12/18/18

Curatorial Project: Between Wisdom and Madness: Works in Sculpture

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(Photo: Sculpture by Kevin Blythe Sampson)

Opening Saturday, Jan 12, 7 – 11PM. Index Art Center, 233 – 237 Washington St, Newark, New Jersey 07102
BETWEEN WISDOM AND MADNESS: Works in Sculpture
Curated by Agnes Deja and Sarah Walko.

Artists:
Peter Allen, Gianluca Bianchino, Jerome China, Donna Conklin-King, Lisa Conrad, Patricia Dahlman, Asha Ganpat, Sunil Garg, Adebunmi Gdadebo, Katherine Jackson, Joshua Knoblick, Julie Ann Angle, Daniela Puliti, Kevin Blythe Sampson, Lisa Sanders, Hila Sela, Charlee Swanson, Amanda Thackray, Adrienne Wheeler

The title of this show refers to the context of our times and the many levels of disparity we are trying to reconcile. As a renowned sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz wrote “Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality”. Despite our current political, environmental and economic climate which affects the morale of all of us, artists continue to create.

12/18/18

Curatorial Project: No Man Spirits our dust @5-50 Gallery

 

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“No-man kneads us again out of Earth and Loam, no-man spirits our Dust. No-man.”

Psalm by Paul Celan

No man spirits our dust

Featuring works by Roxanne Jackson, Shanti Grumbine, Radka Salcmannova, Christine Laquet, Marcus Kenney, Malado Baldwin

Curated by Sarah Walko

Myths are a human necessity, a deep need of our individual and cultural psyches to digest what we see, hear and experience in the world around us. Fantasy narratives and legendary tales reach extreme popularity, demonstrating how much we not only need but love our mythologies and our magic imaginations. They are not just entertainment but guidance and a way to frame language around the complexity of living. The artists in this exhibition are working within a visual mythology that blurs categorical definition, weaving between species, states of consciousness, blending into otherness in a story that roves between a monstrous and a sacred narrative. The opening is January 11th, 2019 6-9pm @5-50 Gallery located at 5-50 51st Ave., Long Island City, NY.

02/2/18

Curator, Spring/Break Art Show, NYC

FullSizeRenderCurator in Spring/Break Art Show this year, presenting the work of artist Fernando Orellana. The 2018 theme is A Stranger Comes to Town and Fernando’s piece – titled “You’ll Never Know We Were Here,” will consist of robots participating in an anonymous protest representing immigrants, giving voice to individuals to safely speak their mind. Throughout the duration of the show, the audience will be invited to submit their protest messages through a website and the messages will be made into posters for the robots to automate. The work is a parody for a serious discussion on the absurdity of the current times. In a country that was BUILT upon welcoming immigrants we now face an alarming level of media promoted separateness and fear of “other.” We respond to fear by creating. March 6th – 12th, 2018 NYC.