Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952, Rona Pondick studied at Yale University School of Art and received her MFA in 1977. She currently lives and works in New York City.
Pondick achieved international recognition in the early 1990s and since then has become one of the most accomplished sculptors of her generation.
“Over the past decade, she has combined both ancient sculptural methods and the latest 3-D computer technologies to produce a powerful group of sculptures that fuse human and animal bodies or human and flora forms. Pondick’s hybrids evoke compelling cultural parallels from the Egyptian sphinx and Ovid’s Metamorphoses to the disturbing promises of contemporary genetic manipulation.
I want to look at how sculpture is physical and how the physical makes psychological impact. Viewers have conscious and unconscious visceral responses to objects that they feel in their own bodies and that make psychological meaning. I am interested in looking at the way the psychological has been manifested in sculptures from all periods. When these different historic sculptures and mine are installed next to one another, there is a visual communication spoken in “body language” that needs little explanation. The sculptures start losing their historical place and take on more physical, emotional, and visceral relations with the viewer. Gestures and postures don’t translate solely into symbolic interpretations particular to a culture or time period. Otherwise, why would people look at historic work?”
Pondick’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United states and abroad. Her sculptures are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others, and in prominent museums in France, Germany and Israel. She has received numerous awards including a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Pondick has lectured at many universities and institutions, including Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bezalel, Academy of Arts & Design Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel), and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille (Lille, France).
To see more of Rona Pondick’s work, visit RonaPondick.com.
Sources: Worcester Art Museum
Peter Lippmann is a New York born still life photographer who, though born in New York, has been living and working in Paris for the last 15 years. He has collaborated with the most famous French brands (Cartier, Guerlain, SFR Telecom, SNCF Rail, Pierre Gagnaire), as well as international brands such as Flora, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Minute Maid, Chianti, Downy, Wilkinson Sword and is regularly published in magazines such as Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire and Le Figaro. In his free time, he writes and sings in rock band ‘The Well Hung Curtains’, whilst sporting a mean trilby. (bio from Trayler & Trayler)
To see more, visit PeterLippmann.com.
All of Park’s works start off from a live painting so there is no pre-planning or sketching. He starts each painting with a layer of abstract sharpie drawings, then paints white shapes over the whole thing, and then adds in a full background of cities and scenes. “So for the first two and a half hours, I almost treat the painting like an abstract, where I’m just looking for balance and color.” (from interview with Daniel Rolink)
“Brooklyn based artist George Boorujy was born to a family of Catholics in New Jersey. Charmed by his liberal attitudes and facility with numbers, they decided to keep him. He grew up, left home and attended the University of Miami in order to pursue a career as a marine biologist. Appropriately, in 1996 he received a BFA degree in painting. From there he headed to Alaska where his knowledge of fish served him well in gutting thousands of them. He hitch-hiked around, worked as a carpenter and eventually ended up in Northern California employed as a potter. As the years and the clay passed through his hands, George thought about what else he would like to do with his life. Grad school seemed like a pretty good option. So he packed his bags and, aided by a profitable stop in Vegas, crossed the deserts, mountains and lonesome plains of the continent to be embraced by the welcoming arms of New York where he received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts.” (from artist website)
To see more, visit GeorgeBoorujy.com.
Obsolete World: “There is a world tucked away behind this one. An old world made up of endless fields,distant hills and timeworn cliffs. A place where the sun is always setting. A land in which extinct slow-moving monsters and elegant gentle-faced creatures of all shapes and sizes reside. Delicately balancing their hope with despair. Reminiscent of long departed dreams and uncollected thoughts. Time stands still here, so as to let the residents gaze in solitude upon the vast, richly textured skies. Forever in search of a place to better sit and watch their world pass them by.”
To see more, visit ObsoleteWorld.blogspot.com.
Born in New York City in 1968, Marcus Jansen is considered by art historians as a leader in modern expressionism. As a child, Jansen painted on surfaces such as canvas, newspapers and anything else he could find. He attended the Berufsfaschule fuer Gestaltung/Design in 1985 in Mönchengladbach, Germany and traveled widely throughout Western Europe in his youth.
Jansen traveled back to New York in 1982 and was introduced to legendary graffiti writers where he learned fast and combined influences from cubism, abstract expressionism, and graffiti to create a vibrant, iconic style that The New York Times describes as “surrealistic asphalt jungles.”
In 2011, Jansen was selected by Absolut Vodka for “Absolut Blank”, alongside Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring. Jansen’s expressionistic sensibility has since leant itself to many collaborations with such brands as Warner Brothers, Ford Motor Company and FIFA World Cup. (bio from artist website)
More great work from New York based artist Leslie Wayne. Wayne’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and Germany. She is in many public collections including Neuberger Museum of Art in New York, The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
To see more, visit LeslieWayneStudio.com.
Fred Calleri was born in Maryland and has been based in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2001. Fred has been interested in art throughout and early influences include Renaissance painters and the Masters of the early 20th century.
Calleri covers a wide range of styles and subject matter. By studying artists such as Anders Zorn, John Singer Sar-gent, Vermeer, Sorolla and many others as well as living masters today, he aims to reproduce classic and nos-talgic images using the master’s palette and mood to create an emotional reaction. As he explores different paths, the figure resonates throughout each piece.
While exploring the figure and representational painting in general, Calleri found by adding a slight distortion, he was free to let the image take him where it wanted to go. Calleri injects into his images a romantic and mysterious quality. (bio from Gallery Mar)