SaveArtSpace brings more public art to New York City, showcasing artists on advertising spaces throughout the area beginning December 4, 2017. The selected artists will also be exhibited at The Living Gallery Outpost, with an opening reception on December 13, 2017.
SaveArtSpace: Fragments of Content is a new exhibition that aims to investigate the representative and interpretive nature of how the Internet has changed our perceptions of the world around us. Living in a digital age, we are faced with a constant interconnectivity, exposing us to an abundance and overflux of knowledge, imagery and stimuli. This experience of constant simulacra begs the question of all its participants: are we responsible for determining whether technology will enhance or destroy our society? While we simultaneously form new pathways and devise solutions to create progress using technology and connectivity, are we also alienating and disconnecting from our shared cultural values through our broadband connections?
Since its emergence as the key form of communication in the late 20th and early 21st century, the Internet has defined itself as both a tool and a weapon of Western Culture. It can concurrently deliver information at the speed of thought, but it can also use that information problematically, fashioning a cudgel that bludgeons nuance and depth just as quickly. Data mining, unwarranted mass surveillance, advertising, hacking, online warfare—all of these go hand in hand with the freedom of information and the ability and access to networks beyond our physical realms. The Internet has long been a space where artists have responded to these questions and engaged with it as medium and site of influence, creating new expressions and experiences that both question and inform us of how our IRL lives are now deeply intertwined with our URL existence. Fragments of Content seeks to use the digital medium of the Internet, manifest in the physical world, to explore this liminality in our shared experience online, examining the juxtaposition of how rich and valuable the Internet can be and how dangerous and deceptive it can become at the click of a link.
We invite all artists of all ages & talents to submit! Artists are invited to apply between September 18th and November 10, 2017. There is a $10 fee per image, each donation is tax deductable and goes to producing public art! Only digital format entries will be eligible, each artist is encouraged to submit up to 10 images.
An qualified panel of curators will consider each submission's pertinence to the theme of the exhibition, the context of the images and association to the public space. The curators are Devin Ohanian of The DNA Life; Alexandria Hodkins, & Joseph Meloy of The Living Gallery Outpost; and Independent Curator, Maggie Dunlap.
All submissions will be featured on SaveArtSpace social media pages with the permission of the artist.
Devin Ohanian of The DNA Life: DNA is a multifaceted company part creative agency, lifestyle company, and mobile app publisher. We aim not only to provide people with great services, but also to leave a positive impact in the communities that we affect. We accomplish this by promoting a lifestyle that includes innovation and creativity, living sustainably, keeping mind, body, and soul aligned and balanced, and empowering others to reach for their full potential. Our aim is to light the creative spark in individuals to think outside of the box and make a positive change in the world.
Maggie Dunlap (b. 1995) is a multimedia artist who primarily works in installation, illustration, fiber, and text. Her work has been described as “Kitsch meets dark gothic underworld” by i-D Magazine (2015). She has been in various group shows in New York and created immersive installations at Spring/Break Art Fair,The Untitled Space, and in 2015 had her first solo show, TENDER, at & Gallery in her hometown of Miami, FL. Maggie’s work has been covered by Hyperallergic, i-D, Huffington Post, W Magazine, Art News, Autre Magazine, and Dazed.
Alexandria Hodgkins is a youth and arts specialist and with a Masters degree in Community Economic Development. She has written articles for After School Matters and spoken at numerous conferences and panels on the importance of arts programs for positive youth development. With more than a decade of nonprofit and youth experience, Hodgkins hopes to infuse The Outpost with educational programming for students and artists alike.
Joseph Meloy - is a visual artist born and raised in Lower East Side Manhattan. Working in a style he coined “Vandal Expressionism,” his particular brand of post-graffiti abstraction draws heavily from AbEx, art brut, surrealism, cave painting and pop art. Invoking primal elements of graffiti and the iconography of damage and intrusion from street art to turn the calligraphic scribbles of the street into a medium for artistic divination. Meloy’s murals can be found all over New York particularly in the Lower East Side.