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Other Homes- curated by Audra Lambert opening tonight

Art Nerd alumni Audra Lambert sas curated a beautiful show opening tonight – at a gallery in beautiful Central Park, which includes an artist I’ve worked with many times, Nyugen Smith. Be sure to RSVP, and check out Other Homes, this evening from 6:00-8:00 at Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Avenue (inside Central Park at 64th Street) Floor 3.

Other Homes is a contemprary art exhibit celebrating new works by Marina Andrijčić-Ojeda, Jon Bunge, Katya Grokhovsky, Rachel Hornaday, and Nyugen Smith at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park through June 15. Curated by Audra Lambert of Antecedent Projects, Other Homes considers the role of organic materials within the lexicon of contemporary art: specifically in contemporary found and assemblage art. The five artists in this show consider the effects that natural environments exert on contemporary art. Their works consider our intimacy with the natural environment while examining the tension created by transforming organic matter into assembled and found artworks.

At its heart, the exhibit probes the complex relationship between contemporary culture and the natural world. With his Spirit Carriers series, Smith examines the weight of cultural heritage in assembled artworks. Hornaday’s work reveals the transformations of paper and clay alternately into surrealist and abstract contemplations. Grokhovsky’s two- and three-dimensional found object artworks remain simultaneously subtle and provocative. Andrijčić-Ojeda synthesizes materials in numerous forms of natural and processed material, combining the various elements into fragile yet harmonious compositions. Bunge creates abstract sculptural forms with wood in its natural state, allowing found branches to reveal their natural expressions.

Please RSVP to come celebrate the opening of this contemporary consideration of assemblage art with the artists, NYC Parks Dept, and Antecedent Projects from 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017.

Refreshments will be provided.

ARTISTS

Katya Grokhovsky is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Ukraine and based in New York City. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. Grokhovsky has been awarded many residencies and awards such as Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Studios at MASS MoCA, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Residency Unlimited, NARS, Santa Fe Art Institute, Watermill Center, Asylum Arts Grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and others. Her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.

Nyugen E. Smith (b.1976) is a Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator who lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. Drawing heavily on his West Indian heritage, Nyugen is committed to raising the consciousness of past and present political struggles through his practice which consists of sculpture, installation, video and performance. He is influenced by the conflation of African cultural practices and the remnants of European colonial rule in the region. He holds an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a 2016 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellow.

Rachel Hornaday is an interdisciplinary artist working within printmaking, ceramics, collage, painting, and art direction. With an eye for detail and a great understanding of color and space, Hornaday’s practice spans from creating abstract landscapes, graphic collages and monoprints. She uses an innate sense of placement and balance to inform her work. Hornaday has shown throughout the US, extensively in California and New York, and her work is in the collection of San Francisco State University, Penland School of Craft, Graphic Arts Workshop, Lee Scratch Perry, and others.

Jon Bunge grew up mostly in St. Louis, Missouri, in an area with many trees and parks. His mother and maternal grandparents, being devoted gardeners and landscapers, instilled in him a love of flowers, shrubs and trees. Bunge holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the City College of New York (CUNY). He has lived in New York City for over 25 years, mostly in Brooklyn. Working in many media but most recently in scupture, installation and drawing, he has shown his work in numerous venues including the Ground Floor Gallery, the Affordable Art Fair, St. Joseph’s College and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition. He also holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York City.

Marina Andrijcic-Ojeda is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist of Croatian and Peruvian descent. Her practice stems from a heritage-based context in flux with the compulsion to describe and embody her surroundings. Her work provides a space for impulsivity and emotional response as a means of obtaining clarity. It includes intense physicality, dissociative action, methodical assembly and an obsession for the outcome of experimentation.She is the co-founder and director of The Penitentiary, a collaborative site-specific series taking place in abandoned prisons, and has curated multiple international exhibitions. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, having received the Silas. H. Rhodes award for excellence and achievement in Fine Arts upon graduation.

CURATORIAL TEAM

About Antecedent Projects – Antecedent Projects (AP) is an arts platform founded in 2014 by independent curator and art critic Audra Lambert in response to New York City’s eroding cultural legacies. By partnering with contemporary artists and cultural partners, we can examine critical parts of our artistic heritage while also mounting engaging exhibitions and projects which create compelling stories for diverse audiences.

VENUE

About Arsenal Gallery – The Arsenal Gallery is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue inside Central Park, Third Floor of the Arsenal Building. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Closed municipal holidays.) Admission is free. For further information please call (212) 360-8163.

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