Erika Kapin believes that music and art have the power to cause joy,
inspiration, healing and insight. She uses both music and visual art as ways to bring more of these elements into the world. Raised in Washington state,Erika began her formal training in photography at Bellevue Community
College in 1999. Moving to NYC in 2005, by 2008 she began an association
with the Chair and the Maiden gallery where her photographs have been
featured the group shows “Preview” and “ArtLive”(2008/2009) as well as in
her solo exhibitions “One and the Same” and “Stolen Moments.”Additionally, Erika’s photography has appeared on several album releases including Jane Ira Bloom’s WingWalker, Tony Malaby’s Tamarindo Live, and Aaron Shragge/Akim Funk Buddah’s Shaku-Box. An interview with Kapin and selected images from her “One and the Same” collection were featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Fine Arts Magazine. Work from the “Stolen Moments” collection is featured in the May 2010 issue of the Camera Obscura blog. Erika is the photographer for The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Plastic Portraits is a project that seeks to explore our relationship with plastics. People in this world interact with plastics on a daily basis. From single-use, disposable items, to medical and technological equipment that many of us find essential to our lives, plastic is so integrated that we often use and interact with it without being aware of it.
By photographing different people with the plastics they use daily, this project opens the door to thoughtfulness and discussion around the plastics of our lives. It raises awareness of the ubiquitous presence plastic has in our world and hopefully will spark individuals to make more thoughtful, informed decisions regarding their own plastic consumption.
Lauren Underwood grew up in Portland and Boring, OR at the same time. She witnessed the transition from city to country and country to city each week as she traveled between these two homes. She went to college in Bellingham, WA. At Fairhaven College she designed a degree titled: Facilitating Creative Learning through Community. One summer she spent two months traveling by bicycle from the NW corner of the United States to the SW. These landscapes became imprinted on her as she moved through them.
She has always soaked up the world visually. Her recent work accesses shapes, colors, patterns, rhythms and structures gathered from her current and past surroundings. She is interested in allowing both the repetitive qualities of her environments, and her fixation with them to exist in her artwork.
Lauren now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a barista at Lark Café, takes painting classes at the Art Students League and looks for new experiences.
Matthew Pisani is a painter, advertising art director and creator of MPISA.com. Often painting in a style he refers to as objectivism, Matthew bends paper clips into unique shapes and then incorporates the wire figures into his abstract art. Recently, he has begun exploring a painting approach inspired by the impressionism and realism movements.
With bold design and evocative colors, Matthew believes that successful pieces of art are those that connect with the audience and elicit an emotional response. No matter how subjective or individual the mind is, there are universal elements of humanity that unite each one of us. Art and creative pursuits are certainly among these unifying occurrences.
For more information, please visit: mattpisa.com.
Here’s a little note from Tim:
Hello. I was born in Rochester, NY, which is home to Kodak and Xerox. Long before Kodak went bankrupt, we hardy Rochestarians shoveled a lot of snow, made fun of Buffalo, and used a lot of Kodak cameras. The first time I remember using a camera was sometime in the early 80s, when I used up an entire roll of film on the short-lived (but super-futuristic!) Kodak Disc Camera, taking pictures of my G.I. Joe action figures in what was no doubt a heated battle with my Star Wars action figures.Film developing in the 80s was much more involved than it is today, what with driving to the local Wegmans, dropping off film, waiting for an hour (only an hour! How super-futuristic!), then tapping your feet anxiously while they found your film, paying, then ripping open the package because you just can’t wait any longer, only to find that, out of a roll of 24 pictures, only two came out half-way decent, one looks like you punched your friend in the face with the flash, and everything else is black due to over-exposure.So when I happily brought my documentarian’s roll of G.I. Joe/Star Wars film to my father, he wasn’t the least bit pleased that I had used up a roll of film in three minutes and twenty-three seconds, and was now eager to get to Wegmans to drop the film off, have the workers feint from the brilliance of my war-time composition of the pinnacle battle between Han Solo and Destro, and probably get asked to be in a Star Wars movie by George Lucas.No one feinted, I wasn’t asked to be in a Star Wars movie. George Lucas got fat, and made some horrible movies.But that’s not the point.Nothing much else happened up until 1991, when I saw Anton Corbijn’s cover photos for U2′s exceptionally awesome and best-thing-ever Achtung Baby. The colours! The candid-ness! “The Fly!” That’s when I sought out a camera of my own and have spent a lot of time ever since trying to do something as cool; but as U2 once said, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” or, as some others have said, “Ohhh, no, no. No. You’re no Anton Corbijn.”
Paintings to Be Slept On
April 1 to April 30, 2013
Yeon Jee studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute and Fashion at Fashion Institute of Technology. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to America at the age of 15. She is currently living in New York painting, writing, and playing music.
Phone: 201 214 4373
Please join us this Saturday April 6th at 7 pm for the opening party
We know you’re addicted, so this iced coffee season, we’re upping the ante.
Birch Iced Coffee 64 ounces at a time. Made black, not blue.
There are three things I am crazy about- 1.) Creating 2.) Comedy 3.) Carrots. Not really carrots, but I am fond of them.
My first portrait was when I was 4 years old. It was a unicorn with six legs. My passion for people and animals has transformed into one of a kind portraits since then. After years of studying privately, I am now celebrating those who have influenced our lives with my personalized rendition. More importantly, I am grateful to be able to do this. Thanks for swinging by!
Stephanie was born in Hawaii and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, most recently through Red Bull Curates, Openhouse Gallery, and Indiewalls. Specializing in portraits, she uses contours in a unique manner to capture the essence of each subject, whether its sensuality, stature, or even its simplicity. Her meandering lines seem to drift arbitrarily, yet they ultimately form a shape true to the subject. In her latest body of work, she adds a dimension of technical ambiguity in response to the new methods ushered in by the age of digital media. Blurring the distinctions between mediums, she invites the viewer to ponder the manner in which each piece was created and how the process of creation in itself influences both the intrinsic and aesthetic values of the work.”
First and foremost, a happy new year to everyone. Hope everyone stays safe this holiday season and we are super excited about all the things to come in Birchland in 2013.
With all the amazing albums that came out this year, our choice is going to have to be Kaki King’s Glow. The purely instrumental album was both uplifting and inspiring and we have to agree with Kaki when she says it’s some of her best work.
Congrats Kaki! All the best in 2013.