suggests something to love, yet he's out on the street. The human size makes him more important in the situation of poverty. His "Master of Fine Arts Teddy" is quite instructive with signs and symbols such as having to go through a fire laden hoop, the arrows shot into the teddy bear, the chain and rope, the money symbol, altogether makes a strong impressive vision suggestive of the struggle of obtaining the degree. Lastly, his work "What Fools!" makes a statement about calling out "Somebody … Help! as a super woman speaks emphatically "What Fools These Mortals Be!!" The huge waves about to overtake a ship, the tornado and the darkened, clouded sun and the tumultuous sky all make for a dynamic outcry!

DAISY DODGE of Carmel, New York organizes very many trinkets, jewelry and other similarly sized objects to give a very special mixture on large letters, a frame but especially on a guitar. "Spirit of the Strings" which makes an impression for a love of music and sparkle in melodies of life.

FRANCES ELSON of Somis, California has a mastery with glass. Her three-dimensional artwork is actually quite rich in concept and style as seen in "Rising Blue" made from kiln-formed glass, crystals and epoxy. It's quite wonderful to think of a color rising! Her piece "Yin/Yang" with the typical traditional Chinese red and gold combination, is quite dynamic. The a-tectonic lines reaching upward, yet as if bowing and the masterful integration at the base is outstanding indeed!

MELINDA FINE of Raleigh, North Carolina has some very effective statements with a flare for a kind of deconstructionism. Her "Bend Over Backwards" is rich with collage cut paper with strokes and dabs of black gesso. The work "The Show Girl" is quite strong in terms of the large figure and color additions. It is fascinating to ingest such a characterization. Perhaps the most favored is the work entitled "Warrior" with the multiplicity of cut paper parts and the convincing stance.

JOAN FITZGERALD of Hamburg, New York brings her signature style of collage with acrylic. "Beyond the Sky" presents a bird in almost every collage section which appears above a suggested horizon line. "Sanctuary" also shows the similar coloration with the addition of a red X which marks a special space.

STEPHANIE GUILLEN of Zurich, Switzerland definitely provides a consistency in her work. Of particular note is the work "Ursi" wherein the decorative elements framing the portrait is nicely integrated. The connectivity of the curly hair of the young girl and the curliness of the framing patterning makes this work quite nicely.

PETE HERZFELD of Frostburg, Maryland in his work "Indian" shows the profiles of an indian with natural animals with a touch of color and an inlay of a bird overlapping the indian shape. The work "Mom 1" with its dotted outline and the seated boy in black profile is somewhat sentimental. The large yellow cloud-like shape brings out the mother's head with the circular movement.

JOHN HUGHLEY of Durham, North Carolina deals with pattern next to pattern which is especially strong in the work "Patchwork Series 2 - No. 8". The fluctuating space created by the different patterns in different sizes, lengths and colors, is quite richly engaging.

JIYOON KIM of London, Ontario, Canada shows some delightful works in mixed media. In "Day and Night" there are tall buildings, the look in the day and the look at night. The quaintness of the imagery is well executed. The attention to detail is quite nice in the work "Emptiness" done in acrylic and jewelry on canvas. The idea of an interior juxtaposed to the exterior space is quite effective. And the mixed media piece "Into the Woods" there is the miniaturized room in detail with someone stepping into the armoire wardrobe and into the snowy woods. "Mirror Mirror" is rather curious in terms of the lady looking into the mirror exposing a short haired New York Yankee baseball player. In a very stylized work called "Weekend" the presentation of her aforementioned works on the wall of this room and the man asleep on the floor holding the phone and note in his hands, altogether provides an unusual weekend. All the cats in the works are quite content no matter what.

TAMMY KUSHNIR of Chalfont, Pennsylvania is a master digital artist as seen in the work "Creative Balance" which is a concept to contemplate, bringing into question, how does one deal with creative balance. The work "Finding Oneself" is impressive with the high contrast and tight linear pattern. Another work using the figure within an environment, "The Traveler" deals again with a kind of journey. The flat areas together with the moire pattern is quite nice.

DAVE MANRIQUEZ of Omaha, Nebraska is known for his artwork using a combination of three- and two-dimensional aspects. The piece "Hispanic Bottles of Antiquity" is enlightening in that the wonderfully descriptive embellishments on bottles with the bright colors informs us of the magnificence of hispanic culture. Secondly, the work "Stars of The Masquerade" has found objects added to the array of different shapes and characters mostly delightful and greatly displayed. This rather large work is a good representation of his signature style.

DAVID McLEOD of Omaha, Nebraska shows an artistic sensitivity to various materials, some rather delicate. His "2015 Small Collage" shows this tender display of light-toned surfaces with small colored parts carefully placed and given importance with their touches of color and shape. The hand-reformed paper adds to this tenderness.

BARBARA ROGOFF of Los Angeles, California takes on the theme of New York which can be quite varied and vast. Her work "New York Week" shows different clues about New York such as New York Fashion Week perhaps, the phrase "wish you were here", nicely repeated and the clothes line with clothes hung out which occurs in some parts of the city. It is always a delight to view her collages and multi-media.

JAYNE WILSON of Tomball, Texas is a star digital artist as seen in all her works. These were all created using digital models, textures and lighting in the digital program DAZ 3D. The piece "Vintage Photo Studio" shows a very handsome woman sitting comfortably on a period chaise lounge sofa. The overall warmth and tone of the picture adds to the vintage character. Her "The Indian Pony", another digital rendering on canvas, is very handsome. The brown horse's head with the spotted body of the horse is something that rendering helps to create and here it works quite well. "A Night on the Town" captures a handsome rendering of a woman and man dressed to impress. The background really sparks the awesomeness of the two together. Also, "White Horse in the Forest" shows her talent with the beautiful horse center stage with the scraggling tree limbs which is a nice contrast to the smooth body of the horse. And the little gentle birds add a lightness to the mood.

Thanks for submitting and congratulations to all the artists in this year's international.


Laurence Bradshaw
Executive Director / Curator, Professor Emeritus of Art & Art History