Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

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March 2018 - Black & White


Black & White

Jury Notes from David N. Banks

Marino Nakano – Seed – Best of Show

What a wonderful image, no technical critiques here. I just want to get lost Marino’s work and let my eyes and mind wonder. I had this image on my computer and blew it up to not just look at but to study it and fall victim to its magic.

Michael DeLuca – Icarus – 1st Place

Icarus, the son of Daedalus, who escaped from Crete using wings made by his father but was killed when he flew too near the sun and the wax attaching his wings melted. Michael created a simplistic yet powerful image with Icarus. His black and white art is so powerful that I am reminded of the importance of “Less is more”. Well, done Michael.

Kristi Richter Bird Dog – 2nd Place

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! … Milton Glaser

Kristi artwork is a reflection of her dedication to her medium. Considering every detail in Bird Dog every small part of her image reproduced separately for close study and the hours of work that went into Bird Dog is absolutely astonishing.

Alexis Avlamis – Approaching – 3rd Place

Alexis still gives us a feeling that movement over the paper is a kind of magic art. Her work is by painstakingly letting the line live as if of its own free will. The flow and angles attach the eye giving this viewer infinite space and contrast. Alexis must have been guided by some spiritualist medium to create this new environment.

Monique Wright – Peace – 4th Place

Shooting into the sun is not rocket science, and neither is flare, BUT, it is one more tool that you can add to your bag of tricks to offer a different perspective to your photographs and Monique capture it in Peace. When you shoot into the sun, and get crazy flare, your image might not be perfectly sharp….who cares.  Again, this is about creating something fun, and pushing yourself into unknown places.  Don’t get caught up in wondering what your viewers might say. Relax, which is what Monique’s image does for me, I’m ready to take a nap on the bench in the sun. If you make your living as a photographer it’s not only about pleasing your clients, it’s about shooting for you and exploring the possibilities. I love this image Monique.

Honorable Mention

Terry Berkowitz – Winter Cotton – HM

Most dazzling perhaps, is the celebration of Winter Cotton with its exploited lines, which come together to express or create a feeling to which we all can relate. Terry uses subtle yet dark tone to bring out the mutated shape of her art depicting her perception of the world in which I am allowed to gaze into.

Kathy Dove – Satin Prop – HM

What Attracts the Eye? Any time that an item in a photograph stands out it holds some visual weight. Kathy’s black and white photograph has contrast. The eye is always drawn to the area in a photo that has the most contrast. If there’s an area in the image that has pure black against pure white, then that area will get all the attention. Kathy you create an image that has the light dancing off the prop yet allowing the grays to give it form against a black background. I really like the lighting you have with this image.

Stephen Delaney – In The Yard – HM

The main issue with symmetry photography is that most scenes do not have two identical halves. And, if you do work in a genre with readily available symmetrical subjects (say, architectural photography), your images will grow old if you compose them all the same way. Yet, Stephen’s image is the right vertical balance between two halves and brings my eye to the engineer without any distraction.

Barbara Pickering – Audience of One – HM

What more can I say about Barbara’s artwork, the artwork speaks. Her image tells story without words and tugs at the heartstrings or in the case the flute. Technically her work represents emotions that any viewer can relate to. What is art if we can’t relate or be moved by it?

Jim Pearson – Landscape, Memory and Bone SLT – HM

I honestly could not tell if this was a photograph, drawing or the art of making two-or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, especially by carving stone or wood shavings or by casting metal or plaster. But that doesn’t matter. Art isn’t a single type of thing. I love the horizontal layout and the artwork itself is intriguing.  Jim has produced a singular and intriguing series of his work, which represent of perceptions more importantly, they are, in themselves, engaging and moving works of art.

Les Schmidt – Hog – HM

Not meaning to be a book review but Les’s image reminds me of the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the author Robert Pirsig explores the meaning and concept of “quality”; a term he conceives as indefinable. Pirsig’s thesis is that to truly experience quality one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation. According to Pirsig, such an approach would avoid a great deal of frustration and dissatisfaction common to modern life. I can only guess that Les not only see the fine details of a precision machine, the brilliance of light reflected in chrome, but it represent an inner peace of mind either when he is riding or photographing his passion.

Nicholas Teetelli – Candlesticks – HM

What a wonderful opportunity and challenge to photograph a narrow slot canyon. With steep narrow sandstone walls and not knowing when or where the sunlight will fall patience is the name of the game. Obviously Timothy knows what he is doing and his efforts to trek through narrow slot chasm and wait for the moment paid off. His image is haunting and fascinating at the sometime. Well-done Timothy.

Timothy Wilson – Grant’s Scrap Yard – HM

A black and white image and junk, I love it! Between the colors of black and white there are 256 levels of grey, not 50 shades of gray. Thanks to the evolution of digital photography, you can create wonderful black & white images without ever entering a darkroom. Aside from the process, there is something timeless and powerful about the medium and Nick’s image let’s the viewers create their own story in a visceral way.



Best Of Show

Marino Nakano

"Seed"

Pen on paper , 21.4" x 15.5"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement

I am pursuing beauty of black in black to illuminate essence of motifs.  The most of motifs are derived from emotional concepts, such as hope, frustration, and sadness, which arise from everyday matters.  In order to portray complexity and ambiguity of these emotions, I’m focusing on depicting monochrome images by manipulating elaborate blackness.

 

Biography

Marino Nakano is a Japanese-born artist who graduated “Musashino Art University” with B.A. Fine Art specialized in oil painting in Japan.  During her University days, she realized that monochrome pen drawing can express her inner core freely rather than oil paintings. This discovery encouraged her motivation to come up with further art works.  After graduating the University in Japan, she decided to relocate to the UK so as to study art more deeply. In the UK, she entered University for the Creative Arts (a.k.a UCA) and studied Textile Design there.  During she was in the university, she had created textured fabric which is hand dyed in black. Also, she was selected as a nominee of one of the best awards for new designers in the UK, called “Texprint”. After she graduated, she had collaborated with British fashion designers, Textile gallery, and Textile enterprises in London by providing her original textured fabrics.  Then she moved back to Japan and started creating consumer products in her own company. Apart from her expertise on “monochrome arts” and “hand craft works”, she had provided colorful digital artworks as an illustrator, which is completely opposite approach to the expertise. This was because she was motivated to publish her art works to the world broadly. However, in spite of the fact that the sales went fairly well and the experience extended her ability a lot, she gradually re-realized how the “monochrome arts” and “hand craft works” are precious to her.  In 2016, getting the opportunity to move to California, USA, she decided to convert her art style back to the delicate and drastic monochrome pen drawing. Now she is motivated to entertain people all over the world by her artworks while being awarded by international art competitions.

 

 



First Place

Michael DeLuca

"Icarus "

Pastel on Paper , 10" x 8"

Sale Price $NFS

Artist Statement                  

I’m interested in visual oppositions, particularly the tangible versus the intangible, the two-dimensional versus the three dimensional, and the graphic versus the atmospheric. I have been working from flat silhouettes that I cut out and mount on highly reflective paper. I place these shapes in a context out of time and illuminate them with a single strong top light. I then create drawings from them, where the process can last several days, pushing and pulling endless amounts of subtle information.

I gravitate towards shapes with specific gestures within them. The representation of motion or cause-and-effect informs my selection of silhouettes. I find them appealing in their odd and playful way, and I think of them as symbols referencing nature, but influenced by a digital world.

Biography

Michael DeLuca is a visual artist from Philadelphia, PA, currently living and working in Paoli, PA. He creates pastel drawings inspired by simple shapes of cut white paper. His shapes are minimal, cold, and static, but he uses them to create drawings that are boundless, poetic, and full of life. DeLuca composes with only a few elements (the shape, the black space, the reflection, and the ominous pool of light that surrounds it all). Ultimately his awkward, but earnest, shapes take on figurative characteristics that playfully comment on the human condition.

His work has been exhibited in recent contemporary drawing exhibitions including: “Drawing Resurfaced II” at Purdue University Galleries, “The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial” at Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design, and “Drawn” at Manifest Gallery. His work is also scheduled to appear in Manifest Gallery’s upcoming International Drawing Publication, “INDA 12” this coming spring.

He has exhibited nationally including: Philadelphia, New York, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio. His work has appeared in New American Paintings multiple times, and he was the recipient of CFEVA’s (Center for Emerging Visual Artists) Artist Fellowship.

He currently teaches at Arcadia University where he is an Assistant Professor of Drawing in the Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

Recent Exhibitions

2018     Works On/Of Paper, BrickRed Gallery, New Orleans, LA Black & White;  Bauhaus Prairie Online Gallery  

2017      Drawing Resurfaced II, Purdue University Galleries, Lafayette, IN; Great Lakes Drawing Biennial, Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design, MI; Drawn, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; Black and White, Art Fusion Gallery, Palm Springs, CA; Black and White, Colors of Humanity Online Gallery  

2016      Revolutions in Making: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2014       On the Persistence of Drawing: VPA Faculty Exhibition, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2012        Scale 1:1, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2007        Annual New Talent Show, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2006; Emerging Artist Exhibition, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 



Second Place

Kristi Richter

"Bird Dog "

Scratchboard , 14" x 11"

Sale Price $500

STATEMENT

I believe a bona fide artist is capable of rendering any initiative and I occasionally undertake endeavors that do not include animals, which is my passion and forte.  My goal is to capture my subject’s expression, colors, hair, and fur consistencies which can sometimes present a very complex challenge.

My favorite medium is acrylics and most of my work is done in acrylics and includes pet portraits, posters and advertisements that are animal-related.  I have also written and illustrated a children’s book about a dog which I would like to publish.

Second to none is scratchboard which I found particularly challenging because of the complexity of animal fur textures.  Scratchboard is a very meticulous medium because there is very little room for mistakes.  Because of this the end result is gratifying.  My scratchboards have won several first places in art competitions.

My definitive objective is to start a business exclusively doing pet portraits or a favorite wildlife creature.  I have designed a business card and advertising poster and my logo is “Kristi’s Kritters”.

BIOGRAPHY

I was born and grew up in Chicago and now reside in Nashville, Tennessee.  Art has always been a priority.  I owe my zealous interest due to my grandfather, who was a professional commercial artist and had a studio in Chicago.

I had always been interested in art as far back as grade school.  As a youngster, I never purchased store bought cards but created cards for my family’s birthdays and other special occasions, and I was always designing comic books.

Following an art curriculum in high school, I attended The American Academy of Art and Chicago Academy of Fine Arts respectively.  My studies introduced me to advertising, color schemes, illustration, calligraphy, photography, scratchboard, abstract, design, charcoal drawing with live models.

 



Third Place

Alexis Avlamis

"Approaching"

Acrylic on canvas , 7" x 9.5"

Sale Price $NFS

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art practice follows in the footsteps of the Surrealists Automatism. Through improvisation, intuition and by tapping into a stream of consciousness, I organically construct “landscapes of the mind” aiming at a Cosmic Unity, where human, nature and the artifice co-exist symbiotically.

I explore the concept through the rendering of artworks that delve into the notion of a dreamscape in a topographic manner, leading to the creation of cosmographic maps. These mindscapes merge the outer space, fantasy literature, various vector silhouettes, flora and fauna, mythology, the east and the west through a whimsical urge for exploration and adventure. In addition, hiking and reading mountain maps has substantially informed my work. Drawing trails, dotted lines, zigzags, beams and rays are recurring elements and serve as connecting bridges in my compositions.

The result is suggestive: a cluster of various microcosms inviting the viewer to explore both the parts of the whole as well as the sum of the parts.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Alexis Avlamis (b.Athens 1979) received an early art instruction from Bennington College, Vermont and later on earned a BFA(honors) in Painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts. By tapping into a stream of consciousness, he creates dreamlike mindscapes aiming at a Cosmic Unity, where nature and the artifice co-exist symbiotically. Avlamis is a laureate of the International Emerging Artist Award (Drawing and Illustration category), which saw his works exhibited in Dubai and Brussels, respectively. Awards, Juried shows and competitions include the: 6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (Mixed-Media), 7th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (Painting), A line with intent, ARC Gallery, Chicago (USA), 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, NJ, (USA), Cardinal Planes, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York (USA ), The Abstract Mind, CICA Museum (Korea), Biennale Austria, blue bleu blau blu, (Vienna), the Stencil Art Prize, (Australia), Art Kudos (USA), Day Dreamers, Bg Gallery (California), 10x10x10 Tieton, (Washington), the Bloom Award, Shortlisted (Cologne), Artist Statement, CICA Museum (Korea), Anthology, Charlie Smith London (UK), the Mamut Art Project (Istanbul), the IEAA Award (Dubai and Brussels), the Dave Bown Projects, (New York), the Heart Revive, Sunshine Museum (Beijing), the 7 artists / 7 countries, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean cultural service, Beijing (China), the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program (New York) and several others. He has attended artist residencies in USA, Finland and China, has been published and interviewed internationally and works may be found in private and museum collections, most notably the Djurhuus Collection, Denmark and the Henan Art Center’s collection, China.



Fourth Place

Monique Wright - Peace

"Peace "

Photography , 10" X 13"

Sale Price $190

Artist Statement

My work entitled Peace will hopefully evoke a quiet calm. The tree’s proportions captured my eye immediately with its massive span of branches, the lake as its backdrop and a single bench in front of it. I would like the viewers to transport themselves into this perfect fall day, sitting on the bench, reflecting on life and having peace.

Biography

I purchased my very first professional camera about six years ago. I was in between jobs and needed to think quickly of what I was going to do to supplement my income. I picked up the camera then and have not put it down since. Photography has developed into an overwhelming love and passion of mine. I look through my lens with a new set of eyes viewing and framing the world. I see beauty in everything – from broken windows in an abandoned house to a white swan in a lake. I specialize in black and white photos with just a “pop” of color enhancement. However, my portfolio is vast, as my shots consists of nature, landscapes and people.



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