A Language For Intimacy
“A Language for Intimacy” is an online exhibition presenting new and existing works in performance, sound, photography, sculpture, video, and drawing, from a group of nine artists, alongside written responses from nine fellow art writers. The artworks and corresponding texts investigate concepts of intimacy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Artists in this exhibition include 2018 Baxter St at CCNY Workspace Resident Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Guest Curated Exhibition artist Jesse Chun, as well as Tomás Díaz Cedeño, Sougwen Chung, Rachel Devorah, Jesse Draxler, DonChristian Jones, Sophie Kahn, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste; and texts by Erica N. Cardwell, Amanda Contrada, Noah Dillon, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Danilo Machado, Shanekia McIntosh, Amelia Rina, Mebrak Tareke, and Claire Voon.
At Home, I’m A Tourist
LAUNCH F18 is delighted to feature Brooklyn-based artist, Tommy Kha on its online Viewing Room. We are excited to present a selection of photographs from several ongoing bodies of work, for, At Home, I’m A Tourist. This special presentation will be available for viewing from June 23 – August 8, 2020.
At Home, I’m A Tourist captures the intimate and sophisticated perspective of Tommy Kha’s photography, building from a selection of works spanning nearly ten years. Drawing from personal themes of queerness, likeness, otherness, family and post-immigration experiences, Kha reaches deep within these experiences to find a higher plane. Comparing to a cultural journey, At Home, I’m A Tourist constructs a thematic crossroad, bringing the many complex ideas of Kha’s work all to the same intersection, and investigating these ideas through restaging his own curiosity or documented experiences.
In his own words, Kha describes his work as being about “…the self in self-portrait, the portrait in self-portrait, and the hyphen in self-portrait.” Together, these works reflect a remarkable juxtaposition between the vision of democratic ideas, and what we see and feel right in front of the artist’s lens. Amongst these photographs include self-portraits, family members, friends and even still lives and landscapes. All of which capture a deep-rooted mysticism, and tale of two strikingly different stories. Combining on sight locations and imagery taken in both Memphis, TN, the American South, as well as New York City, the diversity portrayed within these photographs captures a fragmented and complex reality.
At Home, I’m A Tourist includes over 20 works, displayed all together for the first time in this unique online presentation.
Tommy Kha received his BFA in Photograph from Memphis Collage of Art in 2011 and his MFA in Photography from Yale School of Art in 2013. Kha has recently held solo exhibitions at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2018) and Baxter Street at Camera Club of New York, New York (2019). Kha has participated in group exhibitions in the United States and abroad including Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfburg (2014); Deli Gallery, Queens (2016); White Box, New York (2017); Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans (2018) and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston (2018). Kha lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Body Electric
In May, the National Gallery of Australia launched our Know My Name project which is a major ongoing initiative to recognise and celebrate Australian women artists. The project will include exhibitions focused on women artists, social media and digital activations as well as creative collaborations. As part of the National Gallery of Australia’s Know My Name project, we have developed an exhibition of work by women identifying artists on the theme of desire, pleasure and intimacy. The Body Electric will be on display at the Gallery from 28 March to 20 September 2020.
The Body Electric is curated by our Photography curators, Shaune Lakin and Anne O’Hehir. The exhibition spans from the pioneers of feminist photography through to prominent contemporary artists working today. The show will include works by leading Australian and international artists working with photography and video: Polly Borland (USA/AUS), Pat Brassington (AUS), Jo Ann Callis (USA), Charis (AUS), Cheryl Donegan (USA), Petrina Hicks (AUS), Mayumi Hosokura (JAP), Nan Goldin (USA), Pat Larter (AUS), Pixy Liao (CHI), Anne McDonald (AUS), Annette Messager (FRA), Marilyn Minter (USA), Tracey Moffatt (AUS), Momo Okabe (JAP), Lillian O’Neill (AUS), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Carolee Schneemann (USA), Collier Schorr (USA), Cindy Sherman (USA), Lyndal Walker (AUS/Ger), and Francesca Woodman (USA).
The Body Electric is a Know My Name project and is supported by the Medich Foundation.
COVID-19 Artist Resources and Opportunities
We are continuing to put together an extensive list of resources and opportunities specifically for artists in need of assistance during this time.
Baxter St at CCNY is committed to staying connected and providing resources for our community during this time. If you know of or would like to share any additional artist resources, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe!
Con respecto a fragmentos de lx masculinx | Antonio Pulgarin
Essay by Edwin Ramoran
2020 Workspace Resident Antonio Pulgarin was featured in Spot Magazine.
“In his series Fragments of the Masculine, artist Antonio Pulgarin lays bare the complex relationship to his queer and Colombian / Latinx identities through photographs and collages composed with found objects and family photographs, specifically those of himself, his father, uncle, and stepfather. These new works—as an unrepressed system of representation—mark a specific transition in the artist’s creative explorations as he expands beyond the straight portraiture and documentary photography of earlier series including Los Banilejos, Calle 4 Sur, and Welcome to Wyckoff Gardens.” – Edwin Ramoran
The Moon Belongs to Everyone
Baxter St at CCNY community member Stacy Mehrfar’s new photobook was written about in the British Journal of Photography.
‘Stacy Mehrfar’s new photobook captures the emotional effects of migration and the loss of stability, self, and belonging that can be felt during this transitory experience. Through repetition and the sense of movement, Mehrfar creates a world within her book that mimics the oscillating feelings of this state of limbo. “I want the book to feel like its own universe — once you enter this space, you cannot leave.”’ – Marigold Warner
Per Billgren, Taylor Blackwell + Cayla Wilson, Effie Bowen, C Alex Clark, Molly Duggan, Harry Finkelstein, Jessica Green, Gina Kelly, Kyle Maxey, Pvssyheaven, Ben Ripley, Gabriel Rivera, Barbara Schnitzler
Community member Katherine Finkelstein will be curating Babybox out of Motherbox Gallery in collaboration with Flyweight Gallery, run by Jesse Cesario and Clare Torina. Available for virtual tours starting March 16.
March 14—April 12, 2020
TEN BY TEN
FOTOFEST BIENNIAL 2020
Board member Daniel Handal’s photo series Pajaritos will be featured in Fotofest’s Biennial. Originating from the FotoFest Meeting Place Portfolio Review for Artists, Ten by Ten is one of the FotoFest Biennial’s most popular exhibitions. Presented alongside the FotoFest Biennial 2020 central exhibition, Ten by Ten (formerly known as the Discoveries of the Meeting Place), highlights ten portfolios chosen by ten international reviewers from the Meeting Place in 2018. FotoFest Biennial 2020 Exhibitions will be temporarily closed until further notice.
Artists Reception: March 14 / 6–8PM
Artists Talks and Tour: March 15 / 2PM
HOW DID YOU GET THIS?: THE SPACES WE INHABIT
Zalika Azim, Elliot Jerome Brown Jr., Colette Veasey-Cullors, Melvin Harper, Daonne Huff, Anders Jones, Deborah Willis
2018 Workspace Residents Zalika Azim and Elliot Jerome Brown Jr. are a part the upcoming group show How Did You Get This?: The Spaces We Inhabit at the Welancora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 the opening reception for How Did You Get This?: The Spaces We Inhabit is postponed until further notice.
March 14 – April 18, 2020
Community member Pixy Liao’s solo show is up at Stieglitz 19 in Antwerp, Belgium
On view: February 9 – March 14, 2020