Human/Nature Exhibit Opening February 3rd
THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE & VOHN GALLERY
Exhibit x 20 Artists x Environment
Curated by Gary Krimershmoys, Indira Cesarine & Joseph Grazi
A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Pure Earth | www.pureearth.org
Exhibition on View
10am – 6pm | Feb 4 – 6
The Untitled Space
45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W NYC 10013
The Untitled Magazine joined forces with Vohn Gallery to present an exhibition of 20 artists titled “human/nature.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to benefit environmental organization Pure Earth. On view from February 3-6, the exhibit is curated by Gary Krimershmoys, Indira Cesarine and Joseph Grazi, and features artists including: Adam Erick Wallace, Andre Eamiello, Annika Connor, Anya Rubin, BaltzerGlass, Bryan Kopling, Erin Victoria Axtell, Evan Desmond Yee, Indira Cesarine, Jordan Doner, Joseph Grazi, Karli Henneman, Meredith Ostrom, Peter Beard, Phil Marco, Randy Polumbo, Rob Voerman, Serge Strosberg, Susan Kleinberg, Tatyana Murray, and Taxiplasm.
About Pure Earth:
“Cleaning up one community at a time brings us closer to a Pure Earth”
Pure Earth’s mission is to identify and clean up the poorest communities throughout the developing world where high concentrations of toxins have devastating health effects. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. “Cleaning up one community at a time brings us closer to a Pure Earth.”
Adam Erick Wallace
Adam Erick Wallace is a self taught multimedia artist and musician (Radiant Reveries) living, loving and creating in NYC. He mainly works in photography, film, and music. His recent photography has themes of the ocean and journeys as well as portraits. Walking Shapes: “Winterfell” and “Woah Tiger;” and Roto’s Magic Act: “Howling at the Moon.”
André Eamiello employs a unique painting process that combines watercolor and earth ephemera, natural objects that normally have a limited lifespan, to create a nature aesthetic that is both landscape and figurative, abstract and representational. Andre’s most recent influences have been derived from particle physics, observations from the Hubble telescope and from the book, Journey of the Universe. André grew up in various towns along the Connecticut coastline, developing an affinity for place, which endured even after he left Connecticut in 2004 to attend San Francisco Art Institute.
At SFAI he experimented with different types of environmental immersion, including public social intervention projects. During his post graduate work, he collaborated with other artists in San Francisco, such as Tony Labat, Brion Nuda Rosch, and Julio Cesar Morales. Returning to the East coast, André came to Western Connecticut University in 2012 where he has focused on developing a practice that unites his interest in biology, metaphor, and personal connection to landscape. Artists that have made a lasting impression on Andre include Paul Cezanne, August Vincent Tacks who shares similar structural elements, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock and Matisse’s cut-outs.
Annika Connor is a Contemporary Romantic painter. Her work depicts a sense of haunted mystery and a fascination with beauty. Overall, her paintings read as fragments from a daydream and portray a longing for lost fantasy and abundant pleasure. Connor has worked professionally as a painter in New York, London, Stockholm and participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Annika is Swedish-American; she currently resides in Brooklyn where she maintains a studio.
Connor is also heavily involved in sustaining the art community in which she creates. As a supporter of the art she admires, Connor is the Owner/President of AI Productions, an emerging corporation whose mission is to serve the artistic community by facilitating the presence and publication of young talented artists and educating the public about their work.
Anya Rubin reflects upon the social, political and spiritual conditions of contemporary culture as it is mediated by today’s fast-paced technology. Rubin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1967. Rubin immigrated at a young age to Israel and then to Germany in 1975. Finally settling in America at the end of 1975, Rubin has lived in New York ever since. Rubin is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in the medium of oil and acrylic/ perm enamel painting, but also pursues collage, digital creations. Rubin’s ranges of artistic techniques have been shown in museums, galleries and biennales worldwide.
Baltzerglass started with two friends and colleagues for more than a decade, Daniel Baltzer and Mikel Glass formally collaborated for the first time in 2012 with an installation for a private home entitled “Eutrophia,” an allegory of the mechanics of the art market. While the two artists work professionally as painters, each has a lifelong interest in sculpture, mechanics, construction, engineering and found object sculpture. The two artists have many shared values to go along with starkly contrasting world-views. The combination leads to an energy-charged working relationship where disagreement is valued as an opportunity for philosophical discussion, the result of which is manifest in the physical objects they create.
Erin Victoria Axtell
After 10 years of modeling, of being the subject of a designer’s creation and a photographer’s vision, Axtell has found painting to be a joyous role reversal in which she is the creator and the visionary. She is moved by the natural world; birds, animals, oceans and skies. In this project, she explores her place in the wild, exposing herself to the elements even as she exposed her inner world on canvas.
Evan Desmond Yee is a Brooklyn based multimedia artist. Currently, Evan is showing at The App Store, a parasite store to Geek Hampton for the Parrish Art Museum’s Roadshow. In recent years, Evan has created work in the language of commercial products and advertising. His interest is in exploring the cultural effects of technology and media on people. In both broad and personal relationships, Yee questions what it means to be an American, and his own hypocritical identity within it.
Touted as a “photographic child prodigy”, Indira Cesarine’s first solo exhibition was at the age of 16 at the Paul Mellon Arts Center. She is a multimedia artist who works with photography, video, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited internationally at many art galleries, museums and festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Images Gallery, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, French Embassy Cultural Center, Cannes Film festival and the International Festival Photo Mode 2014 to name a few. In 2014, her public art sculpture, “The Egg of Light” was exhibited at Rockefeller Center.
Cesarine began her career in photography in the 1990s, having worked as an international photographer for renowned publications including Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. She has been cited as “one of the most talented fashion and beauty photographers working today,” by Digital Photography Pro Magazine. In 2009 she launched publication “The Untitled Magazine,” of which she is Editor-in-Chief. The publication is currently distributed to over 30 counties. Cesarine lives and works in Tribeca, New York.
Jordan Doner is a New York City based photographer. His conceptual photography has been exhibited at P.S. 1 Museum, The Fragmental Museum at the Cutlog NY fair, ROX Gallery, Steven Kasher Gallery, Miami Art Basel, Milk Gallery, and featured in the Arts section of the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and auctioned at Christies. His cultural criticism has been published by Thadeaus Ropec Gallery in Paris. Doner’s design work has been featured at the Whitney Museum Store and is part of the permanent collection of both the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the MET Costume Institute, and the Louvre. His fashion work has appeared on the covers of international editions of Vogue and Bazaar as well as in the pages of Interview, Wallpaper, Surface, Jalouse, GQ, V, Visionaire, and other titles. His clients include Banana Republic, Nautica, Perry Ellis, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Subaru, C&A, Deutsche Grammophon, Saatchi Gallery London, and the Ritz Carlton.
Joseph Grazi graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film and Animation in 2006. He has had solo shows at the Melody Weir Gallery, NYC in 2005; The Proposition Gallery, NYC, as Parker Wolf, with Alan D. Hasty in 2008; (Art) Amalgamated, NYC in 2012; and ArtNow, NY in 2013. He has also exhibited at the Volume Black Gallery, the Chelsea Art Museum, Dash Gallery, XXXX Magazine’s Voyeur Show at Art Basel Miami, Lambert Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fountain Art Fair at Art Basel Miami, NYC Armory Week, and Scope Art Fair at Art Basel Miami.
Karli Ann Henneman grew up in Idaho and began modeling overseas by the age of 15. She spent her teenage years primarily in Japan, before starting her art education in Paris at Parsons the New School for Design. She transferred her studies to New York and got her BFA from Parsons in Fine Art. During this time, she worked as an intern with fashion designer DVF and installation artist Lisa Hoke. After graduating from school she created an art workshop for children in Rwanda, with Rwanda Works.
After being accepted to NYU’s Art Therapy program, her art making merged with psychology. Karli’s current body of work embodies conceptual ideas of self-perception and identity. By deconstructing faces, she intends to create a shell for the viewer to find themselves in her work. The mixed media collages are created on top of her vibrant abstract paintings. The vibration of text, colors, paint, textures, and deconstructed images provide a stimulating visual journey.
Meredith Joy Ostrom is a graduate of NYU, Tisch school of the arts where she got her BFA degree with a double major in Fine Arts and Drama from the Tisch program. She has donated art to causes close to her heart, such as in her first solo exhibition in March 2009 where proceeds went to the Youth for Youth international children’s charity. In 2008, her work was exhibited at the Stanton Barrett Gallery in New York, and on April 27, 2009 she demonstrated her body painting to an audience of over 500 at Sketch in London’s Mayfair. In London, Meredith’s paintings are now exhibited and sold in New Bond Street’s Opera Gallery.
Many of her paintings focus on her own female physical form impressed onto vividly painted canvas. As an actress she recently played the character Joany, muse to a conceptual artist, in the 2009 film Boogie Woogie. She also appeared in the film Factory Girl (playing the role of iconic German songbird/ muse of Andy Warhol Nico). Meredith’s international social andartistic experiences, as well as her natural talent of bringing people together have has made her the passionate art lover and philanthropist she is.
Born in 1938 in New York City, raised in New York City, Alabama, and Bayberry Point, Islip, Long Island, Peter Beard kept diaries at an early age. He took his first pictures at twelve and photography quickly evolved into an extension of his diaries, as a way to preserve and remember vacations and favorite things. In 1957 he entered Yale University as a pre-medical student, but perceiving humans as the main disease soon switched to art history, studying under Vincent Scully, Joseph Albers, and Richard Lindner. In the early 60s he worked at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park and published two The End of the Game books (1965 & 1977).
His first exhibit was at the Blum Helman Gallery in New York in 1975 and was followed in 1977 by the landmark installation of his photographs, elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia at the International Center of Photography (his first one man show) in New York City. He has befriended and collaborated with Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Lindner, Terry Southern, Truman Capote, and Francis Bacon. In 1996, shortly after he was skewered and trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective opened at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, followed by other exhibits in Berlin, London, Toronto, Madrid, Milan, Tokyo and Vienna. He now lives in New York City, Montauk Point, and Kenya with his wife Nejma and daughter Zara.
A New York Times photography critic called Marco a minimalist, “who’s images are sensual, whimsical, often surreal, always strong and deceptively simple”. His work is represented in The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the Moving Image and The George Eastman Museum of Photography. ” Phil Marco has also worked with Gary on a number of his films, who says he is “a man of extraordinary talents. His passion is to take an everyday object or event and show it in an entirely new and exciting way.”
Randy Polumbo lives and works in New York City. His interests in alteration and transformation range from early mad science projects with medical supplies, sporting goods, and sex toys, to monumental, handblown glass and crystal proliferations of blossoms. A graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art, Polumbo draws inspiration from New York City – where desire and consumption inform and sculpt the architecture and cityscape.
His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad and is in the collections of the Crocker Museum of Art, California, and the Museum of Sex, New York. He has also exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach and Burning Man. Recent exhibits include Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; Grey Area, New York; Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach; Paul Kasmin Gallery, BoxoFFICE, New York; Jonathan Ferrar Gallery, New Orleans; and High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA. Current studio projects include a large penthouse residence, turned art installation, designed and built from Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory salvage and extensive plants (hydroponic gardens, plants walls, a green roof, and a food garden).
Rob Voerman is a Dutch graphic artist, sculptor and installation artist. His works generally show futuristic architectural constructions in a post-apocalyptic world full of destruction, explosions and the remains of conflict and catastrophe. Voerman studied at the CABK in Kampen, which is now ArtEZ Art & Design in Zwolle (1990–1996). In 2001 Voerman applied to join Worldviews, an art in residence programme in New York, which used studios at the top of the World Trade center, but it never started due to the attacks of 11 September 2001.
In the following year, Voerman made the work “Worldviews” which referred to 9/11 and the idea of this residency that never happened. There have been exhibitions of Voermans work in Amsterdam, London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Bregenz and Newcastle upon Tyne. His work has been presented in several groupshows in Belgium, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Taiwan, Canada and the Netherlands. In 2010 Voermans sculptures and drawings were presented in a major survey exhibition at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen.
Serge Strosberg is a Belgian painter living in SOHO, NYC since 2008. His oil portraits have been featured at the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam, The Norton House (West Palm Beach, Florida), the Musees de Pontoise, and The Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück Germany. Strosberg combines Expressionism and Realism with visual arts.
Initially inspired by German Expressionism and the School of London painters such as Lucian Freud, Strosberg’s portraits became those of an observer of NYC nightlife. Strosberg also paints Soho’s fashion models. Since Serge Strosberg moved to New York in 2008, the artist has become famous for painting and transforming all the fashion store windows surrounding his SoHo Studio and beyond. Whether through classical representation or multi-media installations, he is the quintessential observer of the evolution of a society.
Susan Kleinberg is a New York-based artist. Her latest piece, KAIROS, derived from her work with the scientific team of the Louvre during 2012-2013, premiered at the Alliance Francaise Venice (situated at the Casino Venier) for the opening of the 2013 Venice Biennale. Kleinberg’s work has been shown at three Venice Biennales, in 1995, 2001; and 2011; as well as during the 2005 Venice Biennale, sponsored by the Istituto Veneto, the 2009 Biennale, sponsored by Telecom Italia, and the 2013 Biennale. In addition to Venice, she has exhibited at galleries and museums around the world.
Tatyana Murray works with mixedmedia sculptures, drawings, and etched light boxes to create themes of skulls, animal physiognomic, ghost trees and young schoolgirls in trance like states. Growing up in Britain and being a self-taught artist, imagination and intuition play a significant role in the development of Murray’s artistic vision.
Her solo exhibitions include: The 2014 Faberge Egg Hunt; 2013 Bosi Contemporary; 2012 Zaddok Gallery; 2011 Jas Gallery; 2010 Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art; 2009 National Arts Club; 2006 “Morphosis”, Habres & Partner, Vienna, Austria; 2004 “Drawings,” JG | Contemporary / James Graham &, Sons; 2002 “Transmutations,” JG | Contemporary, NY; 2002 “Transmutations” James Graham &, Sons; 2001 “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” at the Blains Gallery; 1999 “Random Grace,” I-20 Gallery, NY; “Group Show,” Soho 20, NY, curated by Leslie Jones; 1997 and “Group Show,” Phoenix Gallery, NY, curated by Laura Hoptman. Born in London in 1973, she lives and works in New York.
Brian Gonzalez (aka Taxiplasm) graduated from the School of Visual Arts as the winner of Outstanding Cinematography Class of 2009 and has garnered numerous accolades from Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Art Basel Miami Beach, Lincoln Center’s Dance On Camera, NYC’s Armory Arts Week, Cutlog Art Fair, The Robert Wilson Watermill Center for Performance and more. Gonzalez has also created multi-disciplinary video works with Untitled Magazine, Atlantic Records and Chimera Music, while working with Contaminate to develop multi-sensory interactive experiences.
Taxiplasm’s short films As Above So Below, Ripening, and Tell me Your Secrets have screened at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 and at the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in 2013. His video painting series Stasis was also screened as a 16-screen video installation in Times Square. Currently, Gonzalez is co-directing a feature length documentary with Sean Ono Lennon chronicling legendary avant garde designers threeASFOUR and continues to design hyper-conceptual cathartic experiences that are as painful as they are pleasurable, prompting one to ask questions one did not ask before.