Palm Beach Photographer : Jennifer Carrera Turner

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Jupiter Island Photography

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

I used to frequent this beach as a child. I decided to return here and take some photographs for both sentimental and spiritual inducing reasons. Always when the ocean meets the sand and the presence of rock structures show themselves as monuments it somehow creates this amazing juxtaposition. Although on such a small scale as compared to my visits to the California coast, my feelings here are so much closer to my heart.

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© Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio, 2011 – 2018. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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© Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio, 2011 – 2018. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Photography Exhibition: Jennifer Carrera Turner 2018

Solo Photography Exhibition by Jennifer Carrera Turner featuring “Historic Catholic Churches” Religious Series and includes the introduction of “The Obsolete Existence: Industrial American Landscape”. This exhibition is the reception event following the “Duo Lopez Tabor” concert, performed by Mozart-Brahms-Latin American Duo: Alfonso Lopez, violinist and Michelle Tabor, pianist held at 3:00pm, January 21, 2018. St. Patrick Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Quonset Huts: A Study in Photography

When you are enthralled by something so simplistic yet so striking – as simple as the most basic steel architectural structures. That’s how I feel about Quonset Huts. It’s a Fine Art Photography Project that is personal at most. Now added to the Industrial Series Photography Portfolio.

 

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© Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio, 2011 – 2018. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Laurence Gartel : The World of Art & Palm Beach SuperCars

West Palm Beach, FL – January 15, 2017

by Jennifer Carrera Turner

It was the seventh season of SuperCar Week in West Palm Beach, FL. A nine day event filled with the most unimaginable activities that any auto enthusiast both the average Joe and the VIP could appreciate. Most events were free to the general public, and the VIP enjoyed some really exclusive privileges that makes the upgrade worthwhile. If you are not a participator, then you can be a dreamer. Each event that is hosted, you surround yourself with the most incredible machines on earth, the most beautiful bodies, the most extreme engines and the ambiance of speed that one can ever have imagined!

This event is the annual production of Neil London, Tim Byrd, Thomas Clarke, and Gina Palmer and has been an incredible value to our local community, drawing crowds of well over 120,000 in attendance. On the last day of this sequence of events it closes with the largest SuperCar show in all of Florida and perhaps even the United States and includes an exclusive VIP party amidst it all.

The Sunday show boasts over 400 supercars – the most expensive and significant automobiles in the world ranging from makers such as: Ferrari, Audi, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Land Rover, Bugatti, McLaren, Pagani and many more including new and classic American models. SuperCar Week focuses on sharing an exclusive experience with the public and an appreciation of automotive excellence, design and technology.

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Now that we have the background of this amazing event presented, I can now tell you that someone who really stands out in this exclusive crowd is the one, Laurence Gartel, a world renowned American Artist and “pioneer of digital art” showcasing one of his elaborately designed Art Cars. I met Laurence a few years ago at a Lamborghini Palm Beach cars and coffee event. At first glance, you think “young Jerry Garcia” and he is every bit the most intriguing, down-to-earth, and most serious, passionate artist you will ever meet.

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His extensive and ever-climbing career has spanned throughout decades having worked with Andy Warhol, Hans Grodo Frabel, and an eclectic mix of famous music artists including Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Kiss, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and many more.

“He was the official artist of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards”.  

Gartel has exhibited in an extensive list of high-end museums including the Museum of Modern Art and other galleries that house his permanent collections for example, National Museum of American History.

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Gartel is the first artist commissioned by Tesla Motors during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010, after having dedicated many years to creating his stylistic graphically designed “Art Cars”. He has produced countless different Art Cars of many high-end makes including a Renntech Mercedes SL 65 V-12 Bi-turbo, which was unveiled at Fisher Island, FL during Art Basel Miami Beach, 2014 and being shown at ArtPalmBeach 2017.

On Sunday, Gartel agreed to answer my interview questions which are posted below. My questions are based on not only his experience with participating in SuperCar Week over the years, but also his experiences with inspiration and of being an artist. I appreciate the time he took in answering these questions and it is an absolute honor to be able to share this with the world.

 

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Laurence Gartel at ArtPalmBeach 2017 (Below: Being interviewed by Tim Byrd)

 

Even as he prepared to answer these questions for me after that Sunday, he was participating in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday in Downtown West Palm Beach:

“No moss grows under my feet as I participated in the Martin Luther King Parade in Miami. I was driving 4MPH for 4Hours. Talk about an “Endurance Rally.” However, I put a smile on over 300,000 faces. And that is a good thing. We must stop poverty in America. While we “oogle” over million dollar cars there are people starving every day. Children going hungry so my perspective in answering questions may be a little different than normal. Having said that, I will do so to the best of my ability.”                  -Laurence Gartel, January 16, 2017

Gartel Interview Q & A:

1.    How many years have you participated in SuperCar Week?

 I have been participating from the inception of the event. That means when Neil London took over because someone else had the show before Neil. Neil turned it into a FREE mega-event for everyone to enjoy. 

 2.    What is your opinion on the outcome and progress of SuperCar Week 2017?

 SuperCar has turned into the greatest event in all over South Florida. Fun, Friendly, Easy, Joyous, and something for everyone. 

 3.    What additions would you like to see in the 2018 SuperCar Week?

 I would like to see more dealers participating. One year Ferrari was in, one year they were out. I’d like to see new car dealerships roll out some of their latest vehicles. Schumacher has been in for several years. I think that’s great. Neil London tries to cover every aspect from Electric Vehicles to SuperCars. It would be nice if Mr. Dezer brought out some of his fine cars from his collection as well. The more the better because cars are a huge part of our modern and contemporary culture. 

 4.    Whose work do you relate to most? Who or what inspires you?

 When you are an original, I’m not sure who’s work you relate to. I can say, if you asked me whose work do I admire, I can say: Michelangelo, DaVinci, Correvaggio, Bernini. I have a real appreciation for “perfection.” I have been asked to leave the Ufizzi Museum on a number of occasions by security because I sat in front of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” for hours until closing time. I am obsessed with “ultimate beauty.” Seeing Bernini’s sculpture “Apollo and Daphne” in person, is a life changing experience. 

 5. Do you enjoy collaboration work?

 On occasion. I did a collaboration last year with Hisachika Takahashi who was Robert Rauschenberg’s assistant for decades. I was up in Vermont where I was commissioned to create a 40th Anniversary work for Catamount Arts. Takahashi lived across the street and we had several talks about Bob. I had two exhibitions at Rauschenberg’s gallery at Edison College in Ft Myers. I knew Bob from the 70’s when he was working with Merce Cunningham. Takahashi remembered me as a young Artist so it was very moving to collaborate. 

 6. How has your practice changed over time?

 My practice has always been in a state of transition. Materials change, and thus so does technique. Creating 3-D sculptures with 3-D printers along with drawing with plastic that melts is also a new development. In creating Art Cars the vinyl material has changed as well. Making it more pliable and flexible. As far as the Art is concerned – Art changes depending on one’s travels and how it emotionally impacts you. 

 7. Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?

 FABULOUS. – Because everything I do is unsuspected. You will never know what I will do next. It is surprising and over the top. Nothing is ever predictable. 

 8. How is your personality reflected in your work?

My work IS my personality. Whether it be for the Grammy Awards or if it is for Forbes Magazine, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, or the Oslo Motor Show the Art is outrageous and has a live energy to it. “I am looking forward to waking people up, not putting them to sleep.” 

 9. How do you get inspired creatively with a new assignment?

 My talent is G-D given. That means that there is a wealth of creativity attached to each project. Depending on what it is, the project itself “inspires”. For instance, if it is a car, the lines and shape of the car have a lot to do with how the overall outcome will be. 

 10.  What do you dislike about the art world?

 I dismiss the pre-determined Art world. Any great Artist of any century dismissed the rules and created his own visual language. If I were to bitch and moan about the Art world I would say I hate the Nepotism. It is everywhere. However, it is a BIG world and we can by-pass those that keep the doors closed to others outside of their inner circle. 

 11. Name something you love, and why?

 LOVE? My significant other. My children. 

 12. What was it like designing for the Grammy’s? Was it a life changing experience?

 It surely was a highlight. I enjoyed being part of the festivities, the red carpet, the show, all the protocol and everything associated with it in Los Angeles. My collectors shipped the Renntech Mercedes that I designed for them for me to drive during my stay there. It was a most generous and kind thing to do. 

 13. What is your dream project?

 I have to think it up. Maybe painting a building. I’ve actually done everything I have wanted to do in life. ABSOLUT GARTEL for Absolut Vodka was a great triumph. To see my ad on the back of 100-million magazines was definitely a thrill. Especially when it was created with one of the first still-video cameras and Photoshop 2.0. Nobody ever saw anything like it before. Completely original. My cover of FORBES was amazing as well two years prior in 1989. My whole history is really interesting. Lots of firsts. Sometimes going backwards is just as exciting as going forward. Especially when that technology has come and gone and people have not seen it. 

 14. Where is your newest exhibition and what does it focus upon?

 My new museum exhibition in Italy is very exciting: “WARHOL vs GARTEL” HYP POP opened in Spoleto 22nd December 2016 and will run through 2nd April 2017. The show examines the similarities between my work and Warhol. I taught Andy how to use the Amiga Computer in 1985 when he was commissioned to produce the album cover for Debbie Harry. After that I took Digital Art into the Fine Art World interjecting it into the stratosphere. 

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 (Images of Warhol vs. Gartel courtesy of Laurence Gartel.)

Photo Gallery of SuperCar Week 2017:

Nature Photography: Birds, Butterflies & Flowers

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

Today I took my mom to Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL to appreciate the scenery and to play with some nature photography in a more controlled environment. You are absolutely guaranteed birds and butterflies!  It’s a wonderful place to visit for children and adults of all ages and very much fun and challenging to photograph. A very peaceful and relaxing place to visit! Enjoy!

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© Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio, 2011 – 2018. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material or images without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Carrera Turner and Carrera Art Studio with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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CANVAS Local Showdown 2016 West Palm Beach

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

On the evening of November 11, 2016 seven artists competed in a live local showdown creating enormous murals on shipping containers in Historic Northwood Village, West Palm Beach, FL. Here are the final photos of their amazing artwork! This event is one of many in conjunction with the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show created by Nicole Henry of Nicole Henry Fine Art.

Participating Artists in the Local Showdown:

Jhonattan Arango, Palm Beach County

Ron Burkhardt, Palm Beach County

Jennifer Chaparro, Martin County

Cheryl Maeder and Marilyn Walter, Palm Beach County

Eduardo Mendieta, Palm Beach County

Ruben Ubiera, Miami-Dade County

Luis Valle, Miami-Dade County

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Miami Beach SoBe Art & Culture: Exemplary Ambassadors

 

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Louis Canales explaining the challenges of marketing South Beach.
By Jennifer Carrera Turner

On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL a gathering of South Florida’s art & cultural pioneers came together to educate the patrons of our local art community about the struggles, reality and the progress made primarily in the South Beach Miami area. Rolando Chang Barrero, was the creator/host/gallery owner of this magnificent event titled: “Art and Culture of South Beach Renaissance: The American Riviera”.

 

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Manny Hernandez presenting excerpts of his celebrity portfolio.

 

The speakers and presenters were as follows: Sandra Schulman, founder of NYC galleries, nationally renown art curator, documentarian, film producer; Louis Canales, international creative director/writer, photographer, master facilitator and event coordinator of visual and performing arts worldwide; Manny Hernandez, “Manny of Miami”, life-long acclaimed professional celebrity photographer, exclusive periodical photography for high-end socialites and clientele, and Miami News Media; Liz Balmaseda, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, internationally known writer/field/associate film producer and Hispanic Heritage Award winner for literary excellence in Washington D.C.. The individuals above have so many more credentials and list of accomplishments than I can account for here in this blog so I recommend that you take the time for your own individual research.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero and his fantastic smiling selfies.

 

It was an honor and priveledge to meet these people first hand in the intimate setting of The Box Gallery. The event focused on how these individuals contributed with their own individual talents, and abilities to project their art and passion within the South Miami Beach community at a time when it was on the verge of changing from a local retirement community with historic oceanfront hotels and vintage apartments into a wild nightlife destination and international playground. These accounts focused of the period of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Throughout the diverse economic challenges came the progressive changes in arts and architectural movements, films and popular television shows.

 

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Elusive filmography backdrop.

 

South Beach “SoBe” initiated by Louis Canales achieved status as a major entertainment destination, fashion and art mecca. A very architecturally unique city with a major revitalization boom.  Photographer Manny Hernandez gave an incredible insightful presentation on screen of his personal work and explanations on what it was like to encounter celebrities such as Gianni Versace, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and countless many stars too grandiose to recall.

 

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Manny Hernandez with Jennifer Carrera Turner (yes me)

 

Louis Canales reflected upon the early days of getting his photography printed for early morning departures and deadlines, industry demands and hard work involved in being an advocate for the city of Miami Beach and so many others. Liz Balmaseda recounted her memories of growing up in Miami, the local Cuban Cuisine and the beginnings of gourmet innovations that made influences upon the up-and-coming Latin Fusion flavors.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero filming his FaceBook Live capturing the moment.

 

This event was held in a classroom style amongst the fascinating current art exhibit of Don Shearer. As a Florida native like myself, Rolando Chang Barrero having made an opportunity like this available to the public for both pleasure and education, is just one of many things that he has done for our local arts communities throughout Palm Beach County. In many ways hearing what the speakers and presenters had to share at this event acknowledges the reality of what Rolando’s revitalization efforts are here. It shows not only his love of art but also our community and future.

 

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Rolando Chang Barrero with Jennifer Carrera Turner

 

 Images of the hip and contemporary The Box Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Currently exhibiting: The Work {OF} Don Shearer: A Retrospective

An awesome place to be encapsulated.

Fine Art Photography: Coastal Series Collection

By Jennifer Carrera Turner

New Photography added to the Coastal Series Collection. This consists of a variety of sailboats, nautical environments, bridges and other industrial elements of coastal cities. Click on the top right of this page to open the expanded gallery of available photograph c-prints. Additional information provided upon request: carrera.artstudio@yahoo.com