SINE HJÔRT

HER LAST EXHIBIT: THE MEMORIES OF ELEPHANTS

These are some new works in 3D - inspired by the efforts of animal activists to free circus elephants and retire them to sanctuaries. As a former performer, I was thinking about the incredible pictures that might be stored in each elephant’s memory... Like a wave washing over thousands of performances….shadows….blinking lights and incredible, breathtaking efforts to entertain in the shadow of the sometimes brutal reality.

SINE’S BACKGROUND (in her own words)

I grew up in Denmark, north of Copenhagen, and went to a private school that focused on creativity. I got to try different things, and since I feel passionate about animals, I was allowed to keep rabbits and goats on the grounds at my school.

At 16 I was sent me to live at a Danish school that was built on the principles of Anton Makarenko. The strict rules and the punitive nature of the collective did not detract from the new friends and the school band that I did enjoy. After three months of rebellion I was expelled. Then I spent a few months in Amsterdam before returning to Copenhagen where I lived in Christiania, a collective, for three years. There I experienced a diverse and free lifestyle and tried my hand at different crafts.

Educated at the Copenhagen Art and Danish Design schools, I came to New York in 1986 and became the creative force behind an all women’s music project called Maria Excommunikata, and wrote, recorded and performed with many talented and wonderful artists. We toured the US with Tom Tom Club and Debbie Harry and I had a cameo in The Ramones video “The Pet Sematary.” while performing I supported myself doing piecework for Soho artist James Rizzi, cutting paper and assembling his works for seven years.

I have had success sharing my work at locations where people sit down for a while so they have time to look at the art work. The NY craft beer scene has been a wonderful connection for my work. I am thrilled to license my art to the delicious craft beer label called "Nap Time Liquid Creations”, based in Blauvelt NY. My works decorate the tasting room at the brewery.

I exhibit in both the US and in Denmark, where I am the member of Næstved Grafik Værksted and attend their workshops. I have works permanently on display at the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill. NY.

I teach workshops in Westchester, mostly at public libraries and private art schools.

Working for the Croton Academy of Arts I teach a paper cutting workshop at a weekly after- school program at Croton Elementary School.

I am pleased to be busy with commission work for private clients and enjoy improving my skills at channeling their stories into my work.

I live in Croton On Hudson (surrounded by tall trees and wild animals.)

MAJÔ

Majô L. Foy began drawing and painting in the 1980s when she lived in Paris. Since 1991, she has been affiliated with The Art Students League of New York, where she has studied sculpture, drawing and painting. She currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has numerous paintings in private collections and has displayed her work at Café Mocias, Bettolona and, most recently, at the restaurant Arco Cafe.

Majô paints landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes and figures from observation. Her approach is loose and non-descriptive. She is ultimately looking to reveal the beauty and emotion in all things through the aesthetic elements of painting – expressive brushstrokes, form, space, color and light. In her still lifes, for example, she imbues her forms with emotional warmth and light expressed through her expert use of color.

For more info and images, please visit the artist's website: www.mjlanarifoy.com

MATTHEW WOODS

Born and raised in Massachusetts. Transplanted to New York City. Matthew Woods is a self proclaimed Renaissance Man practicing many different art forms in various mediums. Never without a sketchbook in hand he draws most of his inspiration from nature, horror, rock 'n' roll, and friends on a daily basis.

Pumpkinhead has been a personal project ongoing for several years. Used as a storytelling tool, he struggles through daily life counting down the days to Halloween. The artist and the character aren’t exactly the same person but they certainly share a lot of opinions.

@hallowwoods
www.matthewwoodsart.com 

MARTHA SCOTT BURTON

Martha Scott Burton studied and worked in New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in art history. She then worked for the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, a contemporary art gallery and for a private artist studio. While in New York, she began her photography practice on 35mm and 120mm film. She currently shoots with a Leica m6 and a Hasselblad 500c/m. Martha Scott is currently a graduate student in Austin, Texas, pursuing a degree in art history and African-american studies with a concentration in studio art.

ROBERT STRIBLEY

Images from the White Continent

Artist Statement

“In December of 2016, I took a six-week sabbatical from work and was fortunate enough to visit Antarctica. I approached the continent then with a deep sense of gratitude, which would soon be overtaken by awe.

Moving through Antarctic waters felt like traversing another planet. Known as the White Continent for the color of its icy, snowy landscapes, Antarctica also shares an astonishing display of greys and surprises you with bright electric blues. The animals here exist in innocence. The only human visitors they receive generally treat them with respect and their resulting lack of fear for us is reflected in surprising states of intimacy and repose. Though your experience may be punctuated by tremendous displays of life—visiting a penguin colony with tens of thousands of inhabitants—the overall experience is one of surprising tranquility. Moments of animal community are just as likely to be balanced by moments of solitary animal experiences. This environment then—alien as it is—speaks to us of our own experience, even as we are reminded that we are strangers in a strange and beautiful land. All the more reason for us to approach this great continent with curiosity and wonder, but especially with care.


These photographs were taken over just five days visiting the Antarctic Peninsula.

Sean Bowen

Artist Statement

After exhibiting in New York City and New England since the mid 90's, including 14 one-man shows and 26 group shows, Sean Bowen is now calling his Rhinebeck studio home (fresher air, a slower pace, and steps away from his Harley...).

His latest work is entitled "Icons": The Icons are drawn from Sean's influences in the arts, politics, and history. Colorful and graphically alive, they represent the music, ideals, and artistic abandon he shares. Though Sean may have relocated to the country, the city streets remain in his artistic senses. "My main objective is to create mood for the viewer through my use of color, texture, and expression," Bowen says.

His formal training included the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Paier School of Art,the University of Oregon and the Streets and Sidewalks of NYC.

JUDITH RUBENSTEIN

Artist Statement

People say that current political art does not address power, but shows how it works. Central to
my art is the depiction of the sad workings of my society’s power, and the contrast of pleasurable
daily life that many of us enjoy. It is important to me that my presentations of this reality be
accessible to many. I therefore emphasize screen, relief, and lithographic prints on paper, which can be produced in multiple, and priced moderately. And, I involve community members in making art, thus my collaborative books. The materials that compose the one-of-a-kind collages that also appear in this exhibit are, in that same vein, cheap and rough - paper and cardboard. They have been created with pencil, scissors, glue and a copying machine.