Jon Sarkin featured in three person art exhibition at Princeton | opening reception January 4, 2020

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streetscape, west end Main Street, Gloucester Mass, Jon Sarkin Fish City Studios 2017

PRESS RELEASE from The Arts Council of Princeton:

Three Individuals Who Became Artists By Chance to be the Focus of  
“Inside Out…When Worlds Collide” An Exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton January 4 through February 22

Princeton, NJ – The Arts Council of Princeton will present “Inside Out…When Worlds Collide,” an exhibition of works by three individuals who became artists by chance. The exhibit will be on display in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery, from January 4 through February 22, 2020. (website here)

Join us on Saturday, January 4 from 2-3PM when the three artists will be creating works of art while the public can watch prior to the Opening Reception to be held from 3-5PM.

Becoming an artist was not the initial intention for Jon Sarkin, Jennifer Levine, or Kenneth Lewis Sr. Through distinct circumstances, art and the need to create became the driving force in their lives. Despite receiving no formal training, these artists are consumed in the process. Their work conveys joy and frustration and questions life on the canvas. It is out of the ordinary, provocative, imaginative, and even obsessive-compulsive.

According to co-curators Ruthann Taylor and Colette Royal, “The show addresses the power of self-taught artistic talent and the drive of the human spirit to create.”

Meet These Extraordinary Artists

Jon Sarkin, of Gloucester, MA, was working as a chiropractor when he suffered a massive stroke one hot day in 1988. He felt a throbbing, excruciating pain in his head and heard a ringing in his ears. After surgery, his brain began to swell and bleed. When Sarkin woke up, he was a completely different man. After the critical phase of the stroke passed, Sarkin began to have a ferocious need to draw and paint. The stroke, says Sarkin, “made art my top priority in life. It made it more important than just about anything.” Sarkin is the subject of the book Shadows Bright as Glass, which traces his journey from doctor to manically-compulsive artist. website here:https://www.jsarkin.com/

Jennifer Levine, of Montclair, NJ,  started painting at age 40 when she was going through a divorce. “I had no experience, but needed something to hold onto as I faced the ordeal. I read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and it led me through a process that ultimately changed my life in the most profound and wonderful way. Through drawing and painting, I was able to unearth the depth of my being and find a way to express myself that served others,” says Levine. “Now I paint because I love the process – the feel of the paints and the brush on the canvas. I love the unknown magical alchemy of going from nothing to something. I like discovering the images that appear on the canvas I like how people react and get nurtured or informed or uplifted by the pieces.”

Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr., of Trenton, NJ,  is a self-instructed artist who began painting on canvas at the unusual age of 47 years. Kenneth has a spiritual relationship and deep sensitivity for what he produces. On New Year’s Day 2008, Kenneth painted his first piece; he called it “Contemplation”. It was an inner reflective painting as he sat home contemplating his future after 24 years of marriage. He quickly learned he had a very raw and latent gift that could no longer be held back. Lewis painted more as a hobby from 2008 until the death of his mother in 2012. His mother could draw, yet she never attempted to embrace or further explore her talent. He knew that he had to create, not only for himself, but also for his late mother, and for generations that follow. Since that time Lewis has created enormous collections of work. To date he has hosted/curated over 30 group shows, 22 solo shows, and participated in many group shows. He is the curator for Starbucks Trenton.

About the Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton is located in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, NJ. For more information, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call (609) 924-8777.

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of Building Community through the Arts by presenting a wide range of programs including community arts outreach, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.  Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.

*The press release included two photos of Jennifer Levine and Kenneth Lewis works.

Art Reception for Jon Sarkin and Paul Cary Goldberg at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI)

 

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“Big Boy Fish Head” GMGI acquisition; Paul Cary Goldberg (L) Jon Sarkin (R)

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) acquired original art by Paul Cary Goldberg and Jon Sarkin for its special new research institute headquarters on Main Street — which means they built an impressive ~~temporary~~ corporate collection from the get-go! *update 1/10/19: GMGI stresses that “these pieces are on loan, and remain property of the artists and are for sale.” Ok! So they could be a great start to a permanent collection. For a peek inside, including in-situ shots, see Kim Smith’s post about the GMGI expansion groundbreaking 

ARTIST RECEPTION JANUARY 10, 2019

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is excited to host an Artist Reception for Paul Cary Goldberg and Jon Sarkin on Thursday, January 10th from 5- 6:30pm at GMGI’s Research Institute at 417 Main Street. RSVP Please contact Ashley Destino (772.708.8266 or Ashley.destino@gmgi.org) if you’d like to join us!

UPCOMING

GMGI regularly hosts private groups, including science educators from the North Shore this January. GMGI will be announcing plans for public Open House dates in the coming weeks!

Mark your calendars: on Thursday January 24th, 2019, there’s an academy open house at the teaching facility in Blackburn (55 Blackburn Circle, Gloucester, MA.,) for the community and prospective students to learn more. Check it out!

Video from Jeff Arcari’s trip to Kathmandu, checking in on the first rug from the new Jon Sarkin collection

Check out this video from Jeff Arcari‘s trip to Kathmandu, checking in on the first rug from the new Jon Sarkin collection. We expect delivery of two 8′ x 10′ rugs by July! #fishcityrugs

New Show Opens March 1st at Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville

west-end1West End Boys featuring Jack Evans, Willie Alexander & Jon Sarkin starts on Feb. 28 with the opening reception Mar. 1 from 6-8pm.   See Noise cover story about Willie Alexander here.

Address: Flatrock Gallery ~ 77 Langsford Street/ Route 127 Gloucester, MA 01930
Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-5pm
Phone: 978-879-4683

Cracked.com Features Our Boy Jon Sarkin

6 People Who Gained Amazing Skills from Brain Injuries

At the age of 35, New Jersey man Jon Sarkin started to hear ringing in his ear. This was the type of ringing that, it turns out, could only be explained by overgrown blood vessels that require freaking brain surgery to fix.

Sarkin got his noggin cut open to fix the blood vessel, but later suffered a stroke and actually had to have part of his brain removed. All in all, it was almost the worst possible outcome for the surgery aside from death.

Via Vimeo.com
Or losing those awesome eyebrows.

Read more: 6 People Who Gained Amazing Skills from Brain Injuries | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_19504_6-people-who-gained-amazing-skills-from-brain-injuries_p2.html#ixzz1fHRDQ8eU

Here are some of the Sarkin interviews we’ve done at his old studio inside The Birdseye Plant-

CAPE ANN MUSEUM HOSTS ART NEW ENGLAND’S JULY/AUGUST 2011 ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST JON SARKIN

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On July 7, from 6-9 pm, Art New England invites you to discover the serene beauty of Cape Ann at a launch party for its July/August issue, featuring Art New England‘s second annual Focus On: Cape Ann, at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

According to Art New England publisher Tim Montgomery, “New England is home to uncountable enclaves of art and innovation. From the smallest of places, like Putney, VT to the most storied, like Provincetown, MA, our region is as artistically fertile as any in the world. And, Cape Ann is one of the most important of those places. Art New England has committed to shining a light on these pockets of creative energy and we are particularly pleased to showcase Cape Ann, a region that has long attracted artists looking for solitude and inspiration.”

While its breathtaking beaches and quaint villages make Cape Ann a wonderful vacation spot, the area is also a bastion of artistic integrity. Cape Ann has been quietly hosting and producing remarkable artists since the 18th century, and museums and galleries in Gloucester, Rocky Neck, and Rockport, many of which are featured in the July/August issue of Art New England, are home to expansive collections of art and artifacts that celebrate Cape Ann’s cultural and nautical history. Cape Ann’s misty harbors and artistic wealth make the region an unusual and invaluable arts destination.

Gloucester artist Jon Sarkin will be on hand to celebrate the launch of Art New England‘s July/August issue, which features Sarkin’s i am what i am on the cover. Sarkin’s bold multimedia work has captivated the art world, but it is the fascinating story behind the art that has gained the attention of art experts and novices alike. In 1988, Sarkin, a husband and father who worked as a chiropractor, underwent deep brain surgery and experienced a subsequent stroke. While this experience represented the end of Sarkin’s former life, he recovered from the stroke with a newly-awakened insatiable desire to create art.

Sarkin’s story and art have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, ABC Primetime, This American Life, GQ, ArtNews, and Vanity Fair. Sarkin is also the subject of Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt’s recent biography Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph. Sarkin will be signing copies of Shadows Bright as Glass, which Kirkus calls “a mind-bending and inspiring book.”

In addition to Sarkin, guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with some of Cape Ann’s artists and gallery owners featured in Art New England‘s July/August issue. Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and wine as we celebrate Cape Ann, one of New England’s most treasured artistic hubs.

About The Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest fishing port. Cape Ann – which lies just north of Boston and includes the city of Gloucester and towns of Rockport, Manchester and Essex – has been a leading center for artists since the 18th century, a maritime powerhouse and the source of granite for many major building projects up and down the East Coast.  The Cape Ann Museum has a number of collections relating to this rich cultural heritage, including an extensive selection of maritime paintings and landscapes by American artists such as Fitz Henry Lane, Milton Avery and John Sloan.

About Art New England

Art New England magazine was started in 1979 by area artists on a mission to foster a lively and critical discussion of the regional art scene. It has since evolved into the premier contemporary art publication in New England. Recently acquired by New Venture Media Group, publishers of the Boston edition of Playbill, as well as Panorama, The Official Guide to Boston, Art New England has renewed its thirty-year-old commitment to objective, sophisticated and enthusiastic coverage of New England art and artists.

Friday Night’s Bash at the RAA

The Rockport Art Association continued the celebration of its 90th year with the opening of the show “Outside In”, featuring the work of contemporary Cape Ann artists Gordon Goetemann, Ruth Mordecai and Jon Sarkin. An exhibit of exclusively contemporary works is unusual for the RAA, and the place was buzzing at Friday night’s opening. Here are just a few shots of a great night: (For more info on the show, click here.)

One of Gordon Goetemann's lyrical pieces.
The crowds parted for a Ruth Mordecai diptych
Curved interior walls created by Treetop Designs
Inside the circular installation of Jon Sarkin's work.

Check Out Jon Sarkin along With Goetemannn and Ruth Mordecai Tonight At Rockport Art Association


EXHIBITIONS ׀ EDUCATION ׀ MUSEUM

RAA celebrates it’s 90th anniversary in 2011!


The Rockport Art Association founded in 1921, one of the oldest and most
active art organizations in the country, offers something for everyone.
Visit us and discover the artistic and cultural splendor of Cape Ann.


Opening Reception Friday June 17th  ~ 6-8pm
Exhibition June 17th – July 19th
Open Free To The Public
Click here for more info . . .

Rockport Art Association FeatureEvent With Three Local Greats- Goetemannn, Mordecai and Our Boy Johnny Sarkin!!!


EXHIBITIONS ׀ EDUCATION ׀ MUSEUM

RAA celebrates it’s 90th anniversary in 2011!


The Rockport Art Association founded in 1921, one of the oldest and most
active art organizations in the country, offers something for everyone.
Visit us and discover the artistic and cultural splendor of Cape Ann.


Opening Reception Friday June 17th  ~ 6-8pm
Exhibition June 17th – July 19th
Open Free To The Public
Click here for more info . . .


Late Spring – Early Summer Hours
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 ~ 5:00
Sunday Noon ~ 5:00

Our Boy Jon Sarkin On NPR This Week (and more)

Recently Awarded Pulitzer Award Finalist Writer Amy Nutt Wrote Jon’s Biography Which Just Hit The Shelves and Is Killing It On Amazon Hitting As High As The Number 250 Best Selling Book Out Of All The Books Amazon Sells Last Week!

Jon was on NPR With Terry Gross.

Click the picture for the audio-

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Amy Nutt who wrote Jon’s biography will be in Gloucester signing copies of her book at The Bookstore of Gloucester

61 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-1548

Jon writes-

i will be discussing my biography (“shadows bright as glass”) at “the bookstore” on main street in gloucester on thursday, may 12 at 7:00 with its author, amy nutt.

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photos of Jon’s art piled up in his old Birdseye work space-

You gotta see these videos with Jon in his element-

Sarkin- A Portrait In Pictures

Know The Man- Know The Genius – Hear His Fascinating Story Here

and our interviews from his old space at the Birdseye Building-

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part II

Chickity Check It! Tormented Sarkin Video Now Posted

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon talks about his relationship with Chad Carlberg, gives us a tour of his workspace inside the Birdseye building, shows how some of the pieces for the Guster Music Video were made and how success breeds success.

Look for part II tomorrow

Jon Sarkin Interview Part I Coming Tonight

I had the honor of interviewing the great Jon Sarkin in his studio space at the Birdseye building.  Jon has been featured in GQ, Tom Cruise buys his life story with the intent of Tom playing Jon.  His work has also been purchased by many serious art collectors and he has shows all over the world.  Recently his work was featured in the latest music video for the band Guster which was produced by Chad Carlberg’s Gloucester based Production Blue studio.

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From Jon’s Website

HOW MY DISABILITY HAS INFLUENCED MY WORK

In 2006 Sarkin was nominated for a Wynn Newhouse Foundation award for artists with disabilities. As part of the application, he composed the below essay to describe his disability. Sarkin ended up receiving one of the runner-up prizes at the awards ceremony in New York in the spring of 2007.

There is no facet of my work that has not been profoundly impacted by my stroke. Because of this fact, any note of how my disability has influenced my art is very difficult. It is hard to describe this precisely because my disability has affected every aspect of my life so pervasively. It is extremely challenging to be objective about a thing as subjective as yourself.

Why am I unable to be reflective about how my stroke affected my work?

Our physicality and perception are how we access and negotiate and navigate our environment and surroundings.

When these were paradigmatically and physically altered, so too was my understanding of, and my relationship with, the outside world.

There exists a connection with the external world and my “internality” that is truly intimate. TRULY.

When this balance is disturbed, the resulting disequilibrium changes everything. EVERYTHING.

How this intimacy has been disquieted informs every aspect of my art. One of the things that is most apparent is its sheer abundance. I create in a fever, in a mad torrent of ideas and images. This directly relates to my inability to censor the floodgates of my imagination. Another part of my work is its stream-of-consciousness “texture.” This correlates with how my neural architecture has been scrambled by my stroke, resulting in an inability to think linearly and logically. Also, because my stroke has caused me to be obsessive, my art involves working with the same images over and over and over again. suffer from a syndrome I like to call “obsessive-compulsive-manic-depressive-creative-disorder.”

I see everything differently now. Much of this has to do with my double vision. When one’s vision is doubled, i.e., when one cannot focus on the same image with both eyes, one loses depth perception. I see objects quite differently now, and this is translated into how I draw them. My sense of color is changed, too. My perception of everything, including color and shape, and, come to think of it, sound and smell and the way things feel, has been cataclysmically and deeply altered.
This is why it’s hard to explain how my disability has influenced my work.

Here is a video the ABC did about Jon’s disability and how it has created the artist that he has become-

Look for part one of my interview with Jon tonight.