Sunday, May 22, 2016

Art For Life 2016 : Pizzuti Collection : UPDATE

Viridian Morning. Oil on Canvas. 40x60 inches. 2016.
Art For Life Fundraiser 2016. Sponsored by Pizzuti Collection.
Columbus, Ohio.

September 24, 2016. Columbus Museum of Art. Art for Life Auction.
My Painting Viridian Morning was purchased by Dr. William Mains and Brian Smith.
$640,000.00 was the total amount raised.

Pizzuti Collection asked me to participate in the Columbus, Ohio based Art for Life  2016  fundraiser/auction.  
  Art For Life raises funds for AIDS Research and services. Pizzuti Collection is a powerful arts organization located in Columbus, Ohio that supports regional and international artists.

This year's auction will take place at the Columbus Museum of Art on September 24th, 2016.
Art For Life Fundraiser is considered to be the most prestigious cultural event in Columbus and I am very pleased to be involved.
VIP ticket price $350.00. Purchase HERE
Great article from Sotheby's about Pizzuti Collection HERE

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Young's Town: Part 3: Corridors of Illusions

 Connecting New Young's Town to the suburban areas are streets,  artifacts, left from the Dead City of Youngstown. They are used as secondary or tertiary routes.  Market Street for example, is perhaps the longest, being many miles in length and traversing the Wildlands. Currently, the majority of the buildings along it are being claimed by nature or the voracious demolition companies. Travel merely one block to either side of market for anywhere on its entire length and there is nothing but fields and woodlots with the occasional fragment of a neighborhood.
 At the point where these corridors meet the suburban areas one will find neighborhoods from the Dead City still intact, almost like illusions. The houses are neat and tidy, the streets are clean and maintained, there is police protection and all seems right with the world. There is a sense that the American Dream is still alive, right here where we are standing. We feel the pressures and threats around us, but we know we can withstand them. After emerging from the Wildlands, this area is a relief. This is the mood of the neighborhood. We see this environment particularly where Market Street meets Boardman boarder.
 Should a person only visit these neighborhoods, they would have   the impression that the dead city of Youngstown is still alive and well. The fact of the matter is that these border communities are totally dependent for their survival on the suburban economies, and without the regular infusion of resources, they would collapse and be taken by Ruralization.

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Otter Slaughter : The Park Animals as Community Treasure

Mill Creek Otter several months  before it was trapped

Mill Creek Park Otter caught in Conibear trap

A few weeks ago the Mill Creek Otter was caught in a Conibear killing trap in the Lake Newport Wildlife Sanctuary. The perpetrator, Daniel Volpe, had permission from the park managers to trap 'nuisance beaver' and muskrat. However he engaged in   illegal trapping  activities, including setting several Conibear traps on land, which led to the horrific maiming and assured death of the otter. Volpe was cited, appeared in Canfield Court, and was fined $240.00.
Conibear traps  for beaver are incredibly powerful and are designed to crush the animal's skull, neck, spine and rib cage. They can break a grown man's arm and smaller sizes can break fingers. In a sense, these traps are humane, because, if set properly the animal is assured a quick death. Proper setting involves submerging the trap in water so that the animal drowns as well.
 The Oldster managers of Mill Creek Park have outdated, dangerous views on the animals that inhabit the park. They use labels like Nuisance Animals, Diseased Animals, Invasive Species and Overpopulation to instill fear in the public and create an atmosphere of conflict between the animals and people. The park managers then engage in wholesale slaughter of large numbers of these creatures based on fear, faulty reasoning and outdated, game management practices. Additionally many 'non-target' non nuisance are most likely trapped as they inhabit the same environs a the muskrat and beaver. The Otter is the obvious example, as are other creatures such as herons, mergansers and mink which hunt for fish in beaver and muskrat burrows.
With advent of the internet, Social Media and digital photography, the animals of our Park are now international celebrities. The photos above have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people locally and worldwide. Thousand of people travel yearly to the park, specifically to enjoy and photograph the animals of the Park. These creatures are accepting of humans and daylight. They feel safe, and people can get close to them for clear photographs and general enjoyment. Bald Eagles, Large Whitetail Bucks, Otters, Mink, Foxes, Coyotes, Wild Turkeys, Owls,  Herons, Raccoons are regularly seen at close range in the park.
The animals have become ambassadors for our community,  particularly the community of New Young's Town. International business people, when seeing the Bald Eagles, are instilled with a sense of confidence about our community. Families wishing to move here view the animals as valuable educational tools for their children.
 These animals are our friends who make us money and create a good reputation for our community. They are Community Treasures and should be treated as such.

* For the record, I spend time nearly every day in Mill Creek Park,  I grew up on farms, spent much time hunting and trapping, and majored in Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University for 2 years.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Soap Gallery : Nexus : 3-5-16 : Michael & Crystal

 Another Great Opening at SOAP Gallery. Nexus with Michael Green and Crystal Beiersdorfer.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

New Young's Town : Part 2 : Ruralization : Wildlands

 The area outside of New Young's Town, known as the Wildlands, was  fully taken by the forces of Ruralization by the late Twentieth Century. Appalachian Whites, migrant Hispanics, poor country folk from the surrounding counties and African Americans with rural southern roots moved in as the immigrant industrial workers fled. They reside in the remaining houses and attempt to eke out livings very much the way they have been doing for 200 years in rural America.
 People of the Wildlands have created a Rural Economy that involves farming, construction, recycling, demolition, hunting, storage, drug dealing, mechanical work, and consultation. Many are artisans, such as metal workers, printers, bakers, woodworkers and members of the Creative Class who benefit from the local cultural industry provided by the museums, university and suburban areas.
 Sadly, this area is afflicted with all the same problems of the Rural Midwest: drugs, gangs, entrenched poverty, inadequate health care, poor education, low water quality to name just a few. The difference in life quality between those that live outside of New Young's Town and those that live within it is astounding.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Young's Town : Part 1

New Young's Town is a small, midwestern, rural college town in northeast Ohio, typical of many in the region such as Alliance or nearby New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Geographically it is the corridor between Gypsy Lane and Fellows Riverside Gardens. Travel a mile or less on either side of this corridor and one will be confronted with vast fields, woodlands and wildlife.

 At the center of this corridor is a gentrified downtown, with an abundance of banks, art galleries, luxury apartments, a rapidly expanding university, and internationally recognized art museums. The Wick and Crandall Park neighborhoods located to the North of the downtown, hold a vast collection of luxurious, early 20th century homes and mansions. The Mahoning Commons, southwest of the downtown, is known for artisan farms, small theaters, artisan studios and a slowly developing river front. At the edge of Mahoning Commons is Mill Creek Park which includes Fellows Riverside Gardens and several lakes. The visitor center in the Gardens is a delight, with a beautiful restaurant, art gallery, library, other amenities and splendid views of Lake Glacier.

 The median income of New Young's Town is high in relation to the cost of living. The population is predominantly white and educated. Most people live a life of relative ease and luxury. Some have labeled it a Trust Fund Economy.

 Beyond the fringes of New Young's Town, a city once existed named Youngstown. Known for steel making and other industrial production, the city claimed huge tracts of land for manufacturing and housing its tens of thousands of immigrant workers. A major decline began in the mid 20th century due to the steel industry's archaic modes of manufacture and other overpowering pressures. By 1977 the city collapsed, the immigrant population fled and Ruralization took the region in an unforgiving grip. By 1990 virtually nothing was left of the mighty city, and today the City of Youngstown is nothing but an unexplored archeological ruin beneath thousands of acres of vast wild lands inhabited by bears and coyotes. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jason Van Hoose : New York Art

Show Card

Show Card Obverse

The eve of my thirtieth birthday was rough for me, as things like 'decade birthdays' can be really stressful for people, particularly sensitive artists.  As midnight was approaching, the phone rang. It was a Cleveland philanthropist, owner of Fourth World Productions, who was aligned with Art With Out Walls in New York City. He saw my sculpture at Cleveland Independent Art Gallery and wanted to know if I'd be willing to take the spot of an artist that had to drop out of a recent NYC production. It was 1996 and I was beside myself.

At that time I was making sculpture from found objects recovered from the streets, vacant lots and railroad tracks of Youngstown. I assembled the sun bleached bones of animal skeletons and cultural detritus over a frame of wood and metal. They combined a ferocious, macabre quality with a nod to Hollywood special effects and the Nail Fetishes of the Congo.

The next several weeks was a flurry of activity as I put the finishing touches on new sculptures and prepared them for shipping. I'd been to New York City many times before, assisting artists in transporting large artworks and doing  general work for galleries and art professionals in the Manhattan art community. This time, however, I would travel alone and it was all on me.

At that time Art With Out Walls was an arts organization that renovated former commercial and industrial spaces of New York City to host art, fashion and music shows. Chelsea was just beginning to blossom as a cultural community. AWOW leased a 200,000 square foot floor of a Macy's warehouse there and turned it into a vast, professional gallery space where 14 artists were provided the space and financing to hold full solo exhibitions.

 Absolute Vodka sponsored the show and partnered with the Dairy Council to create the premiere drink, White Russians, which were served generously the entire run. A fashion show was held and members of Cop Shoot Cop provided a Hardcore Industrial Ambiant music show for the closing reception. The budget for the event was a quarter million dollars, a great deal of money for 1996.

Opening night was overwhelming. There was a line of people waiting to shake my hand and talk to me, the artist from far away Youngstown, the Wild West to them. The highlight of the night was the arrival of Molly Ringwald, 80's teen movie star on whom I had a crush. She walked over to my most frightening sculpture, considered it for a moment, then placed her drink on the pedestal on which it stood, and left it.
I met so many great people as a result The Jack of Jill Show, the start of my modest but fruitful NYC art career.  

Below are links to prominent NYC collectors of my work (to name just a few):

Orlando Palacios

Susan Copich and Oded Levy

Nannatte Lepore and Robert Savage

Catherine Pavlov

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