A ROMANTIC COMEDY
A group exhibition
Curated by Steven Pestana & Sophia Sobers
A Romantic Comedy to feature large-scale installations and interdisciplinary projects by emerging artists exploring romance and courtship.
This 16,000 sq ft exhibition, hosted by Wallplay, casts a playful eye on courtship, domesticity, the workplace, and online dating. The opening event will take place during Armory Weekend. The exhibition will continue throughout the month of March.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4 2020, 6–9PM
Location: 25 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11249
February 25th–March 31st, 2020
Exhibition is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00am-7:00pm.
Wallplay is pleased to present Sophia Sobers and Steven Pestana’s A Romantic Comedy. The group exhibition explores romance in the 2020s through immersive installations, sculptures both miniature and gigantic, and vibrant, sometimes monumental painting bursting with color and movement. Situated at 25 Kent, a new construction just off the Williamsburg waterfront, A Romantic Comedy plays with ideas of courtship, domesticity, and the workplace—what society presents to the world versus what is hidden.
The exhibition features over 50 works of art created by over 25 international and local artists. Highlights include:
● a 5,000 sqft. curatorial centerpiece, envisioning an eccentric domestic space
● a full-scale, life-sized recreation of an oppressive, dystopian office environment
● a hyper-realistic miniature white cube gallery space with a micro-exhibition inside
● a light sculpture spelling out the word Moonlight with the image of the moon as its backdrop
● a video installation exploring the darker side of consent
● several immersive artworks, large scale sculptures, and interdisciplinary projects
A Romantic Comedy features the work of artists Andrew Allison, Kajahl Benes, Sammy Bennett, Joe Bochynski, Adam David Brown, Lauren Comito, Victoria Crayhon, Sandra Erbacher, Kevin Frances, Garrett Gould, Kay Healy, Kyle Hittmeier, Jared Hoffman, Jon Laustsen, AJ Liberto, Haley Matis-Uzzo, Cleo Miao, Holly McGraw, Amanda Nedham, Caleb Nussear, Barbara Rink, Megan Stroech, Amanda Thackray, Estefania Velez, Justin Wood, Andrew Woolbright, Tianyi Zhang and a unique standalone exhibition by alternative art space Flyweight Projects featuring Irini Miga.
A Romantic Comedy will be on view at 25 Kent located at 25 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11249 through March 31, 2020 with an opening event on Wednesday March 4th, 2020 from 6PM – 9PM.
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Dates: June 8th & 9th, from 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Dain Delta Dawn
Ayesha Kamal Khan
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang
Geoffrey Owen Miller
Mini Mono Mental is a group exhibition assembling 14 emerging artists from Israel, Spain, Mexico, Pakistan, Chile, Taiwan, Korea, Denmark, China, Bulgaria, US and Japan. The works in the exhibition function as everyday monuments, reflecting a personal relationship to society, space, object, history. Within the complex context of monumental manifestations at large, the exhibition asks: how is monumental power calculated beyond size, value and politics?
The entirety of public monuments is rarely revealed–the stories are typically extracts of the elaborate political, financial and practical negotiations behind each marker. While the majority are erected in the honor of the extraordinary, this exhibition turns its gaze to the space between the event or personnage and the act of immortalization. Looking toward Mount Rushmore, it is not the imposing rock carvings that are the essence of the exhibition, but rather the sealed teakwood box hidden inside it, containing documents about its making and meaning.
Mini Mono Mental consists of sculpture, installation, painting and photography in which the gestures, observations and transfigurations become mini monumental moments in the hands of the artist. Each work, staged by its own secret principles and process, reveals a melancholic yet playful portrayal of the human imprint on the land- and cityscape that surrounds us.
Their micro-level of power stands in contrast to the traditional monument that shapes our reality, grandiose manifestations serving to cement the legacy and beliefs of the people in power.
A rupture in the tradition of walls to pyramids to equestrian statues and sculptures, scattered in every park and corner of the world, this exhibition stands in conversation with its predecessors to reveal unexpected findings and triumph in the everyday.
Text by Sabrina Tamar
Organized by Annesofie Sandal (sandaleum.org)
|Prints Past and Present, curated by Hallie Cohen
Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71 St, New York, NY, 10021
October 29 – December 6, 2018
|February 18th – March 18th, 2018
Brunch Reception: February 18th, 2018 from 12 pm to 5 pm
For the inaugural exhibition of 2018, Masha Maskina invites Lauren Comito to her boutique exhibition space in her home to explore the conceptual thoughts and processes of her artistic practice.
For several years, Lauren has been fascinated with packaging containers and the way we use and interact with them. She extensively collected hundreds of containers, searching for ways in which art influences their design, studying hidden psychological characteristics, and revealing visual patterns. Following careful selection and intellectual processes, Lauren repurposes containers by converting them into new shapes, materials, and images.
For the exhibition, Lauren will use the domestic context of Masha’s living and sleeping areas as an exhibition space to install her works of art. Tapestries, quilts, and pillows which bear imagery derived from the commonplace consumer packaging.
In lieu of this cold and wintery month of February, the exhibition is titled, “Cure for the Common Cold”. To counter the affects of the cold, Masha will be serving a nourishing brunch with healing herbal tea and hot coffee. The name of the exhibition also harkens back to the self-care nature of referenced products found within Lauren’s work., i.e. cold medicine, eye drops, rash creme, and birth control.
Click here to read the article written about this exhibition, “Packaging containers as source of inspiration for American artist Lauren Comito” by Masha Maskina