ART Habens Magazine Selects Surreality Collection Works for Special Edition

ART Habens Selects Sam Dobrow's photography for feature story.

ART Habens Selects Sam Dobrow’s photography for feature story.

Notice of Selection

I am please to announce that ART Habens magazine will be interviewing me and publishing an 18 page article with several works from the Surreality Collection in their next special issue of art review. I received the following notification today:

Thanks for your interest in the 6th Edition of ART Habens. We have been very impressed with your artistic production and we are glad to inform you that Extraordinary Rendition from McAlpine, Rings of Sintra and Apocalypto have been selected for publication in the next Special edition of ART Habens Art Review.

In particular, we have highly appreciated the way your experimental exploration of the blurry bunday [sic] between experience and imagination challenges the spectatorship’s perceptual parameters, as well as your insightful inquiry into an alternative world establishes deep involvement with the viewers both on the emotional aspect and on the intellectual one. So we’ll be pleased to submit you a personal interview that will be published in the next special issue of our art review.

In addition to the specific curated works, several other works will be showcased in the feature story.

About the 6th Edition of ART Habens Art Review

For the 6th time ART Habens is inviting entries to find the most interesting emerging worldwide artists.

This year’s edition will focus on a recurrent paradox in contemporary art: the vague and ambiguous but thoroughly entrenched boundaries between the different practices of new media.

In particular it will engage with artists dealing with process-driven changes in our society, who pair their observations with new media technologies to produce their art projects: this competition aims to give the impetus and opportunity to artists (painting, fine art photography, video art, mixed media, public art as well as fashion & design and performative arts) to work between the boundaries of Contemporary Art.

About ART Habens

ART Habens aims to engage artists, curators and gallerists in conversation about the role of Art in contemporary society. Inspired by the worldwide art scene, we highlight that art is an essential element in our lives: ART Habens reserves a special place to explore these transformations; first, by acknowledging the energy and effort that goes into the creation of art, and second, by investigating the new life a work takes on as it is transferred from artist to world.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a contemporary photographic artist who lives and works in the artist’s village of Coconut Grove (Miami), Florida. In the digital darkroom, Sam continues to test the boundaries of photography. All his artwork begins with the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotions and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants. Whether its a street scene, a portrait, or figurative works, Sam captures beauty by presenting subjects shaped with light, framed by strong graphical elements, and emotionally supercharged by the the thoughtful choice of color.

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[NSFW] Figurative Works by Sam Dobrow Curated for Art Expo New York

Saphira and Ventura Gallery in New York City will be representing three figurative works produced by Sam Dobrow especially for their booth in Art Expo New York. The show will run Friday through Monday, April 21–24 at Pier 94, 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway), New York, NY 10019.

The three prints were produced for the New York show at a larger 20″ x 30″ print size. The giclee print is window mounted using white museum rag board and finished with a contemporary black frame. The framed wall art is 28″ x 38″.

Touch (20x30)

The Touch (20×30)
New Release, Not Currently Sold Online

Phantasm Collection

The prints curated for the Art Expo NY show are from the Phantasm Collection. It was originally inspired by critiques of the Bronze Nude.

The Phantasm Collection speaks to the strange ways humans interact with each other when separated by distance but joined by technology. It’s about people who live inside an electronic box and take form with electrons swirling around in a vacuum. Its about the madness of making contact through the window of glass. The paranormal world of this encounter is augmented by our zest for anonymous sex via computers and the Internet. These fantasy encounters are attractive because they are safe. They require no commitments, no physical contact, and no uncomfortable courting. It is about the laws of attraction, flirting, dominance, submission, exhibitionism, and voyeurism.

The “Phantasm” is a surreal, ghostly character seemingly in another world. That world is timeless and without place. The structured frame serves as the window where we peer from our universe into this unworldly world. We are drawn into a cosmic disturbance where a sensual form intermittently takes shape and fades away. She seems distant, unaware and untouchable. Sometimes she seems to be reaching out for help with a wanton desire to touch and be touched. Sometimes she seems to know we are watching but never acknowledges our presence. The erotic loneliness is maddening, foreboding, and yet captivating.

About ArtExpo NY

39+ Years of Extraordinary Art

For thirty-nine years and counting, ArtExpo has been changing the way people buy and sell art. Our annual, juried expo brings the biggest publishers, galleries and collectors face to face with hundreds of established and emerging artists. In short, we’re the world’s largest fine art marketplace.

Hundreds of Artists, Thousands of New Works

This year, we’ll host over 400+ innovative exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, showcasing exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more—all under one roof at Pier 94.

An Annual Fine Art Destination

Each year thousands of art industry insiders flock to ArtExpo New York in search of the art and artists that will shape trends in galleries worldwide. Hosting more than 30,000 avid art enthusiasts annually, we’re the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers—including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers and art & framing retailers.

About Saphira and Ventura Gallery

The Saphira & Ventura Gallery (S&V Gallery) and the New York International Contemporary Art Society (NYICAS) are non-profit entities established for the purpose of collecting, preserving and disseminating contemporary art. These efforts are employed via participation in internationally recognized exhibitions, fairs, and events; as part of a provocative effort to educate artists while showcasing contemporary artwork with a multicultural perspective.

S&V Gallery hosts gallery spaces around the globe and enjoys strong partnerships with gallerists in Sao Paulo, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Marbella and London!

S&V Gallery showcases a rich, diverse body of works from a talented group of international artists. It exhibits, promotes, provides consultation, and connects artists with a burgeoning community of “marchands d’Art” and collectors.

About Sam Dobrow

Sam Dobrow is a Miami, Florida based contemporary artist who continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of Sam Dobrow’s artwork begins with the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotion and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants.

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Sam Dobrow To Judge Photography Exhibits at Coconut Grove Arts Festival

2017 Coconut Grove Art Festival Map

2017 Coconut Grove Art Festival Map

I am please to announce that I will be one of the judges for the photography exhibitors at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on February 18-20, 2017. Please visit Coconut Grove and support our national lineup of exhibiting artists. Admission is $15/day for adults, $5/day for Coconut Grove residents (33133 zipcode), free for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.

About the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

What began in 1963 as an intimate “clothes line” art show featuring a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers as part of a promotion for the Coconut Grove Playhouse’s production of Irma la Douce has transformed itself into South Florida’s most successful arts festival. Today, the event attracts an estimated 120,000 people to the winding streets of Coconut Grove during President’s Day weekend.

Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artist’s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood.

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Thanks to The Sonesta Coconut Grove for Hosting

I’d like to thank everyone who so graciously hosted my exhibit at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami last night. It was a group collaboration between the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and Hemsworth Communications. As a resident of Coconut Grove it is such an honor to be invited to show my art to the community during the Fashion, Art, and Music (FAM) night. Curtis Crider, General Manager at the Sonesta extended the hospitality of his entire organization with champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Everyone from the front desk staff to the security guards and wait staff were fabulous. Lilia Garcia of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival organized and promoted the evening and made sure that everything came together for a delightful exhibit. Cassandra Cardenas from Hemsworth Communications covered the event with announcements and social media exposure. At the end of the evening, Janice and I went upstairs to catch a cocktail and dinner while overlooking Coconut Grove. We both had the Corvina which was a perfect ending to a great evening.

My only regret is that I was so busy talking with guests that I forgot to take a couple snaps to post. So I’ll just leave a pic of the view from the Panorama restaurant upstairs.

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Cuba: Living Under the Shadow

Living Under The Shadow

Living Under The Shadow

For my entire life Cuba has been a forbidden land. I remember stories my father told me of his adventures to the island nation during the pre-Castro days. He spoke of night clubs, casinos, wild parties, and Cuban rum. I’d been taught about the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and America’s sanctions against Cuba (as a response to Castro’s perported assassination of Kennedy). I had met people who emigrated from Cuba who told stories of leaving everything behind as Castro came to power, but I knew nothing about Cuba as an island nation. After Fidel Castro died, Obama lifted travel restrictions for Americans desiring to travel to Cuba. When I decided to go to Cuba I was curious what it would be like to see a place locked in the 1950’s. All the photos I had seen of Cuba were full of 1950’s era American cars lining streets of dilapidated buildings. I really had no idea what I would see or how I would be influenced by what I saw. But I did feel compelled to go before Cuba changed too much.
The Child Who Could Be Someone

The Child Who Could Be Someone

My visit to Cuba was brief, just four days; mostly in old Havana. I certainly can not claim to know Cuba or even Havana, but Cuba has left its first impression on me and I think it reflects in my photos from the trip. Its taken me a while to discover the theme of my 2000+ images from my first visit to Cuba. I have looked them over many, many times trying to sort out the good from the bad. I was looking for something I could make beautiful. The first day, I spent an hour in one place taking a couple hundred shots of the same scene while the sun set. I knew I would get a great sunset but I had to work for it. I would need several exposures to blend the sky, skyline, and foreground into a colorful and emotional moment in time. After that first day, I spent most of my time in old Havana where there were plenty of dilapidated buildings to photograph but that seemed too cliche. The old buildings didn’t give me a feeling of nostalgia. I kept looking for something else.
Pescatoro (20x30)

Pescatoro (20×30)

Finally, I began to post process my images and that is when I saw the story that I had captured unbeknownst to my conscious efforts. I realize that I was greatly impacted by seeing an entire nation living in abject poverty as a result of a totalitarian regime. There were severe penalties for breaking the law. As a result, there was no evidence of violent crime or drug use. I discovered how scared people were of the government; and that is where my art found its story “living under the shadow”. As a photographer I work to find situations where the light can create a unique image. I found myself taking many high contrast photos. I found myself photographing people in the shadows. For me, the shadow represented the shadow of the totalitarian regime. I was able to capture people keeping a low profile while living a good but frugal life. They had nothing to hide. They would open their doors to the street so people could see in their homes. On occasion, people would see my camera and welcome me into their home to take photos. Many people were open to having their picture taken; few would resist or turn away. I was able to walk amongst the people with a rather invasive camera and nobody would even bat an eye. That allowed me to get close and personal. Even when they did not speak any English, I was able to make eye contact, smile and point to my camera. Their response was generally enthusiastic.
The Greeter

The Greeter

So I am still working on these images but now I know what my story is. It is about people living under the shadow. Hiding in plain site. Disappearing in the foreground.
Goliath (20x30)

Goliath (20×30)

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New Release: Tres Musicos (20×30)

Tres Músicos

Tres Músicos

Tres Musicos is a new release in the Cuba Collection. Tres Músicos (The Three Musicians) perform at sunset for visitors to Havana’s famous Malecon. Havana’s culture is rich in the arts. These performers project a joyful presence to their music which can also be read through their expressions. Tres Musicos is available in the Art Gallery.

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Sonesta Coconut Grove – Miami hosts Champagne Reception for Sam Dobrow Photography – Saturday!

Mark your calendars! Its the Coconut Grove Art Walk also known as FAMU this Saturday night in the Grove. Parking in the Sonesta garage is the most economical; less than street parking and much easier.

Sonesta Coconut Grove – Miami hosts Champagne Reception for Sam Dobrow Photography on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 7 PM to 10 PM. Open to the public.

Sonesta Champagne Reception

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New Release: Pappo (20×30)

Cuban Tobacco Farmer

Pappo – Cuban Tobacco Farmer (20×30)

Pappo, a Cuban tobacco farmer near Pinar del Rio describes the various qualities of the tobacco as he rolls a cigar and shares a few with us. Pappo with his laugh and smile captures the warmth of the Cuban people.

Pappo is a 20×30 fine art print face mounted to acrylic and is available in the Art Gallery.

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First Sunset in Havana

First Sunset in Havana

This is my first impression of Havana, Cuba. After arriving and clearing immigration, I was met by a fellow photographer Edin Chavez and our guide. We checked in to our “casa” and then started out for the first photo shoot. We were excited because of the cloudy sky. Havana had been clear for days and this was going to be a spectacular sunset. We headed to Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro on the east side of the bay looking west to watch the sun set behind the Havana skyline. I set up my tripod and shot bracketed exposures for close to an hour. Once back in the digital darkroom I had the tedious task of selecting the various images that would be used to blend the skyline, night lights, clouds, red sunset, and the old fort together to create this image.

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Sonesta Coconut Grove – Miami hosts Champagne Reception for Sam Dobrow Photography

Sonesta Coconut Grove – Miami hosts Champagne Reception for Sam Dobrow Photography on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 7 PM to 10 PM. Open to the public.

Sonesta Champagne Reception

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