by Denise Sfraga
Denise Sfraga is a New York-based artist working in a variety of genres, including painting, collage, photography, and sculpture. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including M. David & Co., The Pelham Art Center, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, The Painting Center, David and Schweitzer Contemporary, LABspace, C24, and Centotto, as well as other unique venues.
Nature has always been an important and integral part of Sfraga's creative life. As a visual artist and avid gardener, the life cycle of plants has always been at the root of her creative energies and exploration. Working in her own garden and experiencing its constant state of flux, from seed germination, leaf and flower growth, and the dispersion of the next generation of seeds, to the final stages of plant decay, Sfraga witnesses an ever-evolving landscape of life forms from which she draws visual inspiration.
This exhibition, 'Strange Brew,' will present Sfraga's botanically inspired recent works, including drawings, 3-dimensional works, and paintings of a wide range of sizes.
Around the Edges
by Richard Keen
Richard Keen is an abstract visual artist based in Maine. From 1997-2003 he taught privately and in public schools. Since then, he has maintained a studio at Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick and subsidizes his life as an artist by working as a diver.
Keen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, where he received an art scholarship and double-majored in studio art and art therapy. Keen graduated from Millikin in 1995. He then earned a Master of Arts from SUNY Albany and has been living in Maine since 1999.
This exhibition will feature a selection of paintings from Keen’s “Form Singularity” body of work. A series of small format paintings will be mounted on a wall running on a low-profile triangular rail circumnavigating the room, augmented by a select grouping of dimensional wall sculptures and shaped panels. The format of this mounting allows visitors, with proper protection for their hands, to move paintings, altering their relationship with each other within the gallery space. This connection to the work will create a more engaging experience for viewing / removing the stigma of artwork being too precious to touch.
Rain of Joy
by Han Lee
Han Lee is a new media artist and multitalented designer based in New Jersey. For around 20 years, he worked for CJ, Samsung, Fi New York, Sigient, allm Interactive as a senior designer and creative director, and also, worked with LG, Hyundai, Scholastic, Time Warner Cable, Nintendo America, Google, Tencent. He has received international recognition for his designs and has won some of the most prestigious awards in the interactive design industry, such as the Webby Awards. Also, some of the works he created were featured in many books and media including the TASCHEN book. He has given his thoughts to the world by having many lectures, interviews, contributions, and as a jury.
This exhibition will showcase projection-mapped interactive artwork - The exhibition venue will be filled with the projected artwork installation that will give an immersive experience to the visitors. There will be two live performances on June 10th and June 23rd by artist Han Lee accompanied by the exhibition 'Rain of Joy'. Lee will play music corresponding to the background graphic movements to give a full sensual experience to the audience intersecting time, space, sound, and visual. This performance will be held in front of a projection-mapped interactive artwork installation.
by Jeong Min Park
Jeong Min Park is a New York-based artist. She received her MFA from Long Island University and Suwon University, South Korea. She had 15 solo exhibitions and participated in several groups shows internationally including USA, China, and South Korea.
This exhibition will feature Jeong Min’s recent works and the paintings from the “Autogenesis” and “Come Empty, Return Empty” series she has continuously developed.
Jeong Min uses Korean color pigments on a thin, soft canvas that brings a similar look to traditional Asian painting on silk or paper. Her works are closely aligned with abstract art but not wholly abstract. Multiple overlapping layers create meditative and tranquil visuals, resembling the mountain scenery or wave in the sea. In her painting, each layer connects to the underlying lines that represent the reincarnation of past and present.
Bones in Motion
by Natalie Giugni
Natalie Giugni is a New Jersey based fine artist creating two and three-dimensional works using multiple mediums including chalk pastel, paint, bone, wood, and metal. She is graduate of School of Visual Arts where she attended on a full scholarship. Born in Venezuela, she has traveled extensively, and has drawn inspiration and narratives for her work from her experiences in Italy, South America, and Japan. She now spends her time exhibiting nationally and internationally, while working out of her home studio in Jersey City, NJ.
The title of this exhibition, Bones in Motion, contains a double meaning: Bones in Motion calls forth Giugni’s process of drawing and abstracting her bone sculptures to inform her paintings and develop her visual vocabulary. It also references a time of “getting back to work” and production. The latter alludes to the artist’s journey after the lengthy lockdown of the pandemic, followed by a bout with ill health.
Natalie Giugni’s latest creations examine classical themes such as death and rebirth, confinement, liberation, wretchedness, and beauty in two- and three-dimensional compositions. She sometimes executes these with solemn regard and, in other instances, with tongue-in-cheek humor. Her new series gives new life to bits and pieces of bones and mythology through the deconstruction and abstraction of their imagery.
What our visitors saying about their experience
Your philosophy is wonderful, we need more people to think as you do. I think the Garage Art Center is an important project and much needed in the neighborhood.Anonymous, Bayside
I agree it's wonderful to be able to support other artists. At the Garage Art Center, we could have a talk for the community about the joy of not only collecting art but giving it as a special gift. Not about commercialism, but about how it can affect your life.Anonymous, Jackson Heights
I'm thrilled to be part of what you are doing. I have for years, wished for a local community for artists.Anonymous, Bayside
This is what I always dreamed about. I used to think about the artists, writers, and musicians would gather and discuss, share, and collaborate. Thank you so much for making this happen with your special vision!Anonymous