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The International Artists at Home and Abroad Exhibition Series – December

Global Arts Projects Presents

The Inter­na­tional Artists at Home and Abroad Exhi­bi­tion Series

At The Broad­way Gallery NYC,

Decem­ber 1–30, 2010

Recep­tion: Thurs­day, Decem­ber 9th, 2010 6:00–8:00pm

The Artists at home and abroad exhi­bi­tion series is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of both emerg­ing and estab­lished artists on an inter­na­tional scale. Explor­ing every­thing from the inter­sec­tion of abstrac­tion and fig­u­ra­tion to the sig­nif­i­cance of high and low art, each par­tic­i­pant cre­ates an entirely dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive within the cul­tural sphere of the art world.

The Artists at Home and Abroad exhi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at Broad­way Gallery, in con­junc­tion with sev­eral Inter­net projects, and a print cat­a­log. The exhibit will offer writ­ers and view­ers the chance to sub­mit essays and com­ments on the nature and sig­nif­i­cance of bien­ni­als, fairs and pub­lic expo­sure for new and emerg­ing artists. Fea­tur­ing many artists work­ing with both new and old medi­ums, The Artists at Home and Abroad exhi­bi­tion offers a plat­form for artists, cura­tors, gal­lerists as well as writ­ers to voice their ideas on the con­tem­po­rary art world.

Fea­tur­ing Art by Lo, Nana Bag­davadze, George Bates, Ulla-Britt Bolin, Aase-Hilde Brekke, Stephen Chopek, Claire Fearon, Laura Fung, Sidyk Gayoso, Kristina Garon, Luminita Gliga, Delma Godoy, Kerry Grø­neng, Serioshka Hell­mund, Nabeela Al Khayer, Lau Gal­lico Klohe, Juan Lopez, Madama, Melinda McCarthy, Hye Ja Moon, Ana Negro, John Gesager Nielsen, Rosae Novichenko, Tim Oka­mura, Claire Phipps, Pablo Sebas­t­ian Pisacco, Sarah T. Pow­ers, Rotem Reshef, Cristina Rodriguez, Roger Sayre, Hanna Scheriau, Ingvill Sol­berg, Yolanda Sousa, Charles Swen­son, Kelly Vet­ter, Ilona van Hoek, Lucy Wilner, Pedro Rosario Yaba, and Grady Zee­man.

Global Arts Projects “Artists at Home and Abroad” is a group exhi­bi­tion that spot­lights a selec­tion of artist from around the globe who each cre­ates new global per­spec­tives with their art.

See pho­tos and video of the open­ing recep­tion in our Artist News section.

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Nature Vs. Nurture

Jordin Isip Roger Sayre Lau Gallico Klohe Kelly Vetter Nathan Pickett Stephen Chopek Jordan Eagles Bonnie Gloris Greg Brickey Chang Park D. Jack Solomon Tim Okamura George Bates Linda Rae Coughlin Niina Cochran

Nature Vs. Nurture

Novem­ber 1 — 24, 2010

Open­ing Recep­tion: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 4, 6 — 8 PM

Human self-domestication has surged with the rapid devel­op­ment of mod­ern soci­ety, yet we remain teth­ered to our wild nat­ural his­tory. Evo­lu­tion lags behind domes­ti­ca­tion, and con­tin­ues to drive us with prim­i­tive instincts. “Nature Vs. Nur­ture” col­lects images that depict the ten­sion between oppos­ing forces, one wild and one domes­tic, that char­ac­ter­ize the human psyche.

Stephen Chopek’s styl­ishly straight­for­ward col­lage Beauty rep­re­sents the idea by jux­ta­pos­ing an ancient skull with con­tem­po­rary, lip­stick primped lips. Sim­i­larly, Chopek’s Domes­tic com­bines an anti­quated, fur-laden man with a mod­ern appli­ance: the dish­washer. Chopek’s use of strik­ingly improb­a­ble images enhances the con­trast between the prim­i­tive and the domes­ti­cated that are entwined within each of us.

Tim Okamura’s paint­ing Siob­han (Whis­per­ing) illus­trates the close rela­tion­ship between the wild and domes­tic forces of human per­son­al­ity by repeat­ing the sub­ject in two forms. Their mutual entan­gle­ment is evi­dent as one per­son­al­ity whis­pers devi­ously into the ear of the other. The sly smile on the recipient’s face tells us she is get­ting a dia­bol­i­cal idea. Often our two selves, the wild and the domes­tic, are con­ceived as being two faces of one moral coin; the one good and the other evil – although it is not always clear which is which. This dual­ity is echoed by Okamura’s back­drops of urban graf­fiti, which evokes the ten­sion between mod­ern city life and our untamed past. Okamura’s new paint­ings for “Nature vs. Nur­ture” are an exten­sion of this theme.

Sit­ting,” a series of pho­tographs by Roger Sayre, also seeks to rep­re­sent the mul­ti­ple per­son­al­i­ties that exist within each of us. Sayre uses a pin­hole cam­era to make a por­trait of each sub­ject, the expo­sure occur­ring over the course of an hour, which cre­ates “a like­ness of the sit­ter that is pos­si­bly truer than a tra­di­tional fraction-of-a-second pho­to­graph or snap­shot. One can­not hold any sin­gle expres­sion for the span of an hour; instead, all expres­sions are merged into one image. The sitter’s essence, dis­tilled over time, is revealed” (Sayre, rogersayre.com). Sayre is able to con­cen­trate the oppos­ing forces con­tend­ing within each sit­ter into sin­gu­larly haunt­ing photographs.

From the sym­bolic to the lit­eral, each of the artists in this exhi­bi­tion explore how the dis­parate aspects of human nature coex­ist within us, in a way that is indi­vid­u­ally unique, yet cohe­sive in their nar­ra­tive qual­ity and dark under­tones. In addi­tion to the afore­men­tioned artists, the exhi­bi­tion will include George Bates, Greg Brickey, Niina Cochran, Linda Rae Cough­lin, Jor­dan Eagles, Bon­nie Glo­ris, Jordin Isip, Lau Gal­lico Klohe, Chang Park, Nathan Pick­ett, D. Jack Solomon, and Kelly Vet­ter, whose work will sup­port the theme of the exhi­bi­tion through var­i­ous medi­ums, includ­ing 2-D, 3-D, and sketch­book work.

Much as a char­ac­ter in a car­toon that has an angel stand­ing on one shoul­der and a devil on the other, we must con­stantly decide which side to lis­ten to. Why is the domes­ti­cated self more preva­lent in some, while the prim­i­tive self dom­i­nates oth­ers? Is one, in fact, more desir­able than the other? These are the ques­tions explored in “Nature Vs. Nurture.”

Click to see pho­tos from the open­ing reception

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