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In addition to its commitment to green ideals, Judge Realty continues its legacy as a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of the arts.

In 2014, Judge Realty launched the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection to complement and expand its vision of a sustainable future. Lori Judge and her husband, Lou Thomann, had been collecting art for 15 years, and she was inspired to present some of those pieces after one of her numerous trips to Art Basel in Miami.
“I visited the Rubell Family Collection, and I loved the idea of a private collection available for public view,” she recalls.
She decided that Judge Realty deserved a collection all its own and began searching for its first acquisition. She found it in Urban Impositions by Florida-based artist Kedgar Volta, a moving projection of shadows and form. Since it was installed in the window of the Judge Realty downtown storefront office, Urban Impositions has been captivating the attention of passersby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—except for the few months it spent at the Jepson Center of the Arts as part of the “Savannah Collects” exhibit in 2015.

Embracing a dynamic breadth of media, the Judge Realty collection continues to grow and now includes Justin Ward’s aerial abstract Manmade Swamp and the haunting beauty of Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Altamaha, GA by photographer Ansley West Rivers.
Seeking out local and regional artists, Lori recently honed the focus of the collection to a three pronged-theme of environment, economy and energy. From sculpture to photography, animation to paint, the theme of how we power our world and how it affects its inhabitants and atmosphere is explored in this compelling, thoughtfully-curated assemblage.
“When the aspects of the environment, economy and energy are in balance, life on the planet thrives,” says Lori, who marked her first decade in business by converting her firm’s entire center of operations to solar energy.
“It’s important that we keep it all in harmony.”

An avid patron of public art, Lori also celebrated Judge Realty’s 10th anniversary by sponsoring a living mural on the office’s façade: Savannah’s Mossterpiece was created by fiber artist Jamie Bourgeois, who shaped pieces of growing green moss into a stunning scene of natural beauty.

This isn’t the first time the Judge Realty building has been offered up as a canvas: It also featured the upcycled foliage of Katherine Sandoz’s Flower Power in 2012. Judge Realty has sponsored numerous wall art projects around Savannah, including Candy Chang’s Before I Die, Matt Hebermehl’s Converse Wall to Wall, will continue to support the power of public art.

More individual pieces in the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection can be viewed on the blog, or drop by the solar-powered offices of Judge Realty to explore the work.

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 or come see the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection at 347 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA.

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

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 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 | 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.

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


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.

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.