Past Residence

Loren Abbate

Loren is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and attended Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She has had a lengthy career teaching visual arts and creative inspiration in schools and organizations across the globe. Loren has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including the Art Center/South Florida (Miami), Anderson Ranch Art Center (Aspen) and this will be her second term with ESKFF at Mana Contemporary (Jersey City). She has also been an artist-in-residence at Art Print International (Spain) and DEDALO Art Center (Italy). Her work has been exhibited in numerous commercial galleries, institutions, collections and art fairs including Christie's (NYC), Dairy Art Center (Colorado), Museo Afroamericano (Venezuela) & Art Basel (Miami Beach). 

Loren has a wild and beautiful imagination that she intends to capture in this next series of paintings entitled 'Metamorphic'.  This series will be researching gems, minerals and crystals to propose sacred, mystical and architectural dwelling spaces.  Loren will be using wide color spectrum and visionary inspirations that invite viewers to consider new ways of congregating in places like temples, churches, synagogues, museums, schools and homes. Loren is hopeful to develop the visual and verbal language for a cultural transformation toward equity, beauty and collective appreciation for everybody.

Suzanne Unrein

Suzanne Unrein grew up among swamps, alligators, mossy oaks and hundreds of varieties of birds in the coastal towns of Florida.  Her travels and encounters with animals in Mexico, South Africa, Borneo and Bali have contributed to her vibrant worlds where the animality of humans plays within a world of beasts.  A California native and a current New Yorker, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S, with solo shows at Rare Gallery in NYC, and Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and the Hamptons.  Her work was recently spotlighted in The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization (Oxford University Press) and the focus of the short film, Hands & Eyes, that premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  She’s the art editor for Figure/Ground magazine and a contributing writer to Delicious Line.  Her first curatorial project, Afflatus, was exhibited in May at the 5-50 Gallery in Long Island City, with co-curator Amy Hill.  Unrein has had past residencies at the Studio Program at P.S. 122 in the East Village, the Jentel Foundation in Banner, WY, and the Can Serrat residency in Le Bruc, Barcelona, Spain.

Leandro Comrie

I have always been interested in people and their stories. As a kid, I would sit in my aunt’s and godmother’s kitchen, respectively, and listen to their stories. The stories were about them and other people, but far from being gossip oriented; they were focused on life experiences and lessons on how to approach life from a kinder perspective.

Those conversations left a seed in me, and I watched it grew through the years and realized how easy it was for me to connect to people emotionally. I had learned to welcome people and their stories. At some point, I considered studying psychology, convinced it was the best way to put this trait to good use, but I turned to painting instead.

Through painting, I am able to connect not only with other people’s stories but also with my own. No painting reveals a specific story, but instead, they are the sum of many stories. My subject matter tends to be broad, and inclusive for this reason. I don’t wish to paint solely about one story or focus on one sentiment. The human experience is a combination of emotions that rise and subside. Therefore, my work can be a mix of heartbreak, love, death, friendship, lust, kindness, sexuality, spirituality among other things, things that as human beings we can relate to.

As an artist, I am intrigued by how we negotiate these aspects of our lives and how we navigate life itself in different times and spaces, always striving to make the best of our lives.

Bryant Small

Bryant Small is an Award Winning artist who lives in Jersey City, NJ and balances a social marketing and media career in New York City. Bryant has a love of culture, color and all things sparkling. In his art, he loves to toe the line of free abstraction with vibrant color blending and pushing beyond pretty. His Alcohol Ink pieces are free flowing, unpredictable and levitate from the page. Recognized as a Conception Arts, Global Art Collective 2017 Award For Excellence Winner, and selected as one of International Art Market Magazine’s Gold List of Top Emerging Contemporary Artists, Bryant has shown his work in several collective and individual shows throughout the United States and has pieces that are part of Private Collections around the Globe. He lives by the words: “Broken Crayons Still Color... and a little glitter and sparkle NEVER hurt anybody!” Bryant is constantly creating and being inspired and sharing his work daily on Instagram-@BFLY777.

Santiago Andrade Leóne

My Art speaks of the devotion of our ancestors towards the four spirits of our life, honoring the memory of our water, the story of the wind, the sacred land that gave us the body we have, the origin of our nature and the sacred duality of existence. It speaks about sacred moments of ceremonies, about offerings to our ancestors, it speaks to the most ancient spirit that paints everything with light, to the sacred fire of all generations. 
My painting expresses the nature of our origin, the cosmos of the Amerindian cultures, the myths and sacred ceremonials from the kichwa tribes in Ecuador, the legacy of the sacred analogical language, the invisible worlds printed in all of our experiences and visions with our master plants. 
Feathers and other elaborated ornaments are incorporated in some of the Medicinal Art, contrasting with acrylic techniques and deepening in the Ritual and Sacred intimate relation of the family who asked for the painting. Ceremonial songs are also vital part of each vision, of each story of creation, and they are shared with the community as part of the healings within the artwork. 

I live and paint guided by the indigenous cosmology "Suinak Kawsay", which means Live Well" or 'live in Plenitude" This is the Art of living that my ancestors inherited, the knowledge of understanding the balance of our nature, to first learn how to live to then create community; to cultivate our spirit and visions to then express our heart with knowledge and truth to our families and relations. 

Gregg Rosen

Gregg Rosen is an artist who grew up in Hauppauge, NY. He attended the S.U.N.Y Farmindale and the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Rosen is an artist who works in both the abstract and realist/expressionistic styles. He currently has two series that he works on: an abstract one entitled, "Structural Landscape" and "The Diner of Lost Souls."

 

 Mr. Rosen had a solo show at ShuaSpace in Jersey City and most recently won the People's Choice Award from the 440 Gallery in Brooklyn,NY for their 15th annual small works exhibit. 

Anthony Boone

From conductor to a creator, Anthony Boone is a multimedia artist based in and native to Jersey City. Boone is known for using unique and unifying materials that create an otherworldly visual experience. Some of Boone’s many mediums include wood, dirt, oil paints, pawprints and whatever feels right at the moment. Boone uses emotion to dominate his canvas and goes beyond the stars as the mixture settles to create a foreign textured terrain that radiates vibrancy and detail, and in turn, brings the canvas to life as if looking at a magnified mystical organism. Evolving past the boundaries of a frame Boone has expanded his work creating sculptures, and fashion. During the years of observing and absorbing the textured scenery of his surroundings as a conductor, it has greatly influenced Boone’s approach to creating art. Taking distorted and reusable pieces of the railroad and turning them into almost unrecognizable sculptures. Drawing inspiration from his family Anthony is no stranger to a brush, as he often helped his father contracting business on various jobs, and was always keen on his mother’s seamstress creations. Cultivating artists and entrepreneurs from all over the community to make art and artists more accessible to the community. Boone’s most recent solo exhibition, “The art of movement” at Base Gym, in downtown Jersey City, featured entrepreneurs from all over the community woven together to bring an experience curated for the community by the community. The event combined sight, sound, smell, and touch for and all around stimulating experience. Boone says, “I want to use my platform to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. I believe art is for everyone,” Boone’s vision for the future is to have Boonartlife Co. become a global lifestyle intended for all walks of life.

Dylan Coppola

Dylan Thomas Coppola is an emerging artist born in Queens, New York, and now lives and works in Wantagh, New York. Coppola attended Nassau Community College in 2014 studying Fine Art, before transferring in 2016 to Adelphi University, where they completed a BFA. Their experimental work has been shown at Adelphi University in the Kappa Pi Art Honors show in April 2019, the BFA Senior Thesis Show in May 2019, as well as at the Walt Whitman Birthplace for the Bicentennial celebration in June of 2019.  They are currently taking part in the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation’s Fall artist residency at the Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. This is the second residency Coppola has attended, after completing a two-week residency with Art & Soul in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in August of the same year.

Joaquin Goldstein

My work talks about the function of art in the contemporary society, often with critics and sarcasm towards arts.

 

My expressionist painting formation developed in Barcelona, where I was part of local art collectives.

After my experience in Europe, I became part of Nennacanale art collective based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The line of work created during that time was focused in art and psychiatry, having a residency at the Borda psychiatric hospital in Buenos Ai.

 

In 2009 I moved to Lima, Peru, where I founded Zona 30, a residency program space in the historical center of Lima. In 4 years of work, over 50 foreign artists took part of the residency and more than 200 local artists displayed their work.

 

In 2011 I founded Terror Gallery, an art space dedicated to show experimental art proposal in the local scene.

 

In 2016 I was invited to hava a residency at ESKFF at Mana Contemporary.

During this time I created ´mutando´  a large scale mixed media piece.

 

2017-2018 I showed mutando in 8 cities across the Americas and Europe.

2019 I moved to Montevideo Uruguay where I founded Hiperespacio, a Co-Gallery and residency space.

Diane Davis

Diane Davis was born in rural midwest, Illinois. She relocated with her family to New York as a child. She’s basically self taught although, she has taken courses at various institutions, including the Art Student’s League. Diane began her career as a portrait artist and now enjoys creating through abstract expressionism. Her inspiration comes from Nature’s amazing composition, it’s natural flow systems, it’s dance. She likes to call it Nature’s Math. Diane loves exploring and working in multiple mediums including glass sculpture. Diane is a current resident at the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation; her other residencies includes two through chashama and Ora Lerman Charitable Foundation; Diane was honored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1998 as one of “Black New York Artist Of The 20th Century”; her work is in the collection of Mocada Museum, Bklyn, NY. Though the Schomburg and other resources her work has been published in multiple books and other media forms. Diane received a scholarship with The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and she served as a member on the Governors Board of Directors; she also received a scholarship to the Bead Project in Brooklyn, NY where she learned to sculpt with glass; Diane was a feature artist in the documentary film “Nine by Five” a production of Skyfilms, Director Harlan Whatley.

Danilo Peguero

My name is Danilo Peguero. I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and made myself an American citizen in 1996. I studied artistic drawing in the National School of Fine Arts in the palace of theMaximo Gomez Ave. with teachers as Painter Gilberto Hernandez Ortega, Manuel Quiroz and the Spaniard Pedro Villenas. After the death of the dictator General Trujillo, I made political cartoons in several magazines and newspapers. I was a sports cartoonist for the newspaper El Caribe for 10 years. I worked as a cartoonist and illustrator in several advertising agencies in Santo Domingo and New York. I worked for the Reuben H. Donnelley company that produced and marketed the New York Yellow Pages. I worked for the General Telephone and Electronics, GTE Páginas Amarillas, in Santo Domingo where I escalated to the position of Production Manager. I have participated in many collective art shows and five solo shows in New York and Santo Domingo. I know very well the concepts of a good portrait and the "Theory of color".

 

Bea Sarrias

Bea Sarrias (Barcelona, 1978), an artist from the University of Barcelona, has carried out her pictorial artwork in this city, in which she has found the topics and places that have given birth to the most significant lines of her artistic work.


Her whole artwork has been developed through painting, specifically by means of a realistic technique that finds its main references in the American realism of the 20th century; from where she takes interest on the modernity of conceptual terms and pays close attention to the careful handling of perspective, light, color and a clean brushwork regarding formal terms. This is clearly appreciated in her artwork, inspired in the work of architects as Coderch, Saenz de Oiza, Fisac or Richard Neutra.


The artist paints “portraits of the houses”. She tends to represent the interior parts of the house seen as inhabited locations, despite the complete lack of human figures. This allows you to glimpse the intention of bringing the living subjects that have created a memory of the place through the objects that compose the scenes.

 

A recent Project of Bea’s, “ INSIDE” for the new NATO  headquarter in Brussels. She painted about a week, a portrait about the new headquarter inside itself.


Bea Sarrias has participated in different collective and individual art exhibitions in her native town and Madrid, where the critics and the local media have received her artwork with meaningful acceptance, emphasizing in her conscious and fine use of light and shadows.  She has also exhibited in different European cities as Berlin, Oslo and Brussels.

Dag Knudsen

Dag Knudsen became a professional photographer after assisting the late Alberto Serejo at the turn of the century. Specializing in technical lighting and working with editorials, catalogues and portraits, Knudsen has worked with a variety of clients and projects across the globe. His career has featured advertising campaigns, fashion editorials, portraiture and exhibitions in several countries.

 

Since 2010 Dag Knudsen has been published in Copenhagen, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Miami, San Fransisco and New York.

Thomas Nesland Olsen

Thomas Nesland Olsen (f. 1977) works with the figurative painting where he combines classical techniques, photorealism, abstraction and drawing.In his motifs you often find everyday objects that at first glance are perceived harmonically – almost naively harmonically – but in this harmony there is often something more subtle, and the possibilities for interpretation are many. The artist often expresses himself through the still life, portrait and landscape where he places the old genres into the present. Nesland Olsen is Norwegian/American. He is classically schooled and the mixture of the technically accurate and motifs associated with our own time makes his art different and very interesting. His latest series of contemporary portraits shows how skilled he is in the tradition oil painting.

Arne Johannessen Spangereid

Arne Spangereid (b.1981) is known for his cityscapes, and enjoys exploring the effects of combining abstraction and realism. He combines classical techniques with unconventional tools, and his paintings often invite the viewer to fill in parts of the visual story themselves.

 

Arne comes from Spangereid in Norway, and has studied art with various teachers in Malta, USA and Norway, such as Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia where he studied contemporary realism from 2008-2009. In 2005 he was invited to paint prime minister Alfred Sant live on TV, and also received a commission from Malta International Airport.

 

His paintings have been exhibited in several galleries in USA and Norway. Arne lives and works in Kristiansand, Norway, and is represented by Galleri Ramfjord in Oslo, Norway

Synove Dyrkorn

Inspiration from experiences and impressions from my surroundings is fundamental when starting my intuitive work.

 

My process is a chase for the unexplored; I always seek to discover something new and exciting. The tangible and figurative is not important to me.

Depth and good atmospheres for colour and light is something I work to achieve. I always strive to find the intersection where the light and fragile meets strength and power. I want the elements to unite and communicate, creating tension without bursting.

I do not want to provide guidelines for peoples’ opinions about my paintings, but I hope I can stimulate their imagination and curiosity.

Colours, planes, movements, flows, rhythms. The sky with gauzy clouds floating past. Ripples in the water, the stream, the power. The marbling of the stone. Contrasts between the hard, cold and the beautiful, fragile. Colours in nature and its optimum palette. The organic creating wonderful compositions. Constantly something new appears for inspiration, which I bring in to my painterly world.

Kati Vilim

Kati Vilim, visual artists works with geometric abstract imagery.

Vilim holds Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary, and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. Her work has been shown at institutions such as Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, Florida; Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey; Walsh Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark New Jersey, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey; and her work is found in numerous private and public collections.

 

In her practice, Vilim investigates visual form as an abstract system. Her compositions are non-referential. Working in the visual language of geometric abstraction, she draws on a variety of compositional strategies such as algorithms, geometries and structures composed of ratio and rhythm. 

She works across a range of media, including oil painting, digital animation, and multimedia installation. 

Carmen Marin

I wish not to say too many words about myself, or my work. Once you say the words you cannot take them back.

Who am I and what do I think about my art? I am a spiritual person. I have created my own Universe, a world of symbols, where the characters and divine apparitions are completed by fantastic landscapes given to me in dreams.

My paintings are mysteries to me. Sometimes, when watching them, studying the colors, looking deep, I can see the wonders appearing from the canvass – they communicate - like they were not mine! And then I cannot stop watching.

My works have to be admired for a long time, until drained.

I have days when I do nothing but stay in my workshop looking at the paintings. It is very hard for me to part from my creations, very hard indeed, but knowing that they will be loved and admired by many gives me strength to go forward.

I live color, joy, passion and a desire to remain in a creative dreaming state.

Ford Crull

Ford Crull is an American neo-symbolist abstract artist whose works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Dayton Arts Institute among other prestigious institutions. Ford has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Art news, Brooklyn Rail, the Los Angeles Times, Cover magazine and the New Republic.

Crull’s solo and group exhibitions have been shown globally, for example, one of his recent works was an interdisciplinary mural painting in Shanghai, China (2010) where he painted live for the audience. He was among the artists chosen for the historic Painting Beyond the Death of Painting exhibit of American art in the USSR, curated by art historian and critic Donald Kuspit. Noted critic Eleanor Heartney has said, "The key to Crull’s vision is his simultaneous embrace of the uncertainties of the contemporary world and his affirmation of the reality of the individual consciousness within it. In his work, the authentic self remains the last bulwark against an anarchic world."

Crull continues to work on interdisciplinary projects exploring consciousness, the limits of sensory impulse, and creative improvisation by painting blind. His most recent project, Of Sight and Sound, is a collaboration with iconic avant-garde guitarist and composer, Brandon Ross.

Danielle Scott

Danielle Scott grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. She attended and graduated from Newark’s Arts High School in 1997 . Where she received the “Congressional Art’s Award” and her first oil painting was placed in The Capital of the United States for a year. Danielle holds a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York. Graduating with a triple major in Fine Arts, Art Therapy and Art Education (Honors Fine Arts). Danielle has taught Art at the Academy of the Art’s at Henry Snyder High school in Jersey City for 17 years .

 

Danielle is a soft -spoken artist who is starting to explore loud , noise making , thought provoking work . The work is examples of her life and passion. Her latest pieces are strong elements conveying the intense beauty and pain the artist see’s in the world around her . From her paintings , raw photography and eye catching sculptures. The work invites the viewer on a journey to explore a world the lies far from the hustle of everyday life . With influences as diverse as Gladys Barker Grauer , Ben Jones , Betty and Alison Saar and Renee Stout .

 

The work taps into the relationship between - politics , social justice , equality , human and women’s rights , police brutality , culture and being female , lesbian, Afro-Cuban / Polish Jew . Danielle’s new work depicts today’s culture . She creates using photo montage , found objects , old books and collage .Danielle collects objects that speak to her and how they may convey her message .

Arthur Kwon Lee

Arthur Kwon Lee is a Korean American painter best known for capturing art historical imagery through a combination of gestural mark making, expressive color harmonies and cultural mythologies across the globe. Lee has been awarded by George Washington University, the Overseas National Institute, the Korean Artist Association and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Lee's influences go across the board from his relationship to the Jung Society of Washington, social and financial investment into local religious organizations and a lifelong commitment in martial arts. Before this love of painting, Arthur Kwon was a Division One athlete placing in nationals under the USA Tae Kwon Do Federation for three consecutive years. The intensity Arthur experienced at this time of his life continues through his artwork, the scale and the diversity of dynamic brushstrokes he produces tells the story of a man who needs to use his entire body when painting. Lee's paintings are symbolically evocative whilst making oblique references to the archetypal mythos. The luminous colors, gestural expressionism and philosophical content has made his artwork a sentimentally refreshing representation of the times.

Cheryl Gross

Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction

 

Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction is a social commentary addressing the shifting and eventual disappearance of our culture using animals as metaphors with overall goal being socially relevant as well as visually compelling.

 

Using animals on the endangered species list I will create a multi-media graphic audiovisual representation of society teetering on the verge of collapse. Artistic depictions of animal species as victims illustrate the decline of the American democratic system. Use of the word "extinction" throughout the narrative is the blueprint of this project.

 

Some examples of the animal species imminently in danger of extinction:

 

The Elephant alludes to the destruction of family and community. Scientists have long used footage of elephant rescues to measure humanities ability to feel empathy. This aspect of the project questions the impulse to kill animals that make us feel “love.”

 

The Penguin explores the disappearance of societal structures. With the destruction of the artic certain penguins are left with nowhere to go except man-made exploitive habitats such as Sea World. What is life when our last option resembles a prison?  

 

The Frog alludes to complete extinction caused by disease through globalization. The African Bullfrog was brought to the Americas for one purpose—to be living pregnancy tests for humans. These creatures, used to predict life, eventually became the destruction of an entire species of frogs as they carried a fungus eradicating the indigenous golden frog. This is reminiscent of indigenous peoples succumbing to European diseases.

 

Commit to Memory: The Precipice of Extinction will continue to bring political, social awareness and sustainability, by using the form of storytelling (narrative) embracing visual explanation

Loren Abbate

Loren Abbate is a mixed media artist based in the greater New York City area. 

 

Loren is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and attended Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She has had a lengthy career teaching fine art in secondary schools and colleges nationwide. She has been awarded multiple scholarships to attend residencies at ESKFF Mana Contemporary (New Jersey), The Newark Printshop (New Jersey), Art Center/South Florida (Miami), Art Print International (Spain), DEDALO Art Center in (Italy) and Anderson Ranch Art Center (Colorado).

 

Loren has exhibited in numerous commercial galleries, art fairs and institutions including Christie’s (New York), Dairy Arts Center (Colorado), SCOPE Art Fair (Miami) and The Vernissage Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.

Loren seeks to make work that contributes to a larger conversation about human consciousness. She interprets the universal human experience, imagination and inspiration of spiritual awakening and make connections across cultures and time. 

 

She currently lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

Artem Mirolevich

Artem Mirolevich was born in 1976, in the city of Minsk, Belarus. At the age of 17, Artem and his family moved to the States. Soon after his arrival, Mirolevich enrolled in the School of Visual Art, in New York City, and was granted a full scholarship from the Department of Illustration. One of Artem’s greatest inspirations during his four years as studies was a semester spent in Amsterdam at the Rietvield Academy of Art.  City’s cultural and architectural landscape inspired Mirolevich to produce many works of art, including images of a post-apocalyptic city submerged deep under water. Artem returned to New York to complete his studies, and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s in Fine Art and Illustration.  Invigorated by his experience abroad, he was drawn to the idea of exploring other countries of the world.  Mirolevich has had over 100 exhibitions in galleries, museum and art fairs around the world in U.S.A, Europe, Russia and Asia including the New Museum, Neuberger Museum of Art, Chelsea Art Museum, The Museum of Russian Art. Mirolevich is the founder and curator of the Russian Pavilion which showcases emerging and established artists from Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Baltic regions during leading international art fairs.  Artem is a recipient of numerous art grants and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, New York State Council on the Arts Grant, Illustrator of the Future Award.

Mirolevich is trained as an illustrator, and his high skill for extreme detail is present in all his works, whether etchings or oils on canvas. Each work is a tale of its own, a surrealist tale of otherworldly places, people, unusual compositions, where the artist’s imagination is completely set free. Directly drawing inspiration from Piranesi to Dali to the Manga comic tradition, Mirolevich’s work is a portal to the bizarre, meta-civilization, where doom and hope co-exist. The artist is not afraid to make political statements on global governance, war and conflict or decadence, thus offering more layers that the eye can examine in his very richly worked compositions.

Artem Mirolevich, through his in uniquely creative vision and a superb technical skill, is taking us all around our world and beyond, bridging our past with our future in all its terror and glory, revealing the superhuman in us all.

Gordon Kindlon

Gordon Kindlon has worn a few hats, and one hairnet, before arriving in ESKFF’s studios at MANA. Trained in the visual arts at University of Illinois, his earlier careers ranged from industrial design sculptor in the burgeoning tech world of 1990’s San Francisco, to international aid and United Nations worker in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Gordon began unfolding his aesthetic in NYC with the one-of-a-kind vegan cafe, Urban Spring, a Brooklyn favorite from 2006 - 2009. A true gem, crafted from the neo-gothic remains of NYC’s Peace Church, Urban Spring was a oasis of kindness and health for a few sweet years in Fort Greene forever ago. Things turned, as they often do, upon the birth of his bright child, Sky. Mr. Kindlon shuttered Urban Spring and ventured alone on UN contract to Sudan, “saving the world 7,000 miles from home,” in exchange for stacks of money that evaporated nearly as fast as they showed up. That final assignment was the beginning of the end, and before long, after returning to New York to fall flat on his career and family face, broke down, broken up and reeling, Kindlon found himself pitching blenders in a hairnet at Costco. Granted it wasn’t any blender, it was the one-and-only-stainless-steel-life-support-system-with-a seven-year-warranty-and-a-twenty-year-life-from-Cleveland, Ohio, known and revered by millions of kitchen cognoscenti as -- the Vitamix. And Kindlon, to his credit, was no ordinary blender busker. The dapper matter-of-fact polyglot could spot a Rafiq-jan from Afghanistan, or an Albanian, from across the polished floor in any of those big box stores, from Maui to Long Island. This knack led to a short-lived stint as a talk show host, and begat the unfolding of his streetart, poetic, moonlit magnum opus, UNLOK. The UNLOK symbol was Gordon’s eureka moment of self expression, that would tie together his artistic urge, cultural experience, and incisive editorial expertise into one simple, infinitely powerful signpost and mirror for all of us, in the midst of the great challenges of this time. In 2016, giant UNLOKS were spotted on scores of Brooklyn and Manhattan water towers, thrown up in solidarity with water protectors displaying themselves across the land. #UNLOK4PREZ was a noble if doomed hashtag, and UNLOK 2016 bumperstickers and wheatpaste posters went up all along the streetart whistlestop presidential tour, from NYC-DC-PHILA-SAV-CHAS-MIA-NOLA. Despite the boldness of the actions and statement, UNLOK the street artist skated clean, until he got caught with a 3 inch UNLOK rubber stamp, and literally, “Got Busted For Rubber Stamping.” (The poem wrote itself; you can read it on the www.unlok.space website.) Those arrests helped to clarify and refine the UNLOK vision, and accordingly, the artist has deepened his ties to the permaculture and indigenous prayer community as a positive way forward through times deceit, upheaval, and great beauty. Gordon will pursue these themes in poetic and inspired art pieces during these three months at ESKFF/MANA.

Eileen Ferara

Eileen Ferara is a visual artist who incorporates a variety of media in her work, including printmaking, book arts, drawing, and paper making.  She has exhibited her work in numerous venues in the US and Europe. Recent projects include Radunarsi, a two person exhibit at Casa Colombo in Jersey City and 'Freed Formats: the book reconsidered' a 2019 traveling exhibit curated by Chris Perry and Alice Walsh. Awards include a 2017 Puffin Foundation grant for her 'invasion' print project on trapa Natans L. an invasive water plant. Her work is in the collection of the William Paterson University Galleries, The King St Stephens Museum of Hungary, and various private collections.  

Born in NYC, Ferara has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Jersey City.

RY AN

Ry An died once, was resuscitated, then spent the next 11 years painting hundreds of landscapes in rural parts of Japan.  Here there were: fires, earthquakes, landslides, traffic accidents, amnesia, yakuza, ...and matters far worse.  Ry An returned to the US after threats & attempts on his life were made.  He enrolled at the Graduate School of Illustration - AAAU, in order to bring a more narrative element to his art and spent the ensuing years, drawing pictures in near solitude. 

 

In time, he met a woman whom he fell fabulously in love with, but while Ry An was painting in his own home, she was nearly murdered in hers.  She seemed to go insane and vanished soon after.

 

Ryan struggled to complete any new work after that incident – associating illustrations and narrative art, circumstantially, with the: insanity, bloodshed, and the loss of a loved one he had witnessed.  After a time of producing no work at all, he learned to make paper-based sculptures, these being far enough removed from two-dimensional art to not trigger the same psychological stresses.  They began as whimsical animals, similar to characters from his earlier illustrations, but shifted to more “dangerous” things.

 

His current project with the ESKFF Foundation: "the Woods", is an allegorical exploration of some of these terrible experiences told through paintings and sculptures, featuring a cast of (predominantly) animal characters as they try to make their way through a dark forest: 

 

a small yellow cat, 

a blind horse, 

a moth with tattered wings,

a man lost amongst the trees...

Gabriel Schmitz

Gabriel Schmitz (*1970 in Dortmund, Germany) studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1990 to 1994, followed by a Master in European Fine Art in Barcelona a year later.

 

He is a figurative painter influenced initially by German expressionism and by British painters such as Bacon or Auerbach. His main interest is the human figure, freed from narrative and context, to be explored and shown in its dignity and psychological depth. Contemporary dance has turned over the years into one of his main obsessions, leading him to collaborate with various choreographers and working side by side with dancers.

 

Since the early nineties he has been showing his work on a regular basis in Europe (London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid or Oslo), and on various occasions in the U.S., with solo shows in Philadelphia and a regular presence at SCOPE Art Fair Miami.

 

He has been an ESKFF resident in the past, both in Jersey City (2015) and in Miami (2016).

Cathy Condon

Cathy Condon is an artist who exhibits overseas and annually in Australia, her home country. Her paintings are bold, full of colour and reflective of her everyday life experiences and relationships, often symbolized through landscape and nature.

 

The result is an immersion in the dynamism of form, structure and gesture whose primary claim to authenticity is the effortless, seemingly casual sense of inevitability that greets the viewer in each of her works.

 

Chris Bors

New York-based artist Chris Bors received his MFA from School of Visual Arts. He has had solo exhibitions at Art During the Occupation in New York and Randall Scott Projects in Washington, D.C. Group exhibitions include MoMA PS1, White Columns, and Tillou Fine Art in New York, Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Bahnwarterhaus in Esslingen, Germany, and Bongoût in Berlin. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and the Brooklyn Rail and featured in Vogue Italia, K48, and zingmagazine. Awards/residencies include Guttenberg Arts, Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Counsel’s Swing Space, Artists Space’s Independent Project Grant, Aljira Emerge, and the DNA Artist Residency.

George Goodridge

George Goodridge is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, NY and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was awarded the position of Senior Technical Adviser to the Student Body at the School of the Art Institute and has taught Visual Techniques at the School of Visual Arts in New York. 

 

Best known for his three-dimensional stretched canvas works which he refers to as dimensional paintings or object paintings, the works may question diversity, visual kinetics, identities, or real world concerns. Many of his works could be thought of as somewhat figurative and nonrepresentational while blurring the lines between painting, sculpture and installation.

 

Currently residing in Brooklyn, his work has been represented nationally in commercial galleries, museums, corporate collections with large scale works commissioned by The Related Group, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Banyan Capital Investments, United Airlines and others.

Mai Lashauri

Mai Lashauri (1986) graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2009 before embarking on a career in arts and painting.  The young artist has been distinguished with the Outstanding Talent award at the 2015 Al Asmakh International Symposium of Art in Doha, Qatar. Her solo exhibitions have been hosted at venues including T.G. Nili Art Space gallery and TBC Gallery in Tbilisi. Lashauri’s artwork has also been featured at group displays at the Beijing International Art Biennial and MH Art Gallery in Bilbao, among other galleries. Lashauri recently exhibitied at Beijing's National Art Museum in China.
She had her first solo exhibition in Norway at Galleri Ramfjord in September 2017 with huge success. She is also participating at AQUA Art Miami with Galleri Ramfjord in December 2017.

Marit Geraldine Bostad

Marit Geraldine Bostad (1976) is an abstract colourist who works and lives in Horten Vestfold County, Norway. Her studio is at an old naval base, where she finds tranquility for her art, surrounded by the natural world and historic buildings.

 

The artist is represented in UK / London by Flat Space Art, Daniel Raphael Gallery,The Whisper Gallery & Young Jamieson Fine Art. In New York she is represented by Madelyn Jordon Fine Art. In Scandinavia Marit Geraldine is represented by Galleri Fineart in Oslo/Norway, Vault Studios in Bergen/Norway and Lohme Art Gallery in Malmö/Sweden.

 

Since her debut at The Other Artfair in London in 2016, Marit Geraldine gained great attention from Saatchi Art with features and curations. At the April 2017 London TOAF edition, Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson pointed out her "4 must see artists" from 120 emerging artists. Marit Geraldine was one of them. Early in 2018 she launched a series of Limited Edition Prints presented and sold exclusively by Saatchi Art.

 

Through series of abstract paintings on canvas, Marit Geraldine Bostad investigates the themes that are central in her artistic research, such as memory and people. She blends her colours by pouring paint right onto the canvas and uses different tools, seldom using the paint brush. This often results in specific details created by the lightness of the tool and produces specific broad strokes. As she moves the paint around the canvas, a consistent blend starts to form. These blended gestures become auras that surround the pure colours. MaritGeraldine is pushing a Nordic Colour Tradition in a bolder and more vibrant direction, blending tone to tone pastels with sparks of fluorescent. Pulling from her past experience of studying psychology, she often elicits and manifests her own personal psychic state onto the canvas. A raw self-expression, removing the unnecessary, and evaluating every detail of her inner being. Building up and breaking down the diverse elements of her personal experiences, and bringing them together in a new dimension. 

 

Steffany Ojeda

Striving to clarify the world we share, Steffany creates work that lures the viewer into pondering their own perception of others and vice versa.  Living in politically tumultuous America, her series “Established 1776” involves the recreation of presidential portraits to shed some light on the history of immigration. Each president’s portrait is replaced with a bouquet of flowers to depict the lineage which formed the president, and therefore, influenced the path on which the country would be lead. Flowers are taken from both maternal and paternal ancestry as well as the state in which the president was born. The series begs the question: How would the history of America have been altered had the families of the most significant leaders not settled there?


Steffany received her BFA in Illustration and Arts Education certification from New Jersey City University. She has had work shown in various galleries throughout New York and New Jersey.  Steffany has presented her work at research seminars, artist talks and education conventions. Currently she teaches high school arts and provides workshops for families and those with special needs whose lives are enriched through artistic exploration. 

 

Seckin Pirim

Seçkin Pirim was born in 1977 in Ankara, and after graduating in 1995 from the High School of Fine Arts, enrolled at the Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts University Department of Sculpture. Following his graduation in 2000, he also completed hisMaster’s degree at the same institution. As a sculptor and design artist, Seçkin Pirimhas taken part in over 50 group exhibitions, and has held 11 solo exhibitions -9 in Turkey, and 2 abroad. Pirim has won many awards in the fields of sculpture and design, and his works are included in many private and museum collections both in Turkey and abroad. He continues to work at his studio in Istanbul.

 

Seçkin Pirim’s works are composed of endless layers, follow a minimal language andreveal variations on geometrical forms. The artist impressively transmits the nature of his sculptures into the medium of paper. Although such works are often two- dimensional, Pirim cuts out his works from a three-dimensional block of paper. The viewer sees what has been removed, or the negative form of the idea of the artist. Although references to nature and industry still appear, his work today is more abstract and self-referential. The works no longer represent anything, and appear to be tracing an inner motivation, and this leads to an absolute, abstract visual expression. The formal character of his work could be described both as minimal and narrative. The artist, by constantly questioning potential forms, materials and aesthetic and by including various fields of culture and arts in his works, discovers new means for three- dimensional visual expressions that transcend the traditional boundaries of sculpture.

Pål Gulsrud

Pål Gulsrud believes in bringing something good into the world. He points out meanings in things that are full and of importance. His paintings tell a story that everyone can relate to. His paitings are figurative in abstractions. He pulls the lines from ancient Egypt through the renaissance and Barocc up to contemporary art. 

 

Erlend Mikael Sæverud

Erlend Mikael Sæverud (1975) is a fine art photographer from Oslo, Norway.

His work is often based on streetphotography and his images are intuitive recognitions of personal reflections - an inner space manifested in the public space. Through photography he aims to see himself and the world for the first time over and over again to get closer to a reality that is not learned through culture. 

Sæverud graduated at Bilder Nordic School of Photography in 2011 and is now represented by several galleries in Norway and abroad. 

Mia Gjerdrum Helgesen

Current resident, Mia Gjerdum Helgesen, is a painter , designer and a sculptor. At ESKFF she expands on woodcut techniques and paintings to develop variations in color and texture. The dissolved abstractions in the works reflects the human sense of undefined existence often seek the path of their own identity. Isolated from his ego and influenced, veiled and absorbed by the demands of society in contrast to the inner life of the mind. With her woodcarving art , she is connected to a deeper layer of marks through the physical process of carving, a new technique she investigates during her residency. This technique is inspirers by her many previous work with woodcut graphics.

Raisa Nosova

Raisa Nosova received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology and is a current MFA student at NYU Steinhardt. She is the 2012 recipient of the George T. Dorsch Grant and Fannie Kipnes Memorial Award for Oil Painting, 2014. Raisa has also done studies at Vesalius College in Brussels, Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D. C. and the Art Students League of New York.

 

Solo exhibitions include La Galerie Emeric Hahn, Paris, Parasol Projects, Lower East Side, NYC and Amsterdam International Art Fair. Nosova’s life-size room installations have been a part of You Are So Lucky Halloween Event at the Alder Manor, Yonkers, NY and Yonkers Arts Weekend. Group shows include

Mulberry Street Library, New York, NY Espace Moss, Brussels, Belgium, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, and the Whistler Museum, Lowell, MA. Her work has been featured in periodicals including Fresh Paint Magazine and Washington Square Review.

 

Raisa has just completed an Artist Residency at the Berlin Art Institute and is currently undergoing Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Artist Residency in Jersey City, NJ. 

 

Andrea Burgay

Andrea Burgay is a visual artist from Syracuse, NY, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Burgay’s work combines collage, sculpture and found materials to elevate the overlooked and the mundane via transformative physical processes. Through a process of adding and removing layers of handmade and found materials her work presents a physical manifestation of the passage of time, destruction and decay.

 

She has exhibited nationally and internationally including; Unimedia Modern Contemporary Art (Genoa, Italy), Galerie Zurcher (Paris, France), BRIC Gallery, Flux Factory, Groundfloor Gallery, Outlet, Materials for the Arts, and STOREFRONT Bushwick (all in NY). Recent exhibits include Destroy Edit Transform, a solo exhibition held in conjunction with her 2016 fellowship at A.I.R. Gallery and Collections, a three-person show at Chashama Gallery. Burgay also teaches in NYC public schools with the non-profit arts organization Studio In A School.

 

ShinYoung An

ShinYoung An has created her own art form of portraiture juxtaposing ordinary, routine tasks against a backdrop of current news articles that feature a variety of social, politcal, environmental issues and events. 

 

She is from South Korea and obtained her B.F.A in South Korea. She has also studied at the Art Students League of NY, U.S. and Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona, Spain after receiving her M.F.A. in painting from The Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art in 2001.

 

Amaia Gómez Marzabal

Amaia Gómez Marzabal has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a masters degree “Investigation and Creation in Arts: INCREARTE” from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) Leioa, Basque Country, Spain. She has received grants from the Kutxa Bank, Gobierno Vasco/ Euroregion/ Garapen and Etxepare Institut, Spain.

Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Spain, Italy and USA, including a solo show at the Politecnico de Milano. Gómez Marzabal also works with the “Cerdas Collective”, who publish and exhibit regularly in Spain. Her most recent project is the current artist residency at ESKFF Foundation in NJ, where she is now developing a new body of work.

 

Her work is held in private collections in Europe.

Jonathan Joubert Galloso

Born in Cuba, Jonathan Joubert  has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts "San Alejandro", Havana Cuba. 
His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Cuba and USA, including a project exhibition with the artistic group "The Wall" in the Center for Cuban Studies "Cuban Art Space" 231 west 29 st suite 401 New York, NY 10001. Currently developing a new body of work in the residency at ESKFF Foundation in MANA Contemporary Jersey City, NJ.

Elaine Defibaugh

Elaine Defibaugh, born in New Castle, PA has been a fulltime artist with solo exhibitions, invitations and juried shows since 1989.  Her practice has been in NYC since 2006 and Miami since 2013.  From 1993-2006 she worked as an Adjunct Professor at RIT, U of R, and MCC.  Elaine has also taught numerous workshops at various organizations, including the Memorial Art Gallery, Biscayne Institute of Better Health & Living, Turning Base Press, Zion National Park & Perez Art Museum of Miami.   In 2005 she worked as a Proctor for Chashama’s Subsidized Studio Space Program until 2011.  Elaine is a 2x recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and has received a Constance Saltonstall Foundation Art Grant.  She has been invited to numerous artist residencies, including, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Arts Foundation, RAID, CeRRCA Llorenc Del Penedes, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Fountainhead & Deering Estate.  Currently, she is a residency with the Eileen Kaminsky Foundation.  You will find Elaine’s work in collections such as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, Butler Institute of American Art, Kathryn & Dan Mikesell, Elizabeth Collection, Everson Museum, Jewish Homes of Rochester, and various private collectors nationally & Internationally. 

 

Solo Exhibitions include, Frost Museum of Science, Yasher Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, & Gallery, Miami, FL, Laguardia Community College, LIC, NY, Pyramid Studio Gallery, Miami, FL, Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, L’espai de’art Les Quintanes, Barcelona, Spain, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL, Gallery ID, Miami, FL, Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY, Casper College, Casper, WY, Rockefeller University, NY, NY, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN, Jamestown Community College, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY, Chashama-Harlem Gallery, New York, NY, Biscayne Institute, Miami, Florida, Rush Library, Rush, NY, Gallery R, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, Texas Tech University, “Day of the Dead”, Lubbock, TX, Hobart William & Smith College, Geneva, NY, Beall Park Arts Center, Bozeman, MT, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Cell Gallery, Writers & Books, Rochester, NY

Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY

Sam Pullin

Sam Pullin is a multimedia artist and Jersey City native. His work centers on the concepts of urban life, social decay, and the position of human beings in the broader universe.Add Description here

Rodolfo Edwards

Born in Santiago Chile, on October 17th 1981, the Artist made a name for himself by creating architectural scenes using Photography and Painting to showcase cultural and natural wildlife. Rodolfo earned his degree in Architecture and Urban planning at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Chile 2007. As an Architect and Visual Artist he combines his strong desire to project art thru space. He moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue a career in Visual Art; he was invited to study at The Arts Student League of New York in the four year program, he received many grants, invitations, which ultimately led to being acquired into the Institutes permanent collection. Rodolfo Edwards exhibited in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile.

Argentina , Miami , Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Shanghai. At The Arts Student League, he received a Merit Scholarship Award 2011, a Red dot Award 2012,  Inducted as part of their Permanent Collection. His work is published in the leagues yearly prestigious magazine. Recently his pieces were shown at the 2014 Southampton New York Art Far, 2013 Clio Art Fair, 2012 Governors Island Art Fair, 2012 Carpe Diem Art Fair at City Hall Philadelphia, 2012 The Bronx Latino-american Biennal, 2012 Pinta Art Fair New York and 2012 Art Context Miami and Art Shanghai 2012. Currently he have been working in Art Residence Programs , Vermont Studio Center in April 2017.

Untitled Space. Shanghai Nov 2017 And invited to Eileen Kaminsky Residence. New Jersey in 2018.

Carolyn Frazier

Carolyn Frazier, a New Jersey based artist, received her B.A from Rowan University in graphic design and her M.A. in painting from Kean University.  Carolyn has been a licensed art educator for 19 years in the Jersey City Arts H.S. program, a nationally recognized art conservatory program. Carolyn is also co-founder of Sol Studio, a high school pre-college summer art residency program for underserved students. She has received professional recognition for outstanding teaching from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and from the National Foundation for the Advancements of the Arts. In 2017, Carolyn and her National Art Honor Society students worked, in collaboration with the Books and Beyond USA literacy project, to create and publish a preschool ABC book, Under One Moon, Volume 2, distributed to hundreds of Rwandan school children. Currently, Carolyn is an Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Resident creating a new series of acrylics focused around her struggle with Endometriosis.

 

In 2006, Carolyn received life saving surgery for Stage 4 Endometriosis, an often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease that affects 1 in every 10 females yearly in the U.S and nearly 176 million females worldwide.  In her recent series titled “Facing My Life. Period” Carolyn confronts the physical and psychological factors associated with her chronic pain. These abstract acrylics reflect on a myriad of emotions associated with living with Endo - from fear and anger; insecurity and anxiety; and finally, determination and acceptance. Pulling inspiration from personal experiences as well as from those of her Endo sisters and using a build up of textures, colors and lines, Carolyn visually represents the intrusive beautiful roots that endometriosis has permanently left on her body’s landscape.  In this series of work she is on a journey to discover her artistic voice.

 

“ Providing my students with meaningful experiences helps them see how their efforts and talents can be shared to promote and inspire good in the world. For many of them, life is particularly challenging. Helping them find ways to overcome these challenges pushes them to continuously move forward, to find ways to make life’s lemonade out of life’s lemons. Guiding them in positive directions with positive goals to focus on and strive towards, they are given a means to cope and overcome. It is important to pause, look more closely and carefully at the world and be mindful.”- Carolyn Frazier

Cheryl Gross

The Karpland Chronicles Our World Mirrored in Metaphor

 

The Karpland Chronicles embraces the issue of gender transitioning/obliteration and the effect that globalization/gentrification has on our society.

 

In keeping with this premise, I have been exploring, researching, inventing and reinventing content that includes drawings, animation, as well as writing and blogging. This project has been in the making for 13 years.

 

To begin, the first installment is titled, The Z Factor. The Z Factor introduces and explains how gender obliteration was put into place in the late 20th century resulting in altering the human race and creating a visibly unusual third gender.

 

The second, Greetings from Karpland encompasses a post-modern format as well as referring to its past and the impact of globalization on our society. In the same perception of Walton Ford and Henry Darger, the work embraces fine art storytelling, adding a bizarre twist, which in many ways is not so different from our perception of reality.

 

The third installment, Lullaby of Karpland continues to metaphorically mirror our society. It discourses our new political climate, thus amplifying the end of American democracy, as we know it.

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