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Event Spotlight: TRUE STORIES Group Art Show at NYC's The Untitled Space Is On View from 4/9 to 5/27
"True Stories is made up of unique depictions of personalities and scenarios, observations of our culture, attitudes, and relationships, renditions of the mundane, bizarre, and fantastical. The world we live in has become increasingly complex, with the concepts of truth, right and wrong, reality and fiction, constantly thrown into question. Each detail, moment, and character we encounter becomes part of the greater puzzle of life." — Indira Cesarine
With 7.9 billion people on Earth, there are 7.9 billion unique perspectives, individual experiences, and subjective truths. Art often deals with putting these forward; and since most creatives tend to address subject matters that they know best, they frequently use themselves as source material and inspiration for their work. It’s one of the reasons we have loved and appreciate great art throughout the ages; the subjective truths' of artists have been instrumental in helping us discover more about our own.
However, opportunities to learn about other people’s truths, experiences, and perspectives, are getting smaller by the day as censorship rears its ugly head. But, luckily for art, and the world at large, artists are committed to sharing theirs whenever and wherever they can. And The Untitled Space — a New York City gallery operated by artist, activist, and entrepreneur, Indira Cesarine — is committed to giving these artists a voice and a space to do so.
“Ombré fades and commercial sparkles open a door to nostalgic memories. I create colorful allegories that combine flashbacks, references to pop culture, and spiritual symbols. I build a new universe where control lies within the hands of queer individuals.” — Jared Freschman
True Stories, the highly anticipated exhibition featuring 30 contemporary artists, debuts at the gallery on April 9th and will remain on display until May 27th. Showcasing the narrative paintings, drawings, and portraiture works by an eclectic mix of individuals, the art ranges from personal stories to thoughtful observations about society overall. In every case, though, attendees will have the chance to observe these stories through the subject lens of talented artists.
Personally, I love the vibrancy of the featured works, but especially of those by Gabriel Zea, Meegan Barnes, and Jared Freschman's "Memory" in particular. Plenty of food-for-thought is provided by Tabitha Whitley, Annie Brito Hodgin, and Hannah Duggan — whose “Sugarcoat” is an incredibly powerful piece about a very serious subject. Other works, like “Stupid Boys” by Michael Hubbard, remind me of art by other greats, like "Dali Atamicus" (1948) by Halsman, Philippe (1906 - 1979)
“In all of my work I aim to express a lived bodily experience and a celebration of life lived in between.” — Michael Hubbard
“Stories are by nature colored by the person who shares them,” writes Cesarine in her curatorial statement. “The artists featured in True Stories are not necessarily defined by being merely storytellers. Each in their own way through their works on canvas, paper, and panel, share their contemporary vision of the world we live in.” In short: “Somewhere in between the experiences we live and the stories we tell there is a notion of the truth and the desire to share it.”
TRUE STORIES OPENING RECEPTION
April 9, 2022, 4pm – 8pm
THE UNTITLED SPACE
45 Lispenard Street, NYC 10013
Exhibiting Artists: Annie Brito Hodgin, Annika Connor, Bartosz Beda, Boris Torres, Bria Fernandes, Danielle Muzina, Eva Redamonti, Faustine Badrichani, Gabriel Zea, Grace Graupe Pillard, Hannah Duggan, Ian Clyde, Indira Cesarine, Jared Freschman, Katie Commodore, Ken Mar, Kerry Lessard, Kestin Selwyn Cornwall, Kristin O’Connor, Louise Campion, Meegan Barnes, Mel Reese, Michael Hubbard, Michele Brody, Rebecca Bird, Robin Tewes, Siobhan McBride, Sophia Oshodin, Tabitha-ann Whitley, Tracy Brown, and Watson Mere.
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