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Jan
11
to Feb 23

Transfigured

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C24 Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Transfigured. David C. Terry’s second exhibition as Artistic Director and Curator represents a transition towards the future, embracing the gallery’s place in the artistic landscape of New York City. Transfigured features four prolific, New York-based artists: Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Sophie Kahn, Andrea Dezsö, and Jaishri Abichandani. The exhibition will run from January 10th to February 23rd, 2018. An opening reception will be held on January 10th from 6 to 8pm.

The title Transfigured refers to C24 Gallery’s evolution as an art establishment, while also referencing the exhibition’s figurative work by artists who push their media to its fullest potential, in a wholly transformative manner. Terry has long worked with each featured artist and recognizes their dialogue with one another as an homage to the New York art world.

Originally from four different continents, (Kahn, Australia; Dezsö, Romania; Abichandani, India; and Barcia-Colombo, the United States), these artists represent the wealth of artistic voices New York City has to offer. Each artist is affiliated with the New York Foundation for the Arts and has contributed to New York’s artistic community in a variety of modes; Barcia-Colombo teaches at NYU and Kahn has taught at Pratt, Abichandani founded the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective in New York, and Deszö’s public art is featured by both the City University of New York and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  

Kahn’s work directly references photographic documentation of female hysteria patients in an exploration of the construction and demolition of the female form and psyche. The content of those works relates directly to Abichandani’s sculptures, which elevate the female form to a place of divinity while exposing the archaic ideology that has resulted in black trans women being subjected to systemic violence and extraordinary rates of murder. Abichandani’s bright colors and mythic imagery complement Dezsö’s fantastical and paracosmic mixed media paintings, drawings, and embroidery.

Transfigured displays four artists who transcend the boundaries of their medium. Each of them fearlessly and unapologetically tackles issues of human sexuality and psyche as well as societal norms and ills, both immersively and transformatively.


A Note from the Curator:

The term transfigure can mean to metamorphosize or transform into something else, implying a change in existence or ideas. It is part of a process. The four artists represented in Transfigured create works that are about process, existence, the future, and the past and asks us where we fit within these contexts. All of the artists work with the figure to enable the viewer to imagine themselves in the space of the work, be it two-dimensional, three-dimensional or virtual. Additionally, because Transfigured is a multi-media exhibition, the viewer can connect to the material quality of the work, from meticulously drawn fantastical environments and beings, to vibrantly colored hand-sculpted figures, to television-snow figurines rising from an old monitor juxtaposed to actual digitally printed bodies. The materiality of the work draws you into the dialogue.

The viewer, enticed by the visual elegance, will quickly read into the complex content of the artists’ work and be brought in to the personal world of feminine and transgender empowerment, and a celebration of strength and body. Imaginary protectors of child laborers are depicted in a ghostly yet endearing tribute. Documentation of select individuals’ reoccurring dreams of anxiety will virtually appear over a physical miniature bed. Brutal medical practices on women of the past will be brought to the present through the latest technology leaving one wondering where we are headed as a society.

Transfigured collectively brings artists, ideas, technology and history to an inward look at ourselves as a culture in the process of transition.

David C. Terry

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Nov
8
to Dec 22

CORE SAMPLE: Curated by David C. Terry

C24 Gallery is pleased to present Core Sample, a group exhibition curated by David C. Terry. The exhibition will feature the work of artists Nilbar Güreş, Tommy Hartung, Katja Loher, Irfan Önürmen, Seçkin Pirim, Regina Scully, Brian Tolle and Christian Vincent. This will be David C. Terry’s inaugural exhibition as the Artistic Director & Curator at C24 Gallery. Core Sample is on view November 8 - December 22, 2018 with an Opening Reception on November 8th from 6-8pm. A walkthrough with David C. Terry will take place on Saturday, November 10th at 4pm.

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KATJA LOHER: WHAT IS THE COLOR OF SCENT?
Sep
6
to Oct 27

KATJA LOHER: WHAT IS THE COLOR OF SCENT?

C24 Gallery is pleased to present What is the Color of Scent? A solo exhibition by artist Katja Loher marking her third solo exhibition with the gallery. What is the Color of Scent? will be on view September 6 - October 27, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 6 from 6 – 8 pm.

What is the Color of Scent? transforms the gallery space into an ethereal world in which the viewer journeys through an enchanted universe altered by vision, sound, and scent. On view will be Loher’s signature Videosculptures, Videoportals, Videoplanets, Videonests and Videotables.

Expanding on the artist’s exploration into the delicate relationship we have with our ecological environment, Loher’s Videosculptures are inspired by nature and its self-organizing systems. Whimsical videos are embedded in physical objects that mimic organic forms, such as pollen and corals, without hiding the artifice of the technical process. Hand blown glass holds microcosms of beauty and complexity that capture entire alternate worlds and realities. Reminiscent of bubbles and eggs embedded in hand woven abstracted bird’s nests, the organic glass shapes are a poetic commentary on the fleeting nature of time, impermanence, and the natural elements and processes of the world.

The deconstruction of the rectangular format of traditional video plays a central role in the intention of Loher’s fantastic environments. The artist breaks away from the canon of video art by liberating video from the constraints of its standard or traditional form. Video is not limited by its medium - it instead becomes a portal into a magical world.

Loher’s videos reveal movements of magical beings that create hypnotic mind and eye-bending Mandalas exploring the elements Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Love. The creatures of her videos act in harmony to evoke awareness of nature’s beauty and fragility, and reveal the secret lives of flora and fauna. The dancers assemble into provocative questions on screen, engaging the viewer in a rhetorical conversation that urges them to explore the complex balance between humans, nature and the consequences of contemporary environmental issues.

The visual collages are generated using a combination of elaborate, choreographed dance pieces overlaid with footage taken from the artist’s international travels to the Peruvian Amazon and India. Inspired by cultural traditions, each element represents a mandala, and forms a blueprint of the exhibition. Unique scent combinations accompany each element, engendering a subtle yet powerful scentscape that complement Loner’s fully immersive, sensorial experience.

At the apex of the exhibition, all five elements and Mandalas come together to form a miniature universe consisting of Videoplanets of various sizes floating in the two-story atrium of the gallery. Videos representing the five Mandalas form a spiritual representation of the universe and are projected onto the Videoplanets, animating the perfectly round spheres and unifying the elemental themes of the exhibition.

Loher’s work is conceived in a collaborative process with her team. For the present exhibition, artist Tansy Kaschak creates unique aroma combinations to accompany each element, engendering a subtle ‘scentscape’ that complements Loher’s fully immersive sensorial experience.

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, Loher studied art in Geneva and Basel. Since 2004, she has lived in New York City. Her unique video objects have won her numerous awards, and now form part of several significant collections.

Loher’s work has appeared internationally in many solo and group exhibitions including: Core Club, New York, USA (2017); Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, USA (2016); C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA (since 2013), Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX (since 2009); Gallery Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland (since 2010); NBMAA, New Britain, CT, USA (2015); TelFair Museum, Savannah, Georgia, USA (2015); World Expo Museum, Shanghai, China (2014); Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (2014); MuBE, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil (2012); Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy (2010); MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy (2010); United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China (2010); (Biennale Chongqing, China (2009); Siggraph Asia, Yokohama, Japan (2009); Art Digital, Moscow, Russia (2005) and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2005).

Katja Loher’s work is featured in numerous notable private and public collections including Credit Suisse Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; The Telfair Museum, Georgia, USA; Jorge Perez Collection, Miami, USA; 21C Museum, Kentucky, USA; Anthem of the Seas Art Collection, Miami, USA; Arte Al Limite, Santiago de Chile, Chile; eN Arts Collection, Tokyo, Japan and Horsecross Collection, Perth, UK.

In the last years the artist has received several awards including TPC CreaTVty Award from the Swiss TV Production Center, as well as a number of distinguished artist residencies in New York, Berlin, Beijing, Brazil and India.

Loher’s work has been commissioned for large-scale Art & Architecture projects at the new headquarters of SwissGrid, Switzerland (2018), Related Group/Jorge Perez, at SLS Hotel, Miami, USA (2016), and Oasis VIP Lounge, at Bogota Airport, Colombia (2015).

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FROM THE CRADLE TO THE BOAT curated by Tommy Hartung
Jul
11
to Aug 24

FROM THE CRADLE TO THE BOAT curated by Tommy Hartung

BONGI: That's a slick little maxim--while the hand's rocking the cradle it won't be rocking the boat.

GINGER: There're plenty of male hands around to do whatever boat-rocking's necessary.

BONGI: I've met quite a few hairy old male hands in my day, and it's not the boat they're grabbling for.

-Excerpt from From the Cradle to the Boat, by Valerie Solanas

C24 Gallery is pleased to present From the Cradle to the Boat, a group exhibition curated by Tommy Hartung. The exhibition will feature the work of artists Tamy Ben-Tor, Miki Carmi, Justin Cloud, Clark Filio, Michael Guardiola, O.K. Fox, Reagan Holiday, Monilola Ilupeju, Bahareh Khoshooee, Jeremy Olson, Lynsey Peisinger, and Tommy White. From the Cradle to the Boat, will be on view July 11 - August 24, 2018 with an Opening Reception on July 11th from 6-8pm that will feature impromptu performances by Michael Guardiola and Reagan Holiday. There will be additional performances by Lynsey Peisinger and Tamy Ben-Tor on July 18th (*please see below for performance schedule).

This exhibition title is taken from the alternate title of Valerie Solanas’ play, primarily titled Up Your Ass.  Solanas was an American radical feminist, and self described social propagandist. The only copy of Solanas’ play was allegedly misplaced for many decades by Andy Warhol after she tried to get his support, resulting in a very contentious disagreement, ultimately resulting in the attempted murder of Warhol by Solanas. Though the play was often interpreted as satire, it can alternatively be seen as a social realist masterwork through it's themes and sense of political agency. Solanas showed reality directly, with all of its injustices and traumatic ambiguity.  Her work evokes a sense of unreality or even caricature. From the Cradle to the Boat has brought together artists using this full range of the human psyche in all of it's possible iterations.

Each artist featured in the exhibition approaches reality with a direct engagement and produces work that seems on the surface about something unreal or even surreal. When the viewer takes a closer look, the work makes direct correlation with the very strange world we currently inhabit.

Valerie Solanas actively sought to disrupt the patriarchal system of art production wherein the male master artist enslaves others to produce work. The artists in this exhibition strive in different ways to make art that forgoes this power dynamic and system of outsourced cultural production.

* Performance Schedule:

July 11, 6-8pm: Michael Guardiola 

July 11, 6-8pm: Reagan Holiday

July 18, 12pm-6pm: Lynsey Peisinger

July 18, 6pm - 6:40pm: Tamy Ben-Tor

*Additional performance dates to be announced

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