root to rise

So much gratitude for teachers that have planted seeds, provided encouragement, asked complex questions and shown interest artists, weirdos, outliers, misfits, wallflowers, wild cards communities that help with feeling seen and heard studio space & studio practice friends and neighbors that come to shows and stay connected discovering the magic of one’s own hidden mysteries,Continue reading “root to rise”

clouds in a sheet of paper

As one of the simplest forms of human technology, it could be argued that paper has had the most impact on the proliferation and preservation of knowledge worldwide. When I work with paper as a medium and/or as a support, some of the questions that provoke my research are: How do paper and books operate within social,Continue reading “clouds in a sheet of paper”

New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

WHAT BOOKS DO BETTER 25TH ANNUAL NEW JERSEY BOOK ARTS SYMPOSIUM @ RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW BRUNSWICK On November 8, 2019, the twenty-fifth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium will feature presentations by: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a Russian-Mexican visual artist, teacher and researcher; Maureen Cummins, founder of the Inanna Press, a recipient of the 2009 Pollock-Krasner Award,Continue reading “New Jersey Book Arts Symposium”

Homage to the Ancients

A Place to Rest One’s Palms, 2019 Cyanotype on handmade paper from Thai Kozo (mulberry), Mitsumata, Philippine Gampi, Soapnut natural dye, Handmade rope and covers from Thai Kozo Dimensions variable (can be open or closed as a folded book) when open 88 in. x 42 in. x 1.5 in. The sewn structure is based onContinue reading “Homage to the Ancients”

On a Different Page

November 9 – December 14 Reception: Thursday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Thursday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m. On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of the artists in this exhibition utilize the bookContinue reading “On a Different Page”

10 Years of The Feminist Art Project

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, announces a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s 10th Anniversary entitled TFAP@TEN.  Established at Rutgers University in 2006, The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) is an international collaborative initiative advancing theContinue reading “10 Years of The Feminist Art Project”

In Other Words

Nine solo exhibitions in drawing, painting, and print featuring Terri Amig: Mercury and the Little Mysteries, Enrico Gomez: Paper Works, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern: Chamber Pieces, Eileen Ferara: Estuary, Jaz Graf: In Other Words, Carol Radsprecher: We’ve Escaped the Studio!, Eliot Markell: Imaginary Sculptures, James Prez: Bird(s) on a Wire, and Max Velez: Faces. @ Drawing RoomsContinue reading “In Other Words”

Celebrating Print Week in NYC

A couple of my prints will be exhibited as part of Print Week at the Highline Loft Space, NYC. PaperView, a benefit for the Manhattan Graphics Center, takes place on Wed, Nov 5th, 2014 from 6-9pm. Each attendee will go home with a framed print of their choosing. It’s a great event. See you there!Continue reading “Celebrating Print Week in NYC”

Open Studio This Weekend :)

Jaz Graf Open Studio prints, book arts, and drawings Saturday and Sunday, Oct 18-19 from 12-5pm Merseles Studios – 339 Newark Avenue @5th St, in the Monaco Lock Bldg downtown Jersey City, NJ #69 on the JCAST Map http://www.thejcast.com (with 6 other art studios + resident artists exhibit) My work will also be included inContinue reading “Open Studio This Weekend :)”

graffiti impulse

A couple fresh monotypes from the studio. These were super fun to make and their family is growing! On view at Merseles Studios in Jersey City for JC Fridays (Sept 5th) and for the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour, October 17, 18 and 19th, 2014.

New Print Edition – Part of MAPC Biennial Conference Portfolio Exhibit

This edition is part of an Exchange Portfolio to be exhibited at the Mid-America Print Council Conference – Print City Detroit 2014. It will be exhibited at several university galleries in the U.S. through 2015. More info to come.

Monitors’ INK

I made this print several months ago working with the concept of absence and ghosts. The feather plumes drift and sway with air currents. On View in the Main Gallery at Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC thru August.

new monotypes

These are from a new series of monotypes I’m working on. I took a two day workshop with Don Nicoulin and was moved by the immediacy of the process.  These pieces are quite different than most of my other print work. I’m experimenting with color, mark-making, and composition. It’s raw. It’s freeing. It’s like learningContinue reading “new monotypes”

exhibition in keene

On view thru June 8, 2013 – KSC Art Alumni Exhibition curated by Rosemarie Bernardi, featuring works of Randall Merchant, Jaz Graf, Katie Houle, Eileen Longe, and Nicholas Petrow. My work was featured in a recent article by Summer Dawn Hortillosa in The Jersey City Independent – http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/2013/04/29/a-lasting-impression-artist-jaz-graf-deconstructs-materials-to-build-new-ideas/

bon dia

Inspired by the patterns and colors of wandering around Morocco and Spain, I created a portfolio of 10 stenciled monotype prints. I was awarded an artist residency at Can Serrat, on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain, where this collection of work was created. I highly recommend this location for international artists of many disciplines toContinue reading “bon dia”

busy weekend!

Fri, Sat and Sun have been jam packed with amazing arts events! This weekend is Jersey City Artists Studio Tours. Selections from the 2010 GRAF X-change are on exhibit at the Grassroots Community Space. A visit to the NY Art Book Fair @ MOMA PS1 was intoxicating and stimulating. An impressive collection of books andContinue reading “busy weekend!”

remembrance

My Eviscera installation is included in “Remembrance of Things Past,” a juried show featuring the works of 50 New Jersey artists. On view September 8th, 2011 to February 15th 2012 at Gallery 14 Maple, part of the Arts Council of Morris. Opening reception on September 8th from 6-8pm. An impressive array of art, exhibited inContinue reading “remembrance”

escape

This week I am preparing for my escape into the woods. I was awarded a class scholarship at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate NY.  So I will spend a week living in a tent and biking back and forth to my Sculptural Papermaking class!! Should be a good time unless I get eaten by wildContinue reading “escape”

curatorial project

Today was the de-installation of Greg Letson’s work at Windows on Columbus. This marks the end of my one year term as guest curator of this venue.  I organized 4 large-scale solo shows of local artists work, planned 3 opening receptions and was featured in an article in the Jersey Journal. Its been an honorContinue reading “curatorial project”

International Exchange Exhibition

Check out all the works from the 2010 exchange! The Project Space Exhibition got enormous praise and the reception was well attended. For those of you who participated in the exchange, thanks for all of your amazing work and contributions to this project. Thanks to ProArts for partial funding of this project.

Print Installation

The opening reception for Eviscera was great! Despite the bad weather it was a good turnout of people. I even sold my book, Blub Blub Blub! Here is a pic of my installation from the Eviscera series. EVISCERA, 2010-11 Paper lithography on muslin with mixed media Dimensions variable Origin: c.1600, from Latin verb ēviscerāre,–e (ex)Continue reading “Print Installation”

E V I S C E R A

Come and join me for an exhibit of recent print work at the Manhattan Graphics Center (481 Washington St btw Spring+Canal) NYC. Sat, FEBRUARY 5th 2011 from 6-8pm On view through February. Also on view in the Project Space: International Print + Stencil Exchange Exhibition featuring over 30 artists work. In 2008 and 2010 IContinue reading “E V I S C E R A”

Laurie Riccadonna – In Bloom

I curated this exhibition of Laurie Riccadonna’s work. An exhibition of Riccadonna’s oil paintings will be on display 24 hours a day at Windows on Columbus and Mack-Cali lobby from May 12-August 20th 2010. Opening reception on June 4th from 6-8pm (Part of JC Fridays). Free and open to the public. Barrier-free. Mack-Cali lobby isContinue reading “Laurie Riccadonna – In Bloom”