Roller coasters and night clubs are a cyborgian mix of organic and inorganic, human and machine. My Roller Coaster Series focuses on the complexity of the coasters’ lattice-like structures and circuitous tracks, on journey that mimics the cyclical nature of time. They exemplify our American culture: reflecting the energy and complexity of our lives; and in an ironic twist, our desire to escape everyday reality. Night clubs provide a setting where revelers enter a zone to transcend their ordinary lives, in a techno-Zen experience - when they let go and celebrate; living in the moment. The different players in clubs take on archetypal roles. DJs serve as magicians of the night - by revving up, cooling down, and conducting the energy of the crowd with the beat of the music. Go-go dancers appear on pedestals or stages like high priestesses in motion. Epitomes of femininity, their glitz and glamour reflect our culture’s commodification of sex. These motivational dancers help set the mood and provide inspiration for the crowd, yet are unattainable and distant, reminiscent of the ever elusive American Dream.
B I O
E D U C A T I O N
2003 MFA in Painting: The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1983 B.F.A., Art Education, Liberal Arts Major: Philadelphia College of Art
1983 Certificate in Fine Arts, Painting: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
S E L E C T E D E X H I B I T I O N S
2013 "Euphoria," Solo Exhibition, Alumni Sales Gallery, Pennsylvania Acadmy of FIne Arts, Philadelphia
2011 "2011 Exhibition 5," Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM
2010 “24th International Juried Show,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
2009 “From Here to There,” Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ
2009 NYAXE Gallery Spring Exhibition: digitally represented, Palo Alto, California
2008 "22nd International Juried Show,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
2007, 2006 “Blank Canvas Benefit,” Invitational Exhibition and Auction: Visual Arts Center of NJ
2006 “20th International Juried Show,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
2007 “Spinning Worlds: Emerging Artists,” Two Person Exhibition: Noyes Museum of Art, NJ
2006 "Viridian Artists 17th National Juried Exhibition," New York, NY
2006 “2006 National Juried Exhibit: Works on Paper,” The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences
2006 “15th National Juried Show,” Art Center of Northern New Jersey
2005 “Audubon Artists 63rd Annual Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2005 SUMFA 10" ‑ 10th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition,” University of the Arts, PA
2005 "Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Exhibition," The National Arts Club, Gregg Galleries, NY
2004 "Viridian Artists 15th National Juried Exhibition," New York, NY
2004 "Ellarslie Open XXII," The Trenton City Museum, NJ
2003 "21st Annual Juried Exhibition," Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
2002 "Six Degrees in Cold Storage," College Art Association MFA Exhibit, Phila., PA
1994, 1990 "Annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition," Charleston, SC
1988 "Seascapes In Sight In Sound," Beach Haven and Cape May, NJ
1987 Solo Exhibition, Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1984 ‑ 1993 Exclusively represented by the Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
S E L E C T E D B I B L I O G R A P H Y / M E D I A
Ralph J. Bellantoni, “Warren Artist has Fun Time Turning Roller Coasters into Art.” Courier News [Central NJ] February 8, 2007.
Linda Reddington, “What Goes Around . . . Spinning Worlds: Emerging Artists Thrill at Noyes.” Ocean County Observer [Ocean County, NJ] January 24, 2007.
Family Gallery Guide. International Juried Show 2006, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, February 2006.
Notre Dame Review. “Nitro” -- cover illustration. Number 18, Summer 2004.
New American Paintings, Mid‑Atlantic Region. Open Studios Press, #51 May 2004.
S E L E C T E D A W A R D S
2010 Honorable Mention: “24th International Juried Show,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
2009 Recipient of Dodge Foundation Fellowship for Artists/Educators: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
2008 Finalist: “Bridge Art Fair Miami Competition,” myartspace.com
2005 The Elisha Turner Award for Graphics: “Audubon Artists 63rd Annual Exhibition,” Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2004 Trenton Artist Workshop Association Award for Drawing: "Ellarslie Open XXII," The Trenton City Museum