NOW SHOWING: Theresa Christensen


Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

NOW SHOWING!!! RIPE is thrilled to show a brand new, exclusive series of paintings by Theresa Christensen,titled " The Mother of All Shows" will be on view from September 16th through October 12th 2017.

About the show from Ms. Christensen:
Over the past five years, I became a mother to two amazing children. While motherhood is truly the greatest opportunity that I have ever been given, it has been an interesting journey trying to combine life as a mom with life as a full time artist and painter. When Ripe invited me to do a solo show for them, I knew that I would be creating a series of paintings with a very specific theme, just as I always have. I knew it was time to paint the women from whom I draw inspiration each and every day. It was time to honor all of the television moms I have watched and learned from over the past 30 years. It was at this moment of realization that "The Mother Of All Shows" was born.

Theresa Christensen is a long-time artist, whose portraits, illustrations and 3-dimensional figures are directly influenced by pop culture, primarily movies and television shows from the 1970’s through today. A native of Long Island, New York, Theresa received a healthy dose of television and movies as an impressionable youth, and taught herself to draw (before she even knew her ABC’s/123’s) by copying images and illustrations she spotted in Rolling Stone, Archie Comics, and MAD Magazine. Theresa began painting in the mid 1990’s while attending SUNY New Paltz, as a visual arts major. Since then, she has shown her work in Manhattan and Long Island. Theresa has drawn creative inspiration from other artists who have successfully made a name for themselves in the industry portraying movie and music icons in their work.
Theresa also designed the cover of journalist/author Greg Prato’s novel, “MTV Ruled The World: The Early Years of Music Video.” Theresa has sold her work at The Roebling Fair, a sidewalk art fair hosted by Tara McPherson’s Art Boutique The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY. She was named “Best Artist/Painter” on Long Island by the Bethpage Best of Long Island for 2015, and 2017 competitions.

 


Jay Stuart's "Manifesto of the Macabre"


Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

It is once again October- a month to embrace the darkness and engulf oneself in the dark, twisted mind of artist Jay Stuart! His MANIFESTO of the MACABRE is a collection of new and exciting works plus a display of his greatest hits from the past. These pieces will challenge your mind, make you feel uneasy and yet fascinate you as the macabre, social commentaries of bizarre art fill the walls of Ripe Art Gallery!

At a young age, Jay Stuart found himself drawing things from out of his mind inspired by the depths of his imagination. As he got older, he began studies at Hoftsra art classes for the young and then attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC studying illustration and cartooning. From then he has worked for various art jobs from comics to fashion design. His work is mainly illustrations with india ink and brush which he finds the perfect medium to translate his macabre ideas into reality. He also extends his illustration in oil and acrylic paints bringing to his audience a set of imagery that only he can explain. Jay Stuart has now started Poppycock Productions which produces various products like storybooks, tarot cards and comic books while also producing gallery art for the Long Island Art community to enjoy.

 


Nancy Oliveri GOWANUS


Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 4:00 PM

GOWANUS, a solo fine art & documentary photography exhibition by Nancy Oliveri. Opening on November 4th at Ripe Art Gallery, with a reception from 4-7. NYC photographer Oliveri was introduced to us through our two juried photography exhibits "What Is A Portrait" and "The Rights of Summer", curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel.

Gowanus Summer Solstice & Autumn Equinox is the first and second part of a four season fine art and documentary photography project.

"I photograph landscapes where human destruction results in shame and pathos and collides with human history, spiritual resilience and the power of the natural world. The Gowanus Canal is one of the most contaminated toxic waterways in the US and has been designated as a Superfund Site by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is a rich and mesmerizing ecosystem, full of life, magic and drama. The canal is crossed by seven bridges in the center of Brooklyn and is known for the stench and iridescent sheen on the surface of the water. Once a tidal wetland, the area was occupied by the Lenape tribe and named after Sachem Gouwane and was later colonized by the Dutch. The luminous horizon is reminiscent of the Dutch Master paintings so it’s easy to see their attachment to the landscape. The creeks were developed into canals and it became an international shipping port in the 1800’s. Todays it called alternatively Lavender Lake or the new Venice of Brooklyn as it sits poised for luxury residential development. The canal still contains contaminants from from active oil refineries, tanneries and cement factories, scrap yards as well as raw sewage which regularly overflows from the NYC sanitation system. Clumps of bacteria bubble up from several feet of sludge on the bottom and contain newly discovered microbial life forms which can consume contamination and are developing natural resistance to the toxins in the water. The canal has tested positive for arsenic, PCB’s, radioactive waste, gonorrhea, e-coli, staphylococcus to name a few. Jellyfish have recently returned and are a natural defense against oil spills because of their unique secretions and water pumping system for propulsion, they help break down oil. Egrets, Rail Clappers and Canadian Geese fly and swim in formations against a backdrop of graffiti, abandoned warehouses and scrapyards. This collection of photographs is about a daily dynamic relationship with a a living place and capturing unstaged the images of that experience. The work is not photoshopped for concept or content but is color corrected, focused and brightened whenever it’s necessary to improve the picture."

 


"Underbelly" by Anthony Zummo


Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 6:00 PM

"December 9th 2017 Anthony Zummo shines a light past the superficial beauty of the world to expose the seedy side of reality.
Using alternating lighting, Zummo lures you into a false sense of safety with beautiful original scenic landscape paintings before the exhibits mood changes and you are exposed to what was hiding just beneath societies facade.
Welcome to the Underbelly"