Art on Paper
Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan's Pier 36 in March of 2019 with eighty-five galleries featuring top modern and contemporary paper-based art. Art on Paper's medium-driven focus lends itself to significant projects - unique moments that have set the fair apart and established an important destination for the arts in New York City.
Art on Paper NY 2019
Jennifer Ament | Celeste Cooning | Liz Tran
The M.F.A. painting program at University of Washington led Celeste Cooning to Seattle. A decade later, she is best known for creating large-scale, ethereal installations. Aside from various exhibitions, her work adorns city parks, storefronts, special events, and the stage.
2013 marked the transformation of Cooning’s signature cut paper aesthetic into a permanent outdoor sculpture through 1% for Public Art. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds harken to the verdant beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Cooning was the first Artist in Residence at Amazon Corporate with an installation in their Bigfoot building. More of the artist’s works are on view at Starbucks Headquarters, Theo Chocolate and Harborview Medical Center.
A pervading interest in pattern and repetition led me to explore cut paper. The medium facilitates a particular response to material, shape, light, and space. My studio practice encompasses site-specific installations that inhabit public and private, interior and exterior spaces. Light actively engages the work with vivid color, reflective qualities, and dynamic, cast shadows. The pattern-based and sometimes ornate compositions, often begin as a series of hand-cut paper constructions and then transformed into large-scale installations that emphasize texture, rhythm, and light. These sensorial experiences are meant to provoke visceral responses. It is within these sensational moments that we become curious, hopeful and inspired.
Channeling subjects such as dream imagery, imagined landscapes, geodes, outer space and The Big Bang, Tran explores the shapes of nature, with the infusion of fantastical, pulsing synthetic hues. The psychedelic visuals are harvested from the place where inner-verse meets outer-verse, where optical misfires combine with a vacuum pull moving at the speed of light. Through painting, sculpture and installation, she creates atmospheres that aim to activate.
Public collections of Tran’s work include the City of Seattle's Portable Works Collection, Capital One, Vulcan Inc., Baer Art Center, Camac Art Centre, The El Paso Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, The King County Public Art Collection and The Child Center. Tran has completed multiple special projects and installations, including work for VH1Save the Music Foundation, The Seattle Art Museum, The Brain Project Toronto, Public Art at The Aqua Art Fair Miami and Vulcan Inc.
She has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust, Clowes Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the Nellie Cornish Scholarship and residency at The Camac Art Centre in France, The Baer Art Center in Iceland, Jentel, Millay Colony for the Arts and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She resides in Seattle, WA.
Jennifer Ament’s linocut prints and encaustic paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the West Coast and in New York City, including Out of Sight, Gage Academy of Art, The Vera Project, Starbucks, Maker/Agent and Maison Luxe. Ament also has permanent collections at SeaTac airport.
Her work has been featured in numerous art and style publications, including The Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The Jealous Curator, Sunset Magazine, House Beautiful, Seattle Met Magazine, Seattle Magazine, GRAY Magazine, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and Luxe Magazine.
She received a BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1995, and has since studied at the Gage Academy of Arts and the Pratt Fine Arts Center. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.
She is also the founder of Artists For Progress, an organization that rallies artists to use their mediums as a voice for change, while also raising money and awareness for causes in-need.