"Together" art:i:curate secret NY exhibition
23 jul 2015 by Nur El Shami
art:i:curate presents “Together”, an intimate exhibition to celebrate the launch of its new patronage and art crowd funding model. The work of five international emerging artists has been selected, each of which deals with issues of connectivity and social interaction.
Mirroring widespread developments in society, contemporary art may today be perceived as a set of artistic practices defined by human interaction and its social contexts rather than as a solitary pursuit enacted in an independent and private space. The works featured in “Together” reflect and further question the new abstract ways we have of relating to one other, as well as the novel conditions of social exchange in contemporary society.
The art:i:curate art crowd funding model allows artists to fund their finished works and share commission on sales with their patrons. This model supports and encourages production of new work and provides much needed funding for emerging artists.
Works in the show include:
U & I by Keren Benbenisty is a conceptual minimalist drawing. Reflecting the intellectual, cultural, financial, and physical encounter between the artist and the owner of the work, it brings forward the different aspects of art as a social exchange.
Like Us is part of a photographic series featuring images that illustrate the ways in which a new reality is viewed through the prism of combined personal experience, social media moments and cinematic tropes. Working with time-based processes, Magali’s body of work examines the roles of technology as mediator of human experience as well as our desires to track, record and analyze our daily lives.
Displaying thoughts taken continuously from Twitter’s live feed, Jean-Baptiste Michel’s works stress the impact of technology in our social expression. I can’t and I still speak to the contrast between the abstract, dehumanized character of big data, and the raw humanity of its source: the concrete, intimate, vivid emotions felt by real people, perhaps even somewhere nearby, at this very instant.
Threshold by Rehan Miskci is a series of works depicting imaginative abstract spaces drawn from the artist's own memories as well as other moments of which she was not part. Seen as new spatial representations of specific recollections from the past, the works explore the issue of displacement in contemporary society.
In her series Welcome Home Judith Stenneken takes inspiration from Henry Miller’s quote that “all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” She uses metaphors of the journey and the voyager to describe the state of in-betweenness as a constant condition—commenting on the transitory quality of our contemporary lives. Falling Taxi Cabs is the first in a series of grids in which Judith explores the loss of privacy as a consequence of the digital age, documenting the metaphorical world of the traveler in an urban environment.
About the Artists
Keren Benbenisty is a conceptual artist working across various media who graduated with honors from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2004). An International Studio & Curatorial Program alumna, she has received two grants from Artis and was featured in the 2012 NADA Art Fair. Her work is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv.
Magali Duzant is the 2015 recipient of grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the NARS Foundation and has been covered by the New York Times . Her work has been exhibited internationally,most recently at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. She holds a BA in Fine Art & Visual Culture from Carnegie Mellon University (2009) and a MFA in Photography from Parsons–The New School for Design (2014).
Jean-Baptiste Michel is a TED Fellow and a visiting scientist at Harvard where he pioneered the application of big data science to human culture. Included in Forbes 's "30 Under 30" list in 2012, he currently works at Peter Thiel 's Palantir Technology . His work was recently acquired by the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York. He graduated as an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique (2005) and has an MS in Applied Mathematics (2006) and a PhD in Systems Biology (2010) from Harvard University .
Rehan Miskci is a photographer and video artist of Armenian descent who holds a BA in Interior Architecture from Istanbul Technical University (2010) and a MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts (2014). She was awarded the Thomas Reiss Memorial Award for Humanitarian Issues and was a recipient of the Alice Beck Odette Scholarship . Her work has been featured in the L.A. Art Book Fair and the New York Art Book Fair .
Judith Stenneken is a New York-based photographer from Berlin who holds a MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts (2013). She was the recipient of 2010 Photography Book Now grand prize as well as honors from the F/Stop Photo Festival in Leipzig, the New York Photo Festival , and Hey, Hot Shot! Her work has been exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the International Center of Photography in New York.
All images courtesy of the artists.