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July 2009

John McGregor

John McGregor's relationship with the camera started with his father Stephen. Steve used to spend what seemed like hours composing family portraits. "Ok, just one more shot guys, I promise!" To an adolescent John, this meticulous behavior appeared more than a tad compulsive. As an adult John now recognizes that compulsion in himself as a drive for perfection.

John has a BFA in Photography from Penn State University. As a photojournalist for the Centre Daily Times newspaper and the Associated Press, John has shot everything from Big Ten football to John Stewart stand-up.

Now living in Brooklyn, New York John concentrates primarily on fine art photography as well as doing freelance video and video editing for such clients as NetFlix and Sony BMG. You may see him selling his work in Union Square Park. Say hi!

I was drawn to John's photograph of Five Points - (5Pointz) - a gallery space in Brooklyn for street artists. And he also has wonderful and unusual photograghs of the Empire State Building, Coney Island and the even the Ringling Brothers Circus elephants walking across a highway overpass to Madison Square garden in Manhattan.


Gilbert & George

Gilbert and George Gilbert & George are photographer/collagists whose work is both political and disturbing but also tinged with a touch of British humor. Here is a great overview of the Gilbert & George art philosophy by Paul Laster:

Working collaboratively for more than 40 years, Gilbert & George have consistently been at the forefront of British contemporary art. Starting out as "living sculpture" — making "Art for All" — they evolved into fearless "picture"-makers, willing to tackle a broad range of social subjects. Inspired — or traumatized, as they call it — by their own recent retrospective, which traveled to six museums in Europe and the US, the two set to work on a new series of pictures, their largest ever, and are now debuting selections of the 153 unique works from the Jack Freak Pictures in Berlin and Paris.

Working with black-and-white photographs and computer manipulations of those images, Gilbert & George construct reflections of the world they inhabit in London's East End, a realm that functions as a microcosm for all urban soups where nationhood, tribalism, religion, and humanity interact. They call their pictures the "philosophical equivalents of automatic writing," with each one evolving from an "empty-headed approach." If that's the case, however, we should all just close our eyes and let the world around us come filtering through. It could lead to a greater understanding of who we are, where we are now, and where we're going.


Ray Sell

Ray Sell is a Brooklyn, NY based artist whose paintings are of the time. His pop culture references, tinged with humor remind me of the work of Robert Williams. Sell tackles the overabundance of advertising messages and the frenetic, changing energy of today's media environment.

Ray Sell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Working on small collages and paintings, Ray describes the concept of masculine traits depicting the effect our media plays upon our collective psyche. Appropriating vintage imagery which he re-invents as paintings with bold contrasting color schemes, strong use of layering and diagonal lines that cut through his canvas, Ray’s work keeps the viewer’s eyes engaged at all times.

As co-founder of the Bird Beak collective in 2006 with fellow artists Nick Dyball, and Tuffer Weidner, Ray has worked with the group to bring attention to new artists from his intimate social circles. Enjoy his art for the well crafted amusement it portrays.

Ray Sells lobsterdance

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Ciaran Tully

Ciaran Tully is a New York City based photographer who captures scenes of New York that are almost dreamlike and playful. He exhibits his work at the Union Square market on 14th Street and University Place in NYC, among other venues.

He has several photos of Coney Island - one in the snow - that conjures up meloncholy, hope and even a pastoral landscape.

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Contact him though his website: www.CiaranTully.com


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Anjelika Rijvers

Anjelika Rijvers Anjelika Rijvers embarked upon her artistic training at the tender age of 2 and a half.  With the help of an abundance of coloring pencils she saw fit to embellish the walls of her parents' home, much to their alarm.  After some formal artistic training, culture seeking and vigorous globe trotting to far flung locations such as the Gobi desert in Mongolia, swimming with piranas in the pantanal and a marine biology expedition to the North Pole - sparked her insatiable love for illustration and sculpture. 

Anjelika gleans much of her inspiration from people watching.  Her sculptures highlight the caricature, as well as the flaws and foibles of human nature and what society often perceives as 'ugly' or ‘anti-social.’ Her figures are the centrifugal narrators and storytellers – each character conveying remarkable stories and journeys of their own.  See more of her work at www.jelimation.com and
www.anjelika.shutterfly.com


Pierre-Louis Acciari

Pierre-Louis acciari painting Pierre-Louis Acciari’s raw sincerity is as unnerving as it is endearing. It’s this tension between ominous harshness and tender honesty that makes his paintings so compelling.

 

Acciari is, after all, exploring fear, a constantly present, perpetually relevant entity. Distorted faces almost always occupy the frame of Acciari’s paintings. The faces, which at times seem both the victim and the embodiment of fear, sometimes dominate, and sometimes lurk in the background. Sometimes they are expressively opaque and sometimes ghostly transparent. 

 

The dynamic characterization that occurs in Acciari’s work reflects the comic strip vocabulary that has informed his sensibility since childhood. As a student, Acciari discovered the expressionism of Pollock and Basquiat and the distorted figuration of Francis Bacon, who added painterly emotiveness to his oeuvre. Pop culture and art history effortlessly interact in Acciari’s work, making his paintings as accessible as they are informed.

 

Acciari, who works as an art director, has pursued a successful design career in addition to his painting. He works in the Lyon region of southern France.

 

Whata draws me to Acciari's artwork is how closely it resembles street art. Dynamic, colorful and expressive, his paintings emply many graffiti motifs.


Michael Joaquin Grey

Michael Joaquin Grey For the past twenty years, Michael Joaquin Grey has been creating work that extends and plays with the boundaries of art, science, and media. His investigations revolve around the development and the origins of life, language, and form-as related to natural and complex systems. Critical moments in natural phenomena and culture are objects in his work, as are the prepositional states of change between matter, energy, behavior, and meaning. Grey's dialogue engages epistemological and pedagogical limitations of the creative tools and processes we use to observe, learn, and play in our world.


Chuck Bowdish

Americanflag chuck Bowdish Chuck Bowdish is a prolific Brooklyn artist who has thrived for nearly two decades as a nostalgically classical, yet contemporarily inspired painter. He now works across several mediums including collage (see his American Flag collage to the left)

His paintings of illumined figures juxtaposed with fields of muted color have classical elements from Greek and Roman architecture. His poignant and ephemeral works build upon a diverse history of figurative masters: the corporeality of Massacio, the luminosity of Rembrandt, and the immediacy of Bellows. Bowdish’s own imagery develops from what he describes as the, “logic of dreams.” He is painting the personal as universal; he creates timeless metaphors by exploring themes of innocence, melancholy and sexuality. Bowdish invites us to consider emotive portraits of people who are solely the creation of the artist’s imagination. This visionary painter invokes extraordinarily believable and self-reflective women and children.

When viewing a Bowdish portrait, one pleasantly hovers between the lush reality of the painted surface and the fascinating illusion of bodily solidity—every now and then Bowdish creates a fully realized arm or an entire torso with one confident, intuitive stroke. Sometimes the cheeks and noses of his figures’ softly wrought faces are accentuated with reds, and their semi-translucent bodies are encircled by glowing, protective halos. Overall, the paintings’ subtle tones produce a gentle light. Emanating from within and around each figure, this light warms the abstract fields of color that are central to Bowdish’s compositions. These enigmatic environments are substantive, rather than empty. Whether signifying landscapes, human structures, or the psychic interior, these skillfully worked grounds make Bowdish’s paintings appear consistently grand in scale and sensuous in texture. Painterly abstractions and figurative narratives are generally at odds with one another, but in Bowdish’s work these seemingly divergent artistic practices are successfully unified.


Chuck Bowdish was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1959. His father’s service in the military and Vietnam resulted in a nomadic childhood for Bowdish and his siblings. His mother was a painter and his earliest teacher. While at the Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, Florida) he studied anatomy with one of the Pennsylvania Academy’s most traditional sculptors, Leslie Posey. Bowdish moved to New York City in 1979, and lived in Mexico from 1986 to 1991. He has studied at the Art Students League, the New York Studio School, and most recently at the Graduate School of Figurative Art. In the past, Bowdish supported his enthusiasm for painting by providing illustrations for the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, and by the usual assortment of odd jobs. Now an emerging artist, his most recent solo shows occurred at the Farrell/Pollack Fine Art in Brooklyn, and also the AAA Gallery in New York. Atlanta’s Galerie Timothy Tew has been showing his paintings since 1998. Bowdish’s art is the subject of a recent Peter Wareing documentary film.


Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson is a mixed media artist, combining graphic design and fine arts. Mainly inspired by music, she utilizes patterns and texture to symbolize rhythm. Kristen recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and is currently residing and working as a graphic designer in Manhattan.

In the past year, she has had 4 exhibitions - at the Hewit Gallery, Stain Gallery, Niagra Bar and most recently at Kush Cafe of abstract work. Her current series of paintings include large scale photos of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to dj equipment. Overlayed on top of the photos are patterns with texture and paint applied inside. While her mixed media work is on a large scale, her abstract work is smaller. The abstract work is also inspired by music, however it is much more fluid and full of movement. To view her work please visit www.KristenMAnderson.com


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Julian Ribinik

Julian Ribinik is a New York City street photographer whose photograph a day blog captures an urban moment in time. Ribinik's work is dynamic and explores street life in all its aspects: eating, drinking, asking directions, carrying various items, staring out of a restaurant window.  Solitude and cameraderie. Hope and despair. Stress and relaxation. It is all there.

Julian Ribinik has been doing street photography for five years and working for Russian “Smena” magazine on a regular basis. He has had a solo exhibition in Moscow recently.

He says, "I love to stop moments, and NYC is perfect for that. I have a blog where I post a picture every day, and I pick my favorites. I also put all my film photos in my gallery, but it holds EVERYTHING I shoot, so it has bad and good photos together at  . I am also doing some models photography, but this is just experimental at this time. "

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