NP Studios proudly welcomes Syrian artist Adel Khalaf to the Prospect Park, New Jersey studio. Adel studied fine art at the Adham Ismael Institute in Damascus and in 2004 he completed his BA in Fine art, majoring in visual communications from Damascus University in Syria. Adel currently works and lives in New Jersey. Please read his statement below and click on the link to view his full website.
|Because as humans our frailty prevents us from revealing our weakness, sadness or pain, we hide behind humor, laughter and playfulness. Despite ourselves, we use this absurdity to confront tragedy.My portraits and ensemble sketches contain all the core elements of artificial playfulness yet they expose the veneer to reveal the pain beneath. My charcoal, pencil and acrylic artworks deliberately impose a dark, bleak vision directly contrasted by the incongruous humor in each piece.
My works exposes the unique masks of deception our characters wear innately, using subtle absurdities to hint at this subversion.
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I began photographing with a Brownie Camera when I was just 8 years old. For the last 50 years I can’t remember when I didn’t have a camera in my hand. Deep inside I knew that Accounting and IT were not fulfilling but it did pay the bills. I started studying at SVA and ICP in the evenings while working full time to formalize my craft with some wonderful mentors like Algis Balsys and Jerry Vezzuso. My photography was born on the streets of New York and in the documentary projects and environmental portraits of interesting people who gave me their images. If there is anything I want to do with my retirement it is to share my images with as many people as possible and continue to grow my body of work.
Isaac Williams is a painter, illustrator, digital and performance artist from Montclair, New Jersey. Williams earned his BFA at Montclair State University in 2008 and proceeded to further his education, in fine arts, by earning his MFA at Pratt Institute in 2011.
Isaac Williams has exhibited his work in many shows around the Tri-state area, such as the Harlem Arts Festival and the 17th Annual Art in the Atrium, Inc. Currently, he works as an Art Handler in the New York/New Jersey area.
These works are driven by an aesthetic intensity that is meant to ignite and cultivate an awakened emotion. His work reflects his persistent desire to create, express and explore subjects regarding the mind, environment and its relationship to identity.
“Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Carlos Alva began his career in photography as a hobby in 2011. A passion to capture the missed moments that people failed to recognize as beauty. It also started small. In a living room with movable furniture as people came to his house to shoot. Eventually, taking the name of BlackHill Photography, Carlos pursued his passion wholeheartedly. He has been fortunate and blessed enough to have worked with models and actors of all different experience levels. He has managed to work with models represented by some of the top model agencies in the world. He also had the privilege of working with models who would appear on CW’s America’s Next Top Model as well as numerous TV and screen appearances. Now along with his wife, they have decided to open BlackHill Studios in Passaic, NJ where they cater to aspiring actors and models as well as industry veterans as they continue their journey in the entertainment industry.
My paintings have developed from many years of collaging. The use of different materials, layered and juxtaposed found objects, has transformed into larger works. My paintings, mostly with acrylic paint, often use additional media such as oil stick, charcoal and graphite. Lines are evolving from handwriting and calligraphy, while shapes investigate the relationships between positive and negative space. Every canvas starts a journey of its own. Many of my works continue to evolve over time. I consider my works to be “living entities”, which I often continue to discover and change over time. Investigating the space via mark-making is an ongoing process for me. Deconstructing old works and reconstructing them in space provides for new possibilities and unveils new directions.
My work uses historical references to make commentary on today’s culture. The past becomes remembered in a way to highlight the glorious parts and leave us feeling nostalgic for the way things were when history is much like any fictional narrative. It needs to highlight certain things to make the story work and leave out the undesirable parts. I am embracing nostalgia’s effect on how we remember the past and how our memories can become as wondrous and fantastical as any fairy tale. The role women have played throughout history is not something that is completely irrelevant to us now. I seek to explore what role I feel I have in the world. The narratives I create seek to make the viewer a bit uncomfortable, to make them reevaluate their assumptions, and help them to try to see the dark hidden part of ourselves that tends to get excluded from the history we write down.