JanKossen Contemporary’s inaugural juried group exhibition will take place July 16th – August 15th, 2015. Entitled “FRESH!”, the show will feature works by 15 emerging artists.
Zeren Badar | New York, New York Heather Comparetto | St. Petersburg, Florida
Sofia Echa | New York, New York Christopher Paul Dean | Atlanta, Georgia
Adrienne Gaither | Washington D.C. Chad Burton Johnson | Birmingham, Alabama
Rachel Niekamp | Dayton, Ohio Christopher Parrott | Huntington, New York
Olan Quattro | Sarasota, Florida Lia Porto | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rebecca Rose | Davenport, Florida Anastasia Samoylova | Chicago, Illinois
Rahshia Sawyer | Sterling, Virginia Freda Sue | Greenville, South Carolina
Federico Winer | Buenos Aires, Argentina
FRESH! is both a platform for young, emerging talent as well as an opportunity for young collectors to discover art for their fledgling collection.
One of the cornerstones of contemporary art is the philosophy that the viewer plays a role by responding, reacting and interpreting art – even completing the artwork by contributing their own personal reflections and interpretations.
With this in mind, the exhibition offers the viewer a rich resource through which to re-consider and re-think that which is considered familiar; the viewer is invited to play an active role in the construction of meanings that are both apparent and hidden.
Chicago based photographer Anastasia Samoylova explores the way photography illustrates “the beautiful” and “the nature” in contemporary visual culture. Inspired by screen savers of retouched landscapes; the artist re-cycles open source images and advertisements into new imaginary; re-creating the concept of the landscape into a “still life”. The transformation is meant to further subvert the original maker’s intention. Samoylova’s work has been featured in the New Yorker and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois.
Glaciers, 2015, Digital Photograph, 24 x 36 inches
Photographs from Zeren Bader’s “accidental series” are collages made found objects laid on top of media images, photographs and reproductions of familiar paintings. The objects introduced into the sometimes familiar work, are reminiscent of early mixed media works such those by Robert Rauschenberg. Largely influenced by the DaDa movement, the objects are often accidentally combined with the image; and serve to enhance a suggested idea that is open to interpretation by the viewer – often tongue-in-cheek. The artist lives and works in New York.
Art Is Fresh, 2014 Digital Photograph, Mixed Media, 11 x 17 inches
St. Petersburg-based photographer Heather Comparetto is inspired by visual poetry in photography. Comparetto’s underwater series are created intuitively, transforming the ordinary into surreal images that magnify reality. She distorts her otherwise formal photographs and juxtaposes them in a way that manipulates the mood of the viewer.
Untitled (from Underwater series), 2011, Digital Photograph, 20 x 30 inches
Sofia Echa’s paintings are abstracts etched in metal. Her study in using different mediums and bases serve as an expression of her own personal language. The abstract forms inspired by the female form, nature and sensuality, allow the viewer to create their own interpretation within her artwork. Echa currently lives and works in New York, New York.
Fluidity #6, 2015, Acrylic on Aluminum, 36 x 48 inches
Sarasota, Florida based mixed media artist Olan Quattro explores the perception of memory and allegory in her collaged works. By layering old photographs, vintage books and personal memories, Quattro obscures what lies beneath, reminiscent of fading memories. Inspiration gleaned from traveling, fairy tales, and myths, the artist raises the question of what is unseen and unsolved, and invites the viewer to ask themselves what lies beneath the obvious.
Conversation, 2015, Mixed Media, 16 x 20 inches
Freda Sue’s relief woodblock prints reflect on human relationships with the environment. Sue is inspired by ancient Chinese culture, and her current body of work, “Mentors”, is inspired by an ancient Chinese poems written on the Wall of the West Forest Temple by Su Shi. In the Chinese language, the character for “reason” explains that people encounter one another in life for specific purposes. Sue’s body is physically involved in the work; she repeats the motions of carving and constructing, and in that moment she is wholly devoted to it- her prints create a dialogue that encourage the viewer to engage with their surroundings, and to live in the present. Sue is currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.
Royal Triumph, 2015, Relief Woodblock Print, 12 x 9 inches
Christopher Parrott’s paintings are set in a fictional gallery space, featuring a fictional body of work—by a fictional artist. Interested how identities and individual narratives are constructed in contemporary life. Parrott’s real-life paintings capture performers and observers playing out well-worn archetypes within incompatible narratives. Exhibitionism and voyeurism are significant themes in the artist’s work, and he deliberately conflates personal history with broader cultural narratives. Parrott is currently based in Huntington, New York.
Suspension, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Chad Burton Johnson’s work is an ongoing investigation into the perceptions and social standards of masculinity, death and cultural norms in the Deep South. Johnson highlights these subjects through his personal narrative of hyper-masculine and historical imagery; his paintings combined with non-traditional materials such as sequins and rhinestones. The art is hence both visually compelling, yet weighs heavy on social issues. Johnson’s work has been featured at the Orlando Museum of Art. The artist is based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Burt, 2012, Sequins and Mixed Media on Wood, 36 x 36 inches
Buenos Aires based photographer Federico Winer uses imagery from Google Earth to “…play with the way we see our planet from above.” Specifically, his Ultradistancia project is both about perception, and a celebration of photography and the multiple forms it can take – weather through the lens of a camera, or the screen of a computer. Winer’s imagery allows his audience to vicariously travel above large cities, fields and neighborhoods and aerially view the new portrait of earth that has been created. Winer’s Ultradistancia project has been featured in the Huffington Post.
Museo y Biblioteca, 2015, Digital Photography, 29.5 x 13.7 inches
Washington D.C. based artist Adrienne Gaither focuses on the mundane that we interact with daily. The artist dissects the common structures of the alphabet A-Z to combine form and content as image. Hence the artist frees herself from the confines of legibility required in graphic design; and in turn the viewer is offered a visual experience of information that lies beyond text and readability. Gaither’s work bridges the gap between the past, present and future; highlighting the dichotomy of what we believe we see, what we want to see and what is actually there. In an age where many people rely heavily on technology for information, Gaither is obsessed with the manner in which perception, information, and expression have been flattened by modern technology.
A Woman To Remember, 2014, Mixed Media, Digital Manipulations, 18 x 24 inches
The conclusion, if any, is left to the viewer’s discretion. Atlanta based artist Christopher Paul Dean explores the potentiality of entities that are defined by a certain set of historical rules, bodily interactions, and preconceived frameworks. His minimal, thought-provoking sculptures and framed pieces demand a specific level of manual and theoretical labor; which in turn offer a dialogue between both body (the viewer) and object.
Circular Dowel Composition 1, 2015, Wood and Paint, 21 x 21 inches
Rachel Niekamp’s photographs invite the viewer to find meaning in her rearrangement of common, domestic scenes. The artist presents common objects in a new and intriguing way photographed in her apartment, an opportunity to explore a familiar space in a minimalistic manner. When creating a scene, it is vital to see the potential of the objects in a new way that is not associated with its functionality. In her incipit series she alters familiar scenarios, adding a twist to the intended purpose of each photograph thereby making them compelling and distinct. Hence, she prompts the viewers to begin forming connections and narratives that were not present in the work; to engage and react in the scene presented. Niekamp is based in Dayton, Ohio.
Untitled III (Potato), 2015, Digital Photograph, 16 x 20 inches
Rahshia Sawyer is a California native, who grew up in Thailand and currently resides in the Washington D.C. area. Sawyer takes photographs as an inquiry into the existential questions of reality, identity and belief systems put in place by the individual. She discusses life-changing events and questions associated with them: “Will things ever be normal again?”, “When will things settle down?” Her photographs reflect a sense of disconnect from oneself and their environment.
Some Things I Can’t Explain 210, 2015 Digital Photograph, 20 x 30 inches
Buenos Aires based painter Lia Porto creates work that “goes beyond the limits of words.” Porto considers her work to be a translation and development of a non-verbal and non-intellectual language. Every detail of her work corresponds with information that she describes as “being weaved through the image”. The completed painting, or final reading – is ambiguous, open and organic. Visually, the work takes elements from nature that are re-interpreted by Porto creating a “natural fiction”.
Electric Feel, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 38.5 x 66 inches
Davenport, Florida based artist Rebecca Rose creates wearable, “sculpturings” that are completely designed and fabricated by Rose. Her rings are reminiscent of childhood toys, game pieces and organic materials that convey a narrative or story. She recycles objects and elements that find their way into the mixed wax she uses to create her metal rings, and new life is then breathed into once discarded items, becoming precious metal – something to now be cherished and treasured. Each ring is a reflection of understanding human ingenuity, behavior and habits.
Starring, 2105, Cast, 925 Sterling Silver