All In South St. Gallery
392 South 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
On Exhibit: November 16 – December 9, 2017
Opening Reception: November 13, 2017
South St. Gallery is pleased to announce All In a group exhibition that features ten breakout artists – Raul Barquet, Herbert Baglione, John Feli Arnold III, Ogulcan Kush, Travis Bedel, Erik Otto, Boris Ipsum, Emily Weiskopf, Jamie Martinez and Sarah Allen Eagen – who push the limits of their respective media in extraordinary ways. All In is a symbolic exhibition that draws comparisons between the way each artist employs unique techniques to explore what it means to be “all in” or fully committed to one’s artistic practice in contemporary society. South St. Gallery will host an opening reception on November 16th at 392 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.
There are moments in life when a person is ready to be “all in”: it is a conscious decision to put everything on the line. The artists featured in this exhibition are from around the world – Brazil, Germany, Columbia, Turkey, Canada and the United States – and each have faced unique challenges in pursuing their passions. From moving across the country with nothing but a few belongings, and no job to speak of; to leaving well-paying jobs in order to give more to their art; the artists included in this exhibition have faced great personal challenges that took many forms, testing their resilience and devotion repeatedly in order to pursue their passion for art. It is the conscious choice to pursue creativity that makes these artists remarkable. Through the artists’ styles and mediums may be varied, the artists exhibiting share a passion that triumphs and drives them to create. They have chosen to live all in.
All In assembles 24 works of art in various media: The works on view range in scale, media, and approach, and include painting, collage, mixed media and photography on silk. By exhibiting the works together in the same space, a visual language is built that transcends specific mediums or one conceptual agenda. Ultimately this exhibition explores what it means to be an artist in contemporary society.
G.B. Stuart Gallery
Carlisle Arts Learning Center
38 West Pomfret Street
Carlisle Arts Learning Center, located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania is a non profit gallery and arts space serving the Carlisle community since 1992. Text, Texture, Textile is a national juried exhibition celebrating the use of text as a design element or the use of texture or textile materials within the work.
When Language Meets Art is an international juried exhibition at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX. The exhibition explores the intersection of language and contemporary art. Juror Gary Sweeney explores language in his own art practice and has selected artwork from a wide range of artists who utilize text in their work. I’m pleased to say this is my first time exhibiting in Texas and am thrilled to have been included among so many great artists.
Michael Basinski and Ginny O’Brien
John Van Beekum
Linda Rae Coughlin
Cora Jane Glasser
Casey Arguelles Gregory
Melinda Green Harvey
Bachrun LoMele and Anna Dembska
Laurence and Myra Musgrove
Joyce Matula Welch
Karen Frimkess Wolff
Knowledge Bennett is a self taught artist from Asbury Park, currently based in Lost Angeles. Drawing influence from 1960’s Pop Art, Knowledge creates large scale, hand pulled serigraphs on canvas. These pieces tackle modern issues of race and celebrity.
Bait and Switch (2016)
I met Knowledge years ago during his time as a gallerist in Asbury Park. He and his staff were exceptionally friendly, which can be a refreshing change. I stayed all evening and spoke about the work in the exhibition (the artist I’ve since forgotton), and the art world at large. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of following his career and watching him grow as an artist.
The Battle of Good and Evil (2016)
Bennett’slatest exhibition at Joseph Gross Gallery, Orange is the New Black draws a parallel to the the orange used in prison jumpsuits to address issues such as the mass incarceration of black males in the United States. The exhibition critiques the American government’s treatment of the black community throughout history. One piece entitled Serve & Protect vs. Seek & Destroy, features Daily News covers displaying articles about police brutality.
On Saturday October 15th, I stopped into Bridge Art Gallery in Bayonne to attend an artist talk by painter Ted Papoulas. Bridge Art Gallery is located in an unassuming building in Bayonne, NJ and has a beautiful interior split between white gallery walls and exposed brick. “Sound Of All Things” is the second exhibition presented by gallery founders Cheryl and Chris Mack.
Gouache under paintings in progress
“Sound Of All Things” is an exhibition containing illustrations created for the children’s book of the same title, as well as gouache under paintings of some works currently in progress. The exhibition as well as the subsequent artist talk shed light into the artist’s practice and gave a greater context to the body of work as a whole.
Ted Papoulas “Coney Island Boardwalk Perspective”
Ted Papoulas is a New York native currently living in Montclair, NJ. He creates romantic snapshots of a Brooklyn from years past using gouache and acrylic and a love of his home town. The artist keeps a high attention to detail without sacrificing the essence of the moment captured.
Ted Papoulas “Arriving At Coney Island”
Starting with sketches, Papoulas created story boards for the book one paragraph at a time. The artist then moves forward creating photo collages out of vintage photos and staged photos of models in period clothing. These collages allow Papoulas to adjust the composition digitally before putting any paint down. Next the under painting is created in gouache and photos were sent to the publishing company for approval. Upon approval a final acrylic painting is made above the gouache.
Ted Papoulas “Coney Island Boardwalk And Beach”
The entire project took about two years and countless hours and the final paintings display this labor of love. Not often is a childen’s book illustrated with such care, its truly a testament to everyone involved with the project. If you can make it out to Bayonne before October 29th, the gallery is open from 12-7 PM from Wednesday to Saturday.