The organic and the industrial vividly intersect in Intertwined, a group exhibition curated by Charlotte Mouquin and Christina Massey. The exhibition opening will take place from 6-8 pm on Thursday, December 14th at Chashama (470 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.) Featuring twelve female artists working across different forms of sculptural and installation art practice, the exhibition blends fluid lines and geometric forms in intuitive and provocative ways.
Curators Charlotte Mouquin and Christina Massey considered the show’s concept within the context of multi-sensory experience. Weaving together aspects of fine art and life, artists in the exhibition include Charlotte Becket, Julia von Eichel, Adebunmi Gbadebo, Luiza Kurzyna, Sara Jimenez, Alexandra Limpert, Tomo Mori, Sui Park, Lina Puerta, Kate Rusek, Armita Raafat, and Victoria-Idongesit Udondian. The artists of Intertwined work within a kaleidoscopic range of materials, spanning from industrial-grade metal to fabric and every medium between. Curating their first exhibition together, Mouquin and Massey aimed to respond to this cavernous industrial space, securing sweeping sculpture and installation works to comment on our interactions with architecture and the natural world.
Intertwined reflects a myriad of unique cultural viewpoints: the exhibition features work by Latin American, Asian-American, African-American and Caucasian artists. This multi-ethnic celebration of the sensuality of substance proves to be the perfect consideration of content translated through multi-faceted form. The blend of textures on view is a sensory garden of delights: actual plants feature within the exhibition itself. A delicate balance persists between figurative and abstraction, stitching together a well-rounded view of the intersection of fine art and the everyday. The immediacy of the human figure is captured in Limpert’s mobile steel artworks. Providing a softer look at the human form, Udondian has created lush, vivid ballgowns re-envisioning the possibilities of fashion and corporeal ornamentation. Works by Gbadebo incorporate physical human hair into installation art that reconsiders the aesthetics of female beauty divorced from the context of the beauty shop. These parallel views of the sensuality of the figure shed light on the different means of considering the human form.
Mixed materials and found objects play a formative role in guiding the premise of the exhibition. Intertwined features Jimenez’ paint on printed photography draped through space to guide the visitor to reconsider use and reuse of these objects. Park’s intricate reimagining of everyday zip ties in her suspended, amorphous sculptures creates a new model of engagement with this delicate yet versatile material. Rusek’s large-scale installation works created from vinyl and aluminum created an unparalleled look at the multi-faceted property of this basic material, opening new avenues of exploration in these intricate compositions. von Eichel’s white, abstracted forms populate throughout the space: phantoms of the raw material they are created from. Becket’s visually arresting kinetic floor-mounted sculptures serves as mesmerizing focal points: a feature installation undulating gracefully, forcefully unifying the exhibition through the space. Raafat’s works also underline the site-specificity of architecture in the space, rooting her works within selected focal points to draw attention to existing features.
The blend of textures on view is a sensory garden of delights: actual plants feature within the exhibition itself. A delicate balance persists between figurative and abstraction, stitching together a well-rounded view of the intersection of fine art and the everyday. The immediacy of the human figure is captured in Limpert’s mobile steel artworks.
Intrinsic to the exhibition lies a sense of exploration, manifested in a playful consideration at how we interact with our immediate environment. Nowhere is this more present than in Kurzyna’s cuddle monster installation, bringing together form and abstractions of the figure to create a safe space for visitors to physically immersive themselves. The theme of Intertwined is best expressed in Kurzyna’s work: intimate yet abstract, engaging yet elevated, visitors to the exhibition can choose how to interact with the work on view in an approachable manner. Whether this entails observing the delicate combinations of inkjet print photos in Jimenez’ and Udondian’s artworks or intermingling with Kurzyna’s cuddle monster, the range of work on view consistently returns to the greater role art can play in better understanding our relationship to our wider built and natural environments.
Intertwined is on view at Chashama, 470 Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn, NY from Thursday, Dec 14th at 6 pm through Friday, January 5th, when the exhibition will host its closing reception from 6-8 pm. The space will be closed December 23-26th and on January 1st for the holidays. More information can be found at chashama’s websites.