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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.

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.

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.

Through the Looking Glass – Artist Jimmy O’Neal

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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.