FRESH 2016: Update


JanKossen Contemporary’s annual summer show FRESH! has now reached its’ 4 week mark since its opening, and experts and the public have given us ample feedback about the works exhibited. Our opening vernissage which took place on July 7th was a huge success with over 150 people coming through. The crowd included the artists’ friends and family, passerby, and select invited guests who were either speculating, congratulating, or simply just browsing the fresh talents present in the show.

We have invited a group of professionals from within the art world such as gallerists and curators to visit the exhibition and provide feedback and criticism for these emerging talents. Among them was Jessica Porter from Porter Contemporary located in both Chelsea and Flatiron. She showed interest in Jason Bryant, Neven Zoricic, and Zachary Williams’ portraits. Previously a JanKossen staff member, junior curator Sherri Littlefield who now works extensively with pop up galleries around the New York City area; was engrossed in Colleen Fitzgerald, Aniko Safran, and Roman Traexler’s eye-catching pieces. Journalist and writer and account manager, Neha Jambhekar from Artnet News was drawn to Axelle Kieffer, Clay Jordan, and Nina Sumarac’s to be her top picks. We also asked our friendly neighbors to join in with their insights. Chelsea Ramirez, gallery assistant at Denise Bibro Gallery was impressed by the works of Christopher Owen Nelson, Byungkwan Kim, and Melonie Mulkey. Lastly, for an alternative and fresh viewpoint, we welcomed art and design expert, architect Jee Won Kim for his top three picks, resulting in the selection for Maxwell Emcays, Jack Rosenberg, and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s pieces.

In a more intimate yet casual light, there was an overwhelming praise for Clay Jordan and Melonie Mulkey’s pieces from the staff and visitors to the gallery. JanKossen’s sales associates Adel Wong, as well as current and previous interns Dohie Kim, Cooper Lovano, and Jordan Choptovy were fascinated by the intricate abstraction of the figure in Mulkey’s photograph as well as the tasteful simplicity of Jordan’s work. JanKossen Gallery Director Jasmin Kossenjans was also particularly impressed by Axelle Kieffer, Neven Zoricic, and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s works.

Overall, it is safe to say that Melonie Mulkey’s work has gotten an astounding amount of acclamation from both our experts as well as the general public, along with Clay Jordan’s and Jasmin Edelbrunner’s pieces.

FRESH! runs through August 17th before JanKossen closes for the rest of the month.

FRESH! Opening Vernissage

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From left to right: Christopher Parrott, Marc Dessauvage, Colleen Fitzgerald, Evan Schwartz, Jason Bryant, Anikó Sáfrán, and Jack Rosenberg

We had a wonderful opening reception last Thursday, a huge thanks to everyone who came out to join us!

Artists above were present during the opening, as well as Maxwell Emcays and Mark Liam Smith who did not make it into the group photo.

The show was a great success especially with the presence of the artists and their friends and family. I think it is safe to say that this was a well-received show, and everybody had a great time chatting and getting to know their fellow artists, or simply just looking at all the remarkable works.

FRESH! runs until August 17th, so drop by and have a look!