All That Remains
Presented by Ugly Art Room
Curated by Charles Wilkin
October 21st - November 19th, 2011
The Ugly Art Room (via Picture Farm)
338 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Opening Reception: 7-9pm, Friday, October 21st, 2011
Paul Burgess, Cless, Virginia Echeverria, Fred Free, John Gall, James Gallagher, April Gertler, ashkan Honarvar, Jenkins, Gordon Magnin, Clarita Mata, Jeffery Meyer, Tom Moglu, Randy Mora, Julien Pacaud, Lilly Pereira, Ciara Phelan, David Plunkert, Eduardo Recife, Kareen Rizk, Valerie Roybal, Katherine Streeter, Leigh Wells, Charles Wilkin, Lionel Williams, Bill Zindel.
About the Show
From its abstract roots in Cubism to the political and counter culture movements of Dada and Punk, collage has always been a product of its environment. With the rise of 24 hour media cycles, social networks and search engines, contemporary culture has effectively rendered print media obsolete, creating a virtual boom in discarded paper ephemera for collage artists to examine and reinvent. Through these discarded remnants collage artists have become the archivists and activists of this post modern age, paralleling the frenetic pace in which we live while exposing the voyeuristic and often disjointed nature of popular culture.
From this cultural and historical foundation All That Remains will act primarily as a bridge between the past, present and future, while surveying contemporary collage through a select group of 25 artists exploring a variety of techniques and formats. Each artist however will be asked to submit work based loosely on the following metaphors: memory, obsession, connections, disenchantment and revelations.
These curated themes will provide the necessary conceptual framework while presenting a deeper examining of both collage, its conceptual heritage and the analogous sensations created by modern expectations.
In keeping with the situational history of photomontage, the site-specific curatorial project Ugly Art Room is exhibiting All That Remains at Picture Farm, a working photography studio. The ever-fluctuating history of collage finds itself on the walls of a room that also redefines itself for changing needs. Both the gallery and art within have the capacity to re-imagine situations ranging from commercial use to radical experimentation. The works selected spotlight the currency of this reshaping discipline, with a reshaping history, in a reshaping space.
About the Gallery
The Ugly Art Room
Ugly Art Room, a roving curatorial art project based in Brooklyn, New York seeks unusual and unique spaces to curate art exhibits in order to challenge the "white box" gallery tradition and present work in consideration of its relationship to its environment physically, conceptually and historically. This adds a challenge to the curatorial process where context is brought to the forefront and a story develops between the artwork and the space. Ultimately, a unique and inspiring viewing experience results.
Ugly Art Room, a 4 person team consisting of Jennifer Galatioto, Julie Feldman, Scott Chasse and Martin Esteves has produced 10 successful art shows since its October 2010 inception.