Nouns by Marty O’Connor

Curator’s Statement

Martin O’Connor paints as the masters did 100 years ago.  He adheres to his belief system that this way of making art has more depth than the superficial contemporary stuff being made today!  Well, his beliefs do hold some water.  Anyone can look at vintage classic cars, architecture and detailed carvings and elements on older buildings, clothing, furniture, sculpture and paintings to see that contemporary creations don’t have quite the charm as their predecessors.  Artists of the past often concentrated on making something simply beautiful with their hands, rather than coming up with a new gimmick or “ism”.

With his tenacity, Marty has accomplished this.  His sense and choices of light are dramatic and create sophisticated and stunning compositions.  He creates strong moods and depth in his lifelike portraits, still lifes and landscapes that compel the viewer to enjoy this age-old art medium: oil paint on canvas.

Marty, however does have a contemporary side which lies in the fact that through his subject choices, he has created edgy compositions out of issues, objects, landscapes and people of today.  He does this in the new millennium with paint, color and compositional skills of the great masters of our past!

Artist Statement

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Martin O’Connor (1972, Cleveland, Ohio) makes paintings and drawings.  He sees observational work as the “punk rock” of the art world, far removed from the academic, anti-skill conceptualism that is almost exclusive in contemporary art.  Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, O’Connor uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt them, like a good film, long after viewers see them.  His paintings are notable for their consummate finish and tactile nature.  This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship.  By focusing on techniques and materials, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

Bim

Bim

oil on canvas

18″ x 14″

Bishop

The Bishop

oil on canvas

16″ x 16″

Black Hat

Black Hat

oil on canvas

16″ x 12″

Colt

Colt 32

oil on canvas

11″ x 14″

Cullen

Cullen

oil on canvas

16″ x 12″

Lost BrotherTryptic

My Lost Brother

oil on linen

12″ x 9″ ea. (tryptic)

Morsels

Morsell’s

oil on canvas

24″ x 36″

Noelle

Noelle

oil on linen

14″ x 11″

Philos

The Philosopher

oil on canvas

16″ x 12″

$1800.

Solace

Solace

oil on canvas

36″ x 24″

Special

Special

oil on canvas

24″ x 48″

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Kasumi

Curator’s Statement

KASUMI!

First, I must give the curatorial credit for this show to Kasumi for putting together this amazing display of her work.  My part in this presentation was my wise decision to choose Kasumi as the Virtual Gallery artist this week.

It is fitting that even this presentation was designed in a most creative way with multiple layers incorporated in the viewing process….Genius.

Internationally acclaimed artist, Kasumi Filmska makes award winning video art that “cuts the edge of cutting edge”.  She produces rapidly moving, evolving layered videos that have the energy of a freight train that cannot and will not be stopped.  These dreamlike and nightmarish interconnected sequences of thought patterns flow like our own semiconscious brainwaves, obsessed with the darker facets of our world.

Kasumi repurposes old film clips, dialogue and sound effects combined with psychedelic patterns, repetition and facial expressions to accentuate emotions and add new meaning.  She adeptly vacillates from intense color to Orwellian black and white adding another layer to our incredible experience.

From thousands of possibilities, Kasumi pulls single frames from her films that, while comprised of disturbing subject matter, produce stunning, beautiful still images.

Please take some time to sift through the layers of Kasumi’s powerful work in this Virtual Gallery show!

Loren Naji

Artist Info

Kasumi creates work that synthesizes film, video, found footage, sound, animation, and live performance into a metaphorical language that resembles the stream of messages and subconscious connections making up human perception.

Her work is in collections and has been screened worldwide; from Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic to performances with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky.  BREAKDOWN, the 2010 Vimeo Remix Award winner, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra.  She has created new works for the Cleveland Museum of Art, EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center), Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Württembergischen Kunstverein, Stuttgart, and her work also was featured at Art Miami, Art Palm Beach, unpainted Media Art Fair, Munich, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Contemporary Museum Wroclaw, Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego Museum of Art, Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual, Mexico, and many others.  Earlier this Spring, a selection of her Perpetual Series was installed in the historic grand opening of DC (Donau City) Tower 1 in Vienna’s Donaucity, Austria, and her work recently completed a tour of the major museums and art institutions of Poland.  Selections of her work are currently broadcast on France’s
La Télédiversité #Numero23.
Dance With me
Dance with Me
44″ x 27″
derived from media work, available as archival digital print
Don't Look Now
Don’t Look Now
42″ x 26″
derived from media work, available as archival digital print
Effortless Confronting Obstacle
Effortless Confronting Obstacle
40″ x 32″
derived from media work, available as archival digital print
Anatomy of Emotion, Six
Anatomy of Emotion, Six
30″ x 36″
derived from media work, available as archival digital print
breakdown

Breakdown

36″ x 24″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

Guilty

Guilty

42″ x  26″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

Gun Head, Part One

Gun Head, Part One

42″ x 27″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

Into the Mirror

Into the Mirror

42″ x 26″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

Quartet

Quartet

21″ x 44″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

Sugar Sprinkled Children

Sugar Sprinkled Children

36″ x 26″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

The Slap

The Slap

42″ x 25″

derived from media work, available as archival digital print

The Walk

The Walk
44″ x 28″
derived from media work, available as digital archival print

Satellite Gallery Blast Off!

Curator’s Statement

Satellite has celebrated a wonderful “Grand Opening” with a host of great artists and stunning installations!

The idea to open an installation gallery began about 10 years ago with a fantasy of owning a dilapidated urban house that would encourage artists to transform individual rooms into art environments with no constraints.  This “no holds barred” creativity would result with walls, floors, and ceilings covered in rich layers of art, and to be covered with new layers every so often.  The result would be a graffiti-like atmosphere where the previous art work would be beneath more recent art layers, showing through in a pentimenti –like manner.  Eventually the space would be transformed into one large art environment to be viewed by the community.

Well, my fantasy has begun its realization with an amazing energetic first layer of art that has placed the first brush strokes on this white canvas.  With time, their contributions will be layered over by new generations of artists’ works, but their legacy and pentimenti will always glow!

Thank You, Joan of Art, Diane Collins, Scott Evans, Nancy Frazier, June Hund, Don King, Scott Pickering and Rebekah Wilhelm, and of course my co-pilot Grace Wen for making this first journey into art space for Satellite Gallery!!

Your Captain, Loren Naji

About Satellite Gallery

Helmed by Captain Loren Naji, Satellite Gallery is the only gallery in Cleveland dedicated soley to installation art.  The gallery has a rotating crew of “artstronauts”, art explorers who bring far out ideas and worlds to the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland, in hopes that people, commerce, and energy will colonize Collinwood.

If you are a curious star gazer who would like to view Satellite, you can stop by during our regular hours: Friday 5:00PM to 9:00PM, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00PM to 5:00PM.  We are located at 442 East 156th Street in Cleveland.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Satellite-Gallery/531592213588570

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Joan of Art

mixed media installation

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Joan of Art

mixed media installation

view from exterior

Joan of Art created faux stained glass as a commentary about an incident that happened to the art world earlier this year.

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June Hund

2525

mixed media installation

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June Hund

2525

mixed media installation

June Hund explores an abandoned world (possibly our future, possibly some others’ past) of nuclear and plastic waste.

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Don King

digital installation

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Don King

digital installation

Don King records all of his explorations.  This one is a time lapse star map of a familiar planet.

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Rebekah Wilhelm

mixed media installation

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Rebekah Wilhelm

mixed media installation

Rebekah Wilhelm explores deep space communication.  Which transmissions will come through, and which will just be static?

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Scott Evans and his technical crew

Impossible Gardens

mixed media installation

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Scott Evans and his technical crew

Impossible Gardens

mixed media installation

Scott Evans and his crew have discovered another world!  What an impossible feat!

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Scott Pickering

Bonkerville

multimedia installation

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Scott Pickering

Bonkerville

multimedia installation

Scott Pickering has also discovered another world, and it’s as wild as he is!

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Diane Collins and Laureen Deveney

Tranquility Amidst Urban Geometry

multimedia installation

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Diane Collins and Laureen Deveney

Tranquility Amidst Urban Geometry

multimedia installation

Light and colors sure do look different in space…

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Nancy Frazier

Standing in the Temple of Indecision

multimedia installation

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Nancy Frazier

Standing in the Temple of Indecision

multimedia installation

Artstronauts not only explore outer space, but inner space as well.