The INNOVATE Exhibit
A Group Show Presented by The Untitled Space
OPENING RECEPTION: September 12, 2021
VIP Preview 3pm – 5pm // Opening Reception 5pm - 8pm
The Untitled Space
45 Lispenard Street, NYC 10013
The Untitled Space is pleased to present the “INNOVATE” exhibit, a group show opening on September 12th and on view through October 2nd, 2021. Curated by Indira Cesarine, the exhibition will feature artworks by more than 40 international contemporary artists investigating innovative mediums, narratives, and practices. In the midst of a challenging time as we grapple with the effects of a global pandemic, The “INNOVATE” exhibit explores in depth themes of pioneering creativity with artists defying the odds to explore new frontiers with their work. The exhibition features a wide array of mediums, many presented in new and alternative ways, including painting, sculpture, photography, collage, fiber art, wearable art, performance art, digital art, audio art, and art using Augmented Reality.
The “INNOVATE” exhibit serves as a celebration of pioneering creativity, bringing together artists that continue to progress and evolve with artworks that forge into the future. The exhibition presents a number of notable NFT artists who have pushed boundaries with their digital art, including Andreas Wannerstedt from Sweden, Alexy Préfontaine aka aeforia from Montreal, Canada, and Yuge Zhou from China. London-based Greek painter Martha Zmpounou explores the line between abstraction and representation, while Italian artist and photographer Giulia Grillo, aka Petite Doll, reinvents herself into non-human forms in an effort to investigate beauty and the grotesque. Ukrainian photography duo Synchrodogs explore the interdependence of humans and nature and the digital world, while Haitian-American artist Watson Mere creates work pixel by pixel using Microsoft Paint that attacks themes of identity and racism. Brooklyn-based performance artist Asia Stewart embodies abstract sociological theories and transforms the language specific to studies of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora into materials that can be felt and worn on the body, while interactive digital sculpture artist Jonathan Rosen uses language as a tool to ”create, question, imagine, empower, divide and destroy” with his latest work FUTURE from his Dream Machines series, created for the INNOVATE exhibition. Biofuturist designer Asher Levine navigates new technologies with his creations that explore CGI along with Augmented Reality, progressing beyond fashion into the realm of wearable art, while Texas-based fiber artist Cassie Arnold explores the unspoken and taboo topics connected to life as a woman encouraging an open and unashamed dialogue.
Exhibiting Artists: Alexy Préfontaine (aeforia), Alisa McRonald, Andreas Wannerstedt, Angela Santana, Arielle Tesoriero, Asher Levine, Ashley Chew, Ashley Zelinskie, Asia Stewart, Cassie Arnold, Cath Orain, Chukes, Claire Luxton, Dance Doyle, Elena Chestnykh, Fahren Feingold, Greta Brat, Giulia Grillo AKA Petite Doll, Indira Cesarine, Isabel Beckenstein AKA The Love Whip, Jacob Hicks, Joanna Grochowska, Jonathan Rosen, Julia Curran, Junyi Liu, Kelly Shami, Kirra Cheers, Laura Kimmel, Leah Schrager, Lindsay Parker, Luigi Honorat, Marlies Plank, Martha Zmpounou, Molly Dario, Roberto Grosso, Shamona Stokes, Synchrodogs, Victoria Selbach, Watson Mere, Yuge Zhou, and Zeynep Solakoglu.
What does “innovate” mean to you? That is the question that I put forth to all of our incredibly talented artists featured in the “INNOVATE” Exhibit. As we grapple with the effects of a global pandemic, many artists have been forced to find new ways to stay creative, transforming their practice in order to overcome the challenges we have faced as a society. With the closures of the pandemic, we are experiencing a new emphasis on digital technology, with the new frontier of NFT Art, CGI, and Augmented Reality, as well as advanced technologies of digital painting and other creative programs. Artists are using their work to examine this new world as we now know it. This has been a time of introspection, reflection, and reprioritizing. Many artists have been inspired to expand their practice with new mediums and methods. Whether artists are working with traditional mediums in a new way, incorporating digital art into their practice, or re-addressing the themes of their work with a progressive interrogation, we are seeing a new wave of innovative exploration. Artwork featured in the "INNOVATE" exhibit explores the narratives of our contemporary culture while addressing prevailing themes of identity, language, cultural heritage, diaspora, the politics of other, quotidian life, the equilibrium between humans and nature, the celestial, the personal, politics, racism, the patriarchy, the environment, the afterlife, creativity, beauty, and balance. The “INNOVATE” exhibit showcases the groundbreaking work being produced by this diverse group of international artists from locations around the world, including France, Poland, Turkey, Japan, China, Ukraine, Lithuania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, United States among others. Each one of these artists has persisted in their artistic endeavors in order to bring into the world something new and inspirational for us to see, hear, and experience. – Curator Indira Cesarine
ABOUT THE UNTITLED SPACE
The Untitled Space is an art gallery located in Tribeca, New York in a landmark building on Lispenard Street. Founded in 2015 by artist Indira Cesarine, the gallery features an ongoing curation of exhibits of emerging and established contemporary artists exploring conceptual framework and boundary-pushing ideology through mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and performance art. The gallery is committing to exploring new ideas vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums and highlights a program of women in art. Since launching The Untitled Space gallery, Cesarine has curated over 40 exhibitions and has exhibited artwork by more than 450 artists. Her curatorial for The Untitled Space includes solo shows for artists Sarah Maple, Rebecca Leveille, Alison Jackson, Fahren Feingold, Jessica Lichtenstein, Tom Smith, Loren Erdrich, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Katie Commodore, and Jeanette Hayes among many others. Notable group shows include “Art4Equality x Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness” public art exhibition and group show presented in collaboration with Save Art Space, “IRL: Investigating Reality,” "BODY BEAUTIFUL," “SHE INSPIRES,” Special Projects "EDEN" and "(HOTEL) XX" at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, and internationally-celebrated group shows “UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN,” and “ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE” responding to the political climate in America, as well as numerous other critically-acclaimed exhibitions. Recent press on Indira Cesarine & The Untitled Space includes Vogue (US), Vogue Italia, CNN, Forbes, Newsweek, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, i-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and The New York Times among many others.
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