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Art Fair at Amalgamated Houses/Vladeck Hall Tomorrow! (Sun. 11/20, 1 to 5 P.M. )

19 Nov

Hey Everyone! Tomorrow (Sunday), from 1 to 5 p.m., I’ll be part of an art fair, along with 17 wonderful artists at Amalgamated House’s Vladeck Hall in Van Cortlandt Village/Bronx (74 Van Cortlandt Park South). KRVC is organizing the event and providing a shuttle bus from their office at 505 W. 236th St. (around corner of Riverdale Ave next to bagel joint), every half hour between 1:30 and 4:30 . This is gonna be a phenomenal resource for creative, AFFORDABLE holiday gifts by local artists, including jewelry, paintings, photography, drawings, and greeting cards.  And live jazz too! If you have time tomorrow, please come check it out! 

Thanks!

Jordan

P.S. Here are pix of some of the artist’s taking part! And feel free to email me at jordanmossbx@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Daniel Hauben

Jordan Moss

Liz Guarracino

Annette Black

Alex Fernandez

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See This Bronx Museum Exhibit Before It Closes!

1 Mar

Have you ever been to the Bronx Museum of the Arts? I’m asking because I’ve asked many people — especially artists — that same question over the years and I’m surprised by how many Bronxites and others who love art, have never been there. Well, now is the time. “Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial” (the result of a fellowship program) is still on exhibit, but only until March 20. The museum is FREE, on the Grand Concourse and close to D- and 4-trains. Here are just a couple of photos of a few dozen excellent pieces in the show. (Here’s a great review of it in Hyperallergic). And keep checking out the Bronx Museum.

Protest and Counter-Protest by Jesse Kreuzer, 8 x 32 feet Photo by Jordan Moss
This photo is of two works by artist Victoria-Idongesit Udondian: “Akaising” and “1271, 1245.” Photo by Jordan Moss

Riverdale Artist’s Online Opening Tomorrow (Sun., 1/23)

22 Jan

Gallery 505, a Bronx art gallery in Riverdale, hosts an online exhibit opening tomorrow, June 23, for the local artist Doris Cordero. It’s from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Gallery, led by Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Development Corp., will also be open for in-person visits on Mondays from 2-5 p.m. by appointment. To get the link for tomorrow’s opening or future in-person visit, just email lindaKRVC@gmail.com. And here’s the link to learn more about Cordero and her work.

Bronx Museum of the Art’s Biennial

6 Oct

From Oct. 20 thru Jan. 16 the Bronx Museum of the Arts, on the Grand Concourse and E. 165th St., exhibits the work of 69 emerging NYC artists who experienced the museum’s incubator program. Can’t wait to check it out. Hope you do too! (If you’ve never been to the Bronx Museum, I’d say this is a great time to begin. Such wonderful art there that too few of us see. And it’s free!)

Black and Blue

2 Mar

March 2, 2021 —When I saw these two people heading towards each other while driving in Riverdale a week or so ago, I stopped at the stop sign for more than the usual instant to grab my phone and take several photos. The intensely different way each walker was protecting themselves from the wet snow speaks for itself, and what you can, and cannot, see of them does the same. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

Leonardo’s Work at Bronx Museum Ignites Focus, Thought, and Hopefully … Action

26 Feb

Feb. 26, 2021 — The Bronx Museum of the Arts was almost empty when I was there on Wednesday, but the message of its Shaun Leonardo exhibit, “The Breath of Empty Space,” was full … and forceful. 

The reflections from the glass covering of each large piece make you walk up close and wonder why the heck the curator didn’t see the reflections when they were installed. When I walked up to the piec, I didn’t understand what I was looking at. I saw various clothed body sections but I didn’t understand the action being taken. There were even cutouts from the charcoal drawing.

All this had purpose. 

Though the head of a person was non-existent, that empty half-body-like section was filled with parts of me. No, I was not killed, nor did I kill, but the message I interpreted for myself is that I have some role in the tale, even if I was in bed, or at Starbucks or on a bike ride for the seven minutes that Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Anti-racism doesn’t mean not killing or not saying racist things. It means acting, speaking, showing up — against racism. There were other pieces created with related messages, some a little harder to interpret, for me at least, which is why I need to, and look forward to, returning to the exhibit to look, and think more. And read more about racism in general. And learn. And act. 

In a video on the museum’s site, Leonardo shares his message briefly but in these minimal, intense words he offers more than any art critique can provide. 

[It took me a few minutes (and I think my friend, Larry, pointed it out) to see that that the emptiness in this piece with my, and the exhibit’s, reflection in center, was the absence of George Floyd. What’s more powerful than that?]

“And if you experience something lodged in your body, some guttural, visceral impression, then I wish for you to stay with that for a moment, to sit with the hurt,” he said, “so that you may leave this exhibition questioning the ways that we perceive. And at the end of this experience, we may discover ways to move differently in the world and to breathe life into this history of violence.”

The show is on until May 30. Attendance is free but you must make a reservation which is rather easy. Go if you can!

Bronx Documentary Center Hosts Discussion with 2 Latin American Photographers

5 Aug

On Instagram, this Friday, Bronx Documentary Center is hosting discussions with two exhibiting photographers, Adriana Loureiro Fernández and César Rodríguez. Details here.

The Red I Found in Kingsbridge (Bronx)

3 Aug

8.3.20 — Asked as a kid what my favorite color was, I’d always say purple. But if you look at my art (IG: @jordanmossart), begun at age 48, there’s a ton more red. It’s me, but not a me I’ve gotten to understand too well. Why did it dominate my work so far? Dunno.

I took a bunch of shots at this one fire alarm on Godwin Terrace, a street, believe it or not, I’ve never walked or run on until today. I was headed in that direction from a run in Marble Hill, which despite my decade-and-a-half life in Kingsbridge Heights, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve walked or run through it. Anyway, the reds, pinks, oranges in here blow me away. To me, this is a kind of art I could never, or should never, create. Yes, I will use/steal aspects of its textures and colors and take photos of it galore, choosing the parts I like and even editing its color (didn’t here). But it’s not any kind of message coming through me; it’s beauty and intensity I ran into. It is, I guess, an ongoing focus of my photography. (I took a ton more shots today but this is the one I like most.)

Photo by Jordan Moss

Speaking of my red artwork, here’s a recent piece of my mixed media abstract work that I began a good while ago at the Art Students League and completed over the summer.

“Keep Going” 2020. 27 in. x 16 in. Acrylic, cardboard, plywood, sand. By Jordan Moss

As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged in months, and not consistently in the last few years. I am no longer a journalist, but I reboot my blog here to focus on art, my art, Bronx art, local issues of all kinds and creativity in general. We’ll all see where I head with it. Your input, ideas and thoughts are welcome. The Bronx matters.