Author: jo-ann brody

February 1 to 26, 2021

Reception: Saturday, February 26, 3-5 pm

Brody, Pauline’s Apple Tree, Papier mache, 15.25 x 11 x 4.5″, 2022
Liz Ndoye, Tumbling Dolls, Uniball pen on paper, 11 x 8″, 2021

Ceres Gallery presents Jo-Ann Brody, sculptor, and Liz Ndoye, mixed media/fiber artist, in SOLO / Duo – Culture and Stance, a blended show.Brody and Ndoye have shown together before but this is their first blended show. Their work and styles compliment each other. Both are figurative artists but their approaches are unique to their individual concepts. Brody is focused on the form and stance of her figures while Ndoye is trying to capture the fictional cultural milieu of her dolls.
Brody started with clay sculpture; she moved to cement to create larger, life sized women. Both materials are from the earth and retained their earth tones; currently she is working in papier mache—still figurative but now with color and collaged image from her photography and from magazines and books. The forms are familiar but the addition of image and color adds a new dimension. There are references to her surroundings encountered on daily walks. Stance remains paramount to her work. 
Liz Ndoye continues her love affair with her doll “creatures” – soft, fabric, humanoid figures that she makes and installs in tandem with her large canvases and drawings in order to depict aspects of their doll culture and existence. In this, her latest show at Ceres, she will attempt to convey and share her passion for and joyous communion with her doll creations. She makes dolls, paints and draws them, and creates installations that celebrate their healing, happy qualities. 
Mara Mills, Studio of Theater in Exile, Donna Barkman, and Jo-Ann Brodywill read Perfect Mind. a poem written by a woman 600 AD, which Mills adapted to fit the exhibit. The reading is offered on screen at the exhibition, and online on Ceres, Studio Theater in Exile, and Hudson Valley MOCA’s websites.


The artists will be in the gallery by appointment.

All Covid restrictions will be followed.

Seated Figures

Trio, 2020, Papier Mache, 22-24 inches tall

Sumer/Fall 2021

Highland Falls
May 3 to October 28, 2021

Figure on a Bench, Colored cement over foam, in situ at Highland Falls

This May Highland Falls opened its outdoor Sculpture Art Walk.  The Art Walk, featuring sculptures, gives a quiet respite from Covid and a moment of peaceful inspiration and reflection.  On a lone bench a life-size concrete woman sits, watching passersby in their necessary activities, and waits for a conversation. She’ll sit and listen without interrupting you.  Figure Sitting on a Bench, in Ladycliff Park, is the creation of Jo-Ann Brody.  Not far away in the park a colorful mosaic Yoga bird, created by Barbara Galazzo and Carol Flaitz, with arms outstretched reminds us to socially distance and looks ahead to the day we can all hug again.

The Art Walk is a half-mile-long stretch of 18 large-scale sculptures gracefully lining the Orange County town’s Main Street.  Originally the brain child of Nicole Shea of the Eisenhower Leadership Center at West Point in 2015, the project is now run by the Chamber of Commerce with the help of a jury committee.   The jury committee has worked with Collaborative Concepts, a nonprofit art organization, based in Putnam County, to support and exhibit professional sculpture since it’s inception. 

The Art Walk was originally conceived as an attraction to stimulate interest in Main Street and from those visiting West Point.  Minutes from the Bear Mountain Bridge and close to Storm King this Art Walk is easily accessible to all in the Hudson Valley.  After a hiatus, the Art Walk happily returns this year.

The Art gives those visiting West Point an opportunity to take pause, get a cup of coffee and spend time strolling in the town of Highland Falls and be inspired by the art.  Given the turmoil and fear of the last year, those travelling to enjoy the Village and art will find it a quiet moment of respite in the sea of unpredictability. 

For more information go to www.collaborativeconcepts.org, 845-528-1797 or www.highlandfallsartwalk.org.

Highland Falls Art Walk is brought to you by the Town of Highland Chamber of Commerce and Orange County.  “This project is made possible with funds from the Orange County Executive Arts, Heritage & Tourism Grant program.”  Highland Falls gratefully acknowledges support for its program from Otocast.com.


NBOSS 2021
June 19th thru November 7th 2021

Dialog, Colored cement over foam and rebar

NBOSS at the Museum
Bennington Museum, Bennington VT

My American Family, Colored cement over metal, pic pipe over rebar
Now in its 24th year, the North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS) is the longest running outdoor sculpture exhibition in Southern Vermont. From June 19th to November 7th, large-scale outdoor works will be featured throughout the historic village of North Bennington, at the Hiland Hall Gardens, and on the 10-acre campus of Bennington Museum in Old Bennington. This exhibition is a must-see addition to the regional art trail that connects Southern Vermont cultural destinations such as Bennington Museum, Bennington College, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center with MassMoca, The Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, Art Omi, Chesterwood, and The Mount. For the 9th year in a row, local artist Joe Chirchirillo will curate this premier cultural event, and for the 2nd consecutive year, he will be joined by Jamie Franklin at Bennington Museum. For the summer and fall of 2021, the team has brought together over 50 internationally recognized and emerging artists from the surrounding area with their works split between the two locations: 45 pieces in North Bennington (including 4 pieces at the Hiland Hall Gardens), and 29 pieces at Bennington Museum. These creations can be enjoyed at no cost and at the viewer’s convenience. Sculptures are available for purchase from the artists, and maps are available on-site.
Between the village of North Bennington and the museum’s grounds there will be nearly 75 outdoor sculptures by some of the best artists working in Vermont and the larger northeast region. That’s a density of high quality public artwork, accessible free to the public all summer and through the fall from dawn to dusk, that is hard to beat! Building on our pandemic inspired partnership begun last year, I am excited to see museum guests continue to explore the museum’s 10-acre property – from our Courtyard, with live music and food every Friday night, and the George Aiken Wildflower Trails, with its native planting, to our upper meadow with beautiful expansive views, and the intimate Jennings Brook trail, with its classic forest setting with a lovely babbling brook – simultaneously discovering the beauty and power of our region’s landscape and artistic community.” – Jamie Franklin, Curator at The Bennington Museum

Collaborative Concepts @ Tilly Foster Farm
September 1 to October 30, 2021

Brody’s this year was cancelled due to an accident. Below is the maquette of what was proposed.

Nomi, Papier Mache over cardboard

Pandemic Work

The Arc of the Viral Universe

A Notebook Project 
Organized by Carla Rae Johnson

In one year fill the 96 pages of your notebook with drawings/sketches, poetry, writing, lyrics, journaling, word art, cartoons, puzzles, collages+, questions, photos, image montages, rubber stamping, stickers, cutting, fold-outs, ideas, graphics, protests, digital art, abstractions, or non-objective art of color, line, texture, shapes, etc. 

Highland Falls ArtWalk
Highland Falls NY
May 5-Oct 30

Figure on a Bench, 2011-2021, cement, cement colors


Pachamama

Forest for the Trees, 2020, Papier mache


Outside my Oeuvre

Houses, 2020, Papier mache


Resolution

Resolution (figure), 2020, Papier mache

Spring/Summer/Winter

UPCOMING

 

June 10
Re-Emerging
Center for Digital Arts at WCC
27 N. Division St, Peekskill NY 

Pair, 2021, Papier Mache,


 


June 10
Art OUT Loud
Sun River Health’s Jeannette J. Phillips Health Center
1037 Main Street, Peekskill NY  

Medusa Hair, 2020, Papier Mache


 

JUNE 19,
24TH Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show
Main Street, North Bennington, VT

Dialog, colored cement, life sized

NBOSS at the Museum
Bennington Museum
75 Main Street, Bennington VT 

My American Family, cement, rebar, pvc pipe


September 4 – October 31, 2021 
Collaborative Concepts at Tillly Foster Farm
Brewster NY


February 2-26, 2022
Solo/Duo Jo-Ann Brody and Liz Ndoye
Ceres Gallery
547 W. 27th St NYC

Life as It Is Now

Ceres Gallery 547 West 27th St Suite 201 New York, NY 10001

ceresgallery.org. 212-947-6100

The closures and social distancing brought on by the coronavirus pandemic resulted in Ceres Gallery being closed from March 16, 2020 to September 8, 2020, a period of almost six months. Ceres has never before been closed for more than two or three weeks in its more than thirty-five year history. The quarantine separated our artists from each other and, in many cases, from their studios, for a previously unimaginable period of time.

But the artists of Ceres are indefatigable and so they enthusiastically planned a grand group exhibition for the reopening. We now bring you that exhibition, titled Life As It Is Now, expressing for each of the participating artists, how these difficult circumstances have affected their work and their lives. Through the mediums of painting, drawing, printing, photography and sculpture, communicating their point of view employing abstraction, representation or figuration, Ceres artists bring you their interpretation of the present moment in time, a moment certainly unparalleled in our lifetimes.


The pandemic, the election, the environmental, social and political upheavals and how artists see our world will be on view for three weeks. There will be no opening reception but the exhibition is open to the public. It would be best, however, if you called the gallery in advance of your visit, 212.947.6100. We are equipped with everything to make your visit safe and edifying.

Collaborative Concepts @ Tilly Foster Farm

100 Rte 312 Brewster, NY 10509

September 5-October 31, 2020

40 Artists on a 199 acre farm
Collaborative Concepts offers artists the freedom to create what they want, something grand, or silly, or experimental. It even gives them permission to fail.  Experimental art has always been encouraged at the Collaborative Concepts Sculpture show. 

My American Family at Tilly Foster Farm, PVC pipe, colored cement, rebar, dimensions variable.

This piece represent my family. My children are from Vietnam, Korea, and Brazil. We are presented on the colors of the American flag organized into a fence.

Collaborative Concepts

Enjoy major works of art in a timeless, pastoral setting.

This is our 15th annual sculpture exhibition on a Farm.

Collaborative Concepts brings together sculpture and installations by 40 participants on the rolling fields of the Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. The  exhibition  presents  artists from the region, NYC  and Switzerland. You are also encouraged to visit any day of the week as the autumn colors change the backdrop of the art. 

The exhibition is free and can be viewed from 10am to 4pm, Sept. 5 through Oct. 31. There is parking and maps on site. 

http://www.collaborativeconcepts.org

Stay Safe, stay healthy

March 18, 2020

COVID 19 is taking its toll, many shows I am in have been cancelled.

That said, (s)mother at Bethany Art Center is postponed.

Open Studios 2020 in Peekskill is still planned.

Ceres Group Show: EVERYWOMAN KNOWS June 23-July 18 is still scheduled.

All my teaching is probably cancelled through June. I am home and in my studio working!

 

OFF Balance

CERES GALLERY

March 5-30, 2019
Reception March 7, 6-8pm

Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street #201
New York, NY 10001
212-947-6100

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OFF Balance

“Instability of one’s mind or feelings.”
“A condition in which different elements are not equal or in the correct proportions.”

This body of work represents a balancing act between overtly feminine forms and iconic ones. The pieces are not even, stable, or correctly proportioned. They are vulnerable and fragile in appearance with imagery evoking bones, trees, totems, and fertility figures.

Line rather than mass is the predominant consideration in this work. Inspiration is informed by the work of Modigliani and Matisse. All the pieces are made with light weight materials balanced at their tipping point.

In this exhibition, Brody explores papièr maché and the addition of color as well as continuing with her cement work. The papièr maché torsos are remade from previous work, reshaped, reimagined with thinner faces, arms/hands, and more acute angles. By manipulating the figures and distorting them, the women grow stronger and emotionally truer.

Brody’s typical vocabulary includes elongated figures grouped. The cement figures are intended to create a “forest of women.” For the past several decades, Brody has worked with series of figures echoing her fascination with the society and place of women.

All the work is done as an emotional and instinctive response to the world. The figures cannot be explained intellectually; they grow from their act of creation. Brody works in a light weight cement and in papièr maché with found magazine imagery and mulberry paper.

Art is an island of repose in the every more challenging world of current affairs.

Jo-Ann Brody, 2019

installation shots from the gallery.

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