AMPLIFY: Visual Art Exhibition

july 27 - august 13

As part of AMPLIFY at 100 Bogart, THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE has curated a visual art exhibition that surrounds the theme of human connection. Featured artists are both local and intenationally-based and their work will remain in the space throughout the entire run at AMPLIFY.

Visual Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

AMPLIFY at 100 Bogart
100 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206



Byron Kim
Collette Tompkins
Don Lisy
Jonas Read
Julia Forrest
Ko Smith
Kory Shulz
M. Moore
Maria Ribeiro
Marna Chester


R. Smith aka Avisualbliss transplanted from Rochester NY to NYC in 2009, Living and working in Brooklyn,  heavily influenced by the application of graffiti and abstract overlooked interaction between artists on the streets. Focusing on balance & composition the basics are broken down and simplified into an untraditional form of abstract modernism, reminiscent of surrealistic graffiti letters & line work.

BYRON KIM is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at New York University. Anticipated graduation, 2019.

COLLETTE TOMPKINS is a Brooklyn based mixed media artist. Prior to residing in New York, she lived and worked in Philadelphia where she attained a BFA from The University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and shows in both New York and Philadelphia. She has worked with many types of artists in arenas such as dance and theater where she has designed both costumes and sets. She believes being aware of the outside world is essential for one to have a better understanding of one’s innerself. Art is an excellent tool for this type of mindfulness. It is not only a visual language, but also a mental process that constantly keeps one questioning, thinking, creating and reflecting. The inner awareness and abstract ideas brought by the visual and physical world are transgressed and made concrete in the studio through personal reflection and creation.

DON LISY was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and creates his art as if revolting against the Midwest sensibilities that dominate the critical and popular mind sets of his hometown. Don attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where he studied Printmaking and Painting. Don’s work has been compared to the New York school of action painters however, Don’s work is not derivative from any one school. Each of Don's works are created in one session. By immediately succumbing to the emotional energy that inspires his work, Don feels he is best able to represent that emotion if he can complete the work before the feeling dissipates. Each resulting work is more of a self portrait of an emotional event rather than an image concerned with aesthetics.

Don’s first visit to New York City was in December 1993. Over the years he often returned to NYC for group exhibitions and also performances with his band. It was during a visit in 2001 that Don connected with New York on a new level which planted the seed that one day he must live there. In the spring of 2010, Don left family and friends in Cleveland and made the permanent move to Brooklyn where he continues to dedicate himself to his own personal artistic vision. In December 2016, after an over decade long absence, Don re-established a studio in Cleveland. Don’s work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally in Germany, Italy and Spain.

JONAS READ was born and raised in rural England, fled the country with a musical group and played around the world for a few years. He ended up in New York in 1995 and never left. Jonas works as a carpenter and likes to wander about with a camera taking pictures of mundane stuff.

JULIA FORREST is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens.
Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, USDAN for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.

It is a grind; unyielding, unrelenting. Deal with the situation you've got yourself into, son. Wrestle with it. Work hard. Don't stop. Sleep in the bed you built, but don't rest, never rest lest it slip out from below. This push might just cover the basics — food, shelter, booze to forget your mistakes, but only if you're lucky enough to land a good enough situation. Time doesn't exist in New York City. Not for surplus of it, but because you're always working, attending to some thing to make your work day / work week / work month / work year / work decade / working lifetime go a bit smoother, faster. “Extra" time is swallowed by the basics. New York City has freed itself from time; it's time is so packed that the hours and minutes and seconds cease to matter. Numbers are numbers, every moment is designated with a task and accounted for.

KORY SCHULZ is a graphic designer and painter living in Manasquan, NJ. He studied Fine Art at Wagner College in Staten Island and has been honing his craft in recent years among the burgeoning Jersey Shore arts scene, creating marketing materials for local bands and businesses. In addition to his main medium of paint, he experiments with digital art, pixelation, cartoons, and typography.

“I make portraits of the people in my life. Mothers, lovers, children, friends and the inevitable self. I like eyes of slight confusion, fear, apprehension. There is a lot of honesty in that doubt and it’s that fleeting look that I find myself monopolizing. So the work becomes this aggregate of documentation, shared empathy and pause. It celebrates the intimacy that follows a moment of slight foil not with the purpose of dwelling in disaster but to look at the freedom derived from humility. It's about what it feels like on that fine line between depression and elation.

The materials used are often quite rudimentary. In this last body of work I used coffee, charcoal, pencil, paper and a box of off-brand crayons my grandmother once purchased from QVC.” - M. Moore

MARIA RIBEIRO is a photographer, graduated in Audiovisual and specialized photography direction by the International Academy of Cinema – Brazil. After working in the advertising market and understanding how the woman’s image is presented in the media, she dedicated herself to photography as an instrument of female empowerment through natural artistic and image manipulation-fee shooting. She believes that representation is essential in building a healthy relationship between women and their own bodies and consequently with themselves in different aspects of life.

Maria Ribeiro realizes documentary projects rescuing the history of the specific groups in Brazil, like sertanejas, quilombolas and indigenous women. In 2016 she was selected by UN Women to present her work at the CSW and the Youth Feminism Forum in New York for it’s the relevance to the empowerment of women in her field of action.

MARNA CHESTER is an artist and yoga instructor, born and based in Brooklyn, NY. She has created installations for weddings and special events, art galleries, commercial and private clients. Marna’s work has also been exhibited at The Wild Bird Fund Gallery, The Rye Arts Center, Voelker Orth Museum & Bird Sanctuary, on the television series, Gotham, at The Italian Cultural Institute, The Green Building, the Grace Hotel, and Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays. She has taught paper sculpture workshops for kids and adults at The Rye Arts Center, The Creative Center, Bellevue Hospital, The Brooklyn Brainery, and Au Papier Japonais in Montreal. She holds a BFA from Alfred University, and an MPS from Pratt Institute. Marna is also pursuing certification in Core Energetics, a somatic therapy. She sees all of her endeavors as an exploration in the spiritual, physical and psychological. To view her artwork visit; Instagram: Marna_Chester.

MATT MONTELLA is a photographer from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He primarily shoots in urban settings using a classic Polaroid Spectra camera.


This event is part of AMPLIFY at 100 Bogart: 

THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE will take over a ground floor gallery space in Bushwick for three weeks this summer with performances, events, workshops, a visual art exhibit, and open rehearsals from over 25 artists and groups. Learn more about the programming and participating artists here