LYNN SMALL - I am an art honors graduate of The High School of Music and Art, NYC - the first school in the nation (1936) to provide a free, publicly funded program for students gifted in the arts. It has been replicated in most major cities and has earned an international reputation for excellence. As a Dean's List student at New York University, majoring in painting with a minor in film theory, I studied with such renowned painters as Milton Resnick, Esteban Vicente, Hale Woodruff, John Opper, and Robert Kaupelis, as well as the legendary art historian, Irving Sandler and film critic and theorist, Andrew Sarris and John Gassner respectively.
In the early 1970s, while living and working in Spain, I began work on the Earth Stains series and had a solo exhibition at the USIA Cultural Center in Madrid. This has been an ongoing body of work that has evolved into the collaborative multimedia installations - Earth Elegies. In the mid 1970s, I began a series of anthropological, God-like imagery while my artist husband, Dennis Paul and I lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. This major body of work would later inspire my current Southwest Spirit Guides series. My Earth Stains paintings and works on paper have evolved into the series - Golden Light and Shimmering Light - part of the individual and collaborative California Coastal UpLift series and in the fall of 2003 while a residency fellow at Yaddo -- Autumn Light, Yaddo. Also in 2003, I was a finalist for the Gottlieb Foundation Grant. Within the last few years I have begun work on a series of monotypes, which are handpainted and inspired by places that we have spent time in during recent travels, such as California's Sonoma County, Berkeley/Bay area and Topanga Canyon.
DENNIS PAUL - While I was pursuing graduate studies in psychology at The City University of New York, I began to work at the Pratt Graphic Arts Center in Manhattan. During this period I began to utilize both still and early video cameras in my study of nonverbal communications, group process and the intergenerational transmission of body language. These tools quickly became my brushes -- no doubt influenced in part by my many years of watching the women of the Small family create objects of beauty and wonder.
My photographic and video background infused my early teaching career for the NYC Board of Education in the South Bronx. I created innovative pilot programs for Hispanic children that encompassed art and technology and obtained the necessary support through federal ESEA Title III funds and a material grant from the Polaroid Corporation. Utilizing a 1-inch, closed-circuit television station, art and photographic processes, my nascent program, Language Arts Through Visual Arts, became the seed that the urban educator, Dr. Edythe Gaines utilized to birth the national models now known as RITA - Reading Improvement Through the Arts and AGE - Art in General Education.
In addition to my artistic endeavors, I have worked as an educator, arts administrator and continue to do so as an organizational development consultant in the nonprofit and private sectors. In the late 1970s, I established the Development Office at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs under Commissioner Henry Geldzahler. In 1980, I also created the Development and Fundraising curriculum for the Post-Graduate Program of Museum Studies at New York University, teaching until 1985.
At present I am involved in a number of projects, both individual and collaborative - the regeneration of two series from the 1970s, Love Canal and the Cosmic Mass, the multimedia projects: Voice of the Landscape and Coastal Uplift, as well as a world-wide environmental confessional project StrangeLove, Earthly Sins.
In the mid-1970s, as Fashion Metamorphosis, Lynn and I were involved in the NYC fashion industry where we incorporated various art techniques into the design of women's apparel. This undertaking represented the earliest of our collaborations and carried over into the creation of a third artist, which we birthed during our 1978 joint-residency fellowships in painting and photography at Yaddo, a creative community in Saratoga Springs, NY. This third artist, which we exhibit under the moniker, D. PAUL/SMALL, represents a fusion of painting, photography, mixed and new media, incorporating digital processes. In the fall of 2003, we again received joint-residency fellowships to Yaddo in painting, photography and multimedia.
We have lived and exhibited in New York, Europe, Mexico, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Our work has been shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. We have lectured at the Museum of the City of Mexico, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California among others and have received various grants, awards and commissions. Our work is represented in public and private collections both in the United States and abroad.
An Overview of
CoLabART's - Kabbalah Series
CoLabART's - Environmental Activism + Art
Lynn Small ArtWork Overview 1966-Present
Lynn Small MonoType Presentation
Dennis Paul - Arts Administation + Development
Dennis Paul Photo Journey
StrangeLove, Earthly Sins: Earth Elegies V
A WorldWide Environmental Confession
Please Take a Moment and Make Your Confession
Multimedia Installation Videos on YouTube
Love Canal, 30 Years Ago
The Future of Nations - Environment: Citizen Artists Making Emphatic Arguments
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA + Inaugural Exhibition, La Casa Del Tunel Art Center, Tijuana, Mexico
Al Nodal, Curator Statement
Project Artists Statements
Jewish Magic: Folklore and Fantasy, JCC of San Francisco, CA
Multimedia Installation Videos on YouTube
Voice of the Landscape: Earth Elegies III
In The Beginning: Earth Elegies II
Moments in Time -- Debut Online Portfolio Viewings:
CosmicMass Celebration - Cathedral at Saint John The Divine, 1975
A Strange Kind of Love - Love Canal, Blueprint for a Disaster, 1978
Yaddo Return - Fall, 2003
Ocean's Edge, Terrain.org - Issue No. 12
An Online Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
Featured Artists - ARTerrain - Long Island /Hamptons Portfolio, Earth Series
2000 - 2001
Tradition and Transformation, Inaugural Exhibition, Bell Gallery,
Jewish Federation of Los Angeles - "Selections from the KABBALAH Series"
The Art of the Alef-Bet, San Francisco Bureau of Jewish Education, Community Library
1998 - 1999
ELEMENTS, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park
"In The Beginning - Earth Elegies II"
New Talent II, Lois Neiter Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA
Dialogues With The Deity, Solo Show, ARTOPIA Gallery, L.A., CA
Spiritual Matter in Contemporary Art, Artist Talk/Installation, Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, L.A., CA
Aishet Hayil/Woman of Valor, Commissioned Installation, Yeshiva University Museum, NYC
Angels, Ancestors and Spirit Guides, MYTHOS Gallery, Burbank, CA
The Hudson River Photography Annual, Varied Venues
Nature - Fact & Fantasy, Rockland Center for the Arts, NYS
Hudson River Annual, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Solo Show, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Long Island, NY
Kathryn Markel Gallery, NYC
Photo Start, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC
Foto Vision 82, Foto Gallery, NYC
Paperworks 80, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Perceptions, SoHo Photo, NYC
Arte Feria, O.I.A., Bologna, Italy and P.S. 1, NYC
80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC
A Strange Kind of Love - Love Canal, Blueprint for a Disaster
28th Annual New England Exhibition, Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT
CosmicMass Celebration - Cathedral at Saint John The Divine
Museum of the City of Mexico
Inaugural Group Show, Galeria Uno, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Galeria Trini, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Photo/Graphics, Solo Show, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Anschel Gallery, London, England
USIA Cultural Center, Solo Show, Madrid, Spain
Avanti Gallery, NYC
The Wonderful World of Children, Cultural Center, NYC
SELECTED COLLECTIONS: Public/Private
Arbor Group, New York
Atwater State Bank, Minnesota
Richard Catalano, Greenwich, Connecticut/Stowe, Vermont
Anne Clivot, Paris, France
Moriyah Colaine Singh, Topanga, California
Cull House, Long Island, New York
Patty and Marvin Demoff, Beverly Hills, California
Elisabeth Dudley, Redding, Connecticut
Suzanne and Howard Feldman, New York
Rosi Foster, Zurich, Switzerland
Angela Scalpello and Charles R. Foy, New York
Charles and Jill Shira Guice, Berkeley, California
Judy and Adam Haut, Far Hills, New Jersey
Rachel and Jonathan Herlands, New York
The Hidden You, New York
Deborah and Jonathan Himmelfarb, Falmouth, Maine
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan
Dr. Roy and Barbara Kaplan, Oakland Hills, California
Suzanne Lewin, Naples, Florida
Dr. Andrew Seidman and Dina Markson, New York
Jose Ramirez, Madrid, Spain
Readers Digest Collection, New York
Sandra and Mariano Rechy, Mexico City, Mexico
Bonnie and Richard Reiss, Jr., New York/East Hampton, Long Island
Laurie Selik and Eric H. Roth, Los Angeles, California
Sarabeths Kitchen, Inc., New York
Helen and Harvey Seslowsky, Dallas, Texas
David Steele, San Francisco, California
Joy and Robert M. Timperio, Indian Wells, California
Harry Wils & Company, Inc., New York
GRANTS AND AWARDS: Partial Listing
1970 Bronx Council on the Arts Annual Show, Painting
1970-71 H.E.W./E.S.E.A. Title I, "Language Arts Through Visual Arts" Polaroid Corporation, Matching Materials Grant
1972 3M Corporation, Madrid, Spain
1973 Westchester Art Society, Mixed-media and Graphics Awards, White Plains Arts Festival, Graphics Award
1978 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, Residency Fellowships in Painting/Photography
1989 Rockland Center for the Arts, Mixed-media Award
1993 Yeshiva University Museum, NYC, Installation Commission
2000 Judah L. Magnes Museum, Photography Award
2003 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, Residency Fellowships in Painting/Photography/Multimedia
LECTURES/ARTIST TALKS: Partial Listing
1970 Board of Education, NYC, "Language Arts
Through Visual Arts"
1972 USIA, US Embassy, Madrid, Spain, "Trends in Contemporary American Art"
1973 Museum of the City of Mexico, "Photography as Art," "Women in the Arts"
1974 Art Institute of Chicago, "Utilization of Film Techniques in Communications & Modern Art"
1979 NYC Metropolitan Historic Structures Assoc., "Public Funding Opportunities"
1981 NJ Committee Arts for the Handicapped, "Developing a Fundraising Strategy"
1993 Yeshiva University Museum, NYC, Docent staff, "Woman of Valor" exhibition
1995 University of Judaism, Los Angeles, "The Threads That Bind Us Earth Elegies"
Artopia Gallery, Los Angeles, "Dialogues With The Deity"
1998 Barnsdall Art Park - "ELEMENTS", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,"In The Beginning Earth Elegies II"
2000 Los Angeles Judaica Collectors Club, "The Kabbalah Series"
2001 University Women, University of Judaism, Bell Gallery, Los Angeles, "The Kabbalah Series"
2002 Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, "The Making of Marks: Art, Technology and Philosophy in the Digital Age"
CURATORIAL PROJECTS: Dennis Paul
1998 ELEMENTS, In The Beginning Installation
- Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery
1995 L.A. INTERNATIONAL, Tina Modotti - Photographer, Chac-Mool Gallery
1990 Third Annual Hudson River Photography Annual, Fish Library, Garrison, NY
1989 Second Annual Hudson River Photography Annual, Butler Gallery, Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY
1988 First Annual Hudson River Photography Annual, Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers, NY
MORE ABOUT US + OUR WORK:
Having thematically intersected at various stages of our careers, the idea of collaborating to build upon our individual endeavors struck a responsive chord. Initial dual fellowships in painting and photography to Yaddo in 1978 allowed us the opportunity to birth our collaboration in an ideal setting. During the past years, we have opened this further to include writers, musicians and visual artists of our own time, as well as those from previous generations. This has helped us in our efforts to blend various disciplines and has also brought us an additional gift -- a fuller understanding of the creative spirit within us all.
Our mixed-media efforts have always incorporated contemporary photography, as well as 19th century non-silver processes with painting, drawing and printmaking. With the inclusion of naturally occurring elements from specific sites, sculptural elements have begun to play an expanded role in our overall concerns.
More recent works -- influenced by L.A.'s techno-cine-cyberwaves and 21st century modalities -- are exploring the computer and video's unique sense of place to further the ongoing narrative of the sublime in American landscape and the spirtual realm.
Beginning in the 1990s, we have used audio components to add new dimensions to our work as we have always wanted the art to have a voice. Now, the new frontiers of the digital dialectic have allowed us to change forever the boundaries within which we work. During our fall 2003 joint-residency Yaddo Fellowships in painting, photography and multimedia, we further developed our work-in-progress, VoiceOfTheLandscape: Earth Elegies III. Utilizing the resources of Skidmore College and the New York State Library's Special Collections and Archives division, original source material from Thomas Cole's sketchbooks and writings among others were digitized and afterward integrated into a four-channel project DVD. The Voice concept video, as well as the documentation video of the multimedia installation, InTheBeginning: Earth Elegies II may be seen on YouTube (see above selected exhibitions).
A complex and diverse tapestry.
Of shapes and textures
colors and sounds
Man is but a strand
in the web of life
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