Last Thursday at Rush Arts Gallery, we were invited to celebrate the winners the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Edgartista Gonzalez and Jed Foronda. The event was well attended, guests enjoyed mixed cocktails and light snacks by Bombay Sapphire while meeting and greeting with the winners.
The series was created three years ago as a national contest to discover and cultivate the next wave of aspiring artists in visual art. The series featured entries from artists representing 10 cosmopolitan cities throughout the U.S. in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire: Bacardi U.S.A., Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery hosted the competition in Miami during 2012’s Art Basel event.
The Rush Arts Gallery + Corridor Gallery are core programs of the Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation, a 501 © 3 organization founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons. Both galleries are dedicated to providing exhibition opportunities to an emerging artistic community and exposes disadvantages urban youth to contemporary arts and culture through educational programming initiatives with the Rush Education Programs.
Jed Foronda is a Filipino American artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. His work is influenced by common found material as media to deconstruct cultural and social mythologies. His current work alters popular magazines, from Art Forum to Playboy, by systematically craving organic abstract patterns into the surface.
Edgartista Gonzalez moved from Guatemala to Long Island in 1999; in 2005 he migrated from Long Island to Brooklyn which is now his home-base as an artist. He uses fine lines and geometric patterns to create images of the New York Cityscape. It was from his daily commute through New York subways tunnels primarily in ink and pencil that inspired his deconstructing and reconstructing the cityscape of New York with the precision of architectural drafting and the imagination that the city itself inspires.
The exhibit is currently open for viewing by the general public through March 15, 2013. Take some time before this amazing exhibit leaves to check out the work of some innovative art.
– Coretta Ryan