Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair

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Heroes for the Hopeful, 2011 Comic Strips And Varnish On Canvas 36 X 36
Risk, 2010 Mixed Media On Canvas 24 X 36
The Part You Can See, 2012 Cut And Layered Birch
This is How the Light Gets In, 2012 Mixed Media On Paper, Framed
Morse Code, 2010 Ink And Watercolor Pencil On Paper 18 X 24, Framed
Guardians 9, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 40 X 30
Elisa Contemporary Art at the Affordable Art Fair
Curated by: Lisa Cooper

261 Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY
October 4th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012
Opening: October 4th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New York Art Gallery, original art, affordable art, Elisa Contemporary Art, drawings, Illustration, emerging artists, mid-career artists contemporary, mixed-media


This October, Elisa Contemporary Art will be at the Affordable Art Fair from October 4-7. It will take place at a new location: The Tunnel, 11th Avenue at 28th Street in New York City.

We'll be in booth number B-1 with:

  • A Superhero in Contemporary Art Tribute featuring work by Don Morris, Oliver Peterson and Mitch McGee
  • An International wall featuring Turkish artist, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel and Polish artist, Krzysztof Pastuszka

Join us on Saturday, October 6th at our booth B-1 to meet our artists:

  • Meet Houston artist, Mitch McGee from 2-3pm
  • Meet Turkish artist, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel from 4-5pm

The fair will be open to the public from Friday October 5th through Sunday, October 7th. Children under 12 free with an adult.

AAFNYC fair hours are:

  • Friday October 5 12PM - 8PM
  • Saturday October 6 11AM - 8PM
  • Sunday October 7 11AM - 6PM

The Affordable Art Fair is an exciting experience featuring galleries from around the world with artwork priced from $50 to $10,000. You'll see original contemporary art in all mediums including painting, works on paper, photography, video installations and sculpture.

What: Elisa Contemporary Art at the 2012 Fall Affordable Art Fair in NYC
VIP Reception: October 4 from 6-9 pm (limited tickets available)
Public Fair Hours: Thursday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7
Where: The Tunnel, 11th Avenue at 28th Street, New York, NY.
Visit us in Booth B-1

Here'a a little about the Artists we'll be exhibiting:

Don Morris
Best known for his Our Heroes series, Don Morris's constructions with comic books recall memories of the Pop Art of the sixties. The ever popular comic book is transformed into energetic architectural elements that are highly textured and brightly colored.

Don Morris was born in New Orleans in 1935 and obtained his doctorate degree at Louisiana State University. He recently moved his studio from Coral Gables, Florida, to Rancho Santa Fe, California. According to Don, “Although there are many aspects of my work that can be intellectualized, the fundamentals still require that inner aesthetic sense. But in the final analysis, it is the viewer that deems my work either 'art' or 'folly.' I ply my trade before a thousand critics.”

His art is in numerous collections and museums in the United States, Europe, Asia. He recently had a solo exhibit in Palm Springs (CA), and several pieces were acquired for a Texas Museum.

Oliver Peterson
Watermill resident Oliver Peterson reveres the bucolic nature of his hometown, but finds inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. Graffiti, structural decay, the pop zeitgeist, literature, politics, history, and his personal experience drive the artist’s work to challenging places one might not associate with the East End’s beaches and bountiful reputation. Peterson’s paintings are very much about the media from which they are built. The artist frequently experiments with paint and patinas and often applies random studio detritus to compositions that have been described as energetic, complex, dark, and even gentle.

Since late 2005, Peterson has embarked on developing his ongoing series of mixed media work and he recently began exploring modern heroic figures cut from the pages of comic books and other sources. Pieces often contain burlap culled from the large bags used for coffee beans, as well as other fabrics. Carefully cut paper and a variety of scraps and remnants surface from all facets of Peterson’s world.

Other common elements like newspaper and advertising reflect the artist’s travels or ground the work in Sag Harbor and other local towns and villages. All aspects are visible throughout the portfolio, which continues to evolve. A diligent survey of each painting will prompt observers to consistently discover new things. For Oliver Peterson, interaction with the work is paramount.

Oliver was born in New York and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has exhibited his work in exhibits throughout New York since 2006.

Mitch McGee
Houston artist Mitch McGee’s artwork lives between painting and sculpture. In his current Birch series, he uses layers of wood, each illustrated, hand cut and stained to create dimensional pieces. On average, each takes 35-40 hours to complete.

His influences include Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. According to Mitch, "I have always been fascinated with Pop Art and the ability of artists like Lichtenstein and Oldenburg to take everyday objects we are bombarded with and make them fascinating. Roy Lichtenstein took comic strips and repositioned them as lithography. In an almost tongue in cheek fashion, I wondered how I could take one of his pieces and recreate it in another medium.”

Mitch has exhibited his work throughout Texas since 2001.

Connie Firestone
Connie is a mid-career artist who currently lives in Hawaii. Her latest series, Guardians, are layered paintings of translucent acrylic and metallic paints over a black painted canvas. She then wipes away some layers to create her imagery. Figures appear as Connie creates her work. The final painting is a dialog between Connie (and every viewer) and her canvas.

Connie first starting creating this series during the final months of her Mother's life. Many viewers perceive the protective and spiritual quality in these paintings.

According to Connie: "When a shaman painted an animal, they didn't just pay homage to a sacred animal; They also harnessed its essence. They put paint to rock and opened portals to the spirit world...They are things in themselves - they have their own power. Their own existence. Even the rock they painted on was not simply a canvas, but also a veil between the material and spirit worlds, and the paintings helped pierce that veil."

Connie currently lives on the island of Hawaii.

Yasemin Kackar Demirel
Yasemin is one of our young emerging artists. She was born in Istanbul, received her MFA in DeKalb (IL), and currently lives in New York. Her work is a fragmented and reconstructed journey through the places she has lived and traveled, both real and imagined. And she has an incredible use of color and movement.

Yasemin has exhibited her work throughout the world including recent solo exhibits in Turkey in 2010 and Westchester in 2011 and recently showed at the Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair.

Krzysztof Pastuszka
Kris Pastuszka is a dynamic, emerging artist and recent graduate (2008) of School of Visual Arts. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

His work starts with an idea, a "curiosity", a word. He then turns them into definitions, and maps out the process. Through books, old magazines, image searches, journalizing ideas he research topics and his images and compositions begin to take shape. He is part mad scientist, inventor, astronaut and all artist.

According to Kris:
"I am influenced by the romantic idea of an inventor – stumbling upon an idea, researching it, documenting it in detail, then twisting it – noting any peculiarities (real or imagined), and incorporating a bit of humor or whimsy. I gravitate toward the eccentric, the reclusive person that thinks up things and makes them happen.

For me, art is a way of life, an adventure of those moments when something happens, connections are made and everything seems to make sense. Most of my work is not so much about subject matter as it is about learning things, documenting things, and acquiring skills. It is about my obsessive and meticulous process of recording every step. I often incorporate some type of manually-operated mechanical feature in my work. My art revolves around the highs and lows of discovery, adventure, and chance. I am inspired by the ridiculous, the whimsical world of invention, nonsense, and complex machines in a playful atmosphere - to create an adventure of the unknown."

Kris has exhibited his work in Brooklyn and New York City.