About my work:
I am concerned with community, freedom, justice, history, and the future. I believe that the arts are universal to the human experience. I create work based upon observations of my environment, interactions with people, and experiences of heightened awareness that leave a variety of impressions in my memory using materials that are cheap quick and easy to use – charcoal, ink, pencil, glue, photocopies, etc.
My last project was a series called Urban Disorientation - based upon my digital images of places and friends taken throughout Brooklyn and Queens, NY - i.e. on rooftops and in the subway. This eventually evolved into my current series, Still Life Movement which is inspired by taking part in multicultural, ethnic and historical folk dance study and practice (Chinese, African), modern dance practice - which focuses on systems of feeling, sensing and action. As a result of personal injury and forced observation I was given a chance to create this new visual work.
I focus on creation and manipulation of line, shape, space, graphic lettering, and layering of shapes, focusing on composition and the psychological impact of the image. Making use of the historical past, present and future, art, culture, and community, I use these elements/subjects as reflection and metaphor. This work was created to represent these experiential moments in life. I bring the artowork from the studio to the street, to the venue, to the concert, or to the public space and then back to the studio.
Studio 172 North 6th street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
BFA, Visual Arts, MGSA, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1993
MA, Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001
MA, Studio Art, NYU Global Programs, New York, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany 2012
2006-07 FREE ARTS NYC, Art Educator / Program Manager, New York, NY
2003-06 William Paterson University, Education Department, Wayne, NJ
- Instructor of CISE 414, Methods in Creative Arts
- Instructor of CIEE 325, Arts and Creativity.
- Instructor of CMAT 675, Arts and Creativity
- Instructor of CISE 415 Technology in the Classroom
- NCATE Executive Assistant
- Academic Advisor
- Program Specialist
2003-06 KEAN UNIVERSITY, Fine Arts Department, Union, NJ
- Adjunct Instructor FA2900, Field Experience in Multicultural Art Education
- Student Teaching Field Supervisor
2002-03 Art Teacher, PS 133, Brooklyn, NY
2001-02 Art Teacher, BYRAM HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT, Armonk, NY
1995-97 Archivist/Studio Manager, ARMAN STUDIO, New York, NY
1993-95 Assistant to the Director, QCC GALLERY, Bayside, NY
2011 Works , Coemeterium, Campiello San Giovanni Evangelista, San Polo 2454 Venezia, Italia
Curator: Maurizo Pellegrin
2010 * L. Brown, Rose Live Music Space, 345 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Alawa Guerraiche
2010 DI Exhibition, NYU Barney Building, 3rd floor gallery, New York, NY
2010 Twenty2, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa - Palazzetto Tito - Dorsoduro, Venezia, Italia 2826.
Curator: Maurizo Pellegrin, Dr. Gianni Sirch
2001 MA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY
Curator: Judith Burton, Ph.D.
1994 NJ State Governors fundraiser, Califon, NJ
1993 Commissioned Wall Mural, Morristown Psychiatric Facility, Morristown, NJ
1993 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Curator: Judith Brodsky
NAEA, InSEA, NYFA, NYSATA
Dr. Gianni Sirch – Art Historian, Lecturer, Critic, Writer, Filmmaker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maurizio Pellegrin – Artist, Professor, Philosopher - http://www.mauriziopellegrin.com/
David Darts – Professor - http://daviddarts.com/
Travel/Foreign Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, some Italian