Thank you to all that joined us at the Frank Juarez Gallery. This exhibition was special to me on many levels both personal and professional. The Frank Juarez Gallery sign was finally installed (thanks Ted) and the exterior got a final coat of orange. The use of social media made this show become a reality and the use of Skype gave us the opportunity to interact with the gallery’s first international artist, Lauri Hopkins from the UK. I had the honor to work with an artist that has made a difference in my studio practice, Anna Kunz.
Here is a video highlighting an artist talk along with reception photos by Artdose photographer, Dale Van Minsel.
To see more reception photos [link].
This exhibition currently is featuring the works by Michael Davidson, Robert Otto Epstein, Lauri Hopkins, Anna Kunz, Rob de Oude, and Julie Torres. It ends July 26, 2014.
We will be open on July 19 from 10am – 1pm and July 26 from 10am-4pm.
Juan Juarez (NY)
August 2 – September 6, 2014
Reception: August 16 with a Skype artist talk at 6pm
“Unfamiliar” is a project motivated by personal memory and object morphology, but also the cultural associations of singular objects. Stereotypical masculine associations represented by these objects initiate an analytical dialogue between image and viewer governed by the presentation. All of the objects included in the series reveal a tangible history of use, and these visible signs of wear become a way to communicate my relationship with the objects as masculine signifiers. This relationship is at times broken or even non-existent. Most of the masculine ideals represented like warrior, nature boy, tech geek, and protector are broken socially, politically, and culturally. Despite this they are continually recycled through popular culture and accepted social norms. There exists a comfort level associated with normative gender roles and media culture tends to promote these values through various communication platforms. My intention with creating this archive of objects is to present them as postmortem specimens. They represent masculine ideals I am unfamiliar with–some of them never attained and others I am uncomfortable with. Nevertheless, I think of them as totems with powerful and suggestive ideals, which prevail culturally as status quo.