On Friday, February 24, 2017, I read the news in the New York Times, that President, Donald J. Trump barred the press. I felt stunned and I found myself full of emotion as I approached the elementary school auditorium in Kingston, NY. The steps were full of an over flow crowd of constituents who were making there way inside for the district 19 town hall with representative John Faso.
Congratulations, Anthony E, Boone, Noel Donaldson, Amos White V and Rodney Jones!!! What an honor.
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Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson, Hosted by Shelita Birchett Benash
So great working with Amos and AFTV, again. The Artists Forum is a wonderful platform for artists in all stages of development. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. Their interview was engaging and informational. Must See TV!
OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION INTERVIEW WITH ARTISTS:
ANTHONY E. BOONE & NOEL DONALDSON
Excited to be working with Amos White V and AFTV again! I had the wonderful opportunity to host AFTV's Episode: 51: Out of Bounds at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network studios. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. The interview was insightful and engaging for artists in all stages of professional development. Thank you, Amos and the MNN crew for a wonderful taping!
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OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION 2015
Anothai Hansen is a prolific multimedia outsider artist Living in New York City and Thailand. Her work is widely collected nationally and internationally. I was introduced to Anothai by another prolific outsider artist, curator and collector, Sue Kreitzman. Sue is an avid long-time collector and supporter of unknown and emerging artists. Thank you, Sue! I was mesmerized by Anothai's brilliant creativity and knew she had to be in the Out of Bounds exhibition. This is Anothai Hansen's very first gallery exhibition. I am so very honored to introduce Anothai Hansen to the world!
Anothai has just returned to NYC from a long holiday at home with her family in Thailand. Anothai's work has received much commentary and many questions. I am so happy that Anothai will be present for the dynamic artist panel discussion The Art of Collecting with art conservator, Leslie Guy, Director of Curatorial Services for the Philadelphia African American Museum this Saturday, March 7th. 2-5PM at Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701. 914-375-5100
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Congratulations, Noel Donaldson on having your work featured in the first episode of the Artist Next Door Series!!! The Arts Council of Greater New Haven visits the home of collector and gallery owner, Beverly Kaye in Woodbridge, CT. Noel's Donald's "Children of a Lesser God" hand-painted doll is shown and discussed as a part of Kaye's collection.
I am honored to have connected with Noel Donaldson's extraordinary works. I found Noel via Sue Kreitzman, another avid outsider artist and collector. There is so much beauty in these connections. I have always loved and collected outsider art myself. Having the opportunity to share my appreciation for the aesthetics put forth by the artists in the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression exhibition is very exciting.
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When the opportunity to curate my first exhibition was presented to me; I set about reaching out to those artists whose works and lives I admired. I discovered Sue Kreitzman and her works through my love for outsider art. Sue's outrageous creativity captivated me. I was so curious about her. And I was compelled to reach out to her, even though she lived in London and she didn't know me from a can of paint! I wrote Sue Kreitzman a letter telling her about the exhibition I was curating and about myself. I asked Sue if she would allow me to show one or two of her beautiful kimonos or necklaces. Well, I was bowled-over when Sue Kreitzman replied to me two weeks later. Sue responded, "I'd love to do your show! I'm coming home to New York City for the holidays. I'd like to invite you to my studio; then we can talk about what will go best in the exhibition." From there, a whirlwind of creativity, art, connection and the abundant warmth of a new friendship began. Words cannot express how honored I am to have Sue Kreitzman's work in my first exhibition. I look at Sue's work and I am struck by the power of human connection. Never stop reaching out; even when the person seems so very far away. Congratulations on your great success, Sue!!!
Opening day is finally here. I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from family and friends and the OOB artists during the long journey toward creating this exhibition. With deep gratitude, I am happy to share the Out of Bounds exhibition catalogue with you!
You can download the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition catalogue for free at organicartfarm.com
Tuan Hong was born in Derby, England, to parents who came as refugees from the Sino-Vietnamese war in 1980. He aims to create films that capture the beauty and cruelty of the human experience. He currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.
OUT OF BOUNDS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION
AASB is the collective name of a group of artists based in Tokyo who have collaborated on a variety of projects, including a number of short films.
We aim to create and set free something that challenges values, sprouts ideas that provoke and spark debate, excite, and capture the beauty and the cruelty of the human experience.
No mean feat by any account, though it’s something that we must be conscious of in our best endeavours. How are we to awaken ideas in others if we are not being aware of our own actions.
Tuan Hong, The Red Seal and the ASSB Collective came to my attention via, Benjamin Beardsely, one of the actors featured in the short independent film. Ben shared the film with me. The film is beautifully shot. The story is mysterious. I discussed my thoughts with Tuan. Here is part of an exchange; Tuan said he was okay with me sharing.
Your film is poetic and the cinematography is breathtaking. I've never been to Japan. And of course, I've seen lots of movies. However, I can't say I've seen a Japanese film with the type of interiors that you showcase in your film. There is something about the mystique we may have for a foreign country vs its actual existence and movement through time.
I feel blessed to have worked with a pair of very talented cinematographers. I have them to be thankful for the beautiful images. It was one of our intentions to not make the film feel as though it was not filmed in a certain place, hence the extensive use of close ups.
I agree that there is definitely a conflict between how we perceive the known world and what it actually is. I feel that most of the art accepted by the mainstream is generally very orderly and predictable, it seems to be a retort to how the world really is, surreal, contradictory, and far weirder than we can imagine.
I feel most people are afraid of this notion and choose art that comforts them from this truth.
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OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION
AT BLUE DOOR GALLERY
Siovhan and I met online through a mosaic Facebook group called "My Mosaic Friends." Until that point, I had never met a black mosaic artist. I remember how excited we were to find that we lived not far from each other. We were ecstatic to meet in person. Over the past several months, Siovhan and I have become fast friends. I appreciate Siovhan's technical approach to her materials, as well as her impeccable methods of cutting. We are so different in our philosophies regarding styles and techniques within mosaic crafting. Our differences have made our conversations about mosaic craft and design very dynamic. I am honored to have Siovhan's beautiful mosaic work in the Out of Bounds exhibition.
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Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression
at Blue Door Art Center and Gallery
I am in awe of the level of talent and creativity that I have been able to assemble for the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression exhibition. I was introduced to Anthony's work by my long-time friend, Lisa Kidd. Lisa connected me to his Instagram. I was blown away and knew immediately that I had to have Anthony's work in the Out of Bounds exhibition. Had an inspirational conversation with Anthony Boone. He spoke about how his approach to the paint media changed when he verged into abstraction; risk-taking became an integral part of his artistic expression. He was no longer concerned about 'messing up.' The freedom of spirit and action is palpable in Anthony Boone's paintings.
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Marjorie living her bliss.
Marjorie has been sharing the stories from her underwater adventures, off the Hawaiian Island of Kona, with me for years. I've been trying to get her to share her passion to no avail. When this opportunity to curate an exhibition came to me. I called Marjorie to tell her about my concept for what "Out of Bounds; Freedom of Expression" would attempt to explore. Marjorie was reticent to participate in the exhibition. She's a buddhist yogi quiet healer. It took months to finally convince Marjorie to share her beauty and light with the land masses. Thank you, Marjorie for sharing your freedom of expression.
One of the distinguished artists featured in the upcoming exhibition at Blue Door Art Center and Gallery. We are honored to have Phoenix's beautiful ceramic sculpture in the show.
Phoenix Savage, MS
Phoenix Savage is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. Savage works creatively with casting techniques in mediums ranging from porcelain to iron. She is the recipient of national and international grants honoring her scholarly creative pursuits, having been awarded the State Department Fulbright Fellowship, where she spent a year in Nigeria studying metal casting and The Being Humans Fellowship from Penn State University. Savage holds a MFA in sculpture from Georgia State University, a MA in Sculpture from Northwestern State University and an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Mississippi. The works of Phoenix Savage have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and are largely held in the private collections. Savage is Assistant Professor of Art at the historic Tougaloo College.
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Noel is one of the featured artists in the "Out of Bounds" exhibition. Love his work.
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Marjorie Good: Yogi, artist, healer, teacher and ocean lover. She's been swimming out into deep waters for years. Risk-taker. Dreamer. Honored to share Marjorie's practice in seeing. Her life's and work is simply being. See more of Marjorie's ocean adventures on the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Vimeo platform.
“I always wanted to be free.”~ Thorton Dial
Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression is an international all media exploration of how deep creativity and fearlessness push artists outside the lines of traditional methods, applications and ways of seeing. The featured media are emblematic expressions of the untethered spirit that knows no limits.Out of Bounds seizes upon that symbiotic dialogue between viewer and artwork. And through social media’s real-time connectivity; the artist also becomes part of the conversation. With this action, the exhibition will attempt to break out of the static material gallery space; onto virtual platforms. By using various 21st century technological modes of direct communication; this exhibition serves as a fluid work-in-progress exposing the featured artists to the viewer’s gaze and gallery experience. Out of Bounds seeks to facilitate perspective cross-connections that forge new and significant links between viewers and artists, while revealing art’s value as a participatory culture and meaningful place maker. The interactive nature of the exhibition gives viewers the ability to openly engage with the artists as they consider the artworks, the power of personal narrative and unfettered creativity.
“Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression” has a corresponding Facebook page, Tumblr blog and Twitter account where viewers are encouraged to actively participate digitally with the artists. QR codes inside the exhibition also take visitors directly to Vimeo.com, where they can watch short films and videos by the “Out of Bounds” digital storytellers
Spent the most incredible day with Sue Kreitzman. Our journey began at 10AM with a trek to Queens where we attended a private studio opening for, outsider artist, Joe Gagliano. Joe is one of several outsider artists that Sue Kreitzman has introduced me to. During our studio visit, I selected works to be featured in "Out of Bounds" at Blue Door Arts Center and Gallery. Joe is prolific. There was so much work! His medium is colored marker and paper. Much of Joe Gagliano's subject matter within his bright primary colored drawings springs from his deep Catholic faith. I immediately connected with one of Joe's religious themed series. I chose several pieces for the exhibition. I also bought one of his mermaid drawings.
During our visit, I also had the pleasure of meeting another outsider artist named Erica. Erica had two incredibly painstakingly well done and very small examples of her calligraphy work.
Sue Kreitzman and I travelled back to her Washington Heights Studio where she walked me through several series including assemblage, mixed media collage, paintings and jewelry. I am still decompressing from a whirlwind of a a day full of art, awesome creativity and authenticity. I will write more later.
It was an honor to introduce Sue Kreitzman and Anothai Hansen to Luis and Arle, the Directors of Blue Door Arts Center and Gallery. Sue and Anothai are wildly creative outsider artists. Their works are fantastical. I hunted Sue Kreitzman down for the "Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression" exhibition. I've been a big fan of her work and love her philosophy of aging creatively. I was over the moon when she said, 'yes' to my invitation to be in the show at Blue Door. Sue has introduced me to some amazing artists; members of her 'tribe,' as she puts it. My first experience with curating an exhibition is taking me on quite a journey. I am filled with awe and wonder.