Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self. — Jean-Luc Godard

“On The Other Side” — Pasquale

ZO ORCHESTRATES SEVERAL CREATIVE EXPOS EACH YEAR

ART WINNERS

2016 Teen Art Expo GOLD AWARD

ROBERT NOFIRE — “Chief High Bear”


© Robert NoFire


Robert Nofire is a senior from Tahlequah High school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. In addition to his drawing “Chief High Bear” being selected as ZO Magazine’s 1st Place Gold Winner, it was selected as the winner in the congressional Art competition. Robert is also a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award through Cherokee Nation.

SILVER AWARD

SEAN McRAE — “Unified Racer”


SEAN McRAE – “Unified Racer” (Tie for Silver ART)


Sean McRae is a 19 year old 3D Artist. He primarily uses Zbrush when designing characters and renders through Autodesk Maya. Sean does not have professional experience but is currently seeking work within the art industry, “because art is my passion and always has been.”

PEARL AWARD | TIE
NICK ENSING — & — PHOEBE LEONARD

NICK ENSING — “flawLESS”


NICK ENSING – “flawLESS” (Tie for Pearl ART)


Nick Ensing is a 15 year old freshman from Northview High school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Beyoncé is my favorite artist and I am currently in the process of creating a 3 painting series of her, starting with this one.” You can follow Nick on Instagram @nick_ensing or Twitter @nickhensing.

PHOEBE LEONARD — “Thalia”


PHOEBE LEONARD – “Thalia” (Tie for Pearl ART)


Phoebe Leonard is from Hong Kong and enjoys reading, writing, and general photography.

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2015 Art Expo Gold Award

"il-giocoliere | juggling" © Andrea Giorgi

“il-giocoliere | juggling” © Andrea Giorgi


Winner of ZO’s Art Expo Gold — Andrea Giorgi was born in Ancona, Italy, where he still lives and works. Interests in architecture, design and digital graphics have all paired well with his work as an interior yacht designer at the boatyard ISA, where he projects the interiors of large dimension luxury yachts.

During the last years he has been able to dedicate more of his free time to his passion: Art. His artworks can be found in the luxury rooms of many prestigious yachts. One of his artworks has recently been bought from Ferrero, and is now part of an important private international collection of contemporary art. In 2010, he was finalist for the “Young Knighthood” award as best talent under 35 years in the province of Ancona — in 2013 he was winner of the “Press Specialized” prize in the first edition Reggio Emilia Art Fair — and in 2015 he is winner of GOLD in the ZOne Other “Convergence Exposé!”

2015 Art Expo SILVER AWARDS

BRITTNI REEVES

“Lost”

Brittni-Reeves -- Lost

Lost — © Brittni-Reeves


Brittni Reeves is 18 years old and lives in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. She is presently a university student pursuing a degree in art education. “I have a passion for the arts and wish to share my talent and techniques with others.” — Brittni

AOF SMITH

“Summer Chaos”

Summer Chaos -- © Aof Smith

Summer Chaos — © Aof Smith


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Aof Smith is an artist from Thailand working with oil on canvas. His art stems from his own particular perspectives and a deep curiosity of the world. The subjects he ultimately depicts are questionings about what has happened to society and the world today. “My art(s) reveals and combines every moment I capture from my feelings (about these things).” — Aof

ALBERTO ARAVENA

“Jirafas Y Luciernagas | Giraffes and Fireflies”

Jirafas Y Luciernagas | Giraffes and Fireflies -- © Alberto Aravena

Jirafas Y Luciernagas | Giraffes and Fireflies — © Alberto Aravena


Alberto Aravena was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He now studies Fine Art in Santiago, Chile. His pictorial work creates dreamlike compositions in landscapes of great figurative synthesis. The work establishes a relationship between plains, hills and other objects that seem to float to evoke ideas about life, feelings and states of mind. His main technique is oil on linen, preferably using large formats. The original of Jirafas Y Luciernagas | Giraffes and Fireflies is 65cms x 245cms.

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We asked Scott Navicky (one of the art judges for the 2015 Expo) to pen some thoughts regarding the process.

Convergence of Birds

— Yeah nah | by Scott Navicky

Wilco-Sky-Blue-Sky-coverAlthough it’s been years since I left Aotearoa New Zealand, I still retain a confusing residue of kiwispeak: sweet as, chocka, sparrow’s faaart… y’know, the usual stuff. So when a mate recently asked me if judging ZO Magazine’s 2015 Art Exposé was easy, without thinking I answered: “Yeah nah.” (I never quite understood this kiwi conversational oddity; just because it’s called a “Yes/No Question” doesn’t mean you have to answer with each.)

All of the artwork submitted to the Art Exposé was uniformly strong, and this made my job easy: Il Giocoliere (Juggling) is an instantaneously striking image that possesses subtle undertones of Italian Futurism, a movement with fascinating significance to the history of photography; Summer Chaos rewards extended viewing, drawing viewers into a swirling vortex of whimsical figurative recognition mixed with dizzying all-over compositional abstraction; the fictive elements of Lost resemble a movie poster designed to entice and intrigue, while Canvas 79 was yet another reminder that deftly handled abstraction is always enticing and intriguing; and finally, The Convergence of Dust reminds me of Vik Muniz’s work (for example, his unforgettable 2000 exhibition ‘Pictures of Dust’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art in which he recreated photographs of Minimalist and Postminimalist sculptures using dust gathered from the museum’s galleries and offices), while Adam and Eve reminds me of Lewis Carroll’s early illustrations as exhibited in ‘Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland’ currently on-view at the Morgan Library & Museum.

The difficult aspect of judging the Art Exposé was wrestling with the cognitive dissonance generated from marrying the contest’s theme (convergence) with the concept of Imagereality. Normally when judging works of art, the knowledge of particulars–media, size, etc. – is essential, but with Imagereality, images are their own total reality. Because of this, Imagereality reverses the usual convergence between viewer and work viewed. Think of sculpture, a medium neglected within the contest: to experience a sculpture, a viewer must enter the sculpture’s locality; in other words, you must go to IT. With Imagereality, IT comes to you. (continued)

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ART SUBMISSION PAGE

2015 THEME
“CONVERGENCE”

SUBMIT UP TO 3 ART ENTRIES

Entry should be a photo of your ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION / CONCEPTION of the word CONVERGENCE.
You may submit existing art that “you feel” fits the theme Convergence.

Your entry can be fine art, design of any kind, sculpture, mixed-media, fashion, jewelry, nature or a conglomeration or combination of any of the aforementioned that you might imagine. You must be the creator of the work you submit.

The art form can be photoshop, digital art on any level, or you can even film something and send us a still – NO LIMITS. Just take a photo of your concept and submit!

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One GOLD LEVEL ART Award — $400 — or comparable GOLD COIN
Three SILVER LEVEL ART Awards — $100 each — or comparable SILVER COIN

Please USE THE BUTTONS BELOW for submission.

2016 ART SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

These are general Guidelines for the Expo. The next annual Poetry & Art Expo will begin on September 15, 2016.
“Muse” for the Exposé will be determined closer to the date it commences.

Submission Beginning: September 15, 2016
Deadline: November 7, 2016

Submissions guided by the word: “_________________”
Artistically crafted media, perception, form and imagery is totally up to artist.

You may enter up to 3 submissions.
ONE FREE ENTRY | each additional entry is $5

DIGITAL SUBMISSION in the form of a photograph ONLY.
• Original work belongs to artist and remains artist’s property.
• Anyone over 18 | anywhere in the world can enter
• All entries must be — Width: 1200px | Height: 900 px
• Entries should be titled and will publish with a © notice with creator’s name
• Media Specs should be specified (i.e., acrylic, oil, mixed-media, etc. also dimensions as appropriate). We are looking for art, digital media, fashion, sculpture, possible architecture and design renderings or anything you can imagine that is your artistic representation of “Convergence.”
• Art should be appropriate for general audience
• All entries must be the original work of submitter
• All entries to include creator’s real name and information
• Copyright for work shall remain with creator/artist and all submissions grant ZO permission to use the photograph of the material submitted in perpetuity (accompanied by creator/artist’s credit)
• All entries must be submitted online through “Submittable”

• If you have pre-existing work that you feel fit these guidelines — by all means, take a picture and submit!

ZO orchestrates a continuing series of Creative Expos

The buttons below will now lead to our TEEN MEDIA EXPO which is now in progress . . .

FIRST ART ENTRY IS FREE

*Please do not submit more than one art entry at a time. Multiple entries on one submission page cannot be processed.

SECOND ART ENTRY = $5.00

THIRD ART ENTRY = $5.00

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2015 ART EXPOSÉ JUDGES

SCOTT NAVICKY

Scott Navicky is the author of Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2014). He attended Denison University and the University of Auckland, where he was awarded an Honors Master’s Degree in art history with a focus on photography theory.

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ERICCO

Ericco is the principal for Ericco Studio (an Art Design firm in Los Angeles, CA). Ericco has been a supporter of ZO’s projects since its formation. He is now developing Artists’ Creative Spaces in the Los Angeles and Dallas, TX areas.

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ABHAY K

Photo: Abhay K reading poetry in Gangtok, Sikkim,India by Kalhause

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Abhay K is an Indian poet-diplomat and artist. He has written several books including The Seduction of Delhi and River Valley to Silicon Valley.

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We are so very grateful for the supportive artists and friends we have made over the years in experimenting with ZO’s unique presentations. The following Judges are very close to ZO and know how much we love to promote not only artists, but the creative side in everyone.

Pierre Gable says it best on his website: “Photography is nothing, It’s life that interests me.” Pierre

PIERRE GABLE

Pierre Gable is a photograper presently residing in France. His outstanding and prolific work can be seen at his French Site and on Facebook

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TARA COTTER’ NESCI

Tara is an artist and entrepreneur. She has acted as a liaison between ZO and many of the artists it has connected with over the years.

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