|Page 136 by Graham McNamara, Oil on Wood, 48x24x4|
|September 21 - October 15, 2011|
|Saturday, September 24, 6:00-10:00pm|
Ted Barr was born in Romania and today he lives and creates in Israel. There are two main themes in Barr’s art, the ‘Deep space’, inspired by the images sent to planet Earth by the Hubble telescope, and the ‘Human formation’, inspired by embryos photography of the Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson. On big canvases he mixes tar, acrylic, oil colors and lacquer, in order to capture the dark and glimmering essence of the deepest space, brilliant galaxies, stars, white dwarfs, red giants, ovum and wombs. Barr creates an individual world, bizarre and enigmatic, yet capturing and inspiring. In his latest tar based works, Barr developed a private language, with multiple esoteric meanings. Since 2009, Barr has been teaching his unique painting techniques in workshops from Israel, Mexico, United States and Europe. Barr does not sign his paintings by name but by an esoteric symbol he named De – dual eternity, resembling the circle theory he explains in writings and presentations, the basic notion behind this symbol is that everything in the universe is connected, life has neither beginning nor end and the real human essence is the everlasting spirit.
Emi Brady was raised in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The pervasive hunting culture of the South encouraged her interest in animal anatomy and behavior. She studied printmaking, papermaking and bookmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and she earned her MFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2011. Her life-sized dioramic installations of relief printed birds and goats on paper explore the tension between individual and societal identity and examines the parallels between human and animal behavior. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Michael Dickey is originally from Colorado and studied painting at Colorado State University and at ItalArt in Castiglioni de Florentino, Italy. His works have been exhibited in Colorado, New York, Montana and California. Through a process of layering resin and acrylic paint. Michael abstracts from the starting point of the land scape. His paintings include the contrasting elements of flat and gloss, transparent and opaque, graphic and gradient. That leads to an elaborate display of both literal and suggested depth in his paintings. Michael lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
John Seung-Hwan Lee spent most of his childhood in South Korea until he attended high school in Santa Barbara, California in 2002. Growing up in South Korea, John was always interested in learning Taekwondo, the national sport and very popular among kids. However, despite his wish to learn, John could not take lessons because of his struggle against leukemia. When he had his first contact with Taekwondo at 16, John took it more seriously and his interest in taekwondo expanded to general martial arts. While attending Alfred University, John started experimenting to combine many different materials he learned and practiced, such as paint, glass, video, and body movement. After graduating from Alfred University, John recently moved to New York City to continue his experimentation and practice of art and movement.
Graham McNamara was raised in South London, England, and in 2006 he graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Middlesex University in North London. Upon graduation, Graham moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, where he opened a studio and began creating a body of work. Graham has exhibited in various venues in Jersey City, New York and London; most recently Superunknown at Edal Assanti Gallery in London, and Unwind at Lana Santorelli in New York. He is currently enrolled in the Studio LLC awards program with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, New York.
Roy Secord was raised in West Texas & New Mexico near the Mexican border and in various cities surrounding Cape Canaveral, Florida. "I attribute my love of scientific technology to my father", says the artist, "who was an innovative rocket scientist for both the N.A.S.A. Space Programs and United States Civil Defense Missile Systems. My father was about cool complexity and geometric logic. My mother, however, was a diametric opposite: always coming from a place of simplicity and wholeness. In many ways, I feel my art is a marriage of these two ways of being: geometries and systems existing and interacting in complexity on a spatial plane drawing the viewer and object in deeper and deeper still for the prospect of a distilled, esoteric truth." Roy Secord studied and received his secondary education at the University of Texas and was subsequently chosen for a 2 year formal apprenticeship with Mexican Muralist and Sculptor Mago Gandara Orona in the States and in Mexico. Upon completion of his apprenticeship (working alongside a well known master artist in the creation of large public & private works of art on both sides of the border), he moved to New York City. Roy is also the recipient of the highly prestigious Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grants Award (June 2001) and also a recipient of the Abbey Mural/Public Works Fellowship from the National Academy (Summer 2009). Today, he lives and works on his art in Harlem.
Sunny Belliston Taylor is an abstract painter, who has exhibited her work extensively throughout the US and abroad. In 2005, Sunny received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2007 from the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She currently teaches as an assistant professor of studio arts at BYU and continues to exhibit her artwork on a international platform.