I received the most beautiful and gracious letter in the mail the other day, from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I could not love her more. Thank you to Diana Kane English for making the pins with my portrait of her. Much love xo
Please come see my work this weekend and next at 207 5th avenue. I’m sharing a gallery space with 5 other fantastic artists. Much love @brooklyn.pop.up : 207 5th avenue. Brooklyn
I am thrilled to showing work in “Real Concerns/Imaginary Perceptions”: A Group Show of 9 artists at the Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea.
July 19 - August 11, 2018
Real Concerns/Imaginary Perceptions”
July 19 - August 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 21, 6-8PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, August 11, 6-8PM
Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad* Deb Flagel * Charles Hildebrandt * Barbara Hillerman * Jenny Belin *
Matthias Merdan * Vernita N’Cognita * Carolina Poggi * Kathleen Shanahan
Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding art by nine artists who are part of Viridian Artists' Affiliate program. The “Real Concerns/Imaginary Perceptions in these artists' creations are not immediately apparent, but each has a personal vision that that often supersedes their imagery and in these times of complex real events. Their meanings & motives reveal themselves and it is then that we understand move clearly their “Real Concerns/Imaginary Perceptions”. The show extends from July 19th to August 11th with receptions to meet the artists Thursday July 21st, 6-8pm & Saturday, August 11, 6-8PM.
Marie-Ange Hoda Ackad’s latest series reflects her abiding desire to use traditional techniques and mediums such as encaustic, raw pigments and metal leaf to create contemporary images which reflect very modern concerns. Her work focuses on the contradictions between what things appear to be and what they actually are, especially at this time of fake reality and alternative facts. Based in Montreal, Canada, Ackad is increasingly showing her works in the United States. Most recently, at the Alexandria Museum in Louisiana, at the American Swedish Institute and the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Minneapolis where she was awarded 4th place in the pastel category in the 23rd Arts in the Harmony International juried exhibit.
Deb Flagel’s "All That Is", a mixed media assemblage, like much of her art, is about the accumulation of momentary glances. As she records the environmental landscape that surrounds us, her mind pieces together line, color and shape, constructing an emotional response. The artist says “signs and symbols become metaphorical. Emotion and experience become tightly stitched. Senses heighten. Clarity of intention unfolds. The energy of truth moves closer”. Originally conceived a decade ago, this work speaks clearly about the dangers lurking in our reality today.
When viewers look at the paintings of Charles Hildebrandt, they may see a landscape that they recognize somewhere in their own mind; perhaps a familiar place or an aspect of a past experience. For this artist, many childhood and adult memories are the roots of the conception of the images, with perhaps the wish of holding onto the past. In these paintings too, we are helped to realize that the places and individuals we cherish, undergo constant transformation as do we.
Barbara Hillerman sees reality through the lens of design and visual structure as much as through reality’s multitude of meanings. The elements of design play a dominant role in her images for her journey as an artist was initially begun via graphic design. The artist’s intent when she photographs is to ask the viewer to "read" her images from the visual clues she supplies, but then to come to their own conclusions.
Vernita N’Cognita has been working for decades with materials that are valueless trash, first junkmail and more recently, plastic packaging. An outstanding attention-getter is her “Endless Junkmail Scroll”,an ongoing work which is now over 400 feet long. The artist is constantly searching for new ways to present the work, offering it for just $10 a linear inch to be torn away from the whole & presented separately as a constant reminder that all that we discard is adding to the ongoing pollution of our environment. In the fall, she will be having a solo exhibit of the Scroll and related works at Farleigh Dickinson University and last February it filled 3 galleries at the Crary Gallery in Warren PA.
Matthias Merdan is a Swiss artist whose work is also embedded in the re-use and recycling of the discarded. He enjoys exploring materials, forms and concepts, always surprising viewers with works often potent with their messages.
Jenny Belin’s recent work is inspired by the studies of flowers, cats and dogs that she has drawn in her sketchbooks.
Carolina Poggi, a photographer from Uruguay, recently traveled to Havana, Cuba to photograph the incredible dancers and dance students there. The photographs she is showing in this exhibit, are a small part of that experience. Poggi studied at the Cinema School of Uruguay specializing in still photography and has long been fascinated with photographing dancers in performance and in rehearsal. She is drawn to the concept of the photo-essay and has set up her own black and white lab working on several essays ranging from architecture to nature and especially, dancers. Her work has been displayed in Uruguay and abroad both in solo and group shows. In the past, she worked as a dance photographer shooting trainee dancers at the National School of Dance of Uruguay.
Kathleen Shanahan’s mixed media works owe much to print making studio practices and the processes of layering and sequentially developing unique effects. The artist creates her “pastiched” imagery through collage and the juxtaposition of diverse elements. Here, her piece, entitled “Real Concerns”, is embedded in fantasy that choreographs our imagination as she manipulates it.
Viridian's Affiliate program is one of the many ways in which our gallery continues its mission of supporting the art of outstanding "underknown" artists.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12- 6 PM
For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director
My painting of Anita Hill can now be worn as a button! Available for purchase at Diana Kane's shop, in Park Slope. Stop by the store to see the original portrait as well!
The Diana Kane Boutique
229-B Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tuesday-Friday 12-7pm Saturday 11am-8pm Sunday 11am-6pm
Madonna speaking and performing onstage at the Women's March on Washington DC, January 21 2017. *Note the Ruth Bader Ginsburg pin on her hat! This pin, created from my painting, by Diana Kane English is available for purchase HERE! (click link to be directed to the Diana Kane Boutique's online shop)
Four of my paintings are currently on view in the Viridian Artists Holiday Show:
“A Political Apolitical Holiday Show”
December 5-30, 2017.
Opening Reception: December 7, 6-8 pm
548 West 28th Street, Suite #632, NYC
Click Here for more Information about the exhibit
Les Femmes et Les Fleurs by Jenny Belin
June 28‑August 15, 2017
Opening reception: June 28, 5-8PM
Diana Kane is pleased to announce its new summer show, Les Femmes et Les Fleurs, by Brooklyn-based artist Jenny Belin. Les Femmes et Les Fleurs features a wide selection of Belin’s portraits of women, flower studies, and pin-ups to create a thematic intersection of feminism, power, and beauty. Belin draws her female subjects, painted in acrylic, and gouache, and ink on wood panel, from the uppermost circles of historic, intellectual and moral discourse, and from the loftiest tiers of popular and camp celebrity: the 19th-century British mathematician Ada Lovelace sits comfortably in the company of American television actress Bea Arthur, and the US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg holds center court with the musician and poet, Patti Smith. An enchanting collection of floral still-lifes, in ink, gouache, and acrylic, calls to mind the luscious flora occupying Monet’s home in Giverny, or the comprehensive, Northern European florilegium and botanical illustrations from the seventeenth century. A backroom boudoir of pin-ups playfully combines sexuality and postwar innocence, and even Belin’s special feline model, Edye, coyly appears in the pictures for added pleasure, fun, and allure.
Les Femmes et Les Fleurs is Diana Kane’s third feminist project following the presentation of Nope: The Women’s March on Washington, Photography by Torz Dallison (March 18 ‑June 15, 2017).
Les Femmes et Les Fleurs will be on view at Diana Kane from June 28, 2017 to August 15, 2017. Diana Kane is located at 229-b Fifth Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY.
Jenny Belin received her BFA from Skidmore College. She has had solo exhibitions at Kate Ganz Gallery, New York (2009), 325 Broome Street (2011), The Watercooler, Tarrytown, NY (2015), and Sabay Café Curatorial Space, Jackson Heights, Queens (2016). Select group exhibitions include Art from Detritus, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, NY (2015), Bowie Tribute Wall, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016), and Women Live, Village West Gallery, Jersey City, NJ (2017).
Diana Kane is the owner of Diana Kane, a Brooklyn and online boutique featuring small exclusive designers.
Aliza Edelman, Ph.D., is a curator and art historian who focuses on gender and feminism in modern and contemporary art.
In Collaboration with Diana Kane, my paintings can now be worn as buttons! Thank you Diana and thank you, Sissy!
Portraits of women, button pack #1: available at Diana Kane, Brooklyn NY:
Click Here for an online link