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Intersection


Video: Tristan Kim | Music: Will Robinson

To the Judge Realty team and all involved, the Intersection Block Party represented more than just a celebration of hard work and stunning art – it was a chance for the community to come together in a place where art can thrive. Lori Judge has made it her goal to allow Judge Realty to always be a place of opportunity for artists to express themselves and grow, involving the community and making art as public and accessible as possible. Intersection was nothing short of a behemoth effort representative of Savannah’s love of public art, involving many moving parts and hard working tastemakers, art lovers, and savvy engineers. Lori Judge and her team endlessly thank artists Will Penny, Liz Winnel, Britt Spencer and Matt King, Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, structural engineer Cody Tharpe and contractor Paul Miller, Big Bon Pizza, The Telfair Museums and Stephanie Raines for spearheading their new initiative #art912, and of course, W Projects, and the willingness to expand the definition of public art by the Historic Board of Savannah, without whom Intersection would still be just an idea. Intersection, Judge’s Third Annual Public Art Project, saw more positive feedback and community support than any before, and in the hope that we can continue to bring amazing works to the forefront of community visibility, we thank all who support us in our efforts.

Tangent (South Carolina) by Henry Dean added to the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Henry Dean | Judge RealtyConceptually inspired by the plein air landscapes of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, Henry Dean’s series Sluice contemplates the intersection of art and nature. “Van Gogh loved the cycles of nature, his work was more about art as a way of living and manifesting a desire to be outdoors than just the observable world,” Dean said. “I grew up on farms, in the woods, my father was a beekeeper: so working outdoors seemed only natural for me. In the 90’s I focused on several sustained responsive drawings, observing a landscape for a long period of time (hours, days, weeks) and would draw the feeling, rather than the specific geography.”11403075_715811558564222_5959024430602868923_n (1)Henry Dean | Judge Realty In his most recent set of works, Dean went in a new direction: subversive paintings. “I came to Savannah to teach and saw an opportunity to remake my practice and do something completely different with no expectations. Traditional painting doesn’t reflect the experience of a place or, typically, the process of creating the work; I thought, ‘how do I represent the true meaning of the landscape as I see it?’.” Dean focused his energy on finding out what it meant to be in nature under the guise of a recognizable painting: how could he, almost completely, remove himself from the process and let the art be the experience of nature itself? He’s happy with the outcome, he says, “They have this experimental quality, but at the same time I felt like I had to stay on top of the process. It’s great to have Lori add the work to her collection. I’m grateful for that.” Dean’s process is, in a word, the way he describes the lowcountry: tidal. “There’s this amazing quality to Savannah where everything seems to wash in and out. I liked that aspect of the work as well; I left the canvases in the water and there’s a stillness about the works, in the way they’re being prepared, but then nature takes over,” he said. Leaving the canvases in the marsh for weeks at a time, allowing nature to fully engulf them, Dean achieved his balance: an ethereal, honest depiction of what life in the lowcountry feels like.Henry Dean | Judge RealtyHenry Dean | Judge RealtyHenry Dean | Judge Realty Dean said his process is less about painting with nature and more about allowing nature to create a visual representation of the experience. “We have this odd relationship with the force of nature. We talk about how it’s this beautiful thing, but we rarely fully observe it.”Henry Dean | Judge Realty To see Henry Dean’s piece Tangent (South Carolina) and the rest of the Judge Realty Permanent Collection (founded in 2014, focused around the ideals of environment, economy, and energy) stop in to Judge Realty at 347 Abercorn Street.

Photographs: Provided by Henry Dean

Year in Review

2015 was extraordinary at Judge Realty. As our tenth year in business commenced, we set a goal to make the most of our time and commitment to the community by giving back and highlighting how we got to a decade in business.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Savannah Mossterpiece | As one of the largest highlights in Savannah this year, the event featured the first ever eco-friendly public art project in the Southeast. Using moss as a medium, artist Jamie Bourgeois transformed the facade of the Judge Realty office to reflect sustainability, community and growth. The response from the community was incredible, provoking new conversations of how a city views public art.

To celebrate the installation and the 10 year anniversary, Judge Realty held a fundraiser for Art Rise Savannah, to help raise funds and awareness for public art projects and other community art projects. Local artists donated decorated terra cotta pots as silent auction items. The event was able to raise over $2,500 for Art Rise.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 | Each year Georgia Trend magazine chooses a hand-full of Georgian business leaders who have shown exemplary commitment to their community through their business. In the 2015 year, Georgia Trend selected Lori Judge as one of the top 40 under 40 making a difference in the State and community.

In September, Lori was given recognition of the award in Atlanta, Georgia.. Georgia Trend highlighted Lori’s excellence in supporting the arts community, promoting eco-friendly and sustainable communities as well as advancing business.Year in Review | Judge Realty

The Power of the Sun | This year Judge Realty installed solar panels on the roof of the office in downtown Savannah, allowing them to operate solely on solar power energy.

Very few commercial buildings have installed solar panels in historic downtown Savannah. Judge Realty’s goal is that by being one of the first to have a commercial property run solely on solar energy, a city wide trend in committing to saving energy will start.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Judge Realty Permanent Collection | 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 patrons to enjoy at Judge Realty.

Presently, with over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive. Throughout the 2015 year, Judge Realty increased the collection by acquiring regional artists such as Jimmy O’Neal, Katherine Sandoz and Hiromi Moneyhun.

We look forward to so many new and exciting announcements in 2016. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Moth-terpieces

Moth-terpieces | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we explore the Judge Realty permanent art collection and one of the newest pieces Moth #1 by paper cut artist Hiromi Moneyhun.

Moth #1 was included in the exhibition Story Line: Wiley, Howard and Moneyhun, the marquee visual art event of Westobou Festival held every year in Augusta, Georgia. Curated by Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, the exhibition explored social, mythical and cultural themes connected by the most foundational of artistic ideas – the line.Moth-terpieces | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Moneyhun, originally from Kyoto, Japan, moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004, where she began to expand her craft. Using the tradition of Kiri-e, or Japanese paper cutting, Moneyhun exercises an exacting method to produce hand-cut paper works of astounding complexity and rich detail. Beginning with a line drawing, the artist uses a fine blade knife-wielded technique with a remarkably steady hand to carve the image out of black archival paper. The delicate works are then mounted away from the wall, creating textured patterns of light and shadow.

With no formal training, Moneyhun has developed a unique voice combining traditional Japanese visual art forms with the modernity. The most obvious reference is to Edo period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), which had a major influence on her early budding artist mind.

As with woodblock prints, Moneyhun’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multi-step process, which produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her pieces invite the viewer to reach out and touch the images. Like the works of all the great masters, Moneyhun’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person.

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. They are very pleased to add Moneyhun’s Moth #1 to their collection. Presently, with over 30 pieces of art, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Tobia Makover and Myself a Memory

Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryTobia Makover, fine art photographer and mixed-media artist in Savannah, Georgia will hold her fall exhibition Tobia Makover – Myself a Memory Friday, November 20th, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at 201 East Charlton Street.

The event is free and open to the public. Fellow artist, exhibit designer and preparator at Telfair Museum of Art, Heath Ritch will be installing the exhibition.Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryCurated by acclaimed artist Marcus Kenney, the exhibition brings hundreds of pieces together specifically designed for the location. This is Kenney’s first time curating Makover’s work which makes the experience of working with long-time friend and fellow SCAD alumni, Makover, even more special.

Kenney states, “Tobia’s images hold my attention like few others and the truth is that it is what I do not or cannot see in them that captivates me the most. It is my goal with this installation to show a side of her work that few get to witness and to share those memories the way my mind sees them. To see them not as a patron or student but as a memory of myself and ourselves. Her images are our memories, our childhood, our fantasies and our fears.Tobia Makover and Myself a Memory”Makover’s work is renowned for creating intrigue using timeless imagery combined with Fayum, a unique process of encaustic waxing that dates back to 1st century Egypt.

“This is my first solo show in Savannah since 2011 and I could not be more excited to be working with both Marcus Kenney and Judge Realty. I have known Marcus for 20 years starting as photography students at SCAD. I have known Lori for over 10 years, have photographed her son and have seen the growth of both our businesses over the years. I am beyond thrilled to have some of my longtime colleagues and friends be a part of this event,” says Makover.

The event space at 201 East Charlton Street overlooks historic Lafayette Square and is sponsored by Judge Realty. The property was built in 1852 for Major John Gallie, an officer in the Confederate Army. Designed by John Norris, Savannah’s most prominent colonial architect, this historically significant building lends a perfect atmosphere for the event.Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryJudge Realty has been an advocate of the public and private art sector in Savannah and has brokered locations for both public art productions and pop up venues. Lori Judge of Judge Realty mirrors the excitement of the show and its significance, “Tobia has been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s a pleasure to support Tobia’s event while continuing my mission of supporting local and regional artists. Because of invested artists like Tobia, the Savannah’s artistic economy is becoming more stable.”

Makover, born and raised in Atlanta, is a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate in Photography and has been living as a full-time artist in Savannah for over 10 years.

Internationally acclaimed, Makover has exhibited all over the world including at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, Les Ateliers de L’Image in St. Remy, France, PH-Neutro in Verona, Italy, the Griffin Museum in Boston, MA, AIPAD in New York, NY, and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA.

For more information about the event visit the facebook event page.

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.

Shields Up by Anna Fox Ryan

Anna Fox Ryan | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we take another look into the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection, the recently acquired piece Shields Up by artist Anna Fox Ryan.

Shields Up is a charcoal on Rives BFK paper piece that is a part of Ryan’s Power Series. The purpose of the series was to reflect and investigate power and energy as they both conflict in relationships.

“In using power structures, I wanted to explore the relationship of energy and how it was exchanged. Was it positive or negative? Was it developed and grown? I used charcoal in bursts of the powder instead of clean lines, almost in a spitfire as they engaged with one another,” says Ryan about the series.

Anna Fox Ryan energy paintings began with the observation of industrial energy, and evolved into the observations of electromagnetic fields in living beings, commonly called the energy body or aura. Her interest in energy fields started at a young age and have, over time, progressed into a full education in shamanism. A Fine Arts, magna cum laude, graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Ryan is based in Philadelphia. Ryan also lectures on drawing and energy throughout the country.

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. Presently, with over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Through the Looking Glass – Artist Jimmy O’Neal

Through the Looking Glass - Artist Jimmy O''Neal | Judge RealtyThrough the Looking Glass - Artist Jimmy O''Neal | Judge Realty

This week we take another look into the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. Lamb Line and O Geronimo, no minor ego, are two pieces by the Atlanta­-born artist and SCAD alumni, Jimmy O’Neal.

O’Neal is well known for his fascination with the time ­space continuum that draws him to the far corners of both the arts and science. He received a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1985 and graduated with a degree in painting. During his time there, Jimmy combined his equal fascination with physics and biology into his art. Using reflective or mirrored paint (the artist invented) and plexiglass, O’Neal creates interactive pieces that encourage the viewer’s metaphysical response.

The two pieces Lamb Line and O Geronimo are executed with scientifically augmented materials such as colorless paint which brilliantly reflects light as a mirror when applied on sanded plexiglass. Each piece captures its surroundings in real time allowing it to constantly change and react with the viewer.

O’Neal has said about his work, “I wanted to create a mirrored, sculptured mural in an active environment where visitors become a part of the artwork through the reflection of their own images, the colors of the clothes they are wearing, their jewelry, and their random, unconscious movements.”

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. Presently, with over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

katherine sandoz joins Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Judge Realty adds Katherine Sandoz painting, Double Blaze to permanent art collection.

Judge Realty has added another piece to the Permanent Collection for the year 2015, katherine sandoz’s double blaze no. 2.

Judge commissioned double blaze no. 2 after seeing sandoz’s (color fields) double blaze that depicted a sunset and bonfire that took place at Temple’s Farm, Lori Judge’s farm in Metter, Georgia. As a nod to the 10 year anniversary and its owner/founder’s 40th year of life, sandoz cut the panel at 40″ square.  Fire’s myriad metaphors appeal to both artist and commissioner who share a joy for paint and its ability to communicate.

Savannah-based multi-media artist, katherine sandoz paints soft, luminous color field style paintings, of the Georgia landscape. She is known for examining everyday formations and offers work – in sizes varying from 24″ to 12′ x 12′ – that celebrates what is precious and unique. Analyzing and reframing small moments and neglected details of the day, sandoz covers large areas of her surfaces with thinned and fluid paint in loose abstractions, allowing the viewer to pay attention to what are essentially the backdrops of our everyday life – the natural landscape. A clever environmentalist, she makes a practice of using native, recycled, repurposed and up-cycled materials and playfully bonds them with conceptual twists and layered narratives.

double blaze is now a part of Judge Realty’s Permanent Collection that 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 now over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Man-Made Swamp

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Judge Realty continues to add to their Permanent Art Collection with the addition of Man-Made Swamp by Justin Ward. Purchased at SCAD’s Open Studios, the work caught the eye of lead broker and owner of Judge Realty, Lori Judge right away.

“It’s a photograph that can be easily mistaken for an abstract painting. When you look closely, it is land that has been manipulated and changed throughout time by man. I believe it’s incredibly important to think about and have conversations on our impact as humans on natural environments.”

The image comes from the series Unmanned Landscapes created throughout 2014 by Ward. The series explores the ways in which current unmanned aerial imaging technology, including satellites and civilian drones, can be utilized to experience the land in new ways.

Justin Ward is currently an MFA photography student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He also holds a degree in digital art from State University of New York College at Oneonta and a masters degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Blending influences from minimalism and abstract expressionism, his artwork is an investigation into altering a viewer’s expectations and perception of the land. He utilizes image-gathering techniques often found in map making and archeological research as a starting point for large-scale works then downloading satellite views from Google Earth and also flying a small commercially available drone to capture aerial photographs. These images are then composited together in a working method more closely aligned to the practices of collage artists or painters than to photographers. Wards notes, “This process literally deconstructs and then reconstructs the land in a new way giving renewed life and possibilities to places that are often seen as mundane.”

You can see Man-Made Swamp and other pieces in Judge Realty’s Permanent Art Collection at Judge Realty located at 347 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA.