Cut and Paste

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My collages, to me, are more than just a pretty or clever collection of images. They tell stories. Each begins with a simple image, than grows more complex as I add other images including, in some, 3d items. Some are very personal, some a commentary on the world around me, and some are just plain fun. All the collages in this exhibit were created through the old fashioned “cut and paste” method. No Photoshopping here! Visit my website to view individual enlargements of these images.

A COVID-19  May

Bubbles, Egg Creams, and Six Strings

I’m always amazed when an artist not only can paint an object realistically but also give it an emotional dimension to tell it’s story. Don was such an artist and when his brush touched the canvas, he made magic! I loved the details in his paintings and would spend a lot of time carefully viewing them.
Here are some quotes that he gave me as I talked to him at each show:
Bubble Wars
“It’s a whimsical look at toys, light, and bubbles plus a favorite animation from childhood, the moon men. I feel it is my responsibility as a painter to visually represent them to the best of my ability.”
Guitar Series
“While taking a guitar lesson in Bernie’s [Brausewetter] well known and famous ‘Basement’ I proposed a project that many including myself considered quite ambitious. Paint twelve original works in oil of Bernie’s vintage ‘Fender’ collection. Then, try and garner enough interest to have a joint Music/Art event somewhere in NYC. It would be great fun and perhaps with some luck push our endeavors forward. Thanks to the Les Malamut Art Gallery, this has finally been realized!”
“Bernie was not only a great player but one of the sweetest people you could ever come in contact with. He was always willing to play a charity event or help anyone who needed a helping hand.”
“Playing guitar and painting keeps me going.  It’s what I love.”
Fading America
“My paintings depict fading American icons, an endeavor that has led me on a journey of rich and vivid memories and fortuitous treasures. In preserving the majesty of the past, I endow each moment with light and atmosphere, capturing the essence of a bygone culture and the lives that have graced it. Going out to find the vanishing subject matter with the heartfelt stories of the people attached to this Americana is very moving and profound.”

The Colorful World of Michal Barkai

Michal was born and raised in Israel and is an IT professional turned artist who views herself as a “balanced left side/right side of the brain” person, crediting her former career for her analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail. Michal is drawn to representational landscapes and florals. Waterscapes, reflections, and the changing seasons are favorite subjects and she often bases her paintings on her plein air work. In recent years Michal has painted mostly in dry pastels. The artist states, “whether I am sightseeing or exploring my own backyard, nature feeds an inner search and appreciation for serenity and peace.”

Mythic Realms – Pure Imagination

About 10 years ago after a 20-year hiatus I returned to drawing. I literally had ceased all forms of fine arts due to my current career as a Creative Art Director for an Advertising/Marketing firm. I jumped back into creative drawings during my spare time and weekends. I realized the passion came back after so many years and with the tools of technology merged old school skills with new ones. This past year, 2019, I wanted to showcase the volume of work that I kept in private for a decade. I had a few affiliations, awards and exhibitions but they are fairly old so I would think those are all outdated. I currently work at a firm called Revolution Digital in Morristown creating social media content during the day but after work reside at my home studio for my true passion for drawing and painting old world themes in the classical tradition. I also am an avid photographer which I utilize at work and as a hobby (click here to view his photographs).

Bubbles of Whimsy

Donald B. David’s encounter with the arts began with a pencil and pad in early childhood, which led him to discovering oil paint. His experimentations with rich tones launched a lifelong journey with the medium. “I find the process of oil paint and brush alluring in and of itself,” explains David. “It is my responsibility as a painter to visually represent them to the best of my ability.”

Meet him on Sept 14, 2019 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Capturing the World’s Beauty One Photograph at a Time

I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”  – Ansel Adams

“As a teenager and young adult I was interested in photography but never really committed to the craft. Around 26 I started back up with photography, it was my way to take a step back and escape from reality. With NYC in my backyard, I fell in love with the skyline and the city. I would say that one of my favorite types of photography is aerial photography over NYC from helicopters. It’s an amazing, exhilarating experience every time and I can’t get enough of it.

Capturing the beauty of the world is my favorite thing in life to do. I think that most people go through life not realizing or recognizing the beauty that is all around them. My goal is to capture the beauty of the world and put it on display for everyone to observe it in my photos.”

Tripping the Light Fantastic

Ada’s comments on her newest photographic adventure:

“Dubai, March 2018, the sun set on the Bedouin camp in the desert of Dubai, alighting the area in soft blue-purple hues. A hundred eager faces, belonging to the tourists who have visited from afar, turn to the stage as a man enters and begins a tanoura dance. He spins faster, his weighed skirt splaying out, and when the purplish hues of the sky disappear, bringing in the night on the desert winds, his tanoura lights up in various colors and unique patterns. Hundred faces are captivated by the colors, meshing together into a string of Christmas LED lights as he spins. In that moment, I am reminded of a picture in the National Geographic magazine of man in motion, spinning and dancing, with quiet joy. The movement of these two men—the one in the picture, and the one dancing the lighted tanoura—was light, and joyous.

A week later, I found myself wandering around on a cold and blustery evening in London, a city that is so full of life and history. I wondered, ‘How do you capture the essence that is London?’ For a city that holds the same population as New York, it is quieter, softer, and more relaxed than the Big Apple. St. Paul’s Cathedral looms ahead, while in front of me a classic London taxicab and the red double-decker pass each other. The moment gives me pause, and suddenly the lightbulb goes off—showing movement, a smidge of a taillight or a quick pass through of a bus, will be the movement in an otherwise quiet place to show London’s liveliness.

And so an idea to experiment with light trail, or low-shutter speeds was born. It was time to take the lens off of immobile objects and focus on mobility. While the saying goes ‘stop to smell the roses,’ which seems to indicate that we should stop moving, I say keep on watching the movements around you, because actions do speak louder than words. By observing movement, we can learn much about the person conducting the movement, and about the world around us. It is in these moments of seeing the way a bus moves through a picture, or the way a person dances with fire, that we can truly appreciate what it means to have mobility, in whatever way we have it.”

Entryways in Life

“Entryways are an important part of our lives.  We use them every day, instinctually, without much regard to their form, structure, and beauty. The duality of doors, enabling passage or dividing space. Windows bring the outside world closer; the cacophony of everyday life, the weather, the fresh air, without leaving our homes, offices or recreational spaces, while we take the staircase to get to another floor in the building.  The idea of a building without doors, windows or staircases is nightmarish, a dark place with no way out; a prison.

Our culture and values teach us the importance of entryways.  We think in terms of ‘windows of opportunity,’ ‘the key to happiness,’ and ‘behind closed doors.’  Our ideas go ‘out the window,’ people go ‘window shopping,’ and eventually we all find ourselves at ‘death’s doorstep,’ ‘knocking on death’s door,’ or “taking the stairway to heaven.”  When things don’t go well, we often say ‘when one door closes, another opens,’ to opportunities that go sideways, or ‘getting your foot in the door’ when we know someone who helps us in getting a job or making a connection.  Entryways connect our world in a beautifully, uniquely and yet ordinary way.

When was the last time you stopped and looked at the Entryways in your life? All those doors you open and close every day?  Those windows you stare through? Have you really looked at them?  All manner of shapes, colors, styles, and size.  All manner of craftsmanship and care too.”

View this unique exhibit and meet Ada on Tuesday July 10, 2018 6-8pm