Leah curates our visual arts program. When Leah is asked: "What is it about chickens that keep you so engaged?” She says "It all started with a small Bantum Rooster that I met at the Troy farmers market. He led me to the NE Poultry Congress in Springfield, MA where I was introduced to the world of Heritage Breed Poultry. In many ways these wonderful birds remind me of my days as a scout in the fashion industry, the roosters strut like models down runways, showing off the colors and patterns of their feathers like the latest in Fall fashion. The fact is that it’s not so much the chicken itself that is fascinating, I find the organic shape to be a perfect starting point for my work. I can basically do anything, in any color, in any medium and the shape is so familiar an icon to the viewer that it is recognized as 'chicken'". Today Leah splits her time between her work in NYC as Exhibition Outreach Program Director at the Art Students League of New York and her studio/home in Salem, NY.
Announcing a new and unique voice in the world of digital photographic imaging... "Philippe Bocquet captures the dazzling world of light and color, the sensuous and erotic nature of the world from the human form to the spicyness of Marakesh and to the artistry of neon, from food created to please the eye to sparkling interiors, and all with an intimacy and attention to splendid detail that never fails to inspire and delight. He displays an uncanny ability to make the ageless architecture of New York into exciting, majestic works of nature, as big as the sky, that never fails to enlarge and satisfy. This body of work reveals a keen intelligence behind the lens that asks only that we stop long enough to savor the shimmering beauty that surrounds us. Prepare to be awed."Philippe, originally from France, now lives in New York City and is a tireless traveler. His photography site is a small sampling of the more than 40,000 images that make up his oeuvre to date.
Anne Delaney is excited and honored to be part of the Moscow 57 gang of merry troubadour/trouble makers. Anne is a member of the Bowery Gallery in New York City and has exhibited there in 2010. She works in oil and charcoal and draws on themes from her experience as a mother, activist and theater enthusiast. Anne is exploring the ways in which the figure’s pose, in a simple setting and with certain “props” can reveal states of being and themes. Her next show at the Bowery Gallery will be in the fall of 2013.
Evgenia Fisher born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 1974. Moved to the United States on March 1993 and began her studies at the Art Students League of New York 1997- 2008 with Instructor/Artsist George Cannata, Bruce Dorfman, Frederick Wong and others. Evgenia brings together a contrast of light and dark in her collection of paintings to show deep illusions. From near or afar, the black and white images create portals that draw in the observer. Evgenia has been a long time supporter of Moscow 57, lending her creative talents whenever possible. We are excited to have her as a part of our series for the summer.
Originally from Binghamton, New York, photographer and artist Daniel Root began his career in 1984 doing production stills, video shoots, and portraiture for theater, television, entertainment and corporate clients. In 1987, Daniel began experimenting with fine art photography, photographing abstract forms found in nature and exploring the printing process, using multiple negatives and repeated images on large paper. By 1991, he had eliminated the camera from the process, creating abstract images directly on sheets of color film, on the surface of glass, and recently on copper. Within the last few years Daniel has revisited photography, exploring shadows, non-traditional printing surfaces and composites.
By day, Rina is a graphic designer attempting to organize the world with inventive visuals conveying data, images and words. Her work welcomes the eye and allows viewers a fresh experience in discovering new products, services and ideas. In her free time, however, the pendulum swings the other way as she celebrates the tumultuous nature of a visual cacophony. Her drawings emphasize line with a limited use of color to provide a system of notations. Perspectives and proportions may clash, but the illustration creates an organic world of controlled chaos and one can feel as if they are rapidly weaving throughout the artwork.
Yuka Imata was born in Sapporo, Japan. She moved to Boston where she earned a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art. After spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, she decided to move to New York. She gained essential knowledge on painting figures at the Art Students League of New York where she won two prestigious grants to travel throughout Spain for 6 months. Upon her return, she focuses on portrait painting while also exploring other subject matters, such as landscape painting and still life.
Leslie Thresher has been a photographer, photography historian, curator and art conservator, as well as a leader of two rock
bands. Painting, drawing and printmaking have always been constants throughout her life. She currently lives in Harlem, works
as a surgical technologist and studies Buddhism.
To initiate work I like to employ the Surrealist’s method of random markings, chance, and happy accident to tap into the power of suggestion as a means of mining the unconscious. In much of my works on paper I use the resist technique between crayon and paint. I often begin a piece by drawing “blind” with white crayon on white paper, then let the application of paint reveal content and guide me as I work up the rest of the picture.
Emilie, a third-generation painter, is the daughter of Noel Rockmore (sometimes referred to as the Picasso of New Orleans). Rockmore is well known, for painting more than 800 portraits of the musicians of Preservation Jazz Hall. Emilie has been painting for more than 30 years, and now regularly sketches the musicians working in New Orleans today. She was always a painter first, but in the past two years, drawing has taken precedence and, happily, a sketchpad is well suited to the environment of music clubs.