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Judge Realty adds WANT by Lily Kuonen to the Permanent Collection

Faceless PortraitBorn on a pull-out couch in a free-standing kitchen in Arkansas, Lily Kuonen is anything but traditional. Kuonen seeks to defy the tradition of interdisciplinary correctness of creation with her work, exploring as many mediums as she can. “As an artist, when you have an idea, a concept, you have to see it through no matter what form it’s in,” she added. Kuonen graduated from SCAD with her MFA in painting and has spent the past eight years in the Southeast challenging artistic standards.WANT-New_860

Kuonen’s work Want was recently added to the Judge Permanent Collection, a perfect fit in her eyes. “A cinderblock is foundational, strong when it’s with other cinderblocks: it represents stability,” she said. The beauty of Kuonen’s work, however, is in the breakdown of that foundation. “A cinderblock may be strong, but when you remove a part of the whole, it becomes delicate, fragile.” Focusing on the deconstruction of something so visually stable, she wants to challenge what is “acceptable” in an artistic environment. With her work, she hopes to “engage a sense of desire to touch and interact with my work, I want people to want to touch my art, I want them to engage with it in a way that isn’t predicated.”

Naturally, working with concrete presented problems, “It’s difficult to make,” she laughed, “I used an angle grinder and always ended up covered in concrete dust. I showered 15 times trying to make this piece.” She said her initial inclination to concrete was natural, “Whenever I’m in my studio, my work isn’t constricted to paint and canvas, but when I do paint, I put the canvases on cinderblocks. Whatever’s in my studio is fair game.”Kuonen_L_06_860

Kuonen wants to create an entire typeface from cinderblocks. She’s currently writing grants to pursue this project, from there she can fill a gallery with tactile words and phrases. The idea came to her while she was looking at a digital clock, “Everything can be represented by that figure. Numbers, letters, I realized I could make any word or phrase from that basic shape.”

To see more of Kuonen’s work and learn more about her visit lilykuonen.com and stop by Judge Realty to view her piece and the rest of the Judge Permanent Collection at 347 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA.

A River’s Path

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we take a look at the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection with the moving piece Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Altamaha River GA by photographer/artist Ansley West Rivers.

Influenced by a three week trip through the Colorado River, Hatch Nuclear is part of the “Seven Rivers” series. The series challenges the idea behind the American River. It further explores the man-made impact on the river systems’ construct and flow.  The rivers in the series include the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson. The project also addresses the fragile state of freshwater across the United States.

“We stand at a precipice in the history of water.  How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water,” says Ansley. “Rivers across the world are experiencing changes in water levels, temperature, wildlife, and saltwater intrusion. The debate over water can only truly begin if we can connect ourselves to the rivers that sustain us.”

Constructed images on each film negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power, and the unquenchable demand for fresh water that is impossible for the eye alone to see. By placing various tools in front of her 4×5 camera, Ansley was able to expose specific areas allowing her to uniquely build each image.

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Ansley West Rivers is a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BFA from the University of Georgia.  She currently lives and works with her husband on their coastal Georgia farm.

The Judge Realty Permanent Collection started in early 2014. Built to showcase a private collection that is open to the public, the pieces are on rotation for guests and passerbyers to enjoy at Judge Realty. With 30 plus pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Difference Makes All the Difference

Ford Assembly Line

In 1912, a curious Henry Ford watched men cut meat during a tour of a Chicago slaughterhouse. The carcasses were hanging on hooks mounted on a monorail. After each man performed his job, he would push the carcass to the next station. When the tour was over, the guide said, ‘Well, sir, what do you think?’ Mr. Ford turned to the man and said, ‘Thanks, son, I think you may have given me a real good idea.’ Less than six months later, the world’s first mass assembly line started producing magnetos in the Ford Highland Park Plant.

One way to look at a problem or improve on what you already do is to look at other fields.  Especially looking at ideas that have been working in other fields for a long time, much like the slaughterhouse in Chicago.

In order to succeed in business, you not only have to think outside the box, you need to look at other boxes. Often times I don’t look to other brokerage companies to find inspiration, I look to my favorite retailers. One night when I was patrolling one of my favorite women’s clothing websites, La Garconne, I realized how much I liked the way shoes were displayed on the web page. The entire page  was filled with shoes in a beautiful layout. It led me to think how perfect it would be to display real estate listings the same way. The next day I called my web developer to change our website.

Since then I always look for ideas in unfamiliar places. I tend to catch some of the greatest ideas with my personal interests. Besides enjoying fashion, I am a contemporary art collector.  Every year I journey to Miami for one of the largest art fairs in the world, Art Basel.  I have been going since 2002.  During Art Basel a must-see for me is always a visit to the private art collections of  Martin Margulies and the Rubell Family Collection. These are private collections open to the public for view. I love the idea of private collections available for the public to access and experience. Most private collections are tucked away in homes or estates and never get seen. It inspires me so much that during my last trip to Basel I was able to purchase our first piece for the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. Since we have large storefront windows and are open 7 days a week, our clients, customers, and community can view our collection anytime. Our first piece, Kedgar Volta’s Urban Imposition is in the front window and can be viewed by pedestrians 24/7. We are the only real estate brokerage in our region to have a private/public art collection. In a short period of time our collection has gained local and national exposure.  Its another great way for people to learn about our company from something that is not about real estate.

Every great company has reinvented the industry it’s in. It’s no secret I love art and creative people. Most of my closest friends are artists.   When I think of my business, real estate brokerage, what we mainly do is market and sell real estate. When you think about it, we are truly a marketing firm.  When you look at traditional marketing and advertising firms they all have creative teams. This led me to developing an in-house Judge Realty creative team. We have an in-house graphic designer, photographer, social media manager, branding strategist, and PR agent. The norm in the industry is to sub out most of those duties and responsibilities to the agents, but in doing so leaves room for inconsistencies which lead to mediocrity.  Most important, we devise a marketing plan for each property in order to maximize our efforts which equates to great results and sales.

In the end, being different makes all the difference. Look to other industries for sources of new ideas. Have fun and never deny your own interests as places of inspiration.

Lori Judge opened Judge Realty in 2005 and has had a personal commitment to community involvement, lifestyle, and environmental integrity from the very start. She is one of Savannah’s only certified EcoBrokers and is a member of various local civic groups and organizations. These include the Telfair Museum, the SCAD Museum, the Davenport House, Savannah Tree Foundation, Georgia Conservancy, EcoBrokers, Flannery O’Connor House, Historic Savannah Foundation, US Green Building Council, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and Downtown Business Association. She also recently joined on as the newest member of the Board of Directors at The Creative Coast

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property management and rentals.

Judge Realty Adds to Permanent Art Collection with Arrangement 6

Judge Realty Adds to Permanent Art Collection with Arrangement 6Judge Realty Adds to Permanent Art Collection with Arrangement 6Video and Photography: Dylan Wilson

Judge Realty has added on to their permanent art collection with the new arrival of Arrangement 6,  a collaboration by Savannah artists Will Penny and Michael Porten.

Arrangement 6 is a multi dimensional piece that combines looped animation on an LED TV.  The design was a collaboration between the two artists originally commissioned for Westobou Festival in Augusta, Georgia.

Will Penny and Michael Porten are both alumni’s of Savannah College of Art and Design.  They have been widely recognized and praised by art publications such as Art in America, New American Paintings and The Oxford American

Judge Realty started the permanent art collection in 2014 with the first piece Urban Impositions by Kedgar Volta currently on loan at the Telfair’s Jepson Center. The purpose of the collection is to not only support local and regional artists but to share these pieces with the community.  Each piece is placed so that it is easily viewed through the windows of Judge Realty for passer byers to see.

For more information about the Judge Realty permanent art collection contact 912.236.1000.

Judge Realty Loans Urban Impositions to Telfair Museum

Kedge Volta is a part of the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection.


Judge Realty will be loaning out their Kedgar Volta Urban Impositions for the Telfair’s Savannah Collects showing at the Jepson Center October 3, 2014–January 18, 2015.

Telfair Museums teamed up with local collectors in the greater Savannah area to create an exhibit of beloved treasures housed throughout the community. From eighteenth and nineteenth century silver, furniture, paintings, and prints to modern and contemporary art, lenders to the exhibition each have graciously spared one beloved object from their collections for the duration of the show.

Judge Realty made the Volta piece a part of their permanent collection back in March, after a show held in Miami as a part of Art BaselLori Judge was immediately taken by the piece and knew it was going to be a great addition to the collection that she ultimately wanted to share with the community.

“My vision from the beginning was the idea of a private art piece displayed for the public to enjoy. Since Urban Impositions sits in the window of Judge Realty it was a great start to displaying works for the public.  When Telfair asked to borrow the piece for the exhibition I was thrilled.  The piece is now getting more exposure and public enjoyment which is thrilling to me because it is now bigger than my original vision.”

The reason behind this piece’s importance is how it relates to the local community.  While producing this series, Volta came up to the Hostess City and filmed pedestrians on the streets of downtown Savannah and placed them in his images. The people scene walking through the image are that of Savannah pedestrians.

Urban Impositions is a multimedia video and photography installation by Cuban artist Kedgar Volta. Inspired by the vacancy of the urban environments he found when he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, from his home in Havana, he used his artwork to underscore the absence of people by superimposing ghostly images of the population of other places in Jacksonville’s downtown scene.

Urban is one of many borrowed pieces from the community.  Approximately 25 works will be on display the entire duration of the exhibition. Each work is from a different collector. It runs October 3, 2014 through January 18, 2015.