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Mar 14, 2016 at 05:41 pm by mikewood

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Topaz Arts Woodside Opens New Exhibit

A Contemporary Exhibit of Collage, Assemblage, Sculpture & Installation

March 14, 2016 / Woodside Neighborhood / Art Scene in Queens / Queens Buzz. topaz arts gallery queens woodside

Last weekend I attended the opening reception at Topaz Arts in Woodside for Case Studies, which is an exhibition of contemporary collage, assemblage, sculpture & installation. The exhibit features five artists - Joseph Paul Fox, Ged Merino, Orange, Roger Rothstein and Junko Yamada who exhibited a variety of contemporary works.

I arrived around 3 pm on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. The temperature was in the 60’s and the door was wide open, welcoming the fresh Spring air and guests into the art gallery in Woodside. Along the front window there was a table of hors d’oeuvres and wine, while along the walls of the gallery were very neatly partitioned exhibits by each of the five artists.

The inspiration for the exhibit was an influential American artist, Joseph Cornell [1903 – 1972] who lived and created his artworks in Queens. Cornell was a pioneer in assemblage art and considered by many to be a Surrealist. He shunned the Surrealist label however, believing Surrealist artists’ works alluded to black magic, while his referenced his own private, poetic world using found objects. By the 1930’s he was a well-known New York assemblage artist, and appeared in numerous New York City metro art exhibits, including at the [then] new Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

Click here to view the rest of the story including photos and video about the new art exhibit, Case Studies, at Topaz Arts gallery in Woodside, Queens.

Topaz Arts Woodside Opens New Exhibit

A Contemporary Exhibit of Collage, Assemblage, Sculpture & Installation

March 14, 2016 / Woodside Neighborhood / Art Scene in Queens / Queens Buzz. Continued.

Thus the Topaz Art curators [and also co-Founders], Todd Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio, sought to exhibit New York City artistic works involving assemblage, which is the collection of found objects 'that belong together', in the artistic processes of sculpture, collage and installation.


Joseph Paul Fox - Manhattan Artist - Contemporary Assemblage Sculptures

brooklyn nyc artist joseph paul fox photoI started mingling and soon met Joseph Paul Fox who is originally from Brooklyn. Joseph had a number of works on display that were assemblages made primarily from wood. He took the wood, many of which appeared worn down by water and sand at the beach [driftwood] and assembled and sculpted them into beautiful three-dimensional artworks, resembling pictures, which conjured up a feeling of something real.

Joseph told me that this was his 73rd show, which in and of itself is impressive, but given the carefully, crafted construction of his works, and attendant aesthetic - not surprising. He went on to tell me that he “guarantees the maintenance” on all of the objects, for life. He went onto explain that while he is creating some of the objects, he uses nuts and bolts to facilitate the maintenance of them. If I understood correctly, some of them are glued and do not require any “maintenance”.


Ged Merino - Sunnyside Queens Artist - Assemblage, Sculpture & Installation

ged merino sunnyside artist photo queensGed Merino is a Sunnyside-based artist who with his wife Carolina Morales, founded and manages Bliss on Bliss Studio. Ged put together an assemblage of shoes, which he wrapped into a beautiful soft sculpture tapestry of footwear.

Ged asked people to donate their wearable shoes for him to use in his work entitled Found Bound Rebound. He began noticing that the donated shoes were mostly new, and had been sitting in people’s closets, waiting for someone to put them to use, as the use for which they had originally been purchased never materialized.

Ged went on to talk about the culture of excess, where we buy more than we need, while others who need go without. But Ged isn’t sitting idly by. He is taking the assemblage to Manila in the Philippines to exhibit the work, and following the exhibit he intends to donate the shoes through a charitable organization in Manila to the Haiyan typhoon victims.


Roger Rothstein - UWS Manhattan Artist - Contemporary Collage

roger rothstein uws artist photos nyc artistsI was running short of time but had a chance to meet Roger Rothstein. Roger Rothstein is an Upper West Side Manhattan artist who does collage. His works run the gamut from what look like traditional Chinese landscape paintings, to contemporary assemblages of advertising art. MadMen’s Sal Romano, beware.

When I first looked at the works, I didn’t notice that they were collages. They looked like paintings. But upon closer inspection, I could see the detail of the collage. Roger told me that he loves sci-fi and many of his works reflect this futuristic influence.

I conversed with other visitors to the gallery. Some came from Manhattan, others from Brooklyn, and of course many were from Queens. One of them, Greg Stowell, is an artistic photographer. Greg started in black and white film decades ago, and recently began working color onto his palette.

Greg began exhibiting in Queens many years ago, including an early exhibit at Topaz Arts. Most recently, Greg did his first exhibit in the Fashion District in photo of red Faerie by artist orange in queensMidtown. It appears the Fashion District influenced Greg’s sense of personal style, as he was sporting a newly grown goatee and new eyeglasses [see video].


Orange & Junko Yamada - Artworks at Topaz Arts

I didn’t have an opportunity to meet with Orange or Junko Yamada, but I took several photos of their works for you to enjoy, which you can see in the video. I particularly enjoyed a fanciful piece entitled Red Faerie by Orange which was created with paint and inkjet on paper [in photo at right].

Junko Yamada is also a master of paper collage and had a number of works, that have the appearance of paintings, but which are in fact collage. They are still lifes, with clean lines and a panoply of vibrant, modulated color themes.


Case Studies at Topaz Arts Gallery Woodside Queens

paz tanjuaquio photo woodside queens nycThe exhibit – Case Studies – is currently on exhibit at Topaz Arts at 55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside through May 7th, 2016. You have to email the gallery to set up an appointment to view the works.

Todd Richmond, one of Topaz Arts co-Founders, is also an artist. A while ago, he was an apprentice for Richard Artschwager, one of the more highly regarded sculptors living in NYC. In some measure he went on hiatus from his artwork while he and Paz were founding Topaz Arts, but in recent years has become artistically active again.

In the photo at right, Paz standing alongside a small work made by Todd Richmond in 1988 that is featured in the exhibit.

The video below captures a bit of the ambiance of the exhibit opening. Enjoy.



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