Over the summer, we announced a contest in partnership with Workville, a co-working space in New York. We took to instagram to ask local artists to submit their work for a chance to display it in our office. With over 50 companies in the space, we wanted employees, some who knew nothing about art, to be surrounded by artwork to inspire all the great work they are doing.
Finally, the results are out, and we’ve managed to organize an art show that brings together a variety of incredibly talented artists to the Workville Space. Congratulations to all the winners!
1. Gabriel J. Shuldiner, shockwavejesus
A native New Yorker, Gabriel J. Shuldiner is interested in the “subtlety of difference produced through repetition” and the “implied nuanced histories of the often overlooked.” His work, shockwavejesus (shown above), incorporated objects that he found as well as castaway materials to create an exclusively black and surprisingly brilliant, bubbling form. Check out his website or his Instagram for more of his amazing work.
2. Jamie Martinez, Autumn
The Colombian Native American artist is based in New York and is currently with Galerie Protégé in NYC and Zener Schon Contemporary Art in Northern California. By fragmenting and deconstructing images geometrically into triangulated segments, Martinez has created pieces that are just as dynamic as they are serene, and we thought it would fit in perfectly in the office space. For more of his work, visit his website or Instagram.
3. Lisa Levy, Self-Reflection (Mirrors)
Lisa Levy goes above and beyond, expanding her art through multiple disciplines. She is a conceptual artist, painter, performer, comedian and (self-proclaimed) psychotherapist and her visual art has been exhibited in several venues including The New Museum, Printed Matter, The Bronx Museum and The Pulse Art Fair. We’re excited to present her witty self-reflection mirrors in our office space, with phrases such as “Proof that you exist,” “Much better than yesterday,” and “You look like a great judge of art.” She also performs live as “Dr. Lisa, S.P. (self-proclaimed)” who psychoanalyzes people on stage and the street. To see more of her work, check out her website and Instagram page.
4. Theron Cook, Rose Series
Theron Cook lives by the philosophy that “Art is everything and everything is art.” Being an award-winning visual artist, he produces work that inspires communication between individuals; fostering connections and opportunities to share experiences. As his biography reads, “when your goal is to be part of a movement toward change, inspiration, and knowledge, you allow your work to consume you until it is no longer work, but a way of life.” An adventurer and a thinker, Cook transmits an effervescent and introspective feeling through his paintings. You can see more on his website and Instagram.
5. Sharilyn Neidhardt, Colossal
Brooklyn-based artist Sharilyn Neidhardt creates images of urban living, nature, celebrities and human conflict, based on her training as a photojournalist. Her artwork comes alive with vivid colors and visual representations of movement. In her work, Colossal, she depicts the cold and wet nights of winter months with streaky colors and textured brushstrokes. Her translation of photography into painting is unparalleled, and we suggest that you peak some of her other artworks on her Tumblr and Instagram.
6. Christina Massey, Business & Pleasure 9
With an unusual choice of materials, Christina Massey blurs the lines between painting and sculpture. She repurposes textiles in her stitched clothing paintings and creates colorful, abstract, textural and three-dimensional works that find a balance between smooth and rigid; lightness and darkness; flatness and relief. More of her sculptural paintings can be seen on her website and Instagram.
7. Helena Parriott, Dissociation
Another artist who’s work leans on both painting and sculpture; Helena Parriott mixes a variety of media including glass, paint, and other repurposed materials to create one cohesive form. Parriott investigates cognition and abstraction through her paintings and uses bright colors to divide the different environments in her work. To see more, check out her website and Instagram.
8. Elise P. Church, LA Skyline
Currently based in New York, artist Elise P. Church was always moving around when she was growing up, so home was a transient notion. With that, she’s attracted to the things that are left behind; lost and forgotten pieces of the past that she represents in her artwork. Almost like cut up pictures, Church breaks the paintings free from structure and creates “portals” into past realities. In the office space, her LA Skyline represents a visual vacation; a break from computer screens and conference calls. More of her work can be seen on her website and Instagram.
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