Current Art Show
"Flora, Fauna & Fowl: a Springtime Renewal"
Group Show of Works on Paper featuring Molly Tenzer, Domingo Carrasco, Ann Cofta
Molly Tenzer is a therapist, art teacher, and artist. She makes linocuts under the name of Many Moons and Gyotaku under the name Abandon Hope Project. She is inspired by nature and the dreamworld and aims to create images that lie somewhere between observation and the unconscious.
Two of the techniques in the show are Linocut and Gyotaku. Linocut (or block printing) which is the process of carving an image out of wood, linoleum or rubber and then creating a stamp to print images. Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese method originated among fishermen. Prior to the invention of cameras this method of documentation would be used to prove the size of caught fish. Molly uses this technique to document deceased animals found around Brooklyn where she lives. Each print is a monotype, a one of a kind impression. After printing she gives each animal a proper burial and wheatpaste copies of their print in the original found location. For more information follow her at @manymoonspress and @abadonhopeproject.
ink on kitakata rice paper
11" x 17"
Sumi ink on paper
16" x 20"
Domingo is a Queens New York native who attended public school as a child. From an early age visual art was an integral part of his world. Growing up in a supportive environment enabled Domingo to create without inhibitions. He attended the High School of Art and Design and later Queens College of the City University of New York. At Queens College his interests shifted to education were he obtained an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Domingo’s desire to pursue art once again came into play when he returned to the City University of New York at Lehman College. At Lehman College he obtained a Masters of Science in Art Education.
These works on paper are part of a series exploring the dynamic relationship between organic and geometric shapes. Domingo’s simplistic and sophisticated style celebrates a timeless age where elements of the past are constructed in new ways. Re-inventing a black and white palette to suit his expressive needs allows him the freedom to further express the language of his imagery. For more info: @Domingocarrascoart
Ann Cofta is a visual artist who uses an extended range of media, including sewing, embroidery, collage, printmaking, quilting and beadwork. Born in New York City, she has taught art in New York City for over 20 years. She currently lives in Woodside, (Queens) NY, and has a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
For this show Ann's prints and cut-outs of Birds were made from her original sketches drawn from photographs in Field Guides. The cut-outs are original pieces created using Tyvek, a material that looks like paper but is significantly more durable.
More artwork can be seen on her website anncofta.com and on Instagram @anncofta
Tyvek on paper
9" x 11"
Past shows have included photography from Long Island City's own photographer Tony Vaccaro, sketches and oil paintings from faculty/alumni from Brooklyn's Grand Central Atelier, paintings from Sunnyside resident Hana Shannon and Astoria based tattoo artist Gene Coffey, as well as artists from all over the city showcasing their work in a variety of mediums and techniques.