Nov 2 – Dec 2, 2018

Opening: Friday, Nov 2, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Border is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition “Peregrination” on Friday, November 2, 2018. As its title suggests, the exhibition represents a wandering journey through time and place that culminates with an overarching shamanistic spirit.

Like the mission of the project space itself, Peregrination brings together rich cultural traditions from the world over, making a statement about who we are as a people. Scattered across a blank palette created by an island of white stones on the floor are works by Elisa Pritzker, Lina Puerta, and Nyugen E. Smith, with each artist contributing a unique and powerful voice.

Works from Smith’s Spirit Carrier series float throughout the space. Drawing upon Yoruba crowns for inspiration, and structured like steampunk hot air balloons of sorts, Smith envisions his works as literal spirit carriers: vessels that will protect and transport the spirits of the deceased, specifically those of the unarmed black victims of police brutality. Each layer of the work adds deeper meaning, creating an overall aura of solemnity.  Smith’s works are joined by Puerta’s mixed media tapestries, inspired by Renaissance tradition and modernized with aspects of contemporary culture. Through the elaborate detailing of Puerta’s works, one can catch a glimpse of the decay of our present society both morally and politically, a parallel to messages we can take from European history.

Centering the spirit of the exhibition is Pritzker’s work, Magic of the Shamans, a monumental ceremonial circle covering the floor of the exhibition. Through this project, Pritzker revives the shamanistic ideals of the now-extinct Selknam people, a native group of hunter-gatherers once based in Argentina and Chile. Implicit in the work is an allegiance to community, nature, and one’s spiritual life; together with Puerta and Smith’s works, offering a gentle reminder about the very core of our humanity.

Elisa Pritzker has exhibited at MoMA, Queens Museum and Dorsky Museum in group exhibits. She has participated at the Affordable Art Fair NYC & London UK, London Biennale-Creative Village Media party in Berlin Germany, Pinta Fair NYC, Fountain Art Fair and EGGO-Cordoba Art Fair andarteBA in Argentina. She was selected the US artist for The Pyramids of Naxos, Greece during the Olympics for an environmental project The Pyramid of Naxos. From 2004 to 2012, she exhibited with the Franklin 54 Gallery, Chelsea NYC.  Among many other venues: Dumbo Arts Center & Nurture Art, Brooklyn. Others in the Hudson Valley: Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts [KMOCA] and Hudson Valley MOCA[former HVCCA], Peekskill. In 2012 she presented a solo-installation at the prestigious Galeria Arte x Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other exhibits were at Galerie Taste Modern Berlin in Berlin Germany and Auditorium-Centro Provincial de las Artes, Argentina.

Nyugen E. Smith (b. 1976, Jersey City, NJ) is a Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator who lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. His practice consists of found object sculpture, installation, writing, video and performance and is influenced by the conflation of African cultural practices and the remnants of European colonial rule in the Black diaspora. Nyugen holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a recipient Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts and the 2018 Franklin Furnace Fund. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include, Museum of Latin American Art, Columbia University, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway, and Perez Museum, Miami.

Lina Puerta was born in NJ, raised in Colombia and lives and works in New York City. She earned and MS in Art Education from Queens College and is the recipient of several residencies and grants including: the 2017 NYFA Fellowship, 2016 Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, Artprize-8 Sustainability Award, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2015 Kohler Arts Industry Residency (WI), 2013-14 Smack Mellon Art Studio Program, 2014 Materials for the Arts, 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace and the 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Exhibition venues include: 21C Museum Hotels, Bentonville AR; Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; The Museum of Biblical Art, El Museo del Barrio, Socrates Sculpture Park, The 8th Floor, Wave Hill, Geary Contemporary, NYC; Pi-Artworks, London and H-Gallery, Paris. Puerta’s work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Wilder Quarterly, Sculpture Magazine and Artnet News among others.


September 7 – October 7, 2018

The show has been extended until October 21st, 2018

Opening: Friday, September 7 from 6-8 pm.

The Border is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition Liminality on Friday, September 7. Featuring works by John Drue Scott Worrell, Frank Wang Yefeng, and Jamie Martinez, Liminality explores themes of ritualistic surreality through mixed media works.

An anthropological term, liminality refers to a sort of ritualistic limbo: the phase between one’s pre-ritualistic self and a final reformed being. During this liminal period, the individual loses all identifying or personal features, remaining as anonymous as conceivably possible. It is a disorienting phase of rebirth – the participant stands on the threshold between old and new, belonging to neither. The term holds a mysterious quality and yet seems familiar – the unease, or growing pains, during periods of personal, or even large-scale political or social change, often can seem to border on this same sense of unknowing.

The exhibition Liminality focuses on the surrealness of this idea of ritualistic transition, constructing an environment apropos of a cult induction unhindered by the constraints of time and place.  Visitors will enter a sort of purgatory – being neither here nor there, to encounter mixed media works that may be more than what they seem, participants themselves in mysterious rites of passage. What happens within the liminal space remains to be seen, allowing for discoveries throughout the exhibition.

At the end of the exhibition, we will recycle the used organic & natural potting mix that we used on the floor and offer a limited amount to our guests along with Snake plants, which cleans the air, are easy to maintain, and it’s native to West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. The idea is to recycle the show and to keep the show/energy alive after it closes by giving it a new life through the Snake plants.

John Drue Scott Worrell received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, sculpture department and his BFA in Painting & Art History from the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. He has shown at Oilwik Gallery (Indianapolis, IN), Gait Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Roach Factory gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) to name a few. He was also a fabricator for Paul McCarthy and and assistant to Wayne White. John Drue Scott Worrell is the recipient of the Fannie B. Pardee Sculpture Prize from The Yale School of Art.

Frank Wang Yefeng is an interdisciplinary artist. He was born in 1984, in Shanghai, China. He left China for the United States after completing his BFA at Shanghai University, and received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. In 2013 he began teaching and building the Digital Media Art program at Rhode Island College as an Associate Professor. Yefeng is currently based in Providence, RI and New York, and constantly travels back and forth between the United States and his hometown, Shanghai.

Yefeng actively pursues his artistic career in both East and West, and continues to think and work critically across media including Experimental 3D rendering and animation, video installation, virtual reality, and 3D printing. Yefeng has extensive experience exhibiting in venues internationally, which include Co-prosperity Sphere Culture Center(Chicago, IL), El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe(NM), Herald Square(NY, NY), Xuzhou Museum of Art(Xuzhou, China), HEREarts Center(NY, NY), The Museum of Luxun Academy of Art(Shenyang, China), Gene Siskel Film Center(Chicago, IL), Hyde Park Art Center(Hyde Park, IL), Hong Kong Art projects Gallery(Hong Kong), Between Art Lab(Shanghai, China), Governors Island Art Fair (NY,NY), Chi K11 Art Museum (Shanghai, China), etc. He was also a residency artist and juried panel member in NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

Jamie Martinez Colombian / American artist that 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. Jamie’s work has been featured in multiple outlets like a TV interview with NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) Good Day New York (TV interview),  Fox news (TV interview), The Observer, Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and many more. Martinez has shown in numerous galleries in New York City including Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Galerie Protégé 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.



8/10/18 – 8/26/18

Opening reception: Friday, 8/10, 6-8pm

Hours: Sat/Sun, 1-6pm

The Border is pleased to announce “BORDERWALLS,” a summer group exhibition on view from August 10th to August 26th, 2018.

We lined our walls with small artworks by talented artists who have never shown at The Border before, and who have supported our mission of exhibiting first-generation and second-generation immigrant artists, along with a few locals, since we opened earlier this year. Half of “BORDERWALLS” consists of immigrant artists, and half consists of American artists. We want to encourage an open dialogue between all artists and visitors no matter where they come from, where they were born or how they got here. We also want to thank these artists and anyone else who has physically attended our shows. There’s nothing like seeing exhibitions in person and meeting the people behind them.

Featured artists: Adam Aslan, Arlene Rush, Chris Rypkema, Debra Drexler, Elena Chestnykh, Etty Yaniv, Evan Levine, Jaclyn Brown, Julia Michal Stibal, Kay Sirikul Pattachote, Krystofer Kimmel, Mary DeVincentis Herzog, Meer Musa, Monica Mazzone, Natasha Wright, Paul D’Agostino, Robert Balun, Roman Kalinovski ,Seren Morey, Sharilyn Neidhardt, Shavana Smiley, Shay Arick, Sherri Littlefield, Sofia Echa, Teresa Kudarauskas, Tim Gowan, Ventiko, William Norton and Zofia Bogusz.

The Border Project Space

56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11206


Intricate Neighbors

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 info@thebordeprojectspace.com.

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.


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