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9th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

This year’s 9th Annual Abstraction International Art Exhibition continues the tradition to showcase artists from far and wide who are able to create personalized expression that delves into the inner dimensions of emotion and thought. From nearly 400 entries, 72 artists were selected. The following are comments about specially recognized works that seem to capture a real sense of originality.

Joyce Waddell Bailey of Estero, Florida has some wonder oil paintings that are richly painted. One of the most rhythmic is "Jack in the Beanstalk" in which one gets the effect of being inside a beanstalk with the bright red and green give bold strength to the beanstalk.

Ray Chen of Terre Haute, Indiana has been developing a series dealing with the concept of mother and child. All of his abstract stoneware and earthenware pieces are especially raw and expressive. In this show, “Mother and Child 2” and “Mother and Child 4” are quite rich in texture and color, the latter having a strong directional forcefulness.

John Cinco of Staten Island, New York uses Corel Painter X to explore a rich spontaneity that he is able to create with such a software. It’s quite admirable to be able to show the organic expressiveness using the computer as seen in his "2007-08-23".

Ioana Datcu of Vermont, Illinois presents “String Theory Explained #1” in her oil on canvas symphony of a massing of loosely and expressive curvilinear movement in polychromatic chroma. This rather large painting shows an intense excitement and energy.

Ludwig (Doc) Dochtermann of Bedford, New York brings together various mixed imagery to the show. His “Ventilated Composition” is richly presented in an asymmetrically symmetrical arrangement of mixed and brightly colored metals.

Antonella Jelitro of Rome, Italy has two magnificent acrylic works that demand attention. “Fiore di Cristallo (Crystal Flower)” and “Frammento di Stella (Fragment of Star)” are exceptional geometric orchestrations.

Hyoung Seok Kim of Logan, Utah submitted five sculpture pieces that are quite remarkable in concept and technical expertise. “My Generosity” in plywood suggests giving via the four extensions at the top of the work; “Offspring VI” incorporates plywood as well with small orange, green and white plastic pieces that seem to grow out of a well developed tubular structure; in “Talking with Earth” the artist uses the plywood construction in an organic human-like abstracted form with a green colored string material that extends from the head form down to the ground; “The Seed” is another richly textured formation using the constructed plywood with steel, plastic and paint; and “Three Communicators” adds a gloss effect to three figures with horn or trumpet-like extensions from the head form, all balanced on an inverted cone that is attached to an upright larger cone base - and with a motor this must be quite arresting especially with the tension felt in the meeting of the two cones. We are quite proud to represent these truly stunning works of art.

Auo Krtikashyan of Sylmar, California uses oil to create “Experimental Evidence” which shows an unusual combination of textural effects dramatically staged with a red and black contrast subdivision with an overlay of light blue running stripes down the middle that unites the light and dark areas.

Victoria Lenne of Knoxville, Tennessee is dealing with the concept of aftermath. In her work “Aftermath I” she shows a soft grayish field with large gestural black markings through the middle. In “Aftermath II” the same approach is used with a complementary soften green field with the addition of a few horizontal red bands that emerge across. Aqua and gold are used with black and white to show a very active expression in her “Aftermath V”. And in “Aftermath VI” the richness is such as to make a kind of depth in the treatment of her quite varied markings.

Connie Livingston-Dunn of Springville, Tennessee takes advantage of her digital knowledge to create some very interesting collages. “Brahma Gupta Crevice” is one of those in which flower-like images composed of fanciful curvilinear constructions overlay a soften patterned backdrop.

Mark Marrara of Milwaukee, Wisconsin develops numerous folds in an aluminum-like material creating a rich pattern of light and dark and angular shapes. “Chromed Souls (Sketch)” is one such work. Especially nice is his “Red Folds” which is of acrylic on canvas.

Michael Martino of Dover, New Jersey uses the grain of the wood with a kind of thick black paint to create “No 71 Black Dragon Over Yellow River” where the large horizontal geometric shape complements the organic shaping of a river where the wood grain adds to the interpretation.

Marcia Middleton of San Francisco, California again graces this year’s show with her tremendous mixed media on canvas works. All five pieces are remarkably exciting in the rich interplay of her signature looping technique. One of the pieces that approaches a vastness through the size variation is “Micro Tumult” where the various groupings are rather well balanced throughout.

Aysel Miman of Izmir, Turkey brings strength and subtlety to her paintings with mixed media. One of the strongest is “Nearbye and Distant Images IV” in which the overall green coloration gives way to smaller areas of light blue, red, black and white that are nicely centrally patterned.

Mary E. Morgan of Dallas, Texas adds dimension to her work in “Rottenberg” using mixed media on paper with poured plastic. The contrast of the stationary black rectangle with the richly patterned and colored folding are quite dramatic.

Selena Nawrocki of Valdosta, Georgia has mastered a wonderfully crafted style using mixed media. The strong metal framing of the shaped structures encasing the softer inner painting works quite well in two pieces: “Velocity” and “Vertigo”, the latter having stair-like imagery to illustrate the idea of dizziness.

NovA of West Nyack, New York has an interesting graphic configuration interpreting the “59th St. Bridge” in New York. The strong black linear movement is striking and the large curvilinear movement against the gridded and rectilinear adds force to the arrangement.

Lance Aram Rothstein of Hudson, Florida has a keen eye for dynamic visual relationships as seen in his photography. “Green Relationship Ybor City” is one of those in which is represented a section of a physical tree counterplayed with the shadow of another tree; the shadow of a upreaching hand is an added bonus in terms of the idea of relationships. Another special work is his “Relationship of Shadows No. 2” wherein he captures a marvelous interplay of cast shadows.

David Sapp of Huron, Ohio masters graphite in several of his drawings in the show. Of particular note is “Untitled” (2) and “Untitled” (4) in which a large organic shape interacts with the large gestural curvilinear movements.

Nicky Y. Schleider of Baltimore, Maryland shows a signature style that is fresh and direct. One of her more interesting works is “The Art of Non-Communication” which is such an unusual consideration expanding upon the dimension of her understanding of human interaction as seen in her other works.

Lavinia Branca Snyder of New York, New York is represented by several outstanding digital works using Adobe Photoshop in order to show wonderful textural environments especially in her works “Big”, “Didactic” and “No Way Out”. The placement of geometric triangular shapes in the context of such an organic rhythm is striking.

Dominic K. Sparano of Huntingston Sta., New York shows some rather earthy ceramic pieces that in their abstract nature create an interactive grouping. The concavity and convexity of "Aiki Jutsu" tends to make them more compelling.

Janna Stern of Santa Monica, California shows a strong red, green and black and white arrangement that is curiously titled “Aging Raging” with rich textural treatments. The bulbous-like forms seem to crowd out the inner detailing. In her piece “Blips at Dawn” there is an intriguing playfulness in the circular and rectangular, the light and dark and the amorphous and clear parts.

Robin Street-Morris of St. Louis, Missouri brings her imagination and expertise in watercolor and colored pencil to the show. “Formation II” is one of her most attractive pieces that shows a wonderful organic rhythm of cool blue cup-like organic forms flowing and floating above a richly warm textured ground formation.

Lucia Trifan of Quartier d’Orleans, Saint Martin, FWI has one of the most outstanding works in the exhibition with her mixed media piece entitled “Organic Garden”. Herein is a rich explosion of painterly quality in a red, green and blue with black and white contrast. The lusciousness of the paint is terrific indeed!

Phillip A. Windell (aka paw fotograf) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has such a gift with photography and in his work “Untitled 3” he captures a well lit and strong composition of a highly textured area showing various cracks meeting a thicker surface.

Jeong Han Yun of San Francisco, California has the only handmade paper works this year. One of the strongest in the square formatted series is “Where is Zen 07-12” with the very diverse textures suggesting a roughness and smoothness with the red and yellow accents.

Annette Zalanowski of Altoona, Pennsylvania is a master of detail. Her mixed media piece “BabyBabble” is so unique as a subject matter in the even spread composition that groups of letters and various playful shapes are placed together so as to suggest the babbling of a baby - quite nice! Another great attention to detail is her work “Sea Life” with its large swirls and intricate patterns in a very nice lower saturated color scheme.

Finally, congratulations to so many wonderful and very talented artists who have so graciously shared their visual insights into the highly imaginative world of abstraction.


Larry Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art