Digital Exhibition - Quantumartreview by Jenny Rappaport

Quantumartreview did a second digital exhibition this January with two of my paintings from 2013 featured. 

Check out the link bellow to see the online exhibition.

Click here to see the online exhibition!

Chatting with My (Artist) Friends by Jenny Rappaport

This summer was a time when I reconnected with many of my college friends from the Rhode Island School of Design. Three years ago, I graduated with my Bachelors of Fine Arts and moved to New York City, although most of my friends moved far away. It was great to catch up, reconnect and hear of the accomplishments and struggles of my very talented, passionate, creative friends!

 

Maggie Thompson owner of Makwa Studio in Minnesota. 

Maggie Thompson owner of Makwa Studio in Minnesota. 

Maggie Thompson 

Textile Designer, St. Paul, MN, Makwa Studio

My closest friend through college, Maggie, is a positive and vibrant person. The artwork she makes is inspired by her love of the outdoors, family, and her Native American Ojibwe heratige. During her visit to NYC this summer we talked a lot about post-graduation life as a creative person, and the struggles that come with starting your own business. Maggie has launched a textile business called Makwa Studio. As a young entrepreneur, who studied textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design, Maggie has been successful at setting up a great website, participating in art fairs, holding open studio events and collaborating with local makers. Makwa Studio designs and creates soft, beautiful, woven, sewn, and knitted items such as scarfs, hats, and blankets.  Maggie's fine art textiles are dynamic and thought provoking.  Her work is rooted in her heritage as a Native American, and her art work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It was wonderful to spend three days with my friend Maggie who brings an energy and lightness to everything she does and everyone she meets! 

As I am starting the design of my own art business it was very insightful to talk with her about the pros and cons of certain business software, the abilities of specific website platforms, and the process of state business licensing. 


Topher on the Red Hook Ferry in New York City.

Topher on the Red Hook Ferry in New York City.

Topher Gent 

Furniture Designer, Providence, RI, Gent Design Company

In need of a table for my apartment, it was obvious to me where to search - Gent Design Company - started by my long time friend Topher Gent. A native Rhode Islander, Topher has always been a strong person with great self discipline, qualities that come across in his work. I reached out to him several months ago about a coffee table commission and the entire process, from sending me designs, to paying my invoice, was efficient and well thought out. When he delivered the table a few weeks ago I was blown away by the final product. The welded steel design is angular and intriguing. Although it is steel, there is a natural feeling to the piece that is not harsh or imposing. The matte white finish is understated and elegant. This table is a reminder of my wonderful friendship with Topher.

Images (above) of Topher delivering and placing the commissioned table in my New York City apartment. It looks great!


Diandre enjoying Washington Square Park.

Diandre enjoying Washington Square Park.

Diande Fuentes 

Textile Designer, Los Angeles, CA www.diandre-fuentes.com

My visit with Diandre was short but sweet. It's always a great time when my good friend from the West Coast comes to visit the East Coast -- her visit this summer was for business.  In college, Diandre's nick name was Mamma D. When I heard about her job as a surface textile designer for children's wear, I knew it was a perfect fit for her. It was insightful and exciting to hear about the corporate creative setting where she works. Diandre produces art work that is culturally aware, always in a playful and intelligent manner. Kudos to Mamma D who has found a creative position with a major clothier that values her integrity and fabulousness! 


Max Spitzer's fiberglass lamp in my apartment. 

Max Spitzer's fiberglass lamp in my apartment. 

Max Spitzer

Sculptor and Educator, Hudson, NY www.cargocollective.com/maxspitzer

Max and I first met during our freshman (foundation) year at RISD and became fast friends. In college, he pursued sculpture and I focused on illustration. Last fall, I took the train from New York City to visit Max at his studio in Hudson, New York. His studio and art work are inspiring. He creates spaces and sculptures using fiberglass that he can then paint and seal. This method enables him to create unique shapes that are hard, glossy and eye-poping. During my visit, he promised to make me a lamp for my new apartment, and this summer he personally delivered it. Using a similar method and materials as the sculptures I saw on my visit to his studio, he made a solid shaft form using fiber glass that serves as the base and neck of the lamp. This original design allows me to place the lamp in many convenient places ( i.e. leaning against a shelf, stuffed in a pot, mounted on the wall). The color of the synthetic material is preserved by the hard glossy coating that delightfully contrasts with the allusion of an organic form that undulates with sculpted knots. This is by far the coolest lamp I've ever owned, and an object I will keep forever! 


Coney Island Art Walls by Jenny Rappaport

On a spontaneous trip from Queens to Coney Island this week my friends and I came across the Coney Art Walls, a semi permanent installation of large murals painted and secured to particularly placed concrete walls next to Luna Park. The most exciting surprise was a lot of the artists whose work was displayed I could recognize! Miss Van, Shepard Ferry, How and Nosm, Maya Hayuk, Kenny Sharf are just a few of the artists that were featured. It was really a treat to wander into a fabulously curated maze of street art and discover which artist was on the next wall or even walk quickly to an artist we recognized peeking over the wall that stood in front of it. The sunshine and 80 degree weather made all the artwork shine even more and the crisp blue sky with roller coasters twisting upward into it was the perfect backdrop for the walls! These Art Walls seem to be part of an initiative to help Coney Island into a positive new version of itself. My boyfriend, who I love dearly, grew up in Coney Island in one of the many large concrete public housing buildings you see while on the board walk. He knows and loves Coney Island in a very different way then I do as a non native New Yorker but I think he would say the walls are a good addition to his neighborhood. Coney Island has been an accepting place for people from all walks of life with completely different upbringings and cultures. Take for instance the Mermaid Parade that happens every year, a fabulous display of the weird and accepting vibe that Coney Island is known for. I think the Walls are vibrant, fun and a little weird, perfect for Coney Island! 

To see the walls for yourself, which I would totally recommend, take the F, D, N, Q trains to the last stop in Brooklyn! I would recommend going on a weekday/weeknight  or in the morning on a weekend. Enjoy!

Whitney Museum of American Art by Jenny Rappaport

This Saturday I spent the day at the brand new Whitney Museum located in Meatpacking at the beginning of the High Line. As I expected it was packed! The general admission line wrapped around the gleaming glass facade and neighboring outdoor cafe. Luckily I was with my boyfriend who recently started a new job at a company that is a corporate member of the museum. We where able to bypass the line to the membership desk and enter very quickly. Like other museums such as the MoMA it is suggested to view from the top floor down which we did. The building itself is very impressive and beautiful. There is a lot of artwork on view and all the big names of American...mostly male...artists. I personally did not care for the grey gallery walls on one of the floors with the wonderful Jacob Lawrence paintings, Hopper paintings and the one Andrew Wythe they had on view. I plan on going back at a less busy time and really taking in the space and art work again, it was very overwhelming. I was very impressed by the docent I heard given a tour through one of galleries. For those who have not been yet definitely go and see for yourself the wonderful new building and the large amount of artwork the Whitney has on view. 

The gallery rooms are very spacious for large installations and sculptures. 

The gallery rooms are very spacious for large installations and sculptures. 

There are a lot of seating areas, cafes, and great views of New Jersey and New York all over the museum!

There are a lot of seating areas, cafes, and great views of New Jersey and New York all over the museum!

No matter where you are in the museum there is something to look at.

No matter where you are in the museum there is something to look at.

Older Posts by Jenny Rappaport

I have moved my blog to this site instead of using word press. If you are interested in seeing my older posts please visit this link! I have a lot of process pictures and other goodies on my old site. I am excited to start blogging here going forward and know there will be some great posts on here soon, stay tuned!

SVA Residency by Jenny Rappaport

In progress picture of an oil painting experiment related to geodes. 

In progress picture of an oil painting experiment related to geodes. 

I have officially completed my month long painting residency at SVA. I was very impressed by the program and only have wonderful things to say about it and would encourage anyone thinking of applying to go for it!

At the beginning of the month I started my process by researching and examining geodes. These inorganic formations stood out to me because of the very specific and special process it takes to form, find and expose them as well as the individuality that they posses. In my past work I have used figures to bring out relatable feelings or experiences with the viewer but for these paintings the geoed replaces the figure in a more abstract and in many ways more potent painting. The geoed holds so much complexity and intrigue.  The two paintings I completed this past month are the beginning of a series of images I will create on this topic.