13th March - 19th April
Check back for performance schedule the final week
This Friday the 13th, Undercurrent Projects, in conjunction with Terror Gallery of Lima, is pleased to present FORESTA: an exhibition of new work by Cecilia Collantes. Collantes' drawings and paintings takes us to a primitive state: searching for the first glance, surprised by the smallest finding and reaching to her very origins, like an archaeologist searching for the first history.
Using the simply paper and paint, Collantes creates small figures which seem to observe even as they are being observed. They have no bodies, or at least no bodies can be seen... as if here in the shadows can only be found only the gaze.
In the second part of the exhibition, flowers synthesize the longing to observe and to hold that gaze; the flowers are the complete form of an object: they are both color and sex, and the desire for the desire. Collantes uses her background as a dancer to bring movement to the paper, recording her physical expressions with the strokes of a brush. -- Text by Joaquin Goldstein, 2015
Collantes moved to New York in 2013, and created much of this work during her recent residency at Mana.
Cecilia Collantes (Lima, 1982) is a Peruvian visual and performance artist. In her art, she presents a portrait of today's individual as a product both of contemporary society and an ancient heritage.
To create these images, she observes individuals in large metropolises like New York or Bangkok while studying the life of ancient peoples. If you ask her what she is searching for, she will tell you she is attempting to capture an essence outside of time, and pursuing a balance between the spiritual and the physical realms.
She received her training in Fine Arts and Contemporary Dance in Peru, Germany and Indonesia, at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin and the Traditional Arts Institute of Surakarta in Indonesia.
Her painting and performance work has been shown in Cecilia Gonzales Gallery in Lima, Biasa Art Space in Jakarta, The Thempelhof Theater Festival in Berlin, the Hagen Museum in Germany, among others.
She has been awarded residencies including the Eileen Kaminsky Residency Program at Mana Contemporary in the United States, Residencias Artísticas por Intercambio in Mexico, the Thaillywood Artist Residency in Thailand, as well as the Darmasiwa Scholarship in Indonesia.
From the artist:
#Orchideas are complex and outlandish plants: exaggerated, sexual. In my Foresta they emerge brightly and colorfully out of darkness, such as visions arise during ceremonies with sacred plants in the South American Amazon. Come see my orchidea catalogue at Undercurrent Projects.
- Cecilia Collantes
Undercurrent Projects presents:
Sarah Nicole Phillips
Carlton Scott Sturgill
Curated by Carlton Scott Sturgill & Roberta Kent
Party Thursday February 26th 6-8 p.m.
Undercurrent Projects is pleased to present S(P)LICE, an exhibition of unique works by four artists who slice and splice materials to create pictures of fragmented landscapes, secluded spaces, private scenes and sexual innuendo.
Each using different materials and techniques, these artists transform familiar objects into tactile reconstructions and new contextualizations evoking the unexpected sensuality of everyday life.
This Thursday, January 8th, Undercurrent Projects presents:
Un Cabinet de Curiosités Part 2
Antoine Lefebvre and JaZon Frings
Curated by Antoine Lefebvre
Antoine Lefebvre exhibits his own Cabinet de Curiosités, including unique books, zines, and a camel tooth. He has teamed up with JaZon Frings, who presents his own body and gestures to the viewer as an interactive stock market.
Thursday, December 18th, Undercurrent Projects presents
Un Cabinet de Curiosités, Part 1
an exhibition of 10 Parisian artists curated by Antoine Lefebvre
Farah Khelil and Caroline Sebilleau
Federic Vincent with Benjamin Sabatier and Samuel Yal
Installation photographs by Antoine Lefebvre, 2014
Miami Arts Week:
Clouds Are Our Mountains
Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden
with Undercurrent Projects
and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects
Sara Russell Dewey
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson
We'll be running a shuttle from Miami Beach Friday night. Call Sarah if you want in!
Undercurrent Projects and SOLID present:
curated by Guy Reziciner
November 7 ~ November 12, 6 - 9 p.m. or by appointment
Opening Reception // Friday, November 7, 7 - 9
Press Preview // November 7, 5 - 7
Press inquiries // Lea Richard-Nagle
October 18, 2014
This month, we're looking across the river to a special event in Brooklyn:
Art From the Heart (AFTH) is a movement towards community for artists.
AFTH showcases artists and performers of all disciplines, worldwide.
Installed artists share net profits from the exhibition opening.
AFTH2014: PRESENTING ARTWORK BY
Myriam Abdelaziz, Jimi Billingsley, Chun Bo, Sarah E. Brook, Tak Cheung,
Samm Cohen, Flavia D'Urso, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Magdalena Dukiewicz, Sam Fein, Loretta Mae Hirsch,
Mark Kleback, Sandra Lapage, Marjan Moghaddam, Willard Morgan, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Kevin Nazar,
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Midori Okuyama, Klaus Pinter, Joseph A. W. Quintela, Bob Rivera, Barbara Rosenthal,
SamDakota, Blake Sandberg, Karen L. Schiff, Carlton Scott Sturgill,Fernanda Uribe, TJ Volonis, Andy Wallace,
Eryk Wenziak, Dale Williams & Or Zubalsky
DJMR. vs Marvin PK
Artwork © 2014 the artists
September 15, 2014
For images of paintings from the show, click here
For full details, click here
The Rust Room
Video Link: Vernissage TV
Undercurrent Projects is pleased to present HEIDE HATRY’s Rust Room.
Beginning with her Skin series and ending with a centerpiece Rust Room, this exhibition will feature a disquieting and unsettling site-specific environment, as well as an abridged survey of past works examining life, death, entropy and decay. Here there is a sense of danger, a taste of metal on the tongue, and the iron smells like blood.
Hatry's performances and artworks, often body-related or employing animal flesh and organs, have aroused controversy and have been considered horrific, repulsive or sensationalist by some, while others have hailed her as an "imaginative provocateur." Her work also addresses ideas about beauty, feminist ideologies and issues of identity, and she has created works under a ruse of pseudonymous attributions.
Hatry's new Rust Room installation sisters her 2006 Skin Room, when as a performance she flayed pig carcasses to construct a chamber of visceral membrane. In the current exhibition, she rusts the white box of the gallery to create an enclosed cell of post-industrial and cultural corrosion.
In her 2005 Skin series Hatry primarily worked with fresh untreated pigskin, which is uncannily human-like. The work reminds us that while we are surrounded by flesh in our daily lives, we do not continually register that our leather jacket or stylish shoes are made from dead animal skin.
In addition to documenting several years of working with a highly eccentric material, Hatry's hardcover SKIN book (Kehrer, Heidelberg, 2005) is a complex conceptual artwork in itself, in which Hatry plays on the fact that skin is the medium through which individual identity is most commonly received. It fictitiously profiles seven female artists all working with skin as a medium, but, in fact, they are seven facets of Hatry herself, posed in disguise, and each with their own complete body of work.
The haunting portraits in Hatry's Heads and Tales series are actually photographs of perishable mannequin sculptures made from pigskin, including raw meat for the lips and fresh pig eyes. The resulting expressions create the illusion of life where there is none.
Her tandem Heads and Tales book (Charta, Milan/New York, 2009) is a collaborative endeavor between Hatry and twenty-seven noted female authors whom she invited to create "lives" and tell the invented stories behind the faces.
The "beautiful" and exotic flowers depicted in Hatry's 2012 Not a Rose series are photographs of sculptures composed mainly out of offal, sex organs and other animal parts and staged in natural outdoor environments.
The companion Not a Rose book (Charta, 2013) explores the relationship of flowers and animals to human beings. Masked as a traditional coffee table book, it quotes from the genre while turning it inside out, "subtly undermining our notion of beauty," and challenging our use and abuse of animals and nature. For the book one hundred prominent intellectuals, writers, and artists were invited to respond to “the question of the flower” from a multiplicity of perspectives, including anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, philology, botany, neuroscience, art history, gender studies, physics, and chemistry.
The exhibition will include videos relating to each of Hatry's previous projects as well as original art works providing a condensed overview of her work that pushes the boundaries of aesthetics, social responsibility and the complacency of art.
New York based Heide Hatry grew up on a pig farm in the south of Germany. After leaving home early to attend a sports school to be a gymnast, Hatry studied art at various German art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. She taught at a private art school for many years while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller in Heidelberg. In 2003 she moved to NYC and began her career as an artist. Hatry's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, most recently with a solo show at Stux gallery in New York.
Hatry has frequently served as a curator in the United States, Germany and Spain. These exhibitions have included work by Carolee Schneemann, Tania Bruguera, Jana Sterbak, Zhang Huang, Kate Millett, Theresa Byrnes, Regina Jose Galindo, Larry Miller, Pat Steir, Richard Human, Dove Bradshaw, Chrissy Conant, Peter Downsbrough, Max Gimblett, Chie Hasegawa, Kahn & Selesnick, Annette Lemieux, Aldo Tambellini, and many others.
Over the years, Hatry has also created unique artist’s books, treating texts by Paul Celan, Frederic Tuten, Friedrich Hölderlin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, John Keats, Samuel Beckett, Walter Abish, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Wright, Robert Kelly, and David Sedaris, among others. They are held in numerous private and public collections.
To collect an existing portrait by Colette is exciting enough, but during the exhibition (or after) we also encourage people to commission a portrait of themselves, their spouse, or their children, which would become part of this talked-about series of friends, patrons and celebrities by this talked-about artist.
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