"I am interested in boxes - both the way they contain things and the way they set things free. For me, the freedom to open spaces means the absence of space as an area that is philosophically full and empty at the same time".
- Sunok Chun
Sunok Chun was born in Seoul Korea. She received a BFA from the Sung-Shin Women's University, Seoul Korea. In 1997, she received a MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Sunok's work has been exhibited in New York, Germany, and Seoul Korea. Sunok currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Anders Jones is an artist, designer and photographer based in New York City. He received a BA in Textile Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MFA in Photography and Video Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Anders has maintained a practice as a textile designer for over a decade. He has worked on textile related projects for artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Merce Cunningham, El Anatsui and Jeff Koons, and created custom textile designs for numerous luxury brands. Early in his career, as a music photographer, Anders produced commercial work for clients including Sony Records, RCA Records and Fairchild Publications among others. Anders' fine art photography has been published in BLACK: A Celebration of Culture by Deborah Willis and on PDN.com.
Donovan Nelson was born in Manchester, Jamaica, WI and in 1982, he relocated to the U.S. In 1995, Nelson received a B.F.A in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, he studied portraiture and figure painting at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Nelson received an M.F.A. from the New York Academy where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Vincent Desiderio, Jack Beal, Alfred Lesley, and Juan Cardenas.
Helen Evans Ramsaran (b. 1943) was born in Bryan, Texas. In 1965, Ramsaran received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 1968.
From 1970-73, she was an instructor at Bowie State College, Bowie, Maryland. In 1978, Ramsaran was a visiting artist at Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey. She retired as an Associate Professor of Art at John Jay College of the City University of New York.
Ramsaran has lived and studied extensively in Africa and Europe. For over five decades, her practice has been an exploration into issues concerning Ancient African architecture and sculptural traditions; spirituality, and community. On the occasion of her solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the art critic, writer and curator Okwui Enwezor explained, “Ramsaran’s work is a scrupulous distillation of her experiences while living and traveling through Africa (Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Egypt) in the early eighties. In her sculpture’s spindly, attenuated forms, the body’s essence fills the exhibition space with an explosive, troubling aura.” Her sculpture have been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including Extinction: Signals of Alarm The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba (2018) Herstory, Welancora Gallery (2016), Essentia, Taller Boricua, New York, NY, 2016, Facing the Rising Sun, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY, 2014, art of the 5:brooklyn, Interchurch, New York, NY, 2014, Its Surreal Thing: The Temptation of Objects, The Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2013, A Significant Find, Maplewood Art Center, Maplewood, New Jersey, 2010, Twin Infinities, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY. 2009, African American Artists, on Paper, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, 2008, Other exhibitions include: Back to the Future: Contemporary American Art from the Collection, Mead Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2007, Something to Look Forward To, Beach Museum, University of Kansas, Manhattan, Kansas, 2006, Something to Look Forward To, African American Art Museum, San Francisco, California, 2006, Something to Look Forward To, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, 2005; Contemporary Women Artists: New York, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana, 2005, Creating Their Own Image: A History of African American Women Artists, Parsons Galleries, New York, New York 2004/05, Something to Look Forward To, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin Marshall College, Lancaster Pennsylvania, 2004, Comfort Zones: Sculptural Solutions for the Spirit, TENRI Cultural Institute of New York, New York, NY, 2003; Paper 2003, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY, 2003; LIFE - COLOR - FORM, Gallery Brocken, Tokyo, Japan, 2002.
Other exhibitions include: Dwellings: Real and Imagined, The American Museum of Natural History, 2002; Assembly/Line: Works by Twentieth Century Sculptors, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2002 “Windows of the Soul”, Phoebe Beasley and Helen Ramsaran, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans Louisiana, 2002; the belles of amherst: contemporary women artists in the collections of the mead art museum and university gallery of the university of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2002; Helen Evans Ramsaran, Matt Burke, Eric Laxman, 2nd Annual Sculpture Show, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, New York, 2002; Nexus II Paul Gadere, Helen Evans Ramsaran and Freddy Rodriguez, Skoto Gallery, New York, New York, 2001; Roots and Wings, Cinque Gallery, New York, 2001; The Spirit of a Woman, Cinque Gallery, New York, New York, 2001; Cities and Desire, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2001; Selections, Skoto Gallery, New York, New York, 2000; Unbound: Reshaping Artist’s Books, Abrons Arts Center, New York, New York, 2000; Generations II A Survey of Woman Artists at the Millennium, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York, 2000; Public Voices/Private Visions, Rockland Center for the Arts. West Nyack, New York, 2000.
In 1941, McIntosh has born in Jamaica, West Indies. He immigrated to the United States when he was a pre-teen. McIntosh is a self-taught artist, heavily influenced by the painter, sculptor, printmaker and illustrator Otto Neals, as well as ancient African sculpture. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Dorsey Gallery, and Kenkeleba Gallery. Among others, McIntosh’s work is in the collection of Harold Sorgenti, the former president and chief executive officer of ARCO Chemical. McIntosh lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Using a mixture of African and Oriental influences along with aspects of German expressionism, Robergeau Duverger ’s work can best be described as abstract realism or abstract expressionism.
Anguish, pressures of everyday life, contemplation of world events, and past memories and thoughts of persecution in the Caribbean are the pervasive elements depicted in the most recent works of the Haitian-born artist. Duverger says, "My work is about my life experiences." A close examination of his work reveals just that. Whether his survival of onslaughts from a group of high school toughs called "The Jolly Stompers,” silent screams when he was being robbed at knife point in his home while his relatives reveled in an upstairs living room, or exploration of deep-seated emotion, his abstract expression tells it all.
Duverger’s professional career began to take shape while he was still a student at Pace University in New York, with his first job as a photography teaching assistant. After graduating cum laude in 1983, Duverger assumed the post of Adjunct Professor at Pace. In the spring and summer of 1984, he went on to explore his love of color by working as a color specialist at Marvin Kommel Productions in New York City.
In the fall of 1984, Duverger enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at C.W. Post School of Arts in Long Island to further pursue painting and drawing.
During the intervening years, Duverger worked in the graphic design field. In 2009, he began a body of work called Trafficking. While human trafficking is still found in many forms around the world including the United States, this series is focused on the restaveks from his native Haiti. According to Duverger, “Rarely do we see or hear of this in the news; it is something that is hidden right in front of us. I’m hoping that these haunting images will make it even more apparent and invoke some emotion and perhaps a call to action in all of us." Valentine New York is currently working on producing a book on the series.
In his new work on view at Welancora Gallery entitled Elements, each painting contains parts (elements) to be discovered and interpreted individually, each painting representing something different to each viewer.
Kumasi J. Barnett
Kumasi J. Barnett was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a BA from the University of Maryland as well as a MFA from the Ohio State University. His works have been shown in exhibitions throughout the States and internationally. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.