C24 Gallery's Facial Profiling Featured in Spoiled NYC

7 Breathtaking Art Exhibits in NYC That You Must Visit This September

by Juanita Tovar 

The last days of summer are slowly drifting away, so you better seize them while checking out some of the coolest art exhibits New York has to offer! Even though some people might tell you that NYC’s art scene is completely dead during this time of year, we have a list that will prove them all wrong. You'll see just how stimulating and visually striking Manhattan’s art district can really be right now. We will start out with a quick stop on the UES and Midtown East, then go down to the Chelsea Gallery district, and end our tour on the LES/Soho.

3. Facial Profiling, C24 Gallery (until Sep 30th)

Facial Profiling features the work of seven NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows. These exhibits are unified by a quest to investigate the perceived and projected self and how people’s representation of themselves through means such as social media is influenced by gender, culture, and place.

The artists’ intent with this exhibit is to question viewers about their own interpretations of portraiture. For example, both Kwesi Abbensetts and Sean Fader are utilizing technology to alter and hence, truly explore the different ways in which their identities can be represented.

In the case of Fader’s pictures, the artist is utilizing a ‘gender suit,’ which allows him to change his sex and appearance. The artist does this to explore how it would feel physically to have female genitals and to represent his persona as a woman.

Fader’s pictures also serve as a reminder that ‘gender’ is a social construct, which in turn means that a) the lines between male/female can indeed be blurred as the artist did by putting on a ‘female suit’ and b) that we actually have the agency to play around with the representation of our identity and adopt whatever characteristics from the male/female categories that we might so choose.

Abbensett’s work is similar to Fader’s because this artist is using computer software to alter the visual representation of the physique and identity of a Black woman. This artist plays around with colors and shapes to shift our focus away from his subject’s skin color and away from the ingrained misconceptions we all have when we think of people circumscribed within the ‘Black’ and ‘Female’ categories.

In other words, he is not only trying to make us face these socially constructed misconceptions, but he is consciously retaking agency over the representation of the Black community.

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