Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Jonny Garcia has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Jonny is an award-winning collagist based in Toronto, Canada. Jonny was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 14th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Jonny’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Jonny’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography

Jonny Garcia is an immigrant collagist living in Toronto, who is a self-taught artist with an interesting and unique background. He is a psychoanalyst, and a performer of different art forms, such as hypnosis and mime. He is passionate about the human mind, and his collages always have a deep symbolic meaning.

A significant turning point in Jonny’s career was his immigration to Canada. A new reality full of challenges and differences led him to an introspective and meditative journey. Since 2014, the majority of his work reflects his experience living in a different society. Aiming to create digital and analog collages that explore simplicity and colour, Jonny is always creating pieces to criticize society’s issues, and to express his deep feelings and thoughts.

Artist Statement

As a collagist, I’m looking for simplicity and colour exploration. Psychoanalysis influences my work greatly. I spend time pondering the message I wish to convey, and how to symbolize it. As a result, I usually create several collages about the same topic from different perspectives. The majority of my work is digital, which allows me a multitude of possibilities that suits my creative process. My body of work is deeply connected to my experience as an immigrant.

Having been a performer for more than a decade, I rediscovered art through collage when I moved to Canada in 2014. Differences in culture, society, and language motivated me to reinvent myself. Being alone in a new country gave me time to think, and find possibilities to deal with these differences, which result in several collages divided in series.

Jonny’s website is www.artbyjonny.wordpress.com.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Marti White has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s recent tenth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Marti will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Marti White is a professional artist based in Tucson Arizona and she specializes in creating mixed media/collage art.  It is Marti’s desire when creating art to express what lies within her soul.  Marti’s creative expression usually results from feelings of conflict or contentment.  Marti will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

This solo exhibition will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, and Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, Marti will now be featured as a Light Space & Time – Artwork Archive promoted artist.   Marti’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1.  Their art.  2.  Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the tenth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is Marti’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 of her mixed media collage paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Marti’s information and to take a look at her unique and expressive mixed media paintings.

Artist Biography:

Marti White uses several mediums, but the art form that has most influenced her work and for which she is best known is mixed media/collage. This method and the style that she has developed was learned during a workshop with Gerald Brommer. His approach to building a piece has remained a key ingredient in the evolution of her art. Open spaces that draw the eye into and through a work are kept, and basic design elements are used to build the bones of the collage. The final use of line and color and the application of a series of small dots finish a piece. These key elements have established the style that sets her apart.

The artist is also fascinated with the way art can tell multiple stories. Each viewer sees what speaks to their own individual place in life and the artist is privileged to be able to allow that kind of visual journey through the work. Josh Goldberg, one of her mentors in abstract expression, said that a work of art is not completed until it has been viewed. She is most rewarded by seeing the viewer connect to that personal interpretation.

The artist has been mostly self-taught which has allowed her the freedom to find her own way. Beginning as an oil painter, then a watercolorist, then into mixed media and finally into collage and abstract acrylic painting, she has evolved from a representational artist into an abstract expressionist. She is always open to the challenges of improvement, asking the question “what if” and experimenting with new methods and materials.

Because she believes that her art should be seen, she actively pursues outlets to show her work. These efforts have often led her to volunteer with artists’ organizations. The many friendships she has made through this involvement with other artists continue to provide critical examination, encouragement, and affirmation for her efforts. She also enjoys teaching others what she has learned either in small group mini-workshops or sessions at her studio.

Marti views art making as an expression of the soul. Whatever she puts on her paper or canvas is coming from somewhere within, not usually through visual stimuli, but often from feelings of conflict or contentment.

Artist Statement:

Collage is the avenue that most often expresses the ideas in my work. It is a medium that lends itself to abstraction and spontaneity. The elements of design such as color, line, texture, and shape are all key aspects of a good collage.

My goal in any work is to tell a story that is evocative or mysterious and draws the viewer to find a meaning that is personal to them. The art expresses something of myself but is most successful when it makes that connection with the viewer. Beginning with a square substrate of either paper or board and papers with added colors or textures of my own creation, a collage begins to take form.

By arranging shapes on the surface and moving them about until a pleasing design is accomplished, a final art piece comes to life. Using acrylic mediums I attach the papers to the substrate. Then acrylic paint or ink, line work and some small dots of color are added to complete the collage.  Marti’s website: www.artbymartiwhite.com

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Hildy Maze has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s recent eighth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Hildy will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Hildy Maze is a Brooklyn born artist based in East Hampton, NY.  She specializes in creating oil on paper drawing and painting collages.  She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.  This solo exhibition will distrinute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, Guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and Social Media Inclusion.and through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, she will now be featured as an Artsy.net Light Space & Time promoted artist.   The LST Artsy.net page will feature 5 pieces of the artist’s art, a small artist statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.

Artsy.net averages 2 million visitors a month and 46% of Artsy users who have purchased art via Artsy started out as art enthusiasts rather than preexisting collectors.

Hildy’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1.  Their art.  2.  Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the eighth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition the gallery has conducted.

Below is Hildy’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 25 of her abstract collage artworks.  We hope that you will take the time to read Hildy’s information and to take a look at her thought provoking and inspiring art.

Artist Biography:

Hildy Maze is an American artist with Turkish, Russian, Austrian heritage. Born in Brooklyn, NY she received a BFA from Pratt Institute.  For years, Hildy lived and worked in her loft in Tribeca, NYC before moving to East Hampton, NY where she currently works and lives.

Hildy is best known for her abstract contemplative oil on paper drawing, painting collages.  In her messy paradise, which is her studio, Hildy explores mind and identity. Though her process of collage and the handling of materials she intimately describes how our active mind creates collages of thoughts and patterns, as in a dream. If we examine our thoughts, we can see they are fragmented pieces, empty of solidity.  “None of us can avoid thoughts” she says, “but through awareness of our pitfalls, beauty, strengths, and weaknesses we can open windows into the mind”. The core of her contemplative art practice is to visually embody the blind spots as a result of our thoughts.

She is interested in the study of how the mind works as a means of gaining insight into how we communicate, how we create identity through form, emotions, and consciousness, and how we hide in that creation. She explains that essentially this work is about all of us and the empty, clear and unconditional nature of the mind we all have.  When we know the nature of our mind we will know the nature of our world. 

Hildy’s work is influenced by her long-time study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Her studio floor is covered with a vast tapestry of painted paper—ripped, aged, and often walked on for days or months. This, she says allows the process and rhythm of art-making to come more alive with spontaneity and unpredictability.  Her work has a rugged, earthy, hands-on, living quality. The treatment of the paper lends to it an inherent living quality. Depending on the passing of time and light, it takes on various characteristics and a quality of accelerated impermanence as the paper ages and becomes fragile, not unlike those things we search for and cherish in an attic or basement, or even at an archeological site, or when retrieving a lost memory. An otherwise ordinary, insignificant quality becomes special. A fingerprint, wrinkle, rip, drip, or tear becomes texture and language. These abstract contemplative works were developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse our experience with awareness of our inherent nature, and, along with their carefully chosen titles, invite viewers to move beyond the boundaries of the image into a more contemplative consideration of mind in relationship to the phenomena of what we consider objective reality. 

An additional activity that informs Hildy’s work is her familiar, family-like relationship with a colony of Herring and Great Black-Backed Gulls she’s been feeding hard-boiled eggs to for 20 years at Maidstone Beach Bay. She says, “We know each other well, perching on my head and shoulders, surrounding me as if protecting the bounty they know I have for them. This ritual is filled with a sense of an intimacy with wildness. I’ve learned who is mated to who, each gull’s idiosyncrasies, who their chicks are, when they arrive at the bay in August, how they physically change from white to speckled depending on the mating cycle and season’s light and so much more”. Eventually, she would like to develop an installation called “lover of the open sky” based on this relationship with the gulls. 

Hildy has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. including NYC, Long Island City, Brooklyn, California, and Beijing, China. She has won numerous awards and is in several private collections in the U.S, Europe and Asia.

Hildy lives in East Hampton, NY continuing with her study and practice of meditation, making art, and feeding the gulls whenever the weather allows.

Artist Statement:

Years ago, a friend sent me the Prajnaparamita, known as the Heart Sutra based on realizing the non-conceptual simplicity of reality, “form is emptiness, emptiness is form”. Having a heightened interest about how mind works and how mind is, reading the Heart Sutra changed my life on the spot!  Within a week I was practicing and studying Tibetan Buddhist meditation with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and artist. I received ‘pointing out instructions’ from him which brings the investigation and recognition of mind’s flawless nature into personal experience cutting through conceptual obscurations that are our endless, dualistic thoughts and emotions.

My abstract contemplative work is completely informed by these realizations.  My path of making visual images became the inner structure of mind and how its’ patterns of confusion obscure our recognition of this vast space of ceaseless energy.  For ten years I studied and practiced meditation with Trungpa Rinpoche until his death in1987. Since that time my work has gone through a process of increased familiarity with how mind works and how to present that familiarity thru visual images.

The development of each piece is experiential using collaged drawing and painting on paper with disparate techniques and specific titles discussing how mind, when active, creates collages of emotional thought patterns, like in a dream.  The images are intended to be intimate, yet not isolated since the activity of mind is the same for everyone yet personal because each of us is affected by our thoughts and emotions differently.  The work is unrefined with an immediate, handmade, unprepared quality, working with the ordinary characteristics of the paper meaning rips, wrinkles, aging, fragile-ness and light sensitivity.  A sense of impermanence representing our life progression. 

My process is filled with discovery and surprise, playing an edge within myself with deliberateness and imperfection without conceptualization, trusting mind’s innate clarity. For me, oil on paper collage is the most responsive way to investigate the mind. Whether awake or dreaming, mind is like a collage, appearing as countless variations of thoughts and images, as an over-lapping unfinished aesthetic that embraces the unresolved, open-ended imperfections of living.  Viewing mind and collage this way contributes to the hands-on realness of intimacy and immediacy of seemingly non-sequitur abstraction with a touch of representational expression.

I recall instructions from Trungpa Rinpoche, 'art arises from a deep merging of mind and heart, seeing from within, drawing from pure awareness without visually grasping, beginning from uncertainty without reference point'.  Drawing freely without visual judgment; spontaneous and personal, I use tools and techniques that are intimate and varied, anything that can make a mark with controlled spontaneity.  I would like the images and titles to create an accessible, personal space, like hearing a familiar voice. The images can be viewed as individually framed pieces, or informally, closer to how they were made, simply pinned to the wall, or randomly together similar to how our thoughts arise, dwell and dissolve in a seemingly continuous, often unrelated stream. .

Essentially I view my work as an evolving inquiry. I continue to live, make art, and to study the principles of Buddhist contemplative philosophy, a pursuit not unlike cleaning the dust off the windows in a house in order to see the world and oneself more clearly and precisely, with less aggression and with more equanimity, kindness and humor.  To view more of Hildy’s artworks visit her website; http://www.hildymaze.com

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