2017 At a Glance – InLiquid Artists Respond

2017 was quite a year, to say the least. As a way to respond to the major events of this year past, we asked several of our artists what moments of 2017 most inspired their work. Through internal thoughts, a heightened sense of awareness, health kicks, and discovered paths for new artistic endeavors, our artists have shown how their practices have paved a path for 2018 that is hopeful, progressive and uniting. We hope that their stories can inspire a happy new year!

John Y. Wind, Installation, Mixed Media, & Sculpture Artist 

Wind’s signature collage work, on-trend fringe clusters, and an ombré effect.

“For me, 2017 marked a turning point in my dual careers as artist and jewelry designer. The heightened commodification of fashion, coupled with the Etsy and Amazon revolutions, have created a highly competitive new normal. They have pushed me to explore a stronger bridge between my art and design, with the goal of bringing more meaning and art into my business—along with a more integrated studio practice. To that end, I am also in the middle of moving my two studios into one new space—a physical manifestation of these changes.”

 

 

Eric Toscano, Collage & Mixed Media Artist

Untitled (Jackson), from InLiquid’s Visions of the End at Painted Bride

“The one thing that impacted my work more than anything else in 2017 was my InLiquid show at the Painted Bride. Having my work on display in such a prominent location and for it to be so well received was inspiring. It gave me the confidence to continue exploring that line of thinking. As a result, things continue to look up!”

 

 

 

 

 

Carole Loeffler, Fiber Arts & Installation Sculptor

IT WILL GET BETTER from Spillway Collective’s Brass Tacks

“It’s the toxic environment that the “Commander in Chief” encourages, allows and fosters that worries me the most. Some folks have lost the ability to show kindness, compassion and be decent human beings to each other. The lack of humanity, in general, is what inspired me the most this year.

As a result, I’ve been thinking about individual people and their stories, folks whose voices cannot be heard (or listened to) for whatever reason. I started using text with vintage clothing to help tell stories of women and the expectations placed upon them. Some of the stories are my own and others are of family members and friends. By learning about others, it has helped me find my own voice and to use it to fight, to soothe, to question, to support, to encourage and, most importantly, to connect.”

 

 

 

Scott Schultheis, Painter 

Inside Outing, from InLiquid’s Tower Viewer at The Painted Bride Art Center

“Being hosted by a university to give a presentation about some of my work and do some group crits with students—feeling united in my detest for this compassionless, weak-minded fraud—cooking for mom a pot of spaghetti with fresh clams on Cape Cod—and hearing the voice of James Baldwin.”

 

 

 

 

Colin Keefe, Illustration Artist

The Beginning of Everything, from InLiquid’s Architectonic Shift at Park Towne Place

“While I was pretty obsessively tuned into politics (like everyone else), I think what had more of an impact in my life was some choices to live healthier.  I exercised more, worked less (for other people), and tuned into what I was doing for me versus what I was doing because it was expected of me—basically, I tried to break out of living patterns I had developed over years that were holding me back.  That freed up space for me to be more creative and productive, but it’s an ongoing process.”

 

 

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique usually reserved for rendering form and depth I have created an abstract flat image more akin to topography verging on minimalism. The linear hatch marks are made on a matte gradiated background which focuses the viewer on the duality of surface and color. These works are a meditation on labor and time: of coming together and the borders that separate us. The marks are not only creating an aesthetic pattern they are literally the marking of art, and the work that has gone into the piece.
Brian Palmieri
Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual languages, making connections between text and textile. In dialogue with the material culture of weaving, she examines how weaving intersects and augments developments in writing, painting, and abstraction. Cords’ work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies.
Annette Cords
Annette Cords

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual languages, making…

Pete Checchia enjoys a diverse career both as a highly esteemed freelance and studio photographer as well as an acclaimed multi-disciplinary exhibiting visual artist.
Pete Checchia
Pete Checchia

Pete Checchia enjoys a diverse career both as a highly esteemed freelance and studio photographer as well as an acclaimed…

Pete Checchia enjoys a diverse career both as a highly esteemed freelance and studio photographer as well as an acclaimed multi-disciplinary exhibiting visual artist.…

Pete Checchia enjoys a diverse career both as a highly esteemed freelance and studio photographer as well as an acclaimed multi-disciplinary exhibiting visual artist.…

Alyse C. Bernstein
Alyse C. Bernstein
I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the slow movement of rain laden clouds. Areas of sky, water, and land are knit together with brushstrokes to represent their seamless interaction under the common conditions of weather and time. In my acid etched tin pieces, areas of watery marks are left visible to suggest the underlying layers of the landscape. I  do not strive to recreate the particulars of  places that inspire me, but rather the timelessness of the elements of light, weather, and geometries that inform them. My work is not about how the landscape looks as much as about how the landscape makes me feel. I try to create an image that allows the viewer to engage with it in such a way as to invite similar introspection.
Kirby Fredendall
Kirby Fredendall

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the…

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