David Root is a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds BA/MA degrees in both Photography and Printing Technologies. His work takes him on frequent trips throughout America and the rest of the world, where he captures images within his unique creative framework. Root sometimes adds playful shapes and/or objects into his basic raw photos. This manipulation is evident in his many photos and lends further support to his distinctive “eye catching” approach. He is inspired and drawn into the subject he shoots by internalizing a sense of color, shape and texture, and his keen eye and style is evident and consistent throughout his entire body of work.
David Root’s work has followed a universal theme of placing surreal objects into the everyday environment. His distinctive style is well represented in a current project that involves placing mannequins into the environment in his photography. This new body of work is currently developing at multiple phases. “It’s an evolving process”, Root explains. Not a simple task! It takes time to make these necessary adjustments as his style continues to expand and grow. Advancing forward from altering and manipulating digitally, David is now revisiting the placement of objects directly into the scene. This style and approach is very consistent with his early years in photography where he placed, taped, and floated objects directly into his body of work. Root is truly a modern day photographic artist in the grips of capturing unique photographs when least expected, all the while sensitively using light and basic elements of design in his work. This can only be described as an evolution of “normal” into the surreal….
Andrew Tess is an American artist and photographer. He graduated from The New School with a degree in Culture & Media. Tess takes influence from Expressionism, films such as Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon (1902) and Wes Craven's Scream (1996) and New York City street culture. His work explores birth, death, voyeurism, sex, performance and psychology as saturated colors, paint and flowers.
His first exhibition at SUS Gallery, "Judge Me: We Are All Expressionism" follows an array of Andrew’s collaborations with Lower East Side galleries, studios and nightclubs. His first solo show “World Peace” was held at Leftfield from March to May 2014. Andrew recently curated and photographed a performance art experiment titled “#BreedCompassion” at the Bikram Yoga LES studio to raise money for the Lower East Side Girls Club.
His short film, "I AM MY ART", was featured in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Andrew currently resides in New York.
Jen is a New Jersey based illustrator with a big imagination and a love for all things whimsical. She recently graduated from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her oddly charming style is ideal for anyone looking for something unique and playful.
Jahzeal Lewis is a creative expressionist born and raised on Long Island, in New York. He prides himself as an autodidact; multitasking across different artistic fields. His "Warriors Path" exhibition is a series of collections that cross over many different media. He is a true “Jazz” of all trades.
A painter, fashion designer and music producer, Jahzeal has been able to combine his talents by creating a series of collections. For the majority of his work, each abstract piece has a clothing counterpart as well as a musical piece to go along with it.
As for his abstract art, the contemporary expressionist has a very unique way of painting. Instead of a brush, Jahzeal paints wielding only a katana samurai sword. He uses the sword to layer paint, develop textures and form gradients. Last but not least, he attacks the canvas. By slashing in paint, making bold marks that at times pierce or rip through the canvas itself, the artist forms a bold statement. The innovative style creates a new meaning to the phrase “cutting the tension with a knife”. In his more recent work to juxtapose his unique style, the artist has added candle wax into the mix; melting the wax over the damaged canvas to form a healing aura. Although it softens the mood, it is merely a Band-Aid over a bullet wound.
To complement his samurai sword technique, Jahzeal uses fine oriental patterned silks as the main focus of the garments. Also using cotton, he designs attire with a twist that cohesively go with abstract. The paintings in tandem with the clothing produces the spirit of a modern warrior. Each article of clothing is unisex and they are prototypes in his clothing line LAEZHAJ.
To top it off, the instrumentals created are soundscapes that take you on a journey sonically. The music casts a new lens of perspective on certain paintings enhancing the viewer's interpretation of the collection. Each instrumental has a link to the abstract and clothing but the whole soundtrack can be listened to for the entire exhibition.
Long Island-based artist and master muralist Bonnie Siracusa presents “New York Nostaligia”, a series of limited edition fine art giclees created from original murals celebrating well known Long Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan landmarks. The project, which consisted of 15 murals, covering over 1,100 square feet of wall space, began in the Fall of 2011 and took approximately two years to complete. They included famous Long Island locations such as Adventureland, Captree State Park, the Long Island Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Jones Beach Theatre, the Jones Beach Boardwalk, Harbes Family Farm, Old Bethpage Village Restoration and the Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead. As this project progressed, along came Hurricane Sandy, which significantly altered many of these beaches. This only made the artist’s passion even greater, to bring these places seemingly to life, and preserve their beauty forever, through her exceptional attention to detail and rich color.
Other art in this series was originally created as local historical murals for: the Carpenters Union, the National Letter Carriers Union and for several U.S. Postal Service stations in Brooklyn and Queens.
These post offices include: The “Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field Stadium” mural for the Ryder Retail Station in Flatlands, Brooklyn, The outdoor “Brooklyn Bridge Fireworks” mural, which includes the WTC Towers in its skyline, and the “Stamps” mural commemorating human causes, national and Brooklyn history, for the Ryder Delivery Station, the Coney Island amusement park murals for the Coney Island Station and the “Aqueduct Racetrack” mural for the Ozone Park Station. The Carpenter’s Union Mural was commissioned as a Memorial commemorating 100 of their members who lost their lives in 9/11. The National Letter Carriers Union mural, painted for the meeting room of Branch 41, in Brooklyn, is an entire bird’s eye view of Brooklyn, literally seen through a picture window. It illustrates how the Letter Carriers Union has made significant contributions to the community. Last but not least, is a highly accurate rendition of the Coney Island Boardwalk; a composite of its time line, ranging from the late 18th century to the beginning of the 21st century. The artist worked along with a Brooklyn historian in order to get the precise names and placements of its famous landmarks. The flamboyant people on the boardwalk are regular marchers from the famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
This series marks phase two of Bonnie’s long and tedious journey of taking her murals beyond the confines of their walls and transforming them into archival, museum quality works of art, which can be published, exhibited and sold worldwide for many generations to enjoy.
Marti Flicker is a New York based artist, dancer,choreographer, and writer. She has performed at numerous dance and performance art venues, her role altering between director and performer. Her work incorporates the use of visual art, text, and movement, creating a dialogue between mind and body. Marti is currently pursuing a degree in English and dance. This is her second exhibition at SUS Galleries.
He periodically touched me to make sure I was still there,
And left me the next day.
She called me something nice.
I don’t remember what it was.
I hated her.
She looked at me funny.
I am funny.
I was overcome with want.
I wanted to pick something up, put it someplace else, and watch it grow.
Summer had been sweaty. My hair was too red, my skin was too red, and
a pain shot through my ankle with every step I took.
I loved New York, I love New York. My belt was too tight, my teeth never whiter.
Phillip Michaels grew up in a suburb of Chicago, currently living and working in New York City, where he recieved his BFA from Hunter College in the spring of 2015. He has worked in sculpture, installation, and digital media, but his primary focus is intuitive painting.
Clarisse Frenkel is a multifaceted,contemporary artist whose sumptuous use of color is both interpretative and mesmerizing. Her sensuous paintings and ceramics speak a language from her soul, hinting at subliminal messages within the form and content of her work.
Driven by a powerful need to create and express her innermost feelings through her art, Clarisse works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, clay and glass. A serious artist all her life, her work has been described as “intensely beautiful, vibrant and captivating” and reflects her vision of what inspires her. Her work cannot be categorized by one particular style, yet what all her paintings and clay pieces reflect is a passion for life.
From the age of three, when taught to draw by her mother, Clarisse knew she was destined to be an artist. She has continuously studied art, exploring various media, while always striving to achieve new heights in her work. Clarisse has a B.F.A. and M.S.Art Ed. from Queens College, studied under master artists, Aaron Schikler, Burton Silverman, Peter Cox and taken classes at Urban Glass, National Academy of Fine Art, Greenwich House Pottery, and S.V.A.