Represented artist Jen Clay participates in a group exhibition at Project: ARTspace, the exhibition is on view through September 19, 2023.
Project: ARTspace is pleased to present Summer Gathering, an invitational group exhibition introducing artists from the US and abroad to New York audiences.
While the artists hail from different regions of the world, their works collectively address the possibility of using diverse materials and objects to create new narratives.
Works by bARBER (Chicago), Jin Yong Choi (New York), Jen Clay (Miami),Gizela N. (Lisbon) and Aby Mackie (Barcelona) are rooted in craft, wielding a variety of materials (string, paper, text, textiles, electronic components) fusing the found and made to generate empathic objects.
bARBER’s work employs a collage aesthetic to articulate testimonies within and surrounding Black culture. He re-purposes everyday materials such as junk mail and other ephemera, mining childhood memories and family lore to express new meaning.
Choi is a digital shaman working at numerous intersections of culture, religion, technology, mythology and history. His apocalyptic fiction inspires the production of relics that translatespiritual knowledge from the past into hope for the future.
Clay’s hooked rugs reference hybrid life forms whose lush tactile surfaces welcome ambiguity and soothe anxiety. A multi-hyphenate artist, she works in animation and performance in addition to soft materials.
Mackie de-constructs found vintage and ethnic textiles, engaging processes of conservation and destruction tocreate monumental, layered sculptures. Via application of new surfaces such as wax, resin, gold, copper and silver leaf, as well as needlework techniques, she forges a new material vocabulary.
Gizela N. is a plastic artist who thinks with her hands, transposing inner emotions spontaneously via material. A visceral approach to ink, thread, paint and the canvas as an object leads her to delicate expressions that straddle painting and sculpture.