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Jarred “AllStar” Haynes Bares His World with Words

By Jenna Weis

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Expression with words was inevitable for Wyandanch-native Jarred Haynes, whose humble upbringing exposed him to his creative outlet of music and poetry. Jarred, aka “AllStar” has portrayed his multi faceted talent since the age of 3 when he began singing for his church, next a published poet at 9, then a freestyle rapper at 16. These early self discoveries would pave the way to greater attention to Jarred as an artist, and eventually as the founder of his own independent label.

Jarred’s fast paced evolution continued straight to his musical calling in 2009 when college friend Mike Rogge introduced him to the free-ski community. Jarred explains his first experience with the free-ski culture

IMG_4097“One day he called and said he was in a room full of skiers and I freestyled mentioning all of their names.  Next thing I know I start getting phone calls from skiers and companies for music, eventually landing me at the one and one International Freeski Film Festival (IF3).”

Jarred performs in Montreal annually for the festival. This unique opportunity revved up his name in the sports industry as well where his mix tapes were featured in ESPN and Powder Magazine according to his bio and the journey does not stop here. With music as his true passion he started his own label “White Light Music Group LLC” where he develops and assists other artists. “As a label I hope we become an army” he says “an army where everyone feels they can be themselves to the fullest extent while seeking knowledge growing and learning from mistakes.”

Jarred “AllStar” Haynes is an artist who wishes to connect with his audience on many levels through his craft. He expresses his confidence in the greatness that lies ahead for him.

“I just thank God for my gift.  This gift to create has opened doors for me to do many things musically and while grateful I feel as if the ‘biggest’ is yet to come.”

When asked if his music holds any specific message, it is Realism. Personal experiences have shaped this artist to see the world differently to produce music with depth, soul, and beautiful words.

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“My entire life I have bore witness to the duality which is life.  The struggle between good and bad, ying and yang, heaven or hell however you choose to word it; it exists. My music is relatable to everyone.”

Come see Jarred perform at SPARKBOOM’s “Off The Walls II” event Saturday Sept. 20 1520 New York Ave. Huntington Station from 1-6 PM. RSVP here via Facebook.

For more on Jarred visit his Facebook page. And check out his Twitter and his Instagram.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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The Quizzical World of Alexa Dexa

alexadexaphotoBy Jenna Weis

Childhood toys, whimsical sounds and visuals, and effortless singing are brought together by Alexa Dexa, who incorporates these unconventional components together to bring a whole new experience for her audiences. As an artist in every sense of the word, Alexa has concocted her very own genre of performance called “toychestral electronic pop” that involves the sounds of desk bells, a toy piano, and self-made electronic beats complimenting her self-written songs. This quirky performer engages all the senses in her performances and brings the concept of fantasy to life.

There is nothing typical about what is created by Alexa. Her instruments of choice spark a nostalgic note that brings us back to the simpler times of childhood, yet the mature content of her songs and soulful voice gives us something special not seen before. She says “My song-writing boasts some mature juxtapositions of words and concepts because I like to work in abstractions that have multi-dimensional meanings.” Recently her songs have a direct connection with the new sights and experiences she has encountered while being on tour, widening the variety of her song concepts. She says that “having a catalyst outside of myself helps me touch on subjects inside myself that might not have otherwise been realized.”
Of course, the most unexpected treats are the toys and child-like art installations done by Alexa herself, enhancing what she calls “sound worlds”. These worlds are inspired by the artist’s personality and aesthetics that appeal to her. She says the intent of combining her songs with her visual work is “to transport the audience into a bit of fantasy and to allow access to my music through a different avenue of perception.” The primary colors of the toys, graphic illustrative backdrops, and mellow tunes haul you into a serene and friendly environment all assembled from the mind of Alexa.

Her inventive creativity is what makes Alexa stand out in the areas of music, performance, and visual art as she blends these boundaries so seamlessly. Alexa will be performing her one-of-a-kind show Monday August 18th at 7PM, after the screening of “Frank” at the Cinema Arts Centre presented by SPARKBOOM™. RSVP on Facebook here.

For more on Alexa Dexa visit http://www.alexadexa.com/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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Good Vibes + Talent + Hard Work = Jake Furia

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I first heard Jake Furia at a showcase back in February. For those of you that don’t know, I run a horn band and we were testing the waters out in Patchogue. Jake was the first real corner I turned in my ‘maybe singer-songwriters don’t suck as much as I thought’ revelation. I’ll never forget it. The first half of his show was just him on acoustic guitar, singing thoughtful lyrics and meaningful melodies. But then, some guys just started walking around behind him. They weren’t sound guys…I thought they might have been some really rude members of another band. One picked up a bass while the other sat behind the kit, and out of nowhere, halfway through his song they start playing! Jake picked up his electric and seamlessly blended soft acoustic pop into jammin’ rock. It was awesome. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to learn more about this guy.

Jake was born in Smithtown, but associates himself more with Shirley where he was raised and continues to live. If you can believe it, this guy983746_760667280658447_5005358146003787898_n started out on keyboard and alto sax. He started writing music while learning to play the guitar. His Mom got him some guitar lessons for Christmas when he was 14. He learned to play pretty well, was writing tunes and even learned to play ‘Wish You Were Here’ within about 2 months.

What I really like about Jake is his versatility. I was always taught that to adapt is to survive. The more things you can do, the better. That’s the main reason why I keep my cello chops up (didn’t know I played cello did you!?). Jake captures a plethora of sounds in is music. He plugs himself as ‘alternative rock/pop-punk-reggae with hints of hardcore and electro. For the ArtSpace show, he’ll be doing an unplugged set, with his backing band. ‘The Be Yourselves’ which features some of the best talent around, including Russel Benjamin, Derek McMahon, and Tameem Shaker.

So what else can you expect from Jake Furia? He has an LP slated to release this winter, ‘Where the Ends Fall Off.’ He also has a music video coming soon for his song ‘Meet me in LA’ that will feature Meghan Mass. Listen to the audio from his “The Acoustic EP” below:

You can also catch Mr. Furia at the Revolution Bar & Music Hall on the 23rd, and East Islip lanes on the 29th. If I haven’t sold you by now, just come to the Artspace Unplugged show on Saturday night. Jake will be there, and food, and art, but mostly JAKE. RSVP here via Facebook!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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Yukito Yoneyama – Emphasis on the Now

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“Time Code Table”

By Jenna Weis

Being immersed into the highly diversity of cultures and sights around the US presented artist Yukito Yoneyama the exposure to contemplate a given moment. As a native of Yokohama, Japan, traveling the US has given Yoneyama the resilience to be open to his new surroundings. Living in the moment is what encompasses the mind of this artist. When asked about his fascination with the present moment, he explained “I had spent [a] significant amount of time focusing all my energy and time into ‘living’ for the future. At one point in my life, I found myself realizing that tomorrow never comes. When tomorrow comes, it becomes ‘today’.” With the future an illusion, all we have is the moment we are in to savor.

Yoneyama approaches his art from a spiritual perspective, which visually is highly abstracted with ethereal use of color in his oil paintings or mesmerizing textures in his charcoal and pen and ink pieces. The concept of time and pre-destined plans are irrelevant for Yoneyama who says “What I try to focus on is to stay spontaneous throughout the entire creative process, from the moment when the light bulb goes on while brushing my teeth, listening to my son snore, to the moment the piece leaves my studio.” Thoughts are abandoned and judgments are made in the midst of the creation.

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“Five Elements of Fire”

Without the substance of a recognizable image in his work, there is a heavy dependence on the metaphysical. There is no connection to the physical world, just with the mind. Yoneyama explains “you are dealing with something different, such as intuitions, abstract thoughts, and metaphysical questions.” This idea is reflected in the lightness in his work. Free of being judged or compared and just being what it is. In his compressed charcoal piece entitled Time Code Table, we are presented with an image unfolded during the art making process, based off an idea in the moment that abandons time and space. It is as though as a viewer you are forced to savor what is before you and focus on what is here.

Come experience the metaphysical art of Yukito Yoneyama at SPARKBOOMTM‘s Artspace Unplugged event at 20 Terry Street, Patchogue August 9th from 6-10PM. For details, visit our official Facebook event for the show.

To see more of the artists’ work, visit: studioraiyu.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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Hey, America! This is Johnnie Lee Jordan

By Moe Tompkins

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Ok. To answer the question that I’m sure everybody was thinking from the moment that they opened this page…‘yes.’ Johnnie Lee Jordan is his birth name. Sounds like a hairy-chested country singer right? The kind of guy that you listen to and go to see even though you hate country music because, well, ‘that’s the sexiest name that I’ve ever heard, how could I NOT go see him play, am I right?!’ Well, Johnnie is a down-to-Earth rock ‘n roll singer/song-writer/guitarist. I can’t say if he’s sexy or not, because I didn’t get to meet him in person, but his voice rang over the phone with the sultry smokey hue of one-thousand late-night gigs and after-parties. Alright, enough hyperbole.

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Johnnie performing live on “Finn’s Revolution” (WUSB 90.1 FM), 7/15/14.

Jordan grew up in Patchogue, and started playing guitar pretty early in life. He remembers being inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins. He started writing songs soon after picking up the axe. He played his first gig in 7th grade with his ‘shed band,’ and the rest is history. He counts Tom Waitts, Jeff Tweedy, John Denver, and Jonathan Richman as major influences in his lyrically-driven, story-telling style.

Jordan has always envisioned himself as more of a ‘song and dance man.’ He cites among his influences KISS. He has respect for the spectacle, the ‘show’ part of playing, well, a show. But he strives to entertain without letting the music suffer. He engages the audience without insulting their intelligence. He went on to say “I love watching the crowd when I’m playing, and seeing someone who maybe isn’t completely paying attention….then there’s a moment, and I can see when I’ve got them.” It sounds like he manages to walk the fine-line between showmanship and the hammy antics of a Pop-music machine pretending to be a musician. In so many words, he keeps it real. Keeping with that line of think1779132_10152219803474360_1323501962_ning, JLJ is an artist first, and a musician second. He regularly dabbles in the visual arts, his favorite being collage work, and wouldn’t be opposed, to acting, dancing, or anything really.

Jordan is in the process of getting an EP mixed that will in his words, ‘EXPLODE,’ keep your eyes and ears open for that. He wanted to take special care to give a shout-out to Soda-Bomb, and of course, ‘The Boys,’ Jordan’s backing band (they kind of sound like The Pixies and television playing Tom Petty songs). Come check out Johnnie Lee this Saturday at the Sound Buffet, and see if the man is as sexy as the name; that’s what I’ll be doing.

See JLT and The Boys this Sunday evening at SPARKBOOM’s Sound Buffet in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY, 6:30-10 PM. Johnnie will be giving away a special prize to an audience member. Want to find out how? You’ll have to attend! This concert is event is FREE ($5 Suggested Donation). RSVP here via FB!

Listen to Johnnie’s new EP, “Sol/Hum” at johnnieleejordan.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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THIS IS ALL NOW | POP-PUNK HEROES IN THE MAKING

By Darryl Maraj

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(Photo Credit: Bare Bones VM / Cory Ingram)

This Is All Now is five piece pop rock outfit, featuring some very talented musicians from across the entire island, spanning from Maspeth to Rocky Point. The inception of the band however, came about at SUNY Oneonta, where Rocky Point native, Okan Kazdal (Singer) and Louie Malpeli (Guitar) from Woodmere, met each other. The chemistry was instant, and they began writing and making demos of songs together.

Once they returned home, they knew the were going to start this band. So, as something akin to the post-credit scene in Marvel movies, Okan and Louie started assembling their team. Okan called his longtime friend Jordan, from Miller Place. And just like that, they had their second guitarist. Okan also knew Lindenhurst bassist, Thomas Angenbroich. However, at the time, Thomas was already committed to another band. Okan, begged Thomas to jump ship, and start up with this new project. By some strange, almost mystic, twist of unexplainable fate, the band that Thomas was part of dissolved. This allowed him the freedom to become a part of this new group. All that was needed now was a drummer. Louie remembered meeting a drummer at Warped Tour some time before. Louie scoured his contacts and found Mikey Pittelli from Maspeth. Louie sent a text, sure to make Mikey want to join their endeavors; “Want to join my band? We’ve got pizza.” Nailed it.

The group went straight into the studio and recorded their song, “Wasting Time.” Actually, most of the songs written by these guys are done in the studio. Someone will come in with some kind of musical idea or riff. Then everyone goes to work working on their own part. As someone who tries to write songs, I have to mention how impressive this is for me; songwriting is no simple task. But these guys do this all the time.

Though they are trying to forge their own path, the members of This Is All Now still draw influences from bands such as All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, The Starting Line, Simple Plan and Story of the Year. One of the main facets of This Is All Now’s music is the high-energy, carefree and overall fun sound. They want those listening to them to just cut loose and have a great time! And it’s really hard not to when you hear them.

This Is All Now are hitting some huge milestones in the not so distant future. It all starts with the release of their third album called “Nightmare.” The band touts that this album is a return to their pop-rock roots, but with a heavier emphasis on the rock aspect. The guys will also be starting a US tour, hitting cities like Orlando, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York! They are extremely excited.

You can check out This Is All Now and other fantastic musical acts at SPARKBOOM’s FREE CONCERT – Sound Buffet –  Sunday, July 20th starting at 6:30 at the Rainbow Chapin Stage, Hecksher Park in Huntington. Bring your blankets, picnic baskets, and an appetite for great music! RSVP via Facebook here!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

 

 

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DAVID WONG TURNS MAINSTREAM MUSIC UPSIDE DOWN (ON HIS VIOLIN!)

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Most kids growing up have dabbled with an instrument or two for the school band/orchestra or as an after school activity, but not many have completely reinvented how it is played or experienced as David Wong has done. After 23 years of mastering his skills on the violin David has taken the craft to another level, by manipulating an instrument traditionally used for a classical sound to cover popular songs of the present times. Whether solo or in collaboration with other musicians, his magical touch of these songs is truly something to see.

What started out as a childhood past time has become a professional endeavor for185766_10151357528753491_2015663667_n David. Playing Carnegie Hall and other orchestras as a traditional violinist, to performing with “Postmodern Jukebox” on Good Morning America as what he calls himself a “genre mixing violinist” speaks volumes on his talents. By taking these popular songs we all hear EVERYDAY on the radio David makes them fresh, fun, and different. As if you are hearing them for the first time from a different perspective. Sometimes from a more classical angle, other times with a more rock and roll feel. He says “It excites me to put my own spin on these songs that have made their way into the general public’s ears and turn them upside down, sometimes making songs people hate into ones they love.” David’s love for music originates from watching 20th century violinists. It was how they “acrobatically leap up and down the violin on video as a kid was jaw dropping” he says.

553825_611147303781_1299815_nHis covers including “Happy”-Pharrell, “Wrecking Ball”-Miley Cyrus, “Drunk in Love”- Beyonce, and more can be seen on his website http://davidwongviolin.com/. You will be amazed with his violin loop covers of these songs, even the ones you think you cannot stand! David will also be performing at SPARKBOOM’s Sound Buffet event on Sunday July 20th from 6:30-10PM at the Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park in Huntington. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see a passionate artist in the flesh.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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The Journey of Radio-Free J-Ro

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The other night, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the more interesting people I’ve gotten to speak with during my tenure with SPARKBOOM. We spoke casually over wings, and the more I talked to him, the more I was intrigued, not only with his musical and professional endeavors, but his life. Jake Roren, or J-Ro as many of you probably know him, is a DJ with WUSB. He’s been spinning there since 2002, after stints at SUNY Oswego, Seattle, and Buffalo.

J-RO has always been a music lover, and has always wanted to be on radio; ever since he started recording his own radio shows at the age of 12. He studied broadcasting at SUNY Oswego, and had his own show on their local station for all 4 years. From there, his life plays like a slice-of-life Judd Apatow movie. He’s been all over the country, and done just about everything, even spending a short time as a freelance writer, and a stand-up comedian. Seriously, if you bump into him at the Movies that Rock event on Monday 6/30, talk to him, he’s seen it all and done more.

Jake sees himself as a conduit, a way to introduce people to new music. While indie rock is where he is most comfortable, his j-ro2show, and personal record collection boast a range of music that few others can challenge. “I go where the music takes me,” he said when I asked if he had any format, or specific styles that he stuck to. Hackneyed as it might sound to you reading, it didn’t to me, because he said it with an earnestness that is severely lacking by many on the scene today. As we discussed his earnestness, I could not help but ask him (as I do all of my subjects) what his motivations are, and where he ultimately wants to be. Obviously, most musicians and songwriters want to hit it big, get the record deal, etc. But for a radio DJ, in a professional climate where the biggest radio stations are owned by three companies, what do you? J-Ro is just happy, being able to play records, and give people good music to listen to; of course, like many of us, he’d be a little bit happier doing it for more money. But he loves what he does, and sacrifices for it. I will leave you with this. Jake Movies That Rock (Poster)told me an amusing anecdote about his days as a writer. A young woman asked him why he wanted to be a writer. He laughed and looked at her puzzled and said (pardon my paraphrasing) ‘I don’t want to be a writer necessarily, I have to be one. I don’t have a choice! This is something that I would not wish on my worst enemy.’ Anybody who has ever had a passion for anything can probably relate. If you cannot, well, you are either very lucky, or very boring.

If you like Jake as much as I do, you can catch his show on alternating Wednesdays from 2:30pm-5:00PM on WUSB, with his next one being July 9th. Also, Jake happens to be a huge fan of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington and wanted me to take special care to mention how great they are. This is also where the Movies that Rock event is being held. He’ll be spinning during the after-party of “Mistaken For Strangers” – a documentary on The National, featuring a live Skype Q&A with Director/Star, Tom Berninger. I myself have been there a few times for their monthly Late-night ‘grindhouse’ features, and let me tell you, it ain’t bad. Come check it out Monday! RSVP here via FB / Purchase tickets.

Visit Cinema Arts Centre or SPARKBOOM’s FB page for more info.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

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The Constant Creative Flow of Jennifer Jimenez

By Erin Corrigan

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There is something to be said about a person who has discovered a sense of tranquility and stimulation through the process of authentic craft-making with their own, bare hands. Jennifer Jimenez, a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, is living proof of the endless possibilities intertwined with the notion of being an artist.

Jennifer received a bachelors degree in Art and Art History and Criticism, which is what she chose to double major in while attending her years at SB. Jennifer is someone who walks through life with an open and eager mind. She says she enjoys expanding her knowledge regarding other artists, whether their talents be prolific in the past, or in the present; whichever way their mark is made, she doesn’t discriminate. She hopes to one day be a successful, professional artist herself and is more than willing to put her hand to the test.

Jennifer dabbles in an array of creative outlets, which certainly helps with keeping her eye sharp and her hand steady. For instance, you can find bona fide handmade pieces by Miss. Jimenez in many different forms. She perfects her craft in everything from drawing, painting and printmaking, to sewing, crocheting and jewelry-making. Needless to say, she finds it absolutely necessary to keep a consistent flow of projects moving day by day. This is what keeps her creativity beating with a steady pulse.

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Although Jennifer is currently a proactive member of the art community, she did not always feel like it was possible to pursue the study of art and obtain a successful career. Just when she was sure that following such a dream would leave her unsupported and unrecognized, she won an art achievement award at her community college. This was just the push she needed to realize the talent that extended far beyond her fingertips. Soon after, Jennifer made a bold move and refined the title of her major; allowing her to pursue the study of fine arts as a visual artist.

Come support the local artists’ of your community Saturday, June 21st at the Walt Whitman Birthplace for the SPARKBOOM kickoff event, “Beards, Bards and BOOM” from 7-10 PM. Click here to RSVP. Jennifer Jimenez will have her beautifully constructed paintings on display and you can meet the creator herself! For more information about Jennifer Jimenez and her awesome arts and crafts, visit Jennifer Jimenez Art.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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Jin-kang Park – Artist, Day-Dreamer, Visualizer

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By Caitlyn Shea

Jin-kang Park’s conceptual artworks are infused with a sense of longing and missed connections.  Growing up in South Korea, where many families are separated by war, Park moved to the United States to pursue an arts education.  This redefined her self-identity and it had a powerful impact on her work. She describes: “When I first came here, I worked based on my memories and thoughts about the different social roles I had assumed in my life (daughter, artist, citizen etc). I never experienced a major disaster so far, but it’s the smaller moments of my life among people, observing them or even walking on the street, that have been influencing my work.”

Park works across many different mediums including interactive installations andjinkangpark02 performance.  Her entire body of work takes on a delicate, ephemeral quality.  The presence of the artist is felt in her manipulation of materials; however there is a strong role of chance and unexpected results.  When viewing her installations, one is left with the impression that her works could be disrupted or changed easily by outside forces, which is something that she embraces.

Park’s ideas always come to her before the materials she chooses to use.  She has studied the basics of electronics, dance and even magic.  For the last 6 years she has been captivated by yarn and fabric, so she is currently learning to use a loom.  In her blog, she embraces artists across many different mediums, including painting.  It delights her to find any artist that is passionate and “crazy about something.”  Her inspiration also comes from day-dreaming.  She says:

“I love spending time doing nothing. The time I lie still, visualizing what I want to make is pivotal. Drawing, which is the next step, helps me to clarify the details of the project. Then, I am finally ready to build the work.”

Park walks us through her approach to the individual installation she produced for the SPARKBOOM Beards, Bards, and BOOM event:

“The land always tries to go back to nature. No matter what you build, it will be corroded and assimilated into nature over time. When I was invited to exhibit at Walt Whitman Birth Place, inspired by Walt Whitman’s poems, I wanted to make something harmonious with nature. I found the perfect place for my project behind his statue. It is a hidden space full of weeds surrounded by three trees. When I was standing there, I felt the warm sunlight through the tree leaves and it put me in a contemplative mood. I made a structure with metal bars and tied it with green threads repeatedly. From afar, my work looks like some object that changes its colors to blend in with the surroundings and camouflage itself. “

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See Jin Kang-Park’s new piece during SPARKBOOM‘s KICKOFF event,  “Beards, Bards, and BOOM””, at The Walt Whitman Birthplace on Saturday, June 21st from 7-10PM. RSVP here. Visit her website at jinkangpark.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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