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February 2010

Peter Funch

Peter Funch captures the true essence of "street art". That is, people on the street. Are they staged? Are they color coordinated? I don't know but I like what I see. Funch captures the excitement, the energy and the strange conformity of pedestrians and street life. A unique aspect is always present but each of his photos has a grace and fluidity that indicates an inherent synchronization. Bravo!

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Andrea Dezso

Andrea dezso I just discovered Andrea Dezso and her fascinating series of works - in tunnel books (paper), strange embroidery, animation, sculpture, drawings, painted journals and sketchbooks. But despite the variation on the medium, there is a wonderful, surrealistic consistency through all her efforts. She creates a new world, not unlike Joseph Cornell, where body parts, girls with moss and mother's sayings from her Transylvania childhood all come into play.

 Tunnel books

Romanian-born Andrea Dezsö, a visual artist and writer, has taught tunnel book workshops at venues including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and The Museum of Visionary Art in Baltimore, MD. For Slash: Paper Under The Knife, Andrea created an installation consisting of 30 one-of-a-kind tunnel books. Examples of Andrea Dezsö's tunnel books and other work can be seen on her website at www.andreadezso.com.

Andrea Dezsö earned her BFA and MAFA in visual communication at the Hungarian University of Design in Budapest. Following a year of teaching at her alma mater, Dezsö moved to New York, where she exhibited her work in galleries and held teaching positions at Parsons School of Design and the City University of New York. In addition ot solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, She has participated in numerous group exhibitions. Her public art projects are found in Budapest and in the New York subway at the Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College Station. Dezsö’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Time Magazine, Mc Sweeney’s and others. Currently, she is assistant professor of media design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.


Vladimir Ginzburg

Vladimir Ginzburg was born in St.Petersburg, Russia and has always enjoyed looking at paintings. During his teenage years he photographed everything that he could, and printed photographs in a makeshift darkroom. He immigrated to Israel in 1979, and was astonished by the strong colors and blinding light of the sun in that country. He could not afford a camera but still had the artistic urge to put everything that he saw on paper. He started drawingand took drawing and painting courses. He moved to New York in 1989, where he studied painting at the Arts Students League. His first group show was in 1993; his first solo show was in 1996. At the present time he lives in New York City.

His work ranges from portraits to street scenes - both of which show a free style and independent brushwork. I like the energy, the passion and the grace of his work.

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Asja Jung

Asja Jung is an emerging painter whose work crosses the boundaries of gritty street art appeal with Northern Renaissance genre painting. Her paintings are intricate portraits of otherworldly beings. They are powerful reinterpretations of what we expect and what we imagine.

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Statement: I like the thought of a mental time travel back to the spirit of medival painters and then getting lost on the way, somewhere in between the world of Bosch and Gruenewald creatures and science fiction movie aliens. The first ones were scary, because they were meant to be so and viewers were convinced. The others try much harder and some seem quite effective, but there is nobody to convince anymore....

Not that my "Neighbors" are meant to be scary, but they are stuck someplace , confused, not sure what their purpose might be. Are they nature or decoration or monsters? Waiting nervously or staring at the viewer - one of their kind or at least a relative?

The viewer might wonder the same.

Raemy Do

Raemy Do is a wonderfully innovative artist whose work has been recently exhibited as part of the James Rose art and performance series, Essence. Her work is staple driven - portraits, such as George Washington, done in staples. The effect is startling and fluid.

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She has just completed an exhibit marking her 30th birthday and her Artist Statement talks about what motivated that body of work:

Before I am 30 ... I want to be a fairy princess. I want to be rich and famous. I want to travel the world. I want to be married with kids. I want to be ... ? What did I want to be? I can't remember. Oh wait, I went to art school and wanted to create masterpieces. I think I wanted to be an ARTIST. Then what am I doing in business casual attire, in front of a computer, with my very own cubicle, and going to meetings. Ahhhh! I went corporate. When and how did this happen? I was sitting around one day and realized that I am turning 30 this year. Actually, I am turning 30 on October 10th. When you come to this stage in life you can't help but think about all the dreams you have for yourself. You start to reminisce of the good old days. I miss the days of experimenting with new materials and rummaging through garbage to find that great piece I plan to use for my art piece one day. I hunger for that intimidating circle of artists exchanging ideas and critiquing the piece I worked so hard to complete. I felt exposed, nervousness, panic, anxiousness, excitement and exhilaration all at once. I used to be able to sit in my studio and work all night long to finish an art project. Then I graduated and looked for that job that will be just right for me. But while I waited for that job, the reality of life started to sink in. I needed to get a job to pay for my bills. I told myself, “I will work here until my bills are paid off and I will never forget about my art.” Then one day I woke up and realized how much time has passed me by. I have been sitting around these years jotting down all my "to do's" and the list has been getting longer and longer and longer. I don't want life to pass me by. I want to take advantage of the time that's been given to me and do one of my "to do's". I need to get off my butt and do something about it. I used to make excuses that I'm too tired or I'll do it later or I have no time because I am busy, but enough is enough. No more excuses! The time is now! I have a history of being a procrastinator and leaving projects unfinished so that is why I decided to make you all part of my challenge. You will all be my witnesses. Once I have announced my challenge to everyone it will be out there, real, and tangible and I will be forced to do it. I will have to finish what I have started and it will give me the push I need. I have decided to take the "30" challenge. I plan to take 30 days to make 30 pieces of art to show on my 30th birthday. I realize that it's pretty late in the game to start this, but better late then never. I am sure there will be lots of yelling and crying and stressing on my part but this deadline will give me the push I need. See if I pass or fail the challenge. FOR MORE INFO : Thethirtychallenge.com The30challenge.com