The Border Project Space
56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11206
Curated by Jamie Martinez
May 4th– May 27th, 2018
Opening: Friday, May 4th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Border Space Project is pleased to announce Intricate Neighbors, a group exhibition featuring artwork across mediums by Bianca Boragi, Ara Cho, Rebecca Goyette, Hyon Gyon and Sahana Ramakrishnan.
Our homes contain our most private possessions, memories, and personal belongings. This is where we relax, eat, sleep and cultivate our most intimate moments while feeling safe and protected from the outside world. What goes on inside our homes is a true snapshot of who we are and only people who share the space and occasionally the neighborhood, know what is really going on in there. The only true way to know someone is to live with them and to observe them in their natural habitat being themselves, a lot of times you think you know the person inside, but the reality is different.
The setting for this exhibition is a middle-class complex during the spring and it takes place between five neighbors/artists, four immigrants, and an American. The lively outdoor setting creates a welcoming environment in this charming suburb but not everything you see is as it is.
The five artists participating in this group show are willing to be transparent by opening their windows to the guests, so they can see for themselves what is happening inside their homes, souls and their creative worlds. Stop by this complex to look for yourself and to get to know these intricate neighbors, plus we need help watering the plants to keep the neighbor fresh and lively.
Intricate Neighbors, offers an eccentric look at domestic spaces, where mischievous scenes unfold with in voyeuristic intimacy. The gallery has been converted into a central green. This outdoor setting creates an environment where the artists open the windows of their creative world to the passerby, allowing visitors to look inside the private space of a person’s interior.
Intricate Neighbors is on view at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York, from May 4th– May 27th, 2018, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM or by appointment. For additional information and inquiries, please contact Jamie Martinez at 917-796-6010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bianca Boragi’s short experimental film, Cotton Candy, incorporates multiple disciplines such as sculpture and performance. This piece was shot in a furniture store in Ridgewood, NY, which she perceived as a space of repeating forms, exploring notions of fulfillment by placing a character in this particular space.
Bianca Boragi (b.1985 in Paris, France) received her MFA from Yale School of Art, Sculpture department and her BFA from the National Superior School of Arts from Paris- Cergy. Her work has been screened recently at the New-York Amazigh Film Festival, Festival Mutocospio, Mexico and at independent cinemas such as Video Revival and Anthology Film Archive, NY. She has exhibited her work for group exhibitions at NURTUREart Gallery, Chashama Gallery, Field Projects Gallery, NY, internationally in France, India, Italy, Scotland and throughout the United States. She was recently awarded the recipient of the JUNCTURE Fellowship in Art and International Human Rights by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Right and was an artist resident at MASS MoCA’s Asset for artists residency program and priorly at the Centquatre, Paris, France, Pact Zullverein, Essen, Germany and Cal’Arts, Los Angeles, USA.
Ara Cho recreates pictorial languages by intersecting traditional work processes with digitally reconstructed images to explore power dynamics assumed by gender roles.Ara Cho (b. 1991 in Seoul, Korea) was raised in Moscow and Chicago, she now lives and works in New York City. She graduated in 2015 with a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She had solo exhibitions at Rotunda Gallery, New-York, Kweyeonjae Ceramic Museum, Yeongwol, South Korea. Her work has been exhibited at Castor Gallery, Space 776 Gallery, Asian Contemporary Art in Hong Kong, Zhou B Art Center and Sullivan Gallery.
Hyon Gyon‘s works have retained a sculptural element, creating a niche form of art that dwells between two-dimensional and three-dimensional states. The expressive visages that appear throughout her works, seem more passionate, vigorously attempting to escape from the canvas and burst into our world.
Hyon Gyon (b.1979) is based in New York, U.S and currently lives in Krakow, Poland. She received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. She had one-person and group exhibitions at the Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, the Museum of Kyoto; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Carnegie Art Museum, and Shin Gallery, New York. Hyon Gyon’s work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the Kyoto City University of Arts, and the Takahashi Collection, among others. She has received several fellowships and awards, including the Asao Kato International Scholarship, the Kyoto Cultural Award and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Competition Prize.
Rebecca Goyette is best known for her series of Lobsta Porn videos, Goyette’s persona-based works combine sculptural elements, painting and hand-sewn costumes with an evolving ensemble cast role-playing sexual scenarios ranging from simulating nature to historic reenactment and the paranormal. Rebecca Goyette is a multimedia artist. Goyette is represented by Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC. She has exhibited internationally with solo shows at Freight and Volume, NYC, Spektrum Theater, Berlin, Germany, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ and Galerie X, Istanbul, Turkey as well as group shows group shows and live performances at Whitney Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Weisman Museum of Art, MN, Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC and Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Currently, her sculptural works are on view at the Museum of Sex’s NSFW: Female Gaze.
Sahana Ramakrishnan’s work is a web of cultural interface. Mesmerizing mixtures of Hindu, Buddhist and Greek visual mythology weave together into a tapestry of pop cultural references that are upended by the artist’s exploration of identity, sexuality and gender perspectives.
Sahana Ramakrishnan (b. 1993 Mumbai, India) was raised in Singapore and received her BFA in painting at RISD. Her work has been exhibited in the Rubin Museum, the NARS Foundation, Field Projects, Gateway Project Spaces, Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, A.I.R. Gallery and Front Art Space. She was recently an artist in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Sahana was the recipient of the SIP fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop, the Feminist-in-Residence program at Gateway Project Spaces, the Yale/Norfolk Summer program, and the Florence Lief grant from RISD.
THE BORDER #1
In light of the recent political focus on curtailing immigration, a cornerstone of the history and identity of the United States, the time has come for artists of diverse backgrounds to come together and present a united voice in support of multiplicity. It is in this spirit that Jamie Martinez, an immigrant artist and publisher of the art blog ARTE FUSE, announces the opening of a Bushwick-based project space called THE BORDER that will focus on supporting and showing talented/established immigrant artists living in the United States in the hopes of creating a nurturing environment for immigrants and non-immigrants alike to create a dialogue around their work. Reflecting the best of American diversity, THE BORDER will be open to everyone.
Throughout history, immigrants and the children of immigrants have played an invaluable role in shaping the face of the nation through an endless list of contributions and accomplishments. The United States is a country built upon the embrace of blending cultural traditions, and nearly every citizen has been born out of the precedent of immigration from around the world.
THE BORDER’S opening group show, curated by Martinez entitled THE BORDER #1, will feature sculptures by Peter Kaspar (Slovakia), C.J Chueca (Peru) and Jamie Martinez (Colombia), as well as a series of drawings by Aphrodite Désirée Navab (Iran/Greece) and a unique art piece by Levan Mindiashvili (Georgia). The first show called The Border #1 is currently displaying artists from Slovakia, Iran/Greece, Peru, Georgia, and Colombia. Some of the artists have had or are having museum shows in their respected homelands. Together, the exhibition explores the vibrant artistic contributions of a sampling of the immigrant community in New York City, a longtime hotbed for creativity and cultural exchange.
Participating Artists: Peter Kaspar (Slovakia), C.J. Chueca (Peru), Levan Mindiashvili (Georgia), Aphrodite Désirée Navab (Iran/Greece) and Jamie Martinez (Colombia).
Peter Kaspar is originally from Slovakia and his work explores the relationship between culture and memory. The conception of memory as a temporal phenomenon is sometimes too contracted. Either in visualized or abstracted form, one of the largest complications of memorializing our past is the fact that it is absent. Peter has shown all over the United States and also has a museum show coming up in Slovakia curated by one of the country’s most important contemporary artists.
C.J. Chueca creates walls that neither contain or separate. Instead, they provide insight into the complex ways that walls operate in our lives. (…) Poignant narratives are hinted at by small objects scattered about the backside of the walls—ceramic replications of cigarette butts, bottle caps, toilet paper rolls and beer bottles seem remnants of lives that once inhabited the spaces that these walls no longer define” (Excerpt from Eleanor Heartney’s essay, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”). C. J. Chueca is currently working on her next solo show called “Dos Cielos Azules” that will on view at ICPNA Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano on April 2018.
Levan Mindiashvili is a Georgian born (1979) visual artist and independent curator living and working in New York and Tbilisi. He holds his BFA in Sculpture from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and MFA in Crossed Media at The National University of Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his awards are Commission Grant for Public Art Projects from National Endowments for Arts (New York, 2014) and Emerging Artist of 2011, Movistar Arte Jóven (Buenos Aires, Argentina). His works had been included in recent group exhibitions at The 7th Beijing Biennale, China; Georgian National Gallery, Tbilisi; ODETTA, Brooklyn, US; David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, US; Tbilisi History Museum, Georgia; Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine; Tartu Art Museum, Estonia. Recent solo exhibitions include “Here” at Georgian National Museum, Mestia, Georgia; “Inbetween” at State Silk Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia; The Lodge Gallery, New York, US; His works are in public collections of Georgian National Museum (Mestia), State Silk Museum (Tbilisi) and National Art Museum of China (Beijing).
Aphrodite Désirée Navab, “is an Iranian-born, New York-based artist whose work mines her Iranian, Greek and American cultural heritage asking questions of its competing histories and politics. Her art is the aching inquiry of an uprooted consciousness seeking new roots. It also serves as a site of critical dialogue and debate. Ultimately, Navab’s art haunts our imagination with its beauty and complexity, inviting us to engage in a third space of transnational and cross-cultural initiations, leaving domination and demonization outside the picture.” -Reza Aslan, author of NY Times #1 Best Seller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Colombian artist Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from South America. He attended The Miami International University of Art and Design then moved to New York to continue his fine art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Students Art League in NYC. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments. Jamie’s work has been featured in multiple outlets like a half hour personal TV interview with NTN24 (Nuesta Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) for their show Lideres, Good Day New York (TV interview), Fox news (TV interview), Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Untitled Magazine, Bedford + Bowery, Whitehot Magazine, Decompoz Magazine (print), The Examiner, Artribune, Art Nerd NY and many more. Martinez has shown in Russia, Spain, Canada, Miami, California and numerous galleries in New York City including: Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Rush Gallery, Galerie Protégé, Untitled Space and many more. He also participated in a group show curated by Vida Sabbaghi at the Queens Museum which was very well received by the museum and the press.
THE BORDER curated by Jamie Martinez
March 2 – March 26, 2018
56 Bogart Street 1st FL
BK, NY 11206 T. (917)796-6010