By Julia Cipriano
For the 2018 Greenpoint Open Studios weekend, Java Studios donated its hallways to artists without workspaces. From photorealistic paintings to photography and installations, the work presented is diverse in aesthetic, medium, and subject.
Below is the list of local artists featured at Java at 2018’s GOS weekend. Check out their websites and social media for more info.
Jason Tudor is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. He uses drawing, printmaking, and digital media to create complex works on textile and paper that evoke a sense of mystique and wonder. With an aesthetic reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, art nouveau, surrealism, and street art, Tudor’s work depicts abstracted notions of nature, pulling patterns from the micro to the macro universe.
In his artistic process, Tudor looks to nature and spirituality with his meditative drawing technique. His freeform style creates endless outcomes of interweaving shapes and motifs that grow organically to build rhythmic compositions. Continuing their evolution, he brings them into the digital realm, where repeating, layering, and mirroring multiple drawings creates unique arrangements of intricacies and pareidolia. Microscopic cell structures, otherworldly beings, and mystical totem-esque forms fill Tudor’s art. Bouncing between the hand and digital, the drawings fuse together to create a unique world of their own. As an experienced screen printer, he also uses the medium to explore unexpected results in his work.
Tudor received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Following his passion for textile design and patterns, he uses similar methods to develop prints for apparel, accessories, and home textiles, including wall coverings, rugs, and upholstery. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, and art fairs, including Art Busan and Fountain Art Fair. He was also the recipient of the ISE Cultural Foundation’s Hitomi Iwasaki Award. His designs have been featured by labels including Prabal Gurung and Urban Outfitters, and at the Rubin Museum of Art store.
Lance Sells was born in Benton Harbor, MI in 1974. He is a self-taught artist and has had group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and other cities in the US and Canada.
For the past twenty years, my work has been rooted in an auto-biographical approach to images that incorporate mythology and modern culture. My work involves a relationship to my past experiences as well as imagined future occurrences. In the past, my work was created with a mix of pencil and pastel. Currently, my focus is on creating medium to large-scale oil paintings which still have a foundation in the act of drawing.
My current body of work, ‘Nine Circles of Hell,’ is a series of nine paintings that were the setting of Dante’s Inferno. Each painting represents a unique circle (i.e. lust, gluttony, etc.) where I place myself or other people in my life. The work depicts scenes from Dante’s poem along with reasons that I or someone I know may be sent to a particular circle after death. In each painting, I vary the technique and palette depending on the theme of the circle.
Hello! I am a Brooklyn based Art Director + Illustrator. I received my BFA in Illustration from Parsons in 2014. I am constantly inspired by the creative people that surround me, photography, nature, fashion, seemingly mundane situations and breakfast tacos.
Photography has historically been an effective vehicle for political and cultural change. Social media has connected us as never before, but has also made our lives more self-indulgent and complex. Information and images can now be shared across the globe in mere seconds, but do these digital files really communicate the intricacies of our daily lives? Can electronic devices really capture the history, grit and rich mosaic of life bursting at every moment in our cities?
My photography is in direct opposition to the ever-evolving digital reality in which we now live. It’s my way of finding calm from all of the pressures and demands on my daily life. I imagine what places could have been like during their quieter histories, or possibly their quieter futures. I believe that the complexity and true spirit of our cities are best portrayed in the analog. By examining our urban existence literally through the lens- and photo technology- of our past, I can expose our present. By removing the tethers of my devices, I can reconnect to my best self and see the real beauty of my personal urban jungle.
I use photography as a means to explore the known and unknown around me. Photographing almost entirely in color, I use my design background to seek out simple compositions. My goal is to find naturally occurring color harmonies in minimal scenes. I draw influence from William Eggleston’s use of color and the compositions of Henry Cartier Bresson.
Painting, Mixed Media
Tara Murphy, a young artist from New York City, is a Studio Art/ Psych major at Queens College. She is heavily influenced by Japanese anime and culture thanks to her brother. Tara teaches afterschool in Woodside, Queens and her students turn to her to face their issues head-on. As an educator, she suggests her students to turn their feelings into art. As an artist, she specializes in painting but has branched into abstract ceramic work. Many of Tara’s paintings are mixed media and paint; her paintings transform conventional objects into allegorical scenarios. Art is Tara’s escape from the ordinary: emotions are unloaded onto a canvas in a burst of passion.
The mind is within a prison and can be set free from its cage. People wage wars with the whispers that haunt their mind daily. From eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, Tara Murphy paints a portrait of the mind in many ways to illuminate the darkness people are burdened by. Conquer your battles and seek freedom from your overwhelming albatross by perusing Tara’s views on our struggles. One day, the person inside of us all can be victorious over those issues.
Memories from Subsoil
This work is part of “Which Venice?” a larger photographic group project about the problems affecting the city of Venice in Italy.
The project, commissioned and sponsored by the Cultural Association Aurora Street, was born from an ethical, cultural and aesthetic reflection about Venice and had the challenging goals to offer a new point of view on one of the most hackneyed icons ever and to raise attention to some critical issues of this controversial town that stays impregnable regardless of all difficulties.
The Cultural Association Aurora Street in collaboration with CFP Bauer Photography School selected 18 Italian photographers to work on the following subjects: Venice Museum? – Flooded Venice? – Venice on Sale? – Abused Venice? – Possible Venice? – Venice as indigenous Reservation? – Difficult Venice? – Missing Venice?
The individual works of each photographer and the entire project were curated by the renowned Italian photography critic and author Roberta Valtora, and exhibited as a group show at Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Saint Marco Square.
I chose the water of the lagoon as the main cause for the problems that Venetians face in their everyday life and matched it with frames of the city clearly impacted by the water.
Because canals are the only transport route, the lagoon is extremely dirty and full of seaweeds. After long watching the water, the gondolas, the various type of ferries and cargo vessels, I started to interpret the seaweeds and the movement of the water as elements of life and at the same time of death of Venice.
Using a soft color manipulation I created diptychs trying to give a new perspective of this complicated city and wrote a metaphorical text that you can read on the back.
Jacqueline Ferrante is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her thickly layered abstractions are mirrors of the history, buildup, and decay found predominantly in urban environments. She investigates the relationship between color, texture, and form as they change over time: telephone poles with decades of postings and detritus accumulation, sides of brick buildings with cracked paint revealing moments of history along with color trends, transit paths, the ebb and flow of life and human touch. Her work re-creates and mimics this history and texture through the process of layering, rubbing, and stripping paint. These techniques function as a gesture towards the forgotten beauty of the world around us.
Ferrante was born and raised in Long Island, NY and received her B.A. in Art and Theater Production from Northeastern University. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Trestle Gallery located in Brooklyn, NY.
In my life I feel a deep and indescribable bond with the natural world that grows around me. As I travel from place to place I must paint within the moment of each environment. These different situations, sounds, lights, people, and cultures are a vital influence on my creation. For each experience, the colors, textures, brushstrokes, and overall mood is articulated through my self-conscience and vibes of each location. The title for each piece is based on the experiences within each piece generating a metaphor of meaning. I paint the hidden geometrical shapes created by the light and shadow in organic forms and enhance the geometric edifices through gestural painting. The concept is reverse reality or the opposite of form, the alteration of organic to geometric and vice versa. My paint is applied directly to the surface and mixed through the painting process, keeping it active and fluid. Having worked in a variety of rural and urban settings such as France, Hong Kong and throughout the U.S. has brought diversity to my subjects.
Graduated from Canoga Park High School, Canoga Park, California
San Francisco State University, BA in Art & Literature, Minor in Dance and Karate’
Studied drawing with John Guttmann
Studied painting with Robert Bechtle, showing at OK Harris Gallery, NY
Studied painting with Richard McClean, showing at OK Harris Gallery, NY
Modeled for drawing, photography and painting classes
Participated in Performance art and conceptual art videos with Francis Coelho, Head of SF State Art Dept
Moved to London, England & traveled and lived in Western Europe
Styled & modeled in ‘Renee’ series airbrush paintings by photo-realist artist Barbara Rogers, Hanson Fuller, Goldeen Gallery. SF
Founded ‘Ava Muse Graphics’, London-based greeting card company
Moved to New York City
Created a line of specialty cards for TNT, New York
Illustration, Cosmopolitan Magazine with Abelardo Menendez (associate art director)
Executed promotional 3D art displays for Barnes & Nobles Booksellers, New York
Commercial productions (TV Commercials) with We Productions Company
Relocated to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 11222
Ava Day continues to paint and show her Visionary Expressionist oil paintings
She also models the fashions of Brooklyn designer & artist, Sharon Ascher
Models for photographer, Brien Graziano
Collaborates with programmer & web developer, Charles Lamb
She is currently compiling 20 years of thoughtful and very accomplished Poetry
Into a book with images of her and her art “Poetry and Art of Ava Day”
For any inquiries, please email, email@example.com
Jorge Cruz is the founder of n.e.x.x.x.u.s., a multi-disciplinary artist collective seeking to inspire people to offer new perspectives on the social realities shaping the human condition. He believes art functions as a cultural mirror that should reflect the spirit of the times.
n.e.x.x.x.u.s.’ formed in New York City in 2018 with the mission of bringing social commentary into focus within the greater arts community.
n.e.x.x.x.u.s. is proud to showcase its first assemblage entitled “Inner Traveler.”
I’ve been creating art since I was four years old – and have the sketchbooks to prove it. Art was never something that I was supposed to do and was discouraged from focusing on it throughout my education because of my lack of focus, until I went to college at Hofstra University and starting painting. I drew on inspiration from the nostalgia I feel from childhood photos and developing abstractions based on everyday objects. For the first time in my life, I was praised for something that came so naturally. I pursued a minor in Fine Arts while being taught by practicing artists and professors Laurie Fendrich, Jim Lee, Doug Hilson, and Tom Klinkowstein. After graduating from Hofstra, I could never make time for painting other than the occasional family gift. I did take a Contemporary Painting Studio Course at SVA under Emily Weiner in 2015 that reinvigorated my love for painting and introduced me to oils. I’m continually looking for ways to make time for my art and connect with other artists.
Wylda has spent over a decade traveling and photographing in remote corners of the globe.
Her focus is on the collective identity of tribal cultures. Her work emphasizes the uniqueness of traditional dress and body adornment in these communities.