Yana Golikova

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Contemplation

Yana was born in Siberia, Russia. As a young kid, every time she would see something inspiring, she was looking for a way to keep it in her memory. That is when a spark for art lit up in her heart. Painting and drawing was the best way to capture the moment and share it with others. She started to explore different materials and subjects. It was the best feeling and from that time it remains this way. Moving to America brought her many opportunities, to express herself as an artist. Yana is specializing in representational oil painting. Her primary subject is Still Life, but her work also includes figure, portraiture and landscapes. She paints mostly from life and the live models. Yana regularly participates in exhibitions and competitions, where her work has garnered awards. Her formal art training is from the Art Students League of NY. She is a member of the American Artists Professional League and National Art League.

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Jeff Harold

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The Alley Looked Empty

I consider photography as an exploration of the world around us, real or imagined. It’s a way for the viewer to interact with a specific part of that world that the photographer has experienced. I’ve always found the most interesting images are those that encourage the viewer to explore the story that the photographer is trying to tell and this is what I try to bring to the images I create. To me, the title given to an image should help the viewer understand how the photographer interacts with his own work, giving the viewer some insight into the photographer’s vision. I’ve photographed many types of subjects, but I always try to create an image that can tell a story or invoke a feeling in the viewer.

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Howard Hastie

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The Alchemist’s Swan Song

I love to paint. Most of my childhood was centered around painting and drawing. When I entered MassArt I changed my focus to sculpture then went on to have a custom furniture company for many years.
After closing down my business I am back to painting. I like to build things so my paintings are constructed with a balance of geometric form and subconscious imagery. I have spent many years studying psychology, Buddhism, and art.
I am drawn to Tibetan thangkas, Native American art, Carl Jung’s Red Book, Kandinsky, Miro, and Persian geometric design.
Having spent years with precise geometric forms in furniture, I now prefer the immediacy of brush on the canvas. Staying within the loose boundaries of a geometric composition. This is congruent with my subconscious forms that have filled many sketchbooks.

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Amy Helminiak

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The majority just sat and watched – detail

Today where photographs and images are leading the way in communication, “Orange Trees Are Mostly Green” addresses the ambiguity of language in the digital age. Realized through emoji inspired symbols such as painted fingernails, scrunchies, Bernie Sanders heads and unicorns, the pieces explore the limitations of communication through texting and social media.

The work takes form from hundreds of appropriated photographs from Internet searches that visually amplify the information to be processed by the viewer. Reminiscent of binary code and ancient cuneiform writing, these alternating patterns reinforce its intent to be observed as a language. At the same time, they confer to it, in aesthetic terms, a frequency of digital noise.

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Thomas Jackson

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Maquette 21

For many years I worked on a series of abstract watercolors based on divisions of space in ancient Egyptian funerary art. I stained watercolor paper by painting through torn rice paper shapes. While they were used in the process, the rice papers were not part of the finished watercolors. I stored them – many for over a decade – thinking that some day I would use them in some way.

In 2015 I began to use the rice papers in collages. While the watercolors they were used to create were highly planned, the collages were begun with no idea of the finished composition in mind. I tried many combinations of pieces and the works grew organically. While the watercolors are very intense, the collages have a lower intensity saturation.

It was exciting to sort through hundreds of rice paper pieces. After not seeing them for so long, it was like working with found objects.

These compositions feel like scale models of sculptures or architecture, and I have titled them Maquette.

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Melissa Karine Jacobs

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Red Energy

In my youth, the alluring facade of a night sky afforded me boundless simple pleasures with intrigue, but as I grew older I began to understand the duality of how a starry sky masked the complex science of the cosmos. This revelation led me to imagine the unknown. Using raw unadulterated color, I expand upon natural phenomena and attempt to harness their spirit of intricacy. My method of creating is a perpetual journey of learning while my works reflect the vastness and difficulty of understanding. Each piece is emblematic of thoughts, studies, and techniques that I have absorbed but also alludes to concepts that are insoluble if not entirely ineffable.

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Khanh Le

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My own work is a hybrid influenced by design, Minimalism, photography, and the history of abstract painting. I transform everyday family photo albums into colorful abstractions using gold gelly roll pen, sequins, acrylic stickers and acrylic crystals. Because these scrapbooking materials have little-perceived value, there is freedom to embed culturally specific references, such as photography as a memory that celebrates through embellishment. In my work, I mix cultural signifiers with abstraction and popular culture to create new work that is either pure abstraction, identity-based art or both. Contradictions and fragmentations are key issues in examining the notion of identity within the structure of my works. Even though I identify myself as a Vietnamese-born American, I still do not know what it means. Through the process of mixed-media collage, I layer together fragmented images to create a new historical narrative that is reflective of the tension within my identity.

 

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Lucelene Lourenco

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Capela

My artistic name is Lu Lourenco.  I am a self-taught artist and the colors have always exercised in my life true fascination.  I studied photography, but painting was always my great passion.  The life is a great work of art and our most magnificent school, where I learn every day and every moment.  I learn about colors, shapes and sensations. This is very important to me, because that’s what I try to express in my paintings. Colors, shapes and especially many sensations.

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