Paperwork is a group exhibition that serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of paper as a medium of expression, presenting a variety of works on paper including painting, collage, photography, art ephemera and more.
While the digital age has ushered in remarkable advancements, and acknowledging the environmental concerns associated with paper consumption, it is essential to distinguish between the wasteful usage of paper in corporate settings and the purposeful and intentional use of paper in artistic and literary contexts. It is crucial for future generations to recognize the significance of preserving our paper-based traditions and ensure their continuation in the face of the digital age. By appreciating and protecting our paper heritage, we ensure that future generations can continue to experience the profound connection that art and literature on paper bring.
As technology continues to advance, the future of paper as an artistic and literary medium may seem uncertain. However, it is important to recognize that digital and paper-based forms of expression can coexist harmoniously, each offering its unique advantages and charms. Rather than seeing paper and digital mediums as opposing forces, we should embrace their symbiotic relationship, leveraging the strengths of each to enrich our creative and intellectual endeavors.
Liz-N-Val is the conceptual artist couple, Elizabeth Clark and Valentine Goroshko, based in NYC. They have been working together creating numerous conceptual art and the concept of Signature Art since the ’70s. Liz-N-Val has mixed various mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and language art. They have set precedents in the expanded field of art since the conceptual art movement. Elizabeth Clark was born in 1931 in Warsaw, Poland. Valentin Goroshko was born in 1944 in Minsk, Belarus. Elizabeth Clark and Valentine Goroshko met in the late 1970s and started a collaboration, producing art, events, and transgressions in both private and public space.
Len Bellinger abstract/non-representational painting based in New York. He was born in 1951 in Astoria, Quees. Bellinger was a P.S.1 studio resident in 1977-79. In 1978 participated in the “Detective Show”, at Gorman Park in Queens, New York. and the International Drawing Biennial in 1979, Camden Arts Center in London, England. Recently, his work has been featured in major New York Art galleries and museums such as The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers New York, MoMA PS.1, John Davis Gallery, Life on Mars Gallery, The Painting Center, The Drawing Center, and more. Bellinger is represented by M.David&Co. Gallery in Bushwick, New York.
Mimi Gross is a painter, set-and-costume designer for dance, and maker of interior and exterior installations. She has had several international exhibitions, including work at the Salander O’ Reilly Galleries, and the Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City, the Inax Gallery, in Ginza, Tokyo, and Galerie Lara Vincey, in Paris. She has also shown work at the Municipal Art Society and at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Her anatomically-themed art-work is on permanent display, courtesy of the New York City Parks Department, at the Robert Venable Park in East New York. Her work is included in numerous public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum, le Musee des Art Decoratifs in Paris, the Nagoya Museum of Art, the Onasch Collection in Berlin and the Lannon Foundation, as well as the Fukuoko Bank in Japan and New York’s Bellevue Hospital. Gross has been the recipient of countless awards and grants including from the New York State Council on the Arts, twice from the National Endowment for Visual Arts, the American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, and a “Bessie” for sets and costumes. She held the McMillan/Stewart Endowed Chair in Painting at the Maryland College of Art in 2010-2011, and has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Penland School of Crafts, Syracuse University, SUNY Purchase.
Frank Olt is an artist and professor at Long Island University whose studio practice focuses on ceramics and painting. He is a former artist-in- residence at MoMA P.S.1. He studied with Bauhaus artist Rose Krebs. Olt exhibited and has collectors nationally and internationally. His commissions include all ceramic art at the 23rd & Ely subway station through the NYC Arts for Transit program and Bellevue Hospital. His work was exhibited recently in a one-person show in the Contemporary Gallery at Nassau County Museum of Art.
Denise Sfraga is a New York based artist working in a variety of genres including painting, collage and photography. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. Her work has been exhibited at M.David&Co., The Pelham Art Center, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, The Painting Center, LABspace, C24, Centotto and Tilt Gallery, and more. As a visual artist and avid gardener, Sfraga draws visual inspiration from the life cycle of plants- from seed germination, leaf and flower growth, and the dispersion of the next generation of seeds, to the final stages of plant decay.
James Prez, American b. 1953, was born and raised in Pennsylvania and received his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Drawing inspiration from the many places he has called home, Prez has lived in Denver, CO, San Diego, CA, Mexico, Jamaica, Tallahassee, FL, Santa Fe, NM and Port au Prince, Haiti. He currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Katherine Jackson lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited extensively in galleries in New York City, as well as elsewhere in the US, Rome, and Berlin. Recent NYC venues include: Odetta Gallery, 1 Gap Gallery, Park Place Gallery, Field Projects, and Space 776. Her work has appeared in a number of exhibitions focusing on art & technology and art & light. She has had solo shows at Bennington College, and Hobart & William Smith Colleges. She received a grant for a 6 monthlong exhibition addressing immigration in the windows of the Tenement Museum. Two of her large scale long term public exhibitions celebrated the 100th anniversaries of two iconic New York City structures, the NYPL and the Manhattan Bridge. A recent installation was included in both the Venice Architectural Biennale 2021 and the Venice Art Biennale 2022.
Sarah Fuhrman b. 1990, Troy, NY, received an MFA from SUNY Purchase School of Art & Design in 2015. Fuhrman has exhibited in multiple group shows including Select Art Fair in Chelsea, the Mohawk Hudson Regional in Albany, New York, Fuchs Project Space, Green point Gallery, Momenta Art, September Gallery and Slag Contemporary. In this past year alone she has also been awarded scholarships and residencies by the Ora Lermann Charitable Trust, The Vermont Studio Center, and Azule Artist’s Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Fuhrman lives and works in Highland Park, Brooklyn.
Keisha Prioleau-Martin is an artist based in New York City. She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase in 2017. Keisha's work has been shown across New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and 'Ibiza', including a solo show at Olympia Gallery, Art of Our Century Gallery in New York (head over handlebars) and a lighthearted 2-person show at Ortega y Gasset (Footloose). Keisha is also a co-director at Underdonk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where her studio resides. Her work has been written about in Hyperallergic, Art Spigel, Artnet, and The Coastal Post.
Nancy Elsamanoudi is a Brooklyn-based artist. She received an MFA in Painting and Drawing with distinction from Pratt Institute in 2014. She has shown her work at various venues in New York and elsewhere, including Spring/Break Art Show, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Bishop Gallery, Bowery Gallery, Real Eyes Gallery, Amos Eno Gallery, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Pelham Art Center and SFA Projects. Her work has been featured in Bomb Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Artcritical, Bushwick Daily, Art Spiel and Let Them Talk with Paul DeRienzo.
Noelle Velez is an artist based in New York City. She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase in 2018. Noelle’s work explores desire, repression, and introspection through dreamlike landscape full of archetypal characters. The lurid colors and contents of Velez’s subconscious appear in an approachable cartoon lexicon and deal with acting as an intermediary —and interloper— between cultures, and the perceived poles of gendered self-expression.
Zak Vreeland is a visual artist, curator, collector, and art archivist. He was born in Bath, Maine in 1976, studied creative writing at Bard College and lives in Brooklyn. He uses objects found in the neighborhood of Bushwick, NY to create his sculptures and collages, and works primarily in resin, concrete and watercolor. He participated in many group exhibitions such as Family Ties, 500x Gallery, Dallas, TX ; New Work City, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY ; Thanks for Letting Me Sit on You, Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY; Bushwreck, Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY; Bushwitch, Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY and more. His curatorial projects include Raphael Soyer: Studio Life, Gross Foundation, 2010; Displayed: Stages for Sculpture, Gross Foundation, 2011, Virgo Hardware, S & P Arts Center, Brooklyn, 2015 and more. He appraised donations of Manzoni artwork to Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and of ephemera by Lila Silverman to the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Donation of Brummer Galleries’ records to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, and many more. Most recently he participated in Spring Break Art Show New York in 2021 as an Artist and co-curated a booth at Spring Break Art Show LA in 2020.
Shandor Hassan lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works in the media of photography, Installations /found materials, furniture design, and architectural building. He holds a BFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, is a Fulbright scholar to Hungary (2009), NYFA recipient for Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design (2016), NYSCA recipient for the Quebec Arts/Exchange Residency in Architecture (2017). He participated in the Istanbul Biennial in 2005, Budapest OFF Biennial in 2015, is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography since 1999.
David Freund - after his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, Freund taught at Pratt Institute and at Ramapo College, where he chaired its Visual Arts program. In 1978 he received a National Endowment of Arts grant to photograph gas station environments nationwide, work published in four volumes in 2016 by Steidl Verlag as Gas Stop. His work has been exhibited at Light Gallery in New York and the George Eastman Museum. It is held in the collections of MOMA, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Freund was a photography consultant for New York’s CAPS grant program and was a photography judge for the Fulbright-Hays scholarships. A member of the Society for Photographic Education for thirty years, Freund has given presentations at National Conferences and was on its Board of Directors.
Dan Christoffel is an internationally exhibited American artist and board member of the Art League of Long Island, as well as a guest lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Former positions of his include president of the Long Island Art Teachers Association as well as curator for the partnership for Cultural Development at the Chelsea Center in Muttontown. Primarily working in painting and drawing, Christoffel is also an accomplished sculptor and printmaker who draws on the history of portraiture from the Romans to the present day.
Dave Alexander, American b. 1962, studied with David Freund (Gas Stop, Steidl) at Ramapo College where Alexander earned his BA. He has also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Berklee College of Music, ICP, and Visual Studies Workshop. He is a current member of the Yellow Chair Salon, in NYC. Alexander works with mixed media, including oil, encaustic, resin, and his own photography as well as vernacular photography. He currently lives in Ridgewood, NJ.
Richard Kostelanetz was born to Boris Kostelanetz and Ethel Cory and is the nephew of the conductor Andre Kostelanetz. He has a B.A. (1962) from Brown University and an M.A. (1966) in American History from Columbia University under Woodrow Wilson, NYS Regents, and International Fellowships; he also studied at King's College London as a Fulbright Scholar during 1964-1965. He is the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation (1967), Pulitzer Foundation (1965), the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm (1981–1983), Vogelstein Foundation (1980), Fund for Investigative Journalism (1981), Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2001), CCLM (1981), ASCAP (1983 annually to the present), American Public Radio Program Fund (1984), and the National Endowment for the Arts with ten individual awards (1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991). He also assumed production residencies at the Electronic Music Studio of Stockholm, the Experimental TV Center (Owego, NY), Mishkenot Sha'ananim (Jerusalem), and the MIT Media Lab.
Jeffrey Allen Price is a multi-media and interdisciplinary installation artist. His work often alludes to natural processes such as growth and decay and often references consumerism and materialistic culture. His work is process-based and accumulative, and usually includes humorous playful elements. Has been shown in major galleries and museums internationally and in NYC such as Islip Museum was also featured in a number of major publications such as the New York Times and The Food Network.
John Digby was a London-born poet and collagist specializing in black-and-white pure paper collages in styles from figurative to abstract. Three volumes of his poetry were published in England: The Structure of Bifocal Distance, Sailing Away from Night, and To Amuse a Shrinking Sun (Anvil Press Poetry). He was co-founder with his wife, Joan Digby, of The Feral Press and the New Feral Press in Oyster Bay, New York. York.