Karen J. F. Cooper

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Karen J.F. Cooper is a watercolor artist inspired by the New York State landscape and the coastal areas of Maine and Massachusetts.  Cooper has been devoted to the arts most of her life. She was a performing artist and member of the Schenectady Civic Ballet Company in her youth.  Her name can be found in John Willis’ Dance World, an historical record of dance in America covering the period from June 1969 to May 1970.  She began painting with watercolor in 1977.

Karen’s watercolors have been included in group, one-person shows, and major regional and national exhibitions.   The prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, museums, colleges, universities, galleries in Maine and New York, theaters, and various art centers also have exhibited her work.   She has been in numerous juried shows and has won several awards.  Cooper has presented a watercolor hands-on workshop with the New York State Teacher’s Association and other groups that have had an interest in the medium. Additionally, Karen is presently a watercolor instructor for all ages, including a watercolor with classical music class for children.

Cooper aims to be authentic and likes to experience the places and things she is interested in painting.  Her sensitivity to color is usually what begins the creative process.  Karen believes there should be” no  boundaries” with watercolor.

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Erik Laffer

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Far from holding up a simple mirror of nature that is true or false, maps redescribe the world—like any other document—in terms of relations of power and of cultural practices, preferences, and priorities.”

J.B. Harley, The New Nature of Maps

I was born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982, and was the seventh of eight children. At the age of three, my family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 14. Then we moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York. I have been moving ever since.

Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.

My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of mapmaking, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture.

There’s a popular expression: “you’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.”  While I recognize the truth in this, I also believe there is great value in history and charting where we have been and where we are going. And this is what my Cartography Series represents. After all, some roads—racism, sexism, classism, poverty, and all other forms of oppression and discrimination—are better to understand than experience.

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Corey Pitkin

October 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

-6Corey Pitkin is a predominantly self-taught artist living in the southern Adirondack Mountains. Working in oils or pastel, Corey creates award-winning figures and portraits that have been featured in national and international exhibitions, most recently claiming the Outstanding Portraiture Award at the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY and the Maryland Pastel Society Award at the Pastel Society of America’s 41st Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! in Manhattan. Corey offers workshops on portraiture in multiple locations around upstate New York.

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