AENY Spotlight Program
2019 Spotlight Recipients
Since its launch in 2016, the Spotlight Program has continued to be a highlight of Artexpo New York’s programming and events. This year’s recipients are each exceptional, bringing their cutting-edge talent to the forefront. Read on to learn more about the five amazing recipients who have been selected for this year’s Spotlight Program.
Anna Voloshko Sculptures | Kiev, Ukraine | Booth 1027
The quirky and unique bronze sculptures of Anna Voloshko lift the heart and touch the soul. Ranging in style from steampunk to modern and grotesque to classic, all of Voloshko’s works are united in their expressive sense of personality and animation. There is a delightful nostalgic feeling to Voloshko’s pieces as if they capture the charm of bygone eras or stories frozen in time. In fact, one of Voloshko’s main goals in her work is to eschew what she sees as the impersonal, utilitarian, and technologically overrun modern world in favor of subjects that she believes will offer energy, peace, and comfort to her viewers. Voloshko says that no matter what, her work reflects her experiences, emotions, and relationships, as well as her philosophical view of the world. She wants her art to help viewers discover a moment where they can reconnect with themselves and God.
Born in Ukraine, Voloshko currently works as a sculptor in Kiev. Voloshko was recognized as one of Top Artists of 2015 by Art Business News and her sculptures have been exhibited and can be found in private collections all around the world.
Josy Britton Fine Art | Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada | Booth 400
Josy Britton decided she was an artist in kindergarten. In 1979, Britton graduated from Waterloo University with an honors Bachelor in Fine Art. Britton lives in an oak savannah forest adjacent to the Pinery Provincial Park with her husband, Gord. Their growing family enjoys being together, especially canoe-tripping in the wilderness.
Britton is constantly inspired by miracles in nature and compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others. Although nature is the inspiration for Britton’s work, sunlight is the primary subject of her paintings. Britton paints sunlight’s effects on color. Her watercolor paintings are created using an original technique of dividing the paper’s surface into jewels of transparent color that overlap to create more color fragmentation. Her watercolors on Yupo are painted in a subtractive technique Britton developed. Currently, Britton has been painting an encaustic series. When you understand Britton’s paintings, it will change the way you see when you walk a forest trail or travel a river.
Her paintings have hung in over 95 juried shows and solo shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada.
[Kun:st] International | Leonberg, Baden-Wurrtemberg, Germany | Booth 155
[Kun:st] International, based in Leonberg, Germany, is a nonprofit international art association founded in 2015. As of Dec. 30, 2018, [Kun:st] has more than 360 members from 14 countries. The aim of the association is to provide its members with regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities and at the same time to offer each individual member support in their personal and artistic development.
Anja Struck is living and working as an independent artist in Lueneburg, Germany. She is working out of her own art studio. Her medium is oil on canvas. The Hamburg native studied painting, earning a bachelor’s in art education, graphics, and design, and she completed additional studies with the renowned painter and sculptor Markus Lüpertz in 2010.
Struck’s paintings are figurative and focus on people in the game of light, shadow, and movement. Life is on the move, flowing, and dynamic. To illustrate that, she blurs the contours.
Struck has been working over 20 years as a freelance artist and has presented her works at numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Poland, Turkey, and China.
The artist Alberto Giacometti expresses in words exactly what Betty Schmidt feels in abstract gestural photography: “I see something, I find it wonderful, I want to give it back. Whether I am unsuccessful, whether it succeeds, becomes unimportant. Whether I preempt by failing, or if I advance by success, it is a personal gain for me.”
For Schmidt, photography is a kind of language with which she wants to express her thoughts and feelings, not the outer reality. Real, objectified, banished their imagination. All memories of all-too concrete are extinguished as soon as they press the trigger of the camera. She uses the fraction of a second to take pictures with her full body. Body and camera are one and are her tools to create a new image of what is seen, something that lies between the moments, something that never comes back.
Suzanne Kolmeder, born in 1962, worked alongside her artistic work as a copywriter in an agency and was editor-in-chief of a publishing house before she finally became independent in Stuttgart in 2011 as a freelance artist. After experiments with different techniques and materials, she now works exclusively with acrylic paint on canvas, acrylic glass, and glass.
Among other things, Kolmeder’s abstract images are created by applying countless layers of acrylic, and there is always a picture behind the picture before the actual vision of the picture takes shape. This technique and the partially reflective colors bring the works to life and relive them from different perspectives.
The three-dimensionality created by the layers allows the viewer to dive deep into the images. Imagination lets you discover figures that transform the image and evoke individual interpretations.
New York Center for Photographic Art | New York, New York | Booth 458
Photographers Maddi Ring and Patricia Gilman, as members of a photography organization, had produced several gallery shows in New York City. They saw how exciting and motivating these exhibitions were to the photographers exhibited and wanted to expand those opportunities. In August 2012, they created the New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA) with a mission to provide exhibition opportunities to fellow photographers worldwide.
NYC4PA offers international themed open-call competitions juried by recognized experts in the field of photography. Prizes include cash awards, online gallery, catalog, and New York City gallery exhibits. NYC4PA is proud to advance the art of photography.
In 2002, Patricia Gillman began to take photography seriously. It was that year that she acquired her first digital camera. Gillman explains further: “I had always used a good film camera for travel and family photos, but the digital camera changed the way in which I looked at photography, the way I composed a photograph. I really fell in love with the art and magic of photography through digital cameras.
“But I wanted to do more with my images so I began to do alternative processes, she continues. “I started with Polaroid transfers, moved on to painting my photos, and now have produced note cards and coasters made from my photographs and original watercolor paintings.
“I have spent a great deal of time creating infrared photographs. The panoramic photograph has become easier to do now that there are cameras that photograph panoramas. This is what I use. One gets the most amazing shots just moving the camera left to right or down to up.”
Her work includes collections dedicated to the infrared, plus panoramic, flora and fauna, and the countries she has visited.
Self-taught photographer Maddi Ring explains her work: “I have traveled to remote parts of the world seeking out unusual images of people, still life, landscape, and architecture. I use both color and monochromatic tonal range to reproduce the scene and set the mood. In addition, I work in image transfer to create a completely different watercolor effect and use digital manipulation on select images to produce tinted black-and-white images as well as fanciful color abstracts.”
“The far reaches of the world have always intrigued me,” she continues. “The farther away from McDonalds the better. These images are my impressions and creations from my own neighborhood to the depths of the third world.”
A photographer with an eye for the architectural, Annette Schreiber creates works that make the most of the atmospheric potential in photography. Her photographs often observe high-rises, finding a surreal, sparse reality in familiar angles. Schreiber revels in negative space, letting the natural gradients of light in each urban landscape overtake her compositions. Even when the subjects of a photograph are rigid and linear, Schreiber transforms them into distorted, atmospheric objects that set their own patterns of wood, glass, and steel against the subtle swathes of sky.
Much of Schreiber’s work is black and white, allowing the contrast between light and dark to be the focus. More than documentary, Schreiber’s works use a moody blend of grays, towering architecture, and silhouetted trees to convey emotion. Imbued with the photographer’s own feelings, each image communicates a tone beyond its subject matter.
Born in Germany, Schreiber began photographing as a child. Since earning her master’s degree in photography in 2000, Schreiber has interpreted the world through her camera lens with a unique eye toward the sentiment behind the image. She recently won two categories and received an honorable mention in the 10th Pollux Awards.
Douglas Collins was born in 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. He trained in math, engineering, and design. He has worked in cinema and architecture. He is active in cameraless photography and printmaking in both New York and California and has been a teacher at Manhattan Graphics and the International Center of Photography.
Joseph Siebert is a photographer specializing in images of the natural world.
Scot J. Wittman
Scot J. Wittman has spent most of his life on the East Coast of the United States. He shoots his studio work in his factory residence in Philadelphia and travels as often as possible to shoot on location. To date, he has been to 36 countries. From fall to spring, he teaches all levels of photography at Rutgers Preparatory School, the first independent school of New Jersey, where he is also the chair of the Visual Art Department and dean of all the arts: visual, music, drama, and dance. His passions and professions are threefold in the areas of art production, art pedagogy, and Frisbee golf.
Susan Chamberland’s father told her as a young woman, “No one can see like you.” At the time, she thought nothing of the comment. Chamberland has been taking photographs specializing in color-massing studies inspired by a trip to Bermuda in the 1980s. The mystery of color and shape are her favorite subjects. Micro-influenced subjects are a major focus in her work. Details, texture, and obscure shapes permeate her photographs. The element of surprise, coupled with an incongruous title, incorporate the experience of what Chamberland portrays in her photographs.
Chamberland also works in paper creating relief sculptures. Plagued in the olden days within vellum and pencil, her workday was spent drafting buildings. Lines create buildings. These lines morphed into thick laminated paper strips of varying dimensions. Her relief paper sculptures were born by weaving lines of contrasting colored strips of paper woven by inserting them into slits of a paper substrate. The relief was born by pulling the strips of paper away from the substrate creating the third dimension.
Chamberland earned a Bachelor of Science in design and resource management from the University of Connecticut. She is an associate member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art. She has been an elected artist member of the Essex Art Association, Essex, Connecticut, for 22 years where she held the office of president.
Peace Waters Fine Art | San Diego, California | Booth 285
Shima Shanti, inspired by spirit and nature, paints with beeswax and fire. She juxtaposes bold texture that is rough yet refined with a sublime neutral tone and hue that appear to span spiritual dimensions. Her use of native and vintage elements in contemporary design blurs the boundaries of culture and dissolve records of time. What is left to the viewer is the feeling of being in this world but not of it, the feeling of unifying oneness of peace. Shanti’s work appears ethereal, nonetheless firmly grounded. This along with her unyielding acceptance of the imperfect is reflected in her work.
Shanti’s conventional upbringing, in contrast with her spiritual and existential understanding, is revealed in captivating depth in both her artwork and published books. Similar to life—every layer of beeswax and each moment in time are fused behind and before, creating life’s journey. As Shanti says: “Witnessing the spontaneous expression in an artist’s work deepens one’s own self-awareness and reveals both the artist’s and beholder’s unique perception of reality. This is the gift of art.”
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