Yael Ben-Simon is an Israeli artist that works and lives in Brooklyn NY. Her works explore the relationship between propaganda, identity, magic and symbol making through painting. They have been recently shown with Geary Contemporary NYC, Fig 19 NYC, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in Queens, NY, Hyde Park Art Center and the Zou B Art Center in Chicago as well as in the Woksob Family Gallery in State College PA. Recent fellowships include Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts SIP fellowship NYC and NYFA’s Immigrant Artists Program NYC. Artist Residencies include: MASS MoCA MA, Wassaic NY, Pilotenkueche Artist Residency in Leipzig Germany, SIM Residency in Reykjavik and Vermont Studio Center VT. Her works have been featured in New American Paintings in 2017. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jesrusalem in 2011 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2015.Read More
De: Formal Gallery and Constanza Valenzuela are pleased to present an online exhibition of new video works by eight emerging artists. The selection of videos explores a new kind of subjectivity, pairing humor and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies.
The artists in this exhibition subvert common archetypes with a surreal and playful tone, distorting the familiar in order to comment on pressing social and political crises such as exploitative labor practices, a critique of language from a new materialist perspective, the persistence of colonial racial stereotypes, and impending climate catastrophe. These videos offer no prescriptions to these problems, but by recontextualizing them in a subverted pastiche of older genres and forms, they surprise and challenge the expectations of viewers and insert the absurd into the dialogue around these issues.
These works celebrate fluidity and diversion while parodying the influence of Internet and videogame culture, documentary filmmaking, cartoons, and general broadcasting. The videos presented use humor as a vehicle to dive into an automated view of the present while looking forward to unknown, potentially dystopian futures. The works featured in The Equivalent Flow help us navigate the accelerated velocity and complexity of our digitally-networked present with contemplation and compassion.Read More
Super Future Kid was born in east Germany is 1981 where she spent the first 8 years of her life completely unaware of the western world. The culture shock that followed the fall of the Berlin wall left a great impression on her and played an important role in her love for bold colours, toys and everything joyful and playful. She attended the Chelsea Collage of Art and Design and the Academy of Art Berlin Weissensee. Since her graduation in 2008, she has shown her work in several group and solo shows nationally and internationally including London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Miami. Employing bold shapes and colours her work explores a wide range of subjects that all circulate around certain ideas of childhood and youth and provides a platform which is emotionally engaging and gives the observer an opportunity to discover an alternate dreamlike reality of themselves.Read More
Gabriel Madan is an artist based in Los Angeles. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Miami in 2015 and is currently pursuing an MFA candidacy at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Recent solo exhibitions include: Whippets, Whippets, Sage 2.0 Gallery, Pasadena; Intimate Ain’t it, PPR, Pasadena; Unstable Table, Components Opponents,Raymond Gallery, Pasadena; and Cool Your Jets, Flowerbox Projects, Miami. Selected groups exhibitions include: Fountain Show: Water Offering, Raymond Gallery, Pasadena; Magical Thinking, University of Miami Gallery, Miami; and A Real Shit Show, Flowerbox Projects, Miami.Read More
Dew Kim (Aka HornyHoneydew) is South Korean artist based in Seoul. He works with sculpture, moving image, installation and performance. His practice involves sexuality, queer, feminism, sadomasochism, pop culture, religion, mysticism, and body as forms of knowledge and research. Dew exhibited work at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, Camden Arts Centre, London, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Grey Projects, Singapore, Art Space Grove, Seoul, and Archive Bomm, Seoul. He graduated from Royal College of Art, MA Sculpture (2016), and completed the residency programme at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2015) and PILOTENKUECHE, Leipzig (2017). He is currently working at TEMI Artist Residency, Daejeon.Read More
Rachel Youn is an artist living and working in St. Louis, MO. They use sculpture and new media to poke fun at hierarchal narratives embedded in objects and lifestyles. Sourcing from home furnishing stores and oriental goods peddled on craigslist, their work collapses notions of authenticity and artifice through the lens of identity. They received their BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and has exhibited at the Sheldon Art Galleries, Parapet Real Humans, the Millitzer Gallery, the Luminary and Flood Plain in St. Louis, MO, the Bermuda Project in Ferguson, MO and Open House, Kansas City, MO. They are a recipient of the Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.Read More
Olivia Bax lives and works in London. She studied BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2007-2010) and MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014-2016). Recent solo exhibitions include: Roost, Lily Brooke Gallery, London (2018); at large, VO Curations, 93 Baker Street, London (2018) and Zest, Fold Gallery, London (2016/17). Recent group exhibitions include: Olivia Bax | Milly Peck | Rafal Zajko, Three Works, Scarborough (2018); The Ground is Good, Modern Painters, New Decorators, Loughborough (2018) and A Motley Crew, Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm (2017). Recent residencies include: Artist in residence at Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong (2016/17); British Council INSPIRE exchange, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015) and Presidents Fellow, Vermont Studio Centre, USA (2013). Prizes include: Kenneth Armitage Young Sculptor Prize (2016), Additional Award, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix (2017) and Public Choice Winner, UK/Raine, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015).Read More
Patrick Michael Ballard lives and works at a cabin on the edge of the Angeles National Forest just outside of Los Angeles, CA. His work ranges across media including immersive theater, sculpture, performance, installation, drawing, writing, and sound composition.Read More
Sheida Soleimani (b.1990) is an Iranian-American artist who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of political refugees who were persecuted by the Iranian government in the early 1980s, Soleimani makes work that melds sculpture, collage, film, and photography to highlight her critical perspectives on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran and the Greater Middle East. She focuses on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences in the news, adapting images from popular press and social media leaks to exist within alternate scenarios. Soleimani’s research and work critically references the Eurocentrism that pervades the study of art and art history. She is specifically interested in the intersections of art and activism, as well as how social media has shaped the landscape in current political affairs and uprisings. Her work has been recognized internationally in both exhibitions and publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, VICE Magazine, amongst many others.Read More
Anna Lucia Nissen is a German artist working in Berlin. She works across installation, sculpture, performance, video, sound and text. In her work she is examining the constitution of the human body trapped within the claws of neoliberal capitalism and their humorous but tragic attempts of liberation and escape. By looking at the role of rituals and symbols of our time, her interest lies in how the eeriness of desire and disgust towards objects of the consumer culture can take shape. She has graduated from the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main (2015) and received an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art (2015).Read More