WALL STREET JOURNAL - DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

photo from The Wall Street Journal

photo from The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Ernest based "Bouncing Cars" on a car accident that happened in front of his eyes. "It wasn't gruesome," he said, "but the image always stayed in my head."

As part of the final week of the show, which closes on Saturday and Mr. Ernest funded in part through Kickstarter, he hid diamonds he commissioned in the exhibit.

The patron who finds the daily hidden diamond can take it home.

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YAHOO - 7 DIAMONDS IN 7 DAYS

Thursday night, New York artist Jamison Ernest made the surprise announcement that he would be extending his gallery show an additional week so that he could give a gift to seven lucky visitors: $77,777 worth of diamonds. Starting on Saturday, he'll hide a single 177-faceted stone each day in a candlelit maze. "I hope a man who wants to get engaged but can't afford a diamond finds one," he tells Yahoo Shine. "Or a person who doesn't have enough money to get their family food and gifts for the holidays." He adds, "A lot of people have been beaten down so badly by life but just need a little bit of hope to believe in themselves again." The diamonds were purchased with proceeds from sales of his work so far, and he had no idea until a couple of weeks ago whether he could pull off adding the jewels or if last night would be his closing party.

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PAGE SIX - ARTIST HIDING DIAMONDS WORTH $77,000 IN EXHIBIT

photo by Page Six

photo by Page Six

Jamison Ernest is giving away some serious bling.  We’re told the artist is hiding a diamond inside a maze installation at his Bouncing Cars exhibition at the Ambassador Gallery for the next seven days, with gems totaling $77,777 worth of sparkle.

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NEW YORK OBSERVER - ‘BOUNCING CARS’ GETS THE ART WORLD'S MOTOR RUNNING

At the cocktail reception for Jamison Ernest’s “Bouncing Cars” exhibition, attendees were as fascinated by the gallery as the art. Which is unsurprising, considering the massive, unfinished space was covered with huge neon paintings, a black light painting room and a maze.

The event, a collaboration between the artist, Asaf Bar-Lev, TOWN Residential and SCENE, featured an image of a horrific car accident that Mr. Ernest witnessed. “As I watched the car veering and flipping in front of me everything seemed to be moving in slow motion,” the music and fashion mainstay said. “I became obsessed with the idea of recreating this still but tragic beauty of a car flipping through color, sound, time and space.”
 

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photo by the New York Observer  

photo by the New York Observer

 

EXAMINER.COM - JAMISON ERNEST GIVES NYC ART AND DIAMONDS

photo by Jill Taylor Conner

photo by Jill Taylor Conner

For the installation's last 7 days, which started this past Saturday, November 23rd, Ernest partnered with Phantom Luxury Group to place a diamond a day in the maze part of the exhibition with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Serving as a real-life scavenger hunt, whoever finds the diamond will be able to keep it. "I want to give people hope" says Jamison. The 7 diamonds totaling $77,777 will change 7 people's lives.Examiner.com had the opportunity to catch up with the Brooklyn native and get what inspired him, his Thanksgiving plans, and what this exhibition means to him.

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ART-NERD NEW YORK - JAMISON ERNEST BOUNCING CARS OFFERS ART AND DIAMONDS

Now this I gotta see! Not only does Jamison Ernest‘s show at Ambassador Gallery( at 450 West 14th Street) involve a maze, but also diamonds! The installation takes visitors through a choose your own adventure sort of candle lit maze that depicts seven realms (this is totally up my alley). To make it even crazier, Ernest will be giving away a diamond- YES a diamond- each night until November 30th (not including Thanksgiving) to give people “hope”. I “hope” one of the lucky people is me! Shine bright like a diamond!

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FRANK151 - STREETS IS WATCHING: JAMISON ERNEST

photo by Phil V. of Frank151

photo by Phil V. of Frank151

Jamison says, “Everyone human is born a creator, but not all of us tap into our creative potential.” The Brooklyn-born creator, who’s also in the fashion and music industry, took control of his creative potential by raising money on Kickstarter to produce an installation of his work under the Highline via the Ambassador Gallery. More than just an instillation, it was also an inspirational experience, including 105 retouched screen printed paintings, a black light room, a “Bouncing Cars” store, and multiple spaces available for live interactive painting.

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THE WILD - GALLERY SPY: 5 ART SHOWS TO VISIT THIS MONTH

Who says you have to be a well known artist to get a solo show in the Meat Packing district? According to Brooklyn born artist Jamison Ernest, all you really need is a Kickstarer account and a lot of well connected friends. Ernest raised $120,000 of donations (including some by collectors Russell Simmons and Rosario Dawson) to get his show up in a massive space under the Highline, displaying a series of screen prints, a dark light painting room and a maze that , apparently, holds $77,000 worth of diamonds that you can keep if you find them. The opening last week took full advantage of the space, creating an interactive art meets drinking meets shmoozing experience that’s rarely available  in the normal gallery setting. Even Leonardo Dicaprio and Bradley Cooper came by to check out the scene. Bouncing Cars is Ernest’s way of bringing together the art world with the real world, but heightening a playfullness between them.

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PAGE SIX - SIGHTINGS

photo from PageSix.com

photo from PageSix.com

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad­ley Cooper at artist Jamison Ernest’s New York show, “Bouncing Cars” . . . Bruce Springsteen drum­mer Max Weinberg at Primola, where Washington Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld and Wolf Blitzer dined nearby . . . Robert Pattinson chatting with director Nicholas Jarecki at a book party for Angie Banicki . . . Daniel Radcliffe popping backstage after a performance of Broadway’s “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” where the cast had “Harry Potter” books for him to sign.

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COMMUNITY ARTS NYC - ONE BROOKLYNITE'S VISION IS REALIZED IN 'BOUNCING CARS' EXHIBIT

Inspired by a tragic car accident, Brooklyn artist Jamison Ernest was compelled to find beauty in the tragedy that he witnessed. He started a Kickstarter Campaign with some of the project collaborators, seeking funding for materials and gallery space where the “Bouncing Cars” vision could materialize. In just a short amount of time, Ernest’s humble $2,500 goal was surpassed by thousands of dollars. What emerged from the outpouring of support is a collection of one-of-a-kind prints, paintings, and sculptures of an artistic representation of the accident the artist couldn’t get out of his mind. With help from complete strangers and their generous donations, Ernest and his crew were able to afford high quality canvasses, paints, screen-printing materials, and more.

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photo by SCENE

photo by SCENE