Feburary 25, 2012


Ellliot Chapman


Obscura a pinhole journey threw New York started way back in the 6th grade. the project produced one print and a lot of fun and all it took was some glue and a few ice cream sticks. Later while attending I.C.P. other formats became available and the learning of different processes help open up other avenues. I’ve been shooting since the 70’s mostly 35mm. At I.C.P. 4x5, 6x7, 8x10 became the norm in both B/W and color.

Over the years I never forgot about pinhole photography. A box, a container or anything light tight will work. Work is work but pinhole is just fun. The format doesn’t matter as much paper or film you choose!

At Elphoto I also provide stock photos for the P.S.A.L. (High school football) since 2005. Twimjo’s and Reflection Of Life are also part of the music and video postproduction work. So be it, a wedding party or photo shoot the headshots will make you smile..

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Cassandra Craig

Cassandra Craig is a self-taught photographer based in Brooklyn. She is the owner of IOPENMINDS Photography and Digital Darkroom Studios, a studio that specializes in portrait photography. Cassandra has cultivated a remarkable collection of timeless photos over 9 years working with musical artist, actors, actresses and athletes. With her ongoing exhibition of “My Blackberry Diary” (myblackberrydiary.com) Cassandra still manages to work on several projects expanding her extensive portfolio and for the 8th Open House she will exhibit “Pillow Talk.”


Julie Curtiss

Most prefer oil or acrylic while I long for muted colors and the opacity of gouache. This technique, between drawing and painting is often related to applied-arts. Indeed my work may look “applied”, carefully produced, and almost self-conscious.My art steams from the way everyday life affects my emotions and spirit. Through psychological landscapes, the ideas of mutation, anthropomorphized nature and life cycle, raise. My influences range from Sci-Fi, anthropology to primitive art and contemporary art…
My work is reminiscent of comic books. However I avoid the use of writing as I aim at producing images that speak by themselves. Recently, I have been interested in developing images you can read like tarot cards.

Kevin Cyr

In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

In this particular series, I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans—especially when covered with graffiti—and in the old RVs parked in someone’s yard off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.

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Jared Friedman
Jared Friedman is an artist and commercial screen printer who has been based at 649 Morgan since 2006. His most recent work melds photography, printmaking and sculpture in varying proportions. He also prints everything from t-shirts to posters to fine art for a wide variety of clients.

Charlie Hankin

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from New York University with a concentration in mathematics in 2010. My newest series of paintings is of people lit by laptop screens. The blue glow simultaneously evokes the ordinary and the otherworldly.

Ed Heck


Fresh. Bold. Engaging. These words often come to mind upon viewing the artwork of Pop Artist Ed Heck. One is immediately disarmed by the naïve charm of these brightly colored works on paper and canvas.

Ed Heck’s enigmatic canvases were first exhibited in New York City in 1999 and were an instant hit. The viewer response was overwhelming. Reactions ranged from surprised appreciation to pure delight.

Ed Heck’s artwork appeals to a varied audience, from fine art newcomers to serious collectors. His eclectic style combines animation like subject matter with an evocative use of color, coupling a wry sense of humor with generous doses of irony. His images lead us into a place uniquely Heck, filled with weird and wonderful characters, odd landscapes and a quirky visual point of view, quite unlike anything else we’ve seen before.

Welcome to the world of Ed Heck!

Paula Heisen

My studio is a bit like a Cabinet of Curiosities, full of natural history items, cultural artifacts and kitschy detritus. It is a space, both psychic and physical, that is the source for my work. Setting up my still lifes is akin to the automatic writing exercises practiced by early Surrealist artists. I’m not in complete control of the ensuing narratives, and often the original intentions are absorbed into larger mysteries that I recognize only later. I want my paintings and drawings to have the vivid reality of an irrational dream.

A graduate of the Yale School of Art, I have exhibited my work throughout the United States, with solo exhibitions in New York City and Houston. I will be having a one-person show in Milford, PA in 2012. Among the grants and awards I’ve received are an Elizabeth Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, scholarships to Yale, the Skowhegan School and the New York Studio School. I have taught at Lehman College (Bronx, NY), Oxbow Summer Program (Michigan), Yale University’s Summer Program (New Haven, CT) and at the University of California at Santa Barbara.



Brian Hubble

Re-designating pre-existing material and interweaving other artists engagements are integral to the infrastructure of my practice. These are used to redirect attention toward my own expression while deferring perception and ownership into a semantic chain. Maneuvering within these slippages allows me to convey something close to the motivating impulses behind my ever-evolving stance. As Peter Land explains, I guess that my work with art is instrumental in my pursuit to establish a valid meaning behind my existence. However, the ethical structures that I try to create around me become invalid, or don’t apply, as my idea of meaning changes or are being changed. My sense of reality collapses, and has to be rebuilt on an ongoing basis.

My repeated questioning of meaning is one of the driving forces that inform my endeavor. Constructing artifice that may be inflected with a caustic but playful touch of anarchy is just part of the strategy.



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Steve Keister

Steve Keister is a sculptor and ceramicist. He has exhibited extensively since the 1970’s, including the 1981 Whitney Biennial, and solo exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, BlumHelman Gallery, New York, and Feature Inc., New York. He has received numerous grants including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2000. His work is included in many museum collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.



Daniel Maidman

Daniel Maidman is primarily self-taught. He has attended life-drawing workshops 2-3 times a week since 1998. He also spent two years working on an anatomical atlas based on human cadaver dissections in which he participated at Santa Monica College, under the guidance of Dr. Margarita Dell. Illustrations from his atlas are in use in the United States Army’s forensic field manual. He moved to New York in 2006. His current paintings range from the figure and portraiture to still lives, machines, and cityscapes.

His work has been shown in juried shows at galleries in New York, California, Ohio, Missouri, and Oregon, as well as at Gallery Mess, the restaurant of the Saatchi Gallery in London. He has been a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s figurative painting competition (2009, 2010), and his paintings and writing on art have been published by ARTnews, American Art Collector, International Artist, Poets/Artists, SUNY-Potsdam, and the blogging section of artistdaily.com, the online presence of American Artist magazine. His work is included in numerous private collections, among them those of Chicago collector Howard Tullman, novelist China Miville, and author Kathleen Rooney.

Jean-Marie Martin

Word Paintings, my newest are about language and the limits of it to resolve or understand the world better. My art is a discourse about the absurdity of our communication and the inevitability of misunderstandings and the futility of any answers. In the use of language in my art I open and close a discussion without giving you the viewer the opportunity to talk or react to my speech. There are more than one avenues of search in those paintings. Some work is ironic and funny at the same time: Bang, Bang, Bang being the best example of this concept of talking about war without being too dramatic. The next painting, Teddy Bears is reflective of the same idea about being funny and rather depressing at the same time. There is work that is more direct and in your face, witch is expressed in animated neon paintings with words like Etc, Etc, Etc; Ya, Ya, Ya; and Blah, Blah, Blah. Those have a very strong and complex visual background and animated visual images with the neon messages that are in your face like neons ads on Broadway and leave you no chance of misinterpretation. Then there is paintings that are more philosophical with words like nothing and Yes/No like the previous paintings but are much slower visually and softer as far as their discontent with the world or the discussion of partisanship of today.

Arthur May
Although essentially a self-taught artist, Mr. May holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania where he studied painting with George Rickey, and Neil Welliver. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome where he presented a one-man show of paintings and drawings at the completion of his fellowship. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo show at Art 101 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Shane McAdams

Shane McAdams is an artist, curator and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the Pratt Institute and has contributed cultural criticism to the Brooklyn Rail since 2003. His art has been shown at Caren Golden Fine Art, Allegra LaViola Gallery, Marlborough, Chelsea and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, among others. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the NewYork Observer and the Village Voice. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Marian University and currently commutes between Wisconsin and Brooklyn to teach art, and blogs about the experience on badatsports.com.

Sylvia Nagy

My work is not an attempt to reproduce the visible, but to make the underlying meanings of things visible. Life is often lived like we play a game of chess. We are taught to play correctly and we learn new strategies in the hope of winning. The human/physical world dynamic need to change our lives in order for us to reconnect with Mother Nature. We need new concepts and meanings in our life. We all have to think globally; not just about it’s warming, but also regarding the connection to each other and to new possibilities. We play our game of chess but we are all different individuals in the rapidly changing world, with nothing being only black and white, but an array of colors and tones. We have to play together to be at peace with nature and all be the world-winner.

There always remains, beyond the multiplicity of possible interpretations, something indefinable. The world is full of contradictions. All events in our lives are connected. The endless rotation of life and death are the nature of the universe. The evolution of our spirit is reflected by the way we live our lives. We are all as strong and fragile as ceramic vases, which can be broken accidentally.

Often our lives can seem tragic and yet when we look back on our experiences, we find them comical. To recognize how the rhythm of the natural elements reflect upon the mystery of opposites, I strive to contemplate the harmony of black and white, fire and water, and cold and heat in search for the right balance between them to compose my own music in sculpture. The free spirit brings forth infinite imagination.

Creating contemporary work in ceramics demands a sensibility to reflect new ideas in a changing world creating individual symbols, which turns to a universally communicable language.


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Jenna Ransom
Jenna Ransom is a painter, drawer, and writer living and working in Brooklyn. She is a recent graduate of Pratt’s MFA program.
Through painting and drawing she creates a meditation between the complex relationship of nature and mankind. Having grown up half her life in rural New Hampshire’s White Mountains, she often recalls past experiences of being lost in dark woods, wild flowers, animal tracks, and mountain tops for inspiration. She believes that nature is impossible to comprehend and seeks an imaginative outlet to understand its’ power.

Horacio Spare


Artist born in Buenos Aires and since 1976 living and working in Mallorca,Spain and from May 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. Begins his life as an artist in the theater and visual poetry. From 1982 hi devoted himself entirely to painting and sculpture. In his studio in Morgan is working on his upcoming exhibition at the Galerie Eric Devlin (Montréal)

Joey Syta

Which came first, the artist, the viewer, or the object? With particular attention to process, materials, and aesthetics, I am interested in making work that explores the metaphorical aspects of this causality dilemma and the effect it has on the production, observation, and definition of art. Knowledge, experience, environment, circumstance, intent, and chance are all factors that connect and inform the three roles of the typical art trichotomy. My artistic method focuses on manipulating and combining those factors to create ephemeral moments and metaphysical states that reflect the relationships formed as artist, viewer, and object circularly reference each other.


Edwin Vera


Edwin Vera was born and raised in Williamsburg Brooklyn and has lived in the area all his life. He got his BFA at Cooper Union and while there studied ceramic design as a mobility student at Parsons. He has sold his porcelain figurines and vessels at The American Craft Museum in NYC, Matter, Jonathan Adler soho, and has shown multimedia sculptural work at 31 Grand gallery in Williamsburg. He’s presently ceramic designer/sculptor at Jonathan Adler enterprises.

Tommy Walsh

Tommy has been involved in Film, TV and Theater in NYC for 14 years. Most recently, he co-founded Manic Attack Pictures. During his six years at Manic, he wrote, directed and produced over 100 short films, a full-length feature and various branded entertainment videos for start-ups and established brands. In 2009, Manic was named a Webby Award Honoree in Humor alongside Funny or Die and The Soup. Prior to Manic, he worked as an actor. On TV, he performed in multiple sketches on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In theater, he was in such shows as, “The Laramie Project” and “Welcome to Our City” by Thomas Wolfe at the Mint Theatre. He also played Peter in the NY premiere of “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” which was adapted for screen by the Weinstein Company as the film “Never Land”. In 2007 he co-wrote and produced the feature film, “Shooting Johnson Roebling,” which is being distributed by Celebrity. Currently, he is taking time to write and explore more experimental film and theater work. He is happy to be collaborating with his wife--actress Olivia Horton--on multiple new projects. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Zane York

It is often harder to anthropomorphize man than it is other creatures. With animals there is no mess of complexity to get in the way of the humane, there is just purity. We love to relate to the beasts and bugs and share some form of experience or, at the very least, feel like we have. Sometimes it is anthropomorphism, sometimes mxere stereotype, and other times it’s something more: the house cat has a near magic amount of soul, the honey bee is the pinnacle of civility, and the cockroach is vulgar. We try to preserve it all. We tell stories of our encounters, we moralize, we dream of flight and fang. We want the remnants for our curiosity and pleasure.
Give us skin, bone, and feather. The taxidermist and the entomologist are literal in their pursuit. More often than not animals get stuffed; under the best circumstances they get understood. The beekeeper preserves and cultivates, albeit passively. The relationship is intense and one-sided; the beekeeper comes off selfish, offering little the bees need. In return they get to participate, wonder, love, and harvest. Our interactions are limitless and as stewards we find ourselves by minding the beasts.

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