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Judge Realty Visits Laney Contemporary Gallery

Photography by Kevin Cooley

Judge Realty agents recently enjoyed a private tour of Laney Contemporary Gallery. Owner Susan Laney conducted an informative tour of the current Will Penny exhibition titled ‘en plein air.’Laney Contemporary

The installation includes mixed and alternative media work, mirrored works, holographs, video projections, and levitating sculptures.Laney ContemporaryLaney ContemporaryLaney Contemporary Interior Photography by David Kaminsky

A biography from Penny’s website www.willpenny.com supplies the following background information about the artist: “Will Penny (b. 1984) was raised in Southern Ontario and currently resides in Savannah, Georgia. He has received a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a BFA and MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Penny’s artworks dissolve traditional boundaries of art and design. His art explores tensions between the tangible space a painting inhabits, the impact of digital technology on fabricated forms and illusionistic environments. By creating systems of interactivity with digital technologies, his art confronts the way information is generated, transmitted and received. He has exhibited in The United States and Canada.” Gallery owner, Susan Laney, is an independent curator and director of Laney Contemporary Fine Art with more than 20 years experience in the fine art market. Laney specializes in photography and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists with a focus on the South. Laney has curated group and solo exhibitions in galleries, colleges, and museums. The Will Penny ‘en plein air installation can be viewed until November 10. The gallery is located at 1810 Mills B Lane Blvd. Gallery hours are Tues-Fri 11 am5pm and Sat 11am-2pm or by appointment. Please visit Will Penny at www.willpenny.com and the Laney Contemporary Gallery at www.laneycontemporary.com

“Come Rain or Come Shine,” Susie King Taylor Community School receives artwork donation from Judge Realty

Lori Judge at Judge Realty Judge Realty Founder and CEO Lori Judge recently donated artwork entitled “Come Rain or Come Shine” to The Susie King Taylor Community School.Lori Judge at Judge Realty

The artwork was created by Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos. It consists of brightly colored, over-sized raindrops, two clouds and rainbow created out of thick blocks of foam. It was initially hung as a temporary art installation on the facade of Judge Realty’s office at 347 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. When the work came down, Judge was looking for a permanent home for the works and approached the new Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS). Commenting on the donation Lori Judge states, “Judge Realty could not be happier that their temporary public art installation Come Rain or Come Shine’ has found a permanent home at the Susie King Taylor Community School. Artists Ben Tollefson and Elmer Ramos’s smile producing rainbow can now be an inspiration to the creative, artistic spirit of all SKTCS students. Judge Realty wishes them all sunny days and clear sailing through their academic careers and beyond.”Artwork donated by Judge Realty

When artist Elmer Ramos was asked about his thoughts regarding the donation, he commented, “Having the support of Judge Realty on this unique opportunity will always be an unforgettable and rewarding experience. But I find it even more rewarding to know that the installation will have a new life, being experienced again by children on the daily.”

SKTCS is in its second year of operation and is located at 1709 Bull Street. SKTCS has 216 students from kindergarten through fifth grade in the building this year. The school will grow to eighth grade by 2021, with the hopes of adding a high school.

Artwork donated by Judge RealtyRooted in the concept of learning through experience, SKTCS offers a progressive curriculum built around placed-based education, personalized learning, and character development, taught using a peaceful schools model. Students in the building have commented on how beautiful the rainbow, clouds, and raindrops are and how much they enjoy looking at them when they arrive each morning. The SKTCS art teacher, Paige Byrne, shares, “Having the artwork in the building lifts your spirits as you move through the hallway. It helps us to look up and lifts us to new heights!”

Judge Realty Art Collection Adds Plastic Sunset, McQueen’s Island, 2016

Plastic Sunset at Judge RealtyJudge Realty Founder and CEO Lori Judge recently added a new piece to her thoughtfully
curated art collection. The piece titled Plastic Sunset; McQueen’s Island by artist Harry Delorme
was part of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum’s “Making Waves “exhibition. Making Waves
is a Collective Perspective on the Pollution of our Waterways. The exhibition featured twelve
local artists making statements about the critical issue of water pollution.

Artist Harry Delorme composed an informative biography and a description of his Plastic Sunset
composition:

“For more than 30 years, I have used found materials in my paintings and installations, many of
which deal with environmental concerns such as development, habitat loss, global warming, and
plastic pollution. My recent works, since 2012, include functional items made from found plastic
objects, photographs, map and photo-based relief paintings and assemblages made with plastic
items retrieved from the banks of the Savannah River near the McQueen’s Island Trail. “Plastic
beaches” – sites where postconsumer plastic washes up on riverbanks and shorelines – are an
increasing and disturbing phenomenon. Works in my current series include representations of
the historic trail, painted from satellite maps or from landscape photographs I take on site.
These paintings are color matched and covered with found plastic objects washed up on the
shores of the Savannah River near the trail. These items – which are dumped into waterways,
washed away during storms, lost or tossed overboard from watercraft – include a wide cross-section
of consumer plastic items. In the world’s oceans, huge swaths of floating plastic bottle
caps, cigarette lighters, toothbrushes, and smaller plastic particles lurk just under the waves
great garbage gyres. These items are sometimes consumed by and kill birds, fish, and other sea
life. Even more insidious are microplastic particles and fibers found throughout our local
waterways and in local marine life. If we are serious about the health of our oceans and coastal
environments, we must educate people about the consequences of the St. Patrick’s Day plastic
mug tossed into the Savannah River, the cigarette lighter casually dropped from the side of a
fishing boat or pleasure craft, and the countless other plastic items that are released into our
waterways on a daily basis as well as the choices we make each day as consumers.”

The Judge Art Collection focuses on the issues of energy, the economy, and the environment.
Plastic Sunset fits perfectly with the Collection’s themes.

To view the entire Judge Art Collection please visit https://www.judgecollection.com/
Several pieces of the Collection may also be viewed by visiting the Judge Realty Historic District
office at 347 Abercorn Street.

For more information about the Ships of the Sea Making Waves Initiative please visit
http://www.shipsofthesea.org/makingwaves

PIECE FOR MAKING WAVES
Plastic Sunset, McQuee’s Island, 2016
Found plastic from Savannah River over acrylic on panel
19 1/2″ x 25 1/2″

Judge Realty visits Cedric Smith’s Studio

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Judge Realty agents recently had the pleasure of visiting local artist Cedric Smith in his Savannah studio. Cedric is well known for his photography skills and many of you may recognize his name from photo credits in Savannah Magazine, Garden and Gun, and other high profile publications. However, Cedric is also internationally known for his painting skills. In Cedric’s thoughtfully curated studio, Judge agents were able to view completed works as well as works in progress. It was an enlightening morning learning more of what inspires Cedric and his artistic process.

A biography of Cedric posted on his Facebook page states:

“Cedric Smith is a self-taught artist and photographer who while eschewing the “so-called rules of art”, has created a personal genre of work. He draws on a wide range of influences and sources, both traditional and contemporary, and which include landscape art, pop art, brand advertising and photography to express his poignant observations of life in the rural south. A prolific artist, Smith works with a honed discipline on his compositions, seamlessly morphing photographic images into his richly textured pieces, applying and removing layers and lettering.”

Anyone interested in seeing more of Cedric’s exceptional work, please follow his Instagram account @cedricsmithstudio, his Facebook posts, and his website cedricsmithphotography.com.

Come Rain or Come Shine

Judge Realty in Savannah GaJudge Realty presents “Come Rain or Come Shine,” a public art installation by Savannah, GA-based artist Ben Tollefson and Indiana-based artist Elmer Ramos. The piece is the fourth iteration of Judge Realty’s sponsorship of public art projects and was conceived through the collaborative joining of two distinct art practices. The artwork is a whimsical interpretation of local weather patterns such as short bursts of afternoon rain, common in the summer months in Savannah. “Come Rain or Come Shine” borrows its name from the title of a song by Savannah native Johnny Mercer.

Judge Realty in Savannah GACome Rain or Come Shine” is comprised of numerous low -relief sculptures of elements of weather; clouds and raindrops figure prominently, while a massive rainbow hovers at the top of the composition. The artists combined elements of each of their respective artistic practices in the conception of the project. Ramos, a trained printmaker, employs techniques of the printmaking craft to new and surprising ends. He is known for his blends of vibrant color, which he isolated through the cutting and collaging of bold, abstracted shapes. This use of color and shape informs the simple, but radiant elements in the project. Tollefson, an oil painter, creates images of imagined environments. These environments frequently include clouds and rainbows as sculptures that exist only in the paintings. Like Ramos, Tollefson embraces a saturated color palette. The sculptures are mounted on the thin rods off the facade of the Judge Realty building, creating depth and dramatic shadows in the sunny spring weather, and providing a joyous backdrop for visitors. The project is a bold, vibrant, and playful setting, a bright contrast to the subdued color and dappled sunlight that characterizes downtown historic Savannah.

Members of the public are invited to a free block party to celebrate the opening of the installation on Friday, April 6 from 4 – 7 pm, which includes games, drinks, and refreshment.

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.

Judge Realty adds ‘Federal Reserve Note’ by Jason Hughes to the Permanent Art Collection

The Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection was founded on the principles of environment, economy, and energy- the three are not only the foundational cornerstones of the collection, but the business as well. On a recent trip to New York, founder and broker-in-charge, Lori Judge had the opportunity of adding a piece, Federal Reserve Note, to the collection that is a direct representation of the economic ideology Judge supports: a free and fair market. Jason Hughes is a Baltimore based artist whose work so perfectly parallels the ideals of Judge and her company that the connection with his work was instantaneous.Federal Reserve Note by Jason HughesFederal Reserve Note by Jason Hughes

“I want everyone to see his work in an artistic and educational way. What he’s talking about is really important because so many people are unaware about current economic issues. His work is the first step in starting that conversation and allowing everyone to understand what’s happening,” said Judge.Image Courtesy of Jason HughesImage Courtesy of Jason Hughes

Hughes’s work is rooted in the abstract relationship between labor, value, and wealth, focusing on the deconstruction and repurposing of physical currency. The irony of Hughes’s discussion about currency and its cultural valuation is that when creating another recent work, Evergreen, the Federal Reserve gave him 1000 pounds of shredded, decommissioned currency, about $2.5 million that he then used to produce other forms of currency.Image Courtesy of Jason HughesImage Courtesy of Jason HughesImage Courtesy of Jason Hughes

Evergreen, a decaying pyramid built with blocks made from shredded cash has never been more relevant. Hughes said, “It’s really about how unfettered capitalism and money in politics are eroding our democracy. A pyramid is not just architectural, it’s representative of a hierarchy, and in Evergreen the hierarchy is crumbling.”

Hughes said, “Working on Evergreen was actually really fun, there were lots of happy accidents. I started washing the money to prep the material for casting bricks. By the end of the day what was left was this oily, brown, smelly water. It was fascinating to see the residue from our daily transactions, something that connects all of us as it passes through our hands. In a sense these transactions almost function on an energetic level because currency flows between us, connecting every laborer, consumer, and billionaire throughout the world. All of our hands are dirty. So I boiled this residue down until it was this thick, muddy sludge that now I’m using as a watercolor pigment. It’s all still in a very crude phase but it’s about the inevitable contradictions between the environment and the economy. A radical change is necessary to slow down climate change and the current economic policies of endless growth are only worsening the situation. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein really inspired me when I thought about what to create with the pigment. I immediately started sketching landscapes that are threatened by neoliberal policies and climate change due to those policies over the last 30 years.”

To learn more about Jason Hughes and his work visit jason-hughes.net or come see the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection at 347 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA.

Studio Visit with Marcus Kenney

Marcus Kenney’s work embodies the bizarre boldness of the south in a manner as true and transparent as his dialect and demeanor. On a recent visit with Kenney, we talked about art, culture, the south, and even the television show “Naked and Afraid,” all while shuffling around his methodically berzerk studio. “Yeah, it’s chaos,” he laughed with a drawl so honest I was immediately on a farm in Louisiana.Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus KenneyJudge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus Kenney

Kenney, a Savannah transplant of fifteen years, has shown his work in New York, London, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Paris, New Orleans and St Louis. His work is less of a studied idea of the south and more of a literal explosion of unabashed brain trust. “I like to create problems for myself. I create the problem, then I look around and see what’s here that can help me solve it,” he said.Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus KenneyJudge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus Kenney

Looking around his studio, it’s easy to see that his process is unlike anyone else I’ve met and his connection with the history of his work is unparalleled. “I was in Atlanta with a buddy, he was shopping for something for a client. We went into this interior design store and after five minutes I had to get the hell out. I found this abandoned house and went in to poke around and found this old rusted tin can. I loved it; who used it? What did they do? Where were they from? It told such a story,” he said. Kenney, moving more into self taught traditional painting practices now said, “That’s my problem with the paint: there’s no history. With found objects, people already have a connection with them, they have an intrinsic history about them. But with paint? You’re telling a story on your own and the connection is solely from the image you create.” Kenney’s past works have all been sculpture, collage, or a beautifully weird mixture of the two. Now, he’s created yet another problem: what to create without that history.Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus KenneyJudge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus Kenney

His work is like going to a flea market in New Orleans where all of the proprietors are lounging in caftans smoking opium and drinking absinthe- it’s stunning -as if Toulouse Lautrec had a lovechild with Nina Simone and that child embodied both of their experiences. “I found this baby doll in a flea market and became obsessed with it, so I made 300 of them and put them on the steps of The Telfair,” he said, “The ideas always come from something I find that I can’t get out of my head. Then I make something with it or a new version of it.”Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus KenneyJudge Realty Permanent Art Collection | Marcus Kenney

For more information about Marcus Kenney visit http://www.marcuskenney.com/ or come see his work in The Judge Realty Permanent Collection at 347 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia.

Photography: Heath Daniel, Judge Realty Creative Director

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