"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 Bernard Jones was born in Pendleton, South Carolina. In 1994, he received a B.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile Surface Design with a minor in Photography.
In the early 1990s, he landed several album covers for RCA and SONY recording artists as well as the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion-industry trade journal. During the intervening years, he created textile designs for Diane Von Furstenberg, Victoria’s Secret and Liz Claiborne.
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.
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.