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A painting and conceptual art group show in NYC. Young artists explore abstraction and consciousness in the internet age

Multiple/Universal

Curated by Christian Berman and Hans Baumann

A group show in NYC

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Featuring works by

Lani Asuncion, Hans Baumann, Christian Berman, Jon Blank, Ted Gahl, Field Kallop, Karl Larocca, Kristen Schiele

Please help us fund this group show in NYC.  

We need funds in order to cover the basic rent and staffing costs of an exhibition space in a well attended manhattan or brooklyn venue, as well as the food and drinks for the show.  This show will provide the beginning for possible future collaboration with the gallery, as well as an amazing opportunity for these emerging and productive artists to showcase their work. 

For you RISD folks, this is a great way to support several alumni.    

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest!!!

The following is an abbreviated version of the prospectus for the exhibition:

Mulitple/Universal

This show deals with the role of art and abstraction as a universal engine for self-differentiation and also universal communication in the age of the internet. The work by this group of artists navigates the visual landscape by using material experimentation, simple geometries, color play, etc. in a way that vividly illuminates individual preference and experience. Under another light, these works exhibit the connectedness of a universally vibrating network. The underpinnings of this curatorial effort lie in the basic study of quantum physics, and especially in the idea that we live in a time where humanity is approaching a confluence between a tangible, electronic universal consciousness (the internet), and a still vague but growing understanding of the way that energy and consciousness might be drawn from a universal field. How are the constant easy access to information and the shifts away from a mechanical, linear view of the universe affecting abstraction?

From what I've seen, abstraction in painting has been moving towards a practice that combines both the modernist desire to define the universal and the expressionist urge to explore what moves us and defines us as individuals; contemporary painting is increasingly an unabashed celebration of color and chemistry which uses universal language to simultaneously engage with and escape the saturation of technological communication. There is a clear sense that none of the works in this show could have been made at another point in history. The works are not only constructed and influenced by digital technologies; they are created with the knowledge of instantaneous presence in the timeline of the universally accessible digital world.

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