Dan Alvarado is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. He earned a BFA from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. Focusing on social and political commentary as the primary content of his work, Dan’s mediums of choice creating his art include drawing, screen printing and painting. He often utilizes his hand drawings as the primary foundation for his screen printing process, hand drawing most of his stencils to create his multi-colored prints, as well as printing on panel (or canvas) to coincide with his acrylic painting technique.
He does sometimes make work that elegant and beautiful works. These botanical works are an example of them. The drawing "Protecting Our Essential" was trying to glorify the workers that have dealt with the coronavirus ever since the beginning. It was intended to make their PPE gear items of beauty by replacing them with plants. The print "Finding Joy But Still Lost" was a reflection of how to cope with the pandemic when things are in turmoil. Including 11 different plants and flowers, he made a composition that has the shape of an arc or access into the plants arranged all over. But because there are so many plants involved, the sense of being cluttered or lost comes to mind as you can fall deep and trapped into this garden of plants.
Ben Cowan came from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. Cowan held a residency in Umbria, Italy, that deeply influenced his paintings.
His works feature familiar Brooklyn sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. Wrought iron gates and architecture are the background to every glance of Brooklyn’s surroundings. By pairing the open invitation of domestic architecture and firm boundaries of decorative gates, the paintings deliver a sense of promise and denial. A deep space is implied but the depth is fragile. Color, sensuous surface, and familiar foliage entice; but, still a longing remains.
Sachie Hayashi is a contemporary artist based in the Bronx,New York, who works on mixed media, painting, and graphite.Her works are inspired by landscapes and nature elements.
She received BFA at Fashion Institute of Technology, studied painting, sculpture and printmaking at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York and Art Students League. She has exhibited in museums like Hammond Museum in New York, Artist’s Museum in Texas, and Toyota Municipal Museum in Japan as well as many galleries in the United States and other countries, also has received grants such as Herriet Whitney Frishmuth Award and Chaim Gross Prize.
Riding a Wave was inspired by seaweed being tossed up on the beach by the waves. While not a literal translation, the sculpture bends back upon itself turning and twisting the seaweed strands, leaves and pods as it drifts ashore.
Maurine Holmgren has studied art and architecture at City College of New York and the Art Students League of New York. Winner of the Nessa Cohen Grant and other awards for several years, Maurine has had an art studio in Long island City since 2001. While at Crane Street Studios in Long Island City, she organized Open Studios for several years. This included coordinating Open Studio Weekends with area art institutions like 5 Pointz, PS1 and Socrates Sculpture Park. She shares a studio in LIC with two other sculptors - a stone carver and welder.
Above ground & below: This work is part of a series of sculptures looking at the transition between the visible world and the unseen networks beneath.
I'm a sculptor living in the wilds of far upper Manhattan, Inwood, known for the last surviving old growth forest on the island. It is this landscape that provides the inspiration for much of my work.
I have exhibited at ArtSpace Gallery in Richmond, VA; Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in New York, NYC City Arts in the Parks Fort Tryon Park and Central Park Lawn behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Charmaine Osaerang is an Indonesian artist, currently lives and works in New York. She earned a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from New York Academy of Art.
Osaerang’s work depicts elements of playfulness in the natural world and everyday objects. After collecting a variety of photographic references, she begins her work by creating preliminary sketches to encompass the feeling of her chosen subject matter. She creates by using graphite, watercolor, and acrylic on either paper, canvas, or board. Her creative influences include Shin hanga, Japanese comics and children’s book illustrations. She paints colorful and delightful subject matters with delicate beauty and sensitivity, while drawing viewers closer to imaginative narratives.
Osaerang draws inspiration from nature, particularly from flora and fauna. Recently, She has become more inclined to depict animals within an intimate setting to draw her audience closer and create imaginative backgrounds to further the narrative within each composition. She hope to instill an appreciation, within her viewers, of our surroundings and to be more mindful of our impact on far reaching places. “People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.” ― Sir David Attenborough
Dana Parlier is a New York based sculptor. He teaches Metal Sculpture at the Art Students League of New York. He works in a wide variety of materials and subject matter. Dana earned a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA., MFA at School of Visual Art, New York and studied at the Art Students League of New York.
"Tricky Situation, Sticky Predicament"
Branch and Wire Man encapsulated inside a barbed wire sphere epitomizes the predicament of man/woman vs nature.
We humans treat mother earth, her residents and the environment with contempt and disrespect. As a result we find ourselves in unhealthy, uncomfortable situations of our own making that on a cosmic and carmic level we deserve.
Since the beginning of the pandemic Dana was looking at scientific images of corona virus. He took screws and screwed them into a ball of wound twine to make the form he saw from scanning electron microscopes. Part of the aesthetic appeal is the act of the metal screws going into an organic form. He is using art as a talisman and spiritual object as a marker of personal, as well as, a shared global experience.
Shavana Smiley is a conceptual artist born in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.
The concepts behind her current work explore scientific breakthroughs in space science and question what it means to be human. She makes artwork to help us dream of possibilities and to better understand the Universe and our presence within it. Shavana confronts the viewer with the plausibility of life outside of Earth and what that would do to our human psyche.
These digital images are from a series of photos marking the end stage of nature’s cycle indoors. They honor the beauty still remaining in the color and forms of decorative plant life passed its prime. The artist lives at the northern edge of Manhattan, adjacent to Inwood Hill Park, where she collects scraps and tosses them away.
She has her BFA in Sculpture and Art History from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis, MO and her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She received a Fulbright award as a sculptor in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has exhibited at Artspace Gallery in Richmond, Virgina, Poleeni Cultural Center in Pieksämäki, Finland, and Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.