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Journey Around the World October 27, 2016—January 19, 2017 Elisa Contemporary Art Bronx Photographer John Conn Photographer Cheryl Koralik Colombian artist Alexis Duque Armenian-American artist Ferdinanda Florence Turkish artist Yasemin Kackar Demirel Canadian artist Marie Danielle Leblanc

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Journey Around the World Elisa Contemporary Art Bronx Photographer John Conn Photographer Cheryl Koralik Colombian artist Alexis Duque Armenian-American artist Ferdinanda Florence Turkish artist Yasemin Kackar Demirel Canadian artist Marie Danielle Leblanc

Elisa Contemporary Art new exhibit “Journey Around the World” travels to all corners of the globe...in a journey to see the new and explore the diverse, mysterious and intriguing. The exhibit opens on October 27. In Burkina Faso, Africa with photographer Cheryl Koralik, we discover the tribal masques and raffia dress and adornments worn in Animist ceremonies. Animism believes that not only humans but all natural phenomena, natural objects, and the universe, embody a soul or spirit. Animists propagate the doctrine that the soul is the main driving force of life. She has captured the other-worldly essence of these rituals. According to photographer Cheryl Koralik, “One day, while driving through Bobo she saw men adorned in raffia (a straw-like fiber) running through the streets with whips. I followed the men and discovered a whole new world—the spirit world of West Africa and the sacred masques. The chief of the village had died and, for weeks on end, the funeral rites would continue. Tradition played its role as guns fired in salute, the women sang a cappella and, as the balafons (West African xylophone) began to play, the sacred masques danced themselves into trances, acting as mediators while channeling the supernatural world of the dead in order to safely lead the deceased’s soul to rest with those of his ancestors: ceremonial protection through animistic beliefs, the spirit world unveiled….Thus began for me a new quest, a new photographic endeavor and a new journey—one filled with passion and magic that would take me to several West African countries.” In early 2016, Bronx photographer John Conn spent a month in Cuba capturing the1950s-era cars and Spanish-colonial architecture, as well as the Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified surroundings and the Cuban people. Canadian artist, Marie Danielle Leblanc takes us to the Mountains of Nepal, where she traveled in 2014 though Annapurna and Thorong La over 17,769 feet above sea level and throughout The Himalayan Region which includes eight of the existing 14 highest summits in the world. Back down to earth, Armenian-American artist Ferdinanda Florence takes us through the industrial streets of Vallejo California, while Colombian artist Alexis Duque takes us through the transformed skyscrapers of New York City, as reimagined with a Colombian hillside perspective. Turkish artist, Yasemin Kackar Demirel, builds her cityscapes with fragments of all the places she has lived and visited including Turkey, Chicago and New York.


Journey Around the World Installation shots at Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY

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Journey Around the World Installation shots at Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY

Elisa Contemporary Art www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com Lisa@ElisaArt.com


Journey Around the World Installation shots at Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY

Elisa Contemporary Art www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com Lisa@ElisaArt.com


Cheryl Koralik GLA Dancing Limited Edition Photograph on archival paper Signed and Numbered 22x17 framed to 27.5 x 22.5 Photographed 1990’s. Printed 2015

Cheryl Koralik GLA Resting Limited Edition Photograph on archival paper Signed and Numbered 22x17 framed to 27.5 x 22.5 Photographed 1990’s. Printed 2015

Cheryl Koralik GLA Standing Limited Edition Photograph on archival paper Signed and Numbered 22x17 framed to 27.5 x 22.5 Photographed 1990’s. Printed 2015

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John Conn Cuba 30 Limited Edition Photograph on archival paper Signed and numbered Photographed 2016 20x30 image on 24x36 paper, Framed.

John Conn Cuba 37 Limited Edition Photograph on archival paper Signed and numbered Photographed 2016 20x30 image on 24x36 paper, Framed.

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Ferdinanda Florence Wilson and Old Wilson No 3, 2015 Acrylic on Wood 7 x 8.5 x 2

Ferdinanda Florence Wilson and Old Wilson No 6, 2015 Acrylic on Wood 7 x 8.5 x 2

Ferdinanda Florence Ohio, Small No. 1, 2015 Acrylic on Wood 5.5 x 7.5 x 2

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Ferdinanda Florence Ohio, Small No. 2, 2015 Acrylic on Wood 5.5 x 7.5 x 2

Ferdinanda Florence Ohio, Small No. 3 2015 Acrylic on Wood 7.25 x 9.5 x 2

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Yasemin Kackar Demirel I Will Only Get Carried Away, 2016 Acrylic, Ink, Marker on Canvas

30 x 24

Yasemin Kackar Demirel Where Everything Shifts, 2015 Acrylic, Ink, Marker on Canvas

30 x 40

Yasemin Kackar Demirel You Did Not See Me, I Was Falling Apart, 2015 Acrylic, Ink, Marker on Canvas

30 x 40

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Alexis Duque Uptown, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 36

Alexis Duque Square 2, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24

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Marie Danielle Leblanc Pokara, 2015 Oil, Pigment, Resin, Varnish on Wood Panel

30 x 72 Additional Available Work in Nepal Series:

Marie Danielle Leblanc Jade Lake, 2015 Oil, Pigment, Resin, Varnish on Wood Panel

30 x 72


Marie Danielle Leblanc Himalaya, 2015 Oil, Pigment, Resin, Varnish on Wood Panel

48x48

Marie Danielle Leblanc Dhampus, 2015 Oil, Pigment, Resin, Varnish on Wood Panel

40 x 60

Marie Danielle Leblanc Chymachee, 2015 Oil, Pigment, Resin, Varnish on Wood Panel

48 x 16


About the Artists: John Conn John Conn got his start as a Marine Combat photographer, and earned his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in NY. As a freelance photographer and writer, he has captured a range of subjects photojournalism delving into political and social issues, nature and landscapes, architecture, and underwater images. His work has appeared in: New York Times Sunday Magazine; Time/Life Books; IMAX Films; Village Voice; Human Rights Magazine; Shutterbug Magazine; Hasseleblad Magazine; American Photographer; RangeFinder Magazine; LensWork Magazine; Ocean Realm; Dive Travel Magazine; Picture Magazine; Discover Diving Magazine; Picture Magazine; Popular Photography; Nikon World; Black & White Photography; B&W Magazine; Studio Photography, to name a few. Starting in 1970, John travelled to South Africa capturing images of the people and social divide of Aparteid. Throughout his career John has captured images including homelessness, Subway violence, hospital and hospice care. In 2010, John Conn spent 45 days in Antarctica and Patagonia, traveling and hiking to capture the land and seascapes. He spent over 20 days journeying over 3,200 nautical miles in Antarctica before heading to Patagonia for the second part of his expedition. In 2014 John began a series of treks across the US photographing Americans, similar to Robert Frank’s journeys in the late 1950’s. In early 2016, he spent a month in Cuba photographing the people and surroundings. Alexis Duque: Alexis Duque was born in Colombia 1971, he currently lives and works in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Antioquia, Colombia. His works rely on just a few colors. Notwithstanding the use of acrylic paint, he makes the influence of illustration apparent, equally attending to all of the aspects of the painted surface without leaving anything to chance. The Colombian artist introduces architectural features that are characteristic of the Western Civilization, from ancient Greece and Rome: columns, capitals, and niches. They are symbols of the bygone ruling culture and the aesthetic model of the European colonizers, now an integral part of daily life of the populations of Latin America. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including: at El Museo del Barrio, The Drawing Center and Praxis International Gallery in New York; The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA; Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX; RudolfV Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Galleri Oxholm in Copenhagen, Denmark. Duque’s work has been featured in several publications, including: Blue Canvas Magazine, LandEscape Art review, Beautiful Decay, Artistaday, New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, The East Hampton Star, The East Hampton Press and El Diario of New York. Ferdinanda Florence Ferdinanda Florence was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Arlington, VA. A second-generation ArmenianAmerica, Ferdinanda has explored in her research the role of place in artistic expression. Her Master’s thesis detailed the link between Armenian religious rituals and church architecture. In her artwork, she uses industrial sites in her home city of Vallejo to explore issues of place on a more personal level. Ferdinanda’s exhibitions reflect her varied interests and concerns. Her work has appeared at the Di Rosa Preserve; the University of San Francisco Law School; and as set decoration for a Bay Area Playwrights Festival performance at the Magic Theater, San Francisco.


Yasemin Kackar-Demirel Yasemin was born in Istanbul, received her MFA in DeKalb (IL), and currently lives in New York. Her work is a fragmented and reconstructed journey through the places she has lived and traveled, both real and imagined. According to Yasemin, “Being a Turkish native residing in the United States, I have been influenced by both the architectural/ physical and the emotional aspects of certain environments and view them as great potentials to narrate stories through my works. To the viewer, the plot of these narratives can be familiar or unknown, boundless or limited, conquered or yet to be discovered. I aim to create a ‘chaotic harmony’ by maintaining a balance between these contrasting concepts via the language of abstraction. In other words, it is an act of balancing integration and independence that I intend to reflect through my works.”

Yasemin has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Turkey. Her work is also in the Ipek-Ahmet Merey Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey. Cheryl Koralik Cheryl Koralik's career as a photographer began while studying at Columbia College in Chicago under the tutelage of Bob Thall, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen and Alan Cohen. After decades as a successful fashion and advertising photographer, Cheryl moved in a new direction. She began to explore a photojournalistic path and traveled to India and Burkina Faso on humanitarian assignments with the non-governmental organization, Action on Disability and Development. This is when she discovered the West African masques. And, suddenly, with an organic force and a passionate surge of obligation, her life changed completely. She found her true voice. Thus began a new chapter in her photographic career—the masque series. Over the next two decades, she made several expeditions to various West African countries, researching and photographing tribal masques—mediums of the spirit world—and their associated rituals. Marie Danielle Leblanc Canadian artist, Marie Danielle Leblanc, was born in Trois-Rivières (Quebec) and has lived and worked in Montreal (Quebec) since 1990. Her paintings transform landscapes into poetic worlds. The artist loves to work with matter, her creativity leading to a never-ending fascination. She has developed her own style, almost her own signature. Her work leads toward the creation of a bare space, a world that can be discovered and contemplated. She presents us with the result of a meditative process, the testimony of a new contemplation of the horizon. In the Fall of 2014, Canadian artist Marie Danielle Leblanc embarked upon world travels which took her on a two month journey to Nepal, followed by a trip to Italy. She has participated in twenty solo exhibitions, and more than fifty group exhibitions. Her work has also been shown throughout Canada and in Paris, Sydney, Mexico and Tokyo


About Elisa Contemporary Art Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of both emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, with a focus on the dynamic use of mediums and materials. Currently about 25% of our artists are from the West Coast/Pacific. Our art and artists do not fit into any particular current trend or fashion, but are those exploring and testing the boundaries of various media, techniques, materials and ideas about humanity, nature and our world.

Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. And we believe in making art collecting fun and accessible for all! A portion of every gallery sale is donated to charities helping underserved children heal through art. We support Free Arts NYC and The Art Therapy Project (formerly Art Therapy Outreach Center). Elisa Contemporary Art has participated in international art fairs in New York, Miami and the Hamptons. We have also curated over 15 public art exhibits in the Tri-State area. Elisa Contemporary Art has been featured in a number of publications including Ocean Home Magazine, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces and The New York Times. The Riverdale Gallery is located at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY. We also have a presence on Artsy and 1stdibs. Owner Lisa Cooper is a member of Art Table, the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers, a member of the the Bronx Arts Alliance and a member of the Art & Architect Review Committee at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. Elisa Contemporary Art www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com Lisa@ElisaArt.com 212.729.4974

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