Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Abundant Life - From A Place Of Love

In my blog post two weeks ago, I wrote about the Artist and Chef Andre Kaulesar, and how I had met him through the Artist Anthony Boone, the Founder of Boone Art Life. As I write this now, I'm thinking about how I met Anthony Boone, and in a strange way, though I know I met him only a few months ago, it seems like I've known him forever. And though that may seem strange to some people, in a way it makes sense, because Anthony Boone, and his artwork, are at the same time both timeless and moving through time, visionary and revolutionary and cosmic while still being very much rooted in tradition and history.

There is a sensitivity to Anthony's work that runs through and around, beyond and throughout the textures and colors and layers of paint. Intensely powerful, his paintings and sculptures are not aggressive or heavy. Though he is using mixed media at times, adding earth and leaves and fallen bits of the natural world including animal paw prints and even the stray butterfly into his canvases, the work itself has a lightness in feeling that brings us to a higher realm. His sculptures have a similar quality that combines a kind of weight with weightlessness - though they are in fact made many times of fallen pieces of iron and steel from the industrial beds of railroad tracks and even the smaller pieces have a solid weight to them, they are at once seemingly airborn and of a kind of structure that could be found floating in the cosmos. In Anthony's hands and with his eye shaping their colors they become objets d'art that could almost be lighter than air or parts of a thought or breath; suspended on a wall or resting on a table they seem as if they could lift themselves off or be moved with a gust of wind or a breeze.

It is that lightness that moves throughout his work that also gives it depth. Like water in the deep of the ocean with ripples of color and light moving ever darker into swirling whirlpools and resurfacing and changing, his paintings seem effervescent and in constant motion, taking on different qualities in different light and in different spaces, creating enigmatic and calming images that are both meditative and energizing at the same time. The line of fashion and street wear he has created shares not only his circle motif and logo as a throughline, but also the colorful designs and energy of his creative vision. The flowing patterns and whirlpools and whirlwinds that grace his canvases have also been used by Fashion Designer Marco Hall to create fabric for his boutique couture clothing.

Anthony is himself very deep and methodical while still retaining the ability to move and change and recreate and inspire. He told me a story about a time when he had stopped painting because of some experiences that made him question how he wanted to move forward with his art. When the artist Mark Finne called him up one day after he had not painted in two years and asked him if he wanted to collaborate on a project, he said yes, and when Mark said he was on his way over and showed up at his door, Anthony went out shopping with Mark at the art store and started painting again. It's a testament to Mark and his sensitivity that he made that call, and a testament to the creative force within Anthony that answered it.

As I wrote about Andre Kaulesar in my blog post two weeks ago, the event that we all collaborated on together with the Partners at the Antique Loft would not have been possible without the driving force of the additional energy, expertise and professionalism that Anthony brought to the project. Taking painstaking time to hang the show, promote it and invite photographers and spoken word artists and musicians, navigating the tight schedule of loading in and loading out while juggling his every day responsibilities, because of his contributions to the evening and his care in hanging the pieces and thoughtful planning work before, during and after, with his additional efforts in combination with the collaborative efforts of everyone involved, the already gorgeous room took on an extra special and beautiful glow and the event was a success that is still being applauded and remembered as a highlight of the season. 

There's an interesting quality about Anthony that makes him very special as an artist and something that enhances his own presence as a person. Although he is very particular about how and where his work is hung and what shows and spaces and artists he is involved with, once he has decided that he wants to do something, he is very open to suggestions and collaborations and is not rigid in the flow of changing ideas. His is a perfection of vision and craft that is open to collaboration and change, and though he will take the necessary time to consider how best to move forward, he will always be open to ideas that he feels will make a project stronger. He is also committed to not only excellence, but to following through on promises he has made, considering others in the mix of the projects he plans and works on. His is a mind that is open and caring, wanting the best and not settling for less for himself or for anyone he works with. His art is created from a very powerful emotional place, with a solid foundation in the beauty that can overcome darkness and chaos. Opening a space in his world to others, to artists he collaborates with and audiences he brings new work and experiences to, the Artist Anthony E. Boone makes the possibility of a new world come into focus, one where we are invited to feel a sense of connection and to walk on a higher ground in a place where warmth and love surround us with light.   

The Artist Anthony E. Boone
At The Opening Of A Group Show
At Prime Gallery
351 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City Heights, New Jersey

At The Art Event At The Antique Loft
33-41 Newark Street
Hoboken, New Jersey

With Friends
Including Actress And Writer Tiffany Barrett
And Rashad Wright, Poet Laureate Of Jersey City
Following Two Photos Courtesy of Anthony Boone
Photo Credit Jermaine D. Clarke

With Photographer, Filmmaker and Artist River Clark

Installing The Show At The Antique Loft
With Artist and Chef Andre Kaulesar

At Hamilton House For An Artist Talk
With Fashion Influencer Patricia Fox

Fashion Designs By Marco Hall
That Use Anthony's Artwork For The Fabric

At Salon X
For An Artist Greet And Meet
228 7th Street
Jersey City, New Jersey

With Hair Stylist Victoria Vazquez
And Salon Owner Lori Greylock

Artwork For A Special Limited Edition
Non-Nocere Kombucha @non_nocere
With Graphic Design
By Victor Manuel Coló@designbyvictor

At The Antique Loft
With Andre Kaulesar, Jannie Wolff, Rolando Iglesias and Shaq

At Antique Bar & Bakery
With Artist and Chef Andre Kaulesar and Jannie Wolff
122 Willow Avenue
Hoboken, New Jersey

With Artist and Chef Andre Kaulesar

At The Antique Loft

Selected Artwork
Photos Courtesy Of Anthony E. Boone
Photo Credit Jermaine D. Clarke


Jannie Susan

Sunday, December 2, 2018

An Abundant Life - A Self Made Man

For anyone who knows me, whenever I receive a compliment I respond with giving credit to God and to the people in my life who have been of help and support and have shared their gifts with me. It's something I truly know about myself that I wouldn't be alive today and certainly wouldn't be living the enjoyable life I am living if it weren't for the gifts both practical, physical and emotional that so many wonderful people have shared with me. The expression "a self made man" is not one that I normally would use for anyone, but when I sat down to write about David Bistany, that was the expression that came to my mind.

From my vantage point over the years I would say it's not easy being a man, and indeed, the journalist Norah Vincent wrote about that in her immersion account published in December of 2006, "Self-Made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man", of the eighteen months she spent exploring the world of men as a man. And if being a man is difficult, being a self-made one is even more so. According to Wikipedia, the term "is a classic phrase first coined on February 2, 1832 by United States senator Henry Clay who referred to the self-made man in the senate, to describe individuals in the manufacturing sector whose success lay within the individuals themselves, not with outside conditions." It goes on to describe someone who rises "to eminence in financial, political or other areas by nurturing qualities, such as perseverance, hard work, and ingenuity."

In reading this description, it makes perfect sense to me why I thought of this phrase in relation to David Bistany. According to the information listed under "Agent Details" through the website for Liberty Realty where he is a five star real estate agent with over 20 years of experience:

"David’s real estate knowledge was honed in a competitive world. Growing up in the New York City area has provided David with a remarkable education, intense drive, and an easy mindset to lead each and every customer through the labyrinth of real estate. Nineteen years in the industry has given him the opportunity to be a witness and participant in the transformation and gentrification of local communities all around. Real estate is a business where you meet people from every walk of life, and you’re changing lives every day. David says he doesn’t want to bore us with stories or sound clich√©, but with a great sense of humor and expert knowledge of the industry he is able to pass on the lessons he has learned. David’s work ethic is dynamic and proficient. “Is there another way to work?” he asks. What most people don’t realize is, working as a real estate professional means you run your own business. Like any other industry, there are many agents to choose from, but it takes a real professional with discipline for business to maintain a successful career. This leads to his success and the success of his clients. Those who know and have worked with David can attest that he does not stop at mediocre. This is not just a job for David, this is his passion. Buying or selling can be one of the most important decisions of your life; let David be your guide. If you’re ready for a trusted real estate advisor to help you fulfill your dreams and achieve your goals, call David Bistany today. Don’t wait!"

I can say with all honesty after knowing David and seeing the way he works and interacts with everyone he meets that the words in this write up are true. I can also say that not only does he show this level of expertise and work ethic in his chosen field of Real Estate, but that he also puts this same high level of effort into everything he is involved in. Recently I had the opportunity to watch from the sidelines as he worked with the Hoboken Rotary Club to plan their first annual fundraising dinner. Every detail was important to him, and as he worked with the planning committee and the event site both before, during and after the event, I have seen his commitment to excellence and his discerning views in action, not only being satisfied with a favorable outcome, but wanting the best experience for everyone involved. My only concern when I share time with David is that I want him to be able to enjoy the fruits of his own labor - he is so often so concerned about making sure that everything is running smoothly and everyone else is enjoying themselves that I find myself wondering when he has time to take time for himself.

David is one of the rarest of men. As a Real Estate agent with one of the leading Real Estate offices in the area that is a leader in innovation and in customer satisfaction, he lives his life with the standard of excellence he puts into his work with clients every day. Currently one of the top producers in Hudson County and one of the highest producing of Liberty Realty's 300 agents, he holds the Gold "Circle of Excellence" Real Estate Award for 2016. In addition to his membership with the Rotary Club, he is a member of The Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of the Hoboken Schoolhouse Condo Association, and he and his family are also the proud owners of two rescue pups. If you are lucky enough to meet David and work with him on any project, either buying or selling a home or in any of his community efforts, you will find in him someone you can trust, who is always thinking ahead of the trends, and who will always do his utmost to insure that whatever he touches turns to gold.  

David Bistany
Five Star Real Estate Agent
At Liberty Realty
One Marine View Plaza
Hoboken, New Jersey



Jannie Susan