Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
This year’s “9th Annual Landscape International Juried Online Art Exhibition” showcases several artists who share their insight into the land as an important space. Following are some thoughts about some special artists and their works.
Sophia Angelis of Acharnes, Greece uses mixed media to create a message bespeaking a kind of dehumanization in her work “Barcode - City”. Herein she turns barcodes on their sides to symbolize city buildings suggesting perhaps as well the notion that people have become numbers in our industrialized society for the sake of technological advancement and cost effective coding of mass produced consumer products.
Scott Baker of Alliance, NE again graces the show with a nice body of photographs of landscapes he captures in Northeastern Nebraska. In “August Shower” he photographs the scene just at the right moment when the rain shower is shown in a bright orange coming down from the storm clouds when seem to impede upon the sunny bright blue sky in the opposite right of the picture. In "Calvary" in dramatic black silhouette he shows the tilted scene of the crucifixion against the glowing sunset. “Surreal” is quite awesome in terms of the brilliance of red-orange found in the sky making up the vast portion of the scene. His piece showing the brightness of a storm in intense yellow over “Car Henge”, a sculptural arrangement near his hometown, similar to the famous “Stone Henge”. “BNSF - May 22 239” shows the radiating red stripes flowing out from the setting sun with the dark strip of land anchoring the bright display of nature.
Rose V. Becker of Hackensack, NJ has several photographs of the North East. “New York in Blue and Gold” is an interesting take on New York City in that it’s not the typical skyline but a section of the city showing the golden buildings lit by the sun from an arial view.
Judit Bodo of Budapest, Hungary has an unusual play with the positive and negative. One of the most successful is “Night” in which the sky becomes very dark against the almost glowing white houses in the town.
Julio Bordas of Miami, FL has achieved a high level of proficiency in his oil paintings. Especially striking are his two pieces “Everglades am” and “Everglades pm” in which the warm yellow-orange ground is contrasted with the blue sky above. The circularity of the palms are nicely repeated in the roundedness of the cloud formation. Another strong piece is “Remanso” in which the tall slender and elegant palm trees are almost stately and nobly standing along the water bank.
Camilo Cruz of South Pasadena, CA presents a rather somber setting in her photograph “Near Tombstone” wherein a lone tree without foliage is centrally staged under a gray cloud bank.
Roger Eriksen of Monte Vista, CO is able to sense the wonder of typography especially in two of his opposite formatted digital photographs. In his vertical piece “Canyon Falls at Yellowstone” he shows the character of water in the waterfall and the rapids of the river. In his panoramic horizontal piece “River” he shows the calmness of the meandering river.
Nina Gee of Burlington, NJ uses black and white photography to her advantage. Compositionally speaking, one of her strongest pieces is “Storm” in which the white, horizontal oval shape of the opening in the gray clouds is countered with the black, vertical tree in the opposite left.
Gregory A. Glazier of Salt Lake City, UT has some of the most imaginative works in the show. His piece “Containment” not only shows surrealism to a wonderful degree, he plays with the framing which makes emphasis with the idea of containment. The placement of part of the frame inside the picture plane in the foreground base is curious as well as the dramatic connecting spherical object hanging in the upper left of the cutoff frame. It’s wonderful.
Pat Goltz of Tucson, AZ has some magnificent views captured in her body of photographs. “Antelope Canyon - Dramatic Contrasts” is indeed dramatic from the staged vantage point. The smooth light and dark gradation against the red rock is striking. “Horseshoe Bend” is awe-inspiring seen from this view. And the color combination as seen in “Think of Sunrise in Argentina” is arresting as well as the reflecting water proving a nice pattern overall.
Susan Grace of Lawrence, KS uses a similar warm color palette in all five of her works in this show. “Ermioni #3” in it’s ambitious abstraction, composed in a diamond-like structure shows a saintly figure in the far left side; her “Ta Ra Dum #4” shows several organic plant forms amidst a rectilinear contrast; “Ta Ra Dum #7” shows skeletal forms arranged with leaves and tree forms in a strong tonal contrast; and “Ta Ra Dum” #11” has a nice shaft of light amidst the vertical bars and warm plant forms. These are all very rich watercolor paintings.
Lawrence Hislop of Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada creates some outstanding visual statements in black and white photography. All five are intriguing. In “Capilano Winter” he shows almost symmetrically the lush evergreens powered with snow along the very smooth river with a connecting bridge in the far center; His “Ferry Dock” is a strong capture with the clear edged wooden rectilinear dock centrally protruding out onto the soft misty lake and mountains; “Sunset through Posts” is another strong and unusual scene; “Tree in Fog” is perhaps one of the favorites in that the linear dance of the tree limbs and twigs spread widely across the frame; and his photograph of “Wood Pier” seems almost oriental in the formation of the post and lintel structures of the one used pier.
Dan Hittleman of Melville, NY gives examples of his expertise in such works as “Flowering Stream” showing a dramatic contrast of the rushing white waters amidst large boulders with the delicacy of little yellow flowers along the way. Continuing with a similar theme is his “Rainbow” in which small red flowers hold their own against the backdrop of a majestic waterfall.
Sarah Hood of Seattle, WA is another one of the artists showing their imaginative prowess. Who would have thought that this type of imagery would be shown in a landscape exhibition? Sarah Hood has created a grand performance of artwork in a kind of jewelry mode. “Bush / Branch Necklace” is rather unusual in the use of model railroad bushes; in “Grass Necklace” she uses another model of field grass; seen as finger rings “Landscape Sample Rings” and “Winter Ring” are fantastic; and “Winter Tree Pendant” is wonderful. All of these pieces are even more outstanding in the use of the sterling silver contrast.
Janette Hopper of Red Springs, NC has several rich painterly qualities in her oil paintings. Especially strong is “Evening Dunes” in which compositionally the sweeping motion of the cool clouds repeat the shaping of the warm colored dunes.
Josianne Ishikawa of Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan does some interesting work with acrylic and oil on wood. In “Landscapes on Kimono - Tokyo Tower” she creates considerable detailing in the same format of the kimono shape with a warm and cool contrast using buildings and cloud forms.
F. M. Kearney of New York City, NY uses a special lens to create a high tonal contrast photograph entitled “First Light”. The bending of the trees works well with the circularity of the sunburst.
Mary Klopfer of Fort Wayne, IN has her own visual vocabulary of metal, graphite and charcoal. This unique combination is quite strong in her work “Storm Stupa”. Here she creates a high contrast stormy cloud formation that tends to curve nicely in the center to complement the outside curvilinear movement of the metal pieces. Also striking is the depth suggested with the small structure deep in the scene contrasted with the closeness of the decorative framing.
Chris Law of Chicago, IL brings some rather surrealistic pieces to the show. “Drive” shows a kind of horizon line defined by a dark land formation with a lighter diagonal line as if a road and above are color areas and textures creative mystery and wonderment.
Hsu-Yuan Liu of St. Louis, MO paints with the lushness of oil paint’s liquidity especially notable in his piece “Airport”. Here the warm yellows of the planes and ground play well with the pink and blue in the sky.
Doris Ellen Lloyd of Hatboro, PA paints a wonderful scene in “Castle of Dreams”. In a rather surrealistic imaginative way she creates a castle atop a hill in warm earthly browns with the light blue sky in the background. The face and horses defined in the hill and the creature with the teeth add more to the intrigue.
SBM (Scott Megna) of Tustin, CA has some original photography which tend to deal with a kind of solar energy topic. One of his most engaging pieces is “Sol 2” in which a star-like image radiates atop the composition with a kind of gaseous substance trailing across the bottom. The intense glowing yellow, orange, red and black emphasizes the drama.
Maria Modopoulos of Toronto, Ontario, Canada is quite the oil painter in her ability to paint any subject matter with ease and lusciousness in painterly quality. “Kastoria” is one such painting in which she makes smooth transitions from each subject and area of the painting . The complementary color scheme adds to the impact.
Lee Mohr of Bellevue, WA in a rather monochromatic scheme develops an interesting formation in his oil painting “Storm Cloud”. The triangular arrangement in the square format is quite nice.
Tracy Mosman of Kansas City, MO highlights the show with five richly expressive and textural abstractions in a blue, green, black and white coloration. The fresh spontaneous effects are typical of his current approach. All in this “Untitled” series are visually powerful.
Leon Oks of Niles, IL captures a lightness in the atmosphere in his oil painting “Morning” which shows a pathway through a group of lightly colored trees. Similar to his style of a kind of even spread composition, he paints an interesting neighborhood scene in “Old Country Town”. Another of his tree paintings with a greater tonal contrast is his painting “Stream”. It’s interesting to note that several of his works have a pathway through the scene.
Lisa Osgood-Dano of Stafford, VA uses stained glass mosaic to create a highly patterned work in “Mountain View”. In this work the subordinated violet and dark green scheme helps to suggest a sense of depth which is also enhanced by the change of pattern.
Jennifer Pagan of Poughkeepsie, NY is a master printmaker. Her etchings of tree subject matter is highly developed. “Higher Still”, “Path of Amber” and “The Ascending” all have a liner play from a density to an open area in the upper format. Whereas in her work “Gesture Sunrise” horizontally arranged, the horizon is in view. And in her piece “Trinity at Sunrise” she composes a triangular arrangement with a group of trees reflecting in water. All of these are rich is texture in a kind of golden coloration.
JoAnn Parsley of Knoxville, TN dramatically captures the rushing water rapids in her acrylic entitled “Big South Fork Rapids”.
Esther E. Randall of Berea, KY uses prismacolor colored pencil in her artwork “Capriccio” to skillfully develop an interesting scene of a person at the water’s edge with a bird looking on. The dramatic shifts of light to dark are calming in contrast to the situation. And in her other work “Gelsomina in Antalya” she shows a running girl tilted to the right while a lone tree is equally spaced on the left, tilting left. This is well designed.
Deborah Ravin of Phoenix, AZ paints vast scenes with rich painterly quality. Especially strong is “Lake Powell Blues” with the coolness in the distance and the warm tones in the foreground.
Mayda Rumberg of New York City, NY continues her portfolio of photography that highlight her environment and travels. What an interesting “U” shape arrangement she captured in “Dairy Farm Chairs, Vermont” where two chairs between two buildings overlook the vast cool blue scenery.
Dorothy Shepherd of Sunland, CA gives the show a rather oriental flavor in her Chinese brush watercolors. “Mountains & Mist”, “Pastorale” and “Sleeping Dragons” show the richness of the typography of the unusual mountains. And in “The River Road” she focuses more in the valley area with more greenery. This type of subject matter and manner of painting is certainly Shepherd’s forte.
Louisa Smith of New York, NY approaches the landscape in diptych form. “Diptych 8” is engaging in terms of the contrasts of a woman walking forward while the other shows a man walking in the opposite direction.
Roger Soule of Manville, RI creates “Amish Hay Rig” using Photoshop to enhance the photograph. The warm colored serenity of the horses pulling a rig is dramatically contrasted with a gray-blue lightning storm in the distance. Another dramatic work is his photograph “Havana Glen” showing the white water rushing through the crevice of rocky terrain.
Meghan Swanson of Attleboro, MA splits the composition diagonally balancing the warm distant sun with a house on the beach showing a calming time of day in "Breakwater Beach #1".
Mikaela Raquel Williams of Titusville, FL gives the show a rather somber oil painting in her work “At Final Peace” where a couple look over the tombstones of a cemetery. The use of the figures in the painting makes for more of an impact.
And Phillip A. Windell (aka paw fotograph) of Pittsburgh, PA adds another cemetery landscape in his photograph “Loretto Cemetery” where light comes through the clouds down onto the scene.
With much appreciation, let us cherish the endeavors of the selected artists who by making art from the land, help us to realize the importance of the earth and our environment. Congratulations to each of you and thank you very much!
Professor of Art, Curator of Upstream People Gallery