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2018 Curator List

Curators include 101/Exhibit, Adam Parker Smith, Alaina Simone, Alana-lynn Berglund + Austin Pratt + Tom Wixo, Alexandra Fanning, Alison Sirico, Ambre Kelly + Andrew Gori, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Amy Kisch + Charlie James, Anastasia Voron, Andrea Moreno + Kaitlyn Ward, Anna Kustera, Anna Zorina Gallery, Anthony Haden-Guest, Arielle de St. Phalle + Taylor Roy, ArtBridge Projects, ARTSLANT, Asha Veal Brisebois, Azu Nwagbogu, Baris Gokturk, Brigitte Mulholland, Brooke Nicholas, C. Finley, Cade Tompkins Projects, Calli Moore, Calvin Burton, Cameron Coffman + Devra Freelander + Hilliary Gabryel + Claire Lachow + Gracelee Lawrence + Rachael Starbuck, Castor Gallery, Chad Stayrook + Julia Oldham, Ché Morales, Christine Miele, Chashama, Christopher Stout, Dan Halm, Danny Orendorff, David Markus, David Packer, Debbi Kenote + Til Will, Diana Ayala-Carrillo, Dustin Yellin, Emily Davidson + Sam Strand, Equity Gallery, Eric Sutphin, Erin Joyce, Fiona Eltz, Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Gavin Runzel, Gregorio Cámara, Heather Bhandari + Courtney Colman + Steven Sergiovanni, Helen Toomer, Henriette Noermark, Howl! Happening, Ian Etter, The Untitled Space, InLiquid Art + Design, Irina Makarova + Alison Sirico, Isaac Aden + Joseph Ayers, Jac Lahav, Jacob Rhodes + Alissa Polan + Kristen Racaniello + Rachel Frank, Jerelyn Huber, Jessica Mensch + Rachelle Dang, Jessica Wallen, John Wolf, Justin DeDemko, Kara Brooks, Kari Adelaide + Max Razdow, Karin Bravin, Katya Valevich, Koki Arts, Krista Saunders Scenna, Kristin Sancken, Ksenia M. Soboleva, Kyle Hittmeier, Laura Bloom, Laura O’Reilly + Alessandra DeBenedetti + Regina Harsanyi, Lee Wells + Erica Ensminger, Liz Collins, Lynn Sullivan + Dominic Nurre, Mari Spirito, Maria Dubon + Mary Ehni, Maria Kozak + Jane LeFarge Hamill, Marie-Salomé Peyronnel, Mark Joshua Epstein + Will Hutnick, Marly Hammer + John Richey, Martina D’Amato + Elizabeth Fodde-Reguer, Maureen Sullivan + John Zinonos, Melinda Wang, Michael Buckland, Michael Gaughran, Naomi Lev, Natalie Kates + Amanda Uribe, Natalie White, Natasha Becker, New Art Projects, Nicholas Cueva, Nico Roxe, Norte Maar, Oklahoma Contemporary, Patrice Helmar, Patrick Mohundro + Anna Tome + Emily Janowick + Jack Barrett, projects+gallery, Queenie Wong, Ramsay Kolber, Raphael Guilbert, Rémy + Kelsey Bennett, Sara Driver, Sarah Potter, Sarah Walko, Silas von Morisse Gallery, SOIL, Son Kit + Sharina Gordon, Thoughtworks Arts, Trevor King + Clara McClenon, Valery Jung Estabrook, Vivian Chui, Wai Ying Zhao, Yulia Topchiy, Zahra Sherzad, Zoe Katz

 

2018 Artist List

Artists include Aaron Johnson, Aaron Trocola, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Adam Lehrer, Adam Mignanelli, Addoley Dzegede, Adrienne Tarver, Alejandro Guzmán, Alessandro Keegan, Alessandro Teoldi, Alexander Reben, Alexandra Rubinstein, Alex Coxen, Alexis Adler, Alicia Grullón, Alina Bliumis, Alison Ruttan, Alissa Bennett, Aliza Morell, Amanda C. Mathis, Amanda Nedham, Ambre Kelly, Anders Jones, Andrea Bergart, Andrés Villalobos, Andrew Brischler, Andrew Erdos, Andrew Gori, Andrew McWilliams, Andrew Salgado, Andy Harman, Andy Warhol, Angela Heisch, Anne Spalter, Annie Berman, Antonia Wright, Antonio Garcia, Argus Paul Estabrook, Arturo Vega, Ashley Teamer, Audra Wolowiec, Azikiwe Mohammed, Bailey Scieskza, Baris Gokturk, Basil Kincaid, Beatrice Adler-Bolton, Ben Hirschkoff, Betty Tompkins, Bobby Anspach, Bradly Gunn, Brent Owens, Brett De Palma, Brett Wallace,  Brian Andrew Whiteley, Brian Paumier, Joaquin Trujillo, Brian Willmont, Brian Wood, Brigitte Engler, Brittany Maldonado, Brittany Markert, Bryce Zackery, C. Finley, Caitlyn Au, Calli Moore, Cameron Coffman, Caris Reid, Carla Gannis, Carly Mark, Carolina Paz, Carolyn Salas, Cassie McQuater, Catalina Ouyang, Cate Giordano, Chad Stayrook, Chambliss Giobbi, Chioma Ebinama, Chloë Bass, Chris Bogia, Chris Santa Maria, Christian Vargas, Christophe Avella-Bagur, Christopher Buening, Christopher K. Ho, Claire Johnson, Claire Lachow, Clement Valla, Colleen RJC Bratton, Crystal Z Campbell, Curtis Talwst Santiago, daàPo reo, Damien Davis, Dara Vandor, Dave Cutrone, David Gochfeld, David Kramer, David Rios Ferreira, David Shapiro, Delaney Allen, Delano Dunn, Devon Clapp, Devra Freelander, Don Joint, Dov Talpaz, Drew Miller, Duncan Hannah, EJ. Eunjung Park, Eleanor Bleier, Eleanor King, Elektra KB, Eliot Greenwald, Elisa Soliven, Elizabeth Englander, Elizabeth Insogna, Ellen Pearlman, Ellen Ziegler, Emerald Rose Whipple, Emily Counts, Emily Davidson, Emma Hendry, Eric Lee Bowman, Eric Mistretta, Erika Blair, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Eunjung Park, Eva Lee, Evan Desmond Yee, Fahren Feingold, Fall On Your Sword, Fernand Léger, Fernando Orellana, Foo/Skou, Ford Crull, Frank + Caroline Mauris, Frank Andrews, Fred Mann, Gabriela Salazar, Gal Cohen, Ghost of a Dream, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Grace Villamil, Gracelee Lawrence, Graham Wilson, Gregory Beson, Guy Nelson, Hannes Bend, Heather Benjamin, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Heather Merckle, Heidi Lau, Henny Garfunkel, Hiba Schahbaz, Hilliary Gabryel, Hossein Edalatkhah, Howard Hurst, Hugh Hayden, Ian Etter, Iggy Pop, Indira Cesarine, Iole Alessandrini, Isaac Aden, Isabelle Duverger, Jack Henry, Jack Pierson, Jackie Goss, Jacques Callot, James Ensor, James Ostrer, Jana Brevick, Jane Lafarge Hamill, Jared Stanley, Jarrett Key, Jason Andrew, Javier Molina, Jeanette Hayes, Jean Nagai, Jeff Bliumis, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Jeffrey Beebe, Jen Everett, Jennifer Dwyer, Jennifer Garcia, Jennifer Maravillas, Jeremy Olson, Jesse Bransford, Jessica Hoffman, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jessica Mensch, Jessica So Ren Tang, Jessie Rose Vala, Jillian Mayer, Jim Jarmusch, Jing Qin, João Salomão, Ian Strange, Joe Brainard + Frank O’Hara, Joetta Maue, Joeun Aatchim, Joey Beuys, Joey Frank, Johannes von Armsheim, John Neylan, Johnny Sabbagh + Nick Ball, Jon Tsoi, Jonas Lund, Jonas Mekas, Jonathan Miralda, Jonathan Purtill, Jonathan Rosen, Jon Key, Jono Vaughan, José Gonzalo García Muñoz, Joseph Ayers, Joseph La Piana, Juanli Carrión, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Julia Fox, Julia Llerena, Julia Oldham, Juliet Jacobson, Justin Olerud, Justin Wood, Kahlil Robert Irving, Kambui Olujimi, Kanad Chakrabarti, Karen Palmer, Kari Cholnoky, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Katie Commodore, Katrina Majkut, Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, Katya Grokhovsky, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Kay Healy, Kellesimone Waits, Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Kelsey Bennett, Kenny Colors, Ken Tisa, Keren Anavy, Keri Oldham, Kiki MacInnis, Kira Nam Greene, Ko Kirk Yamahira, Kristy Luck, KT Hickman, Kyle Hittmeier, Kylie Manning, Kyoko Hamaguchi, Laia Cabrera, Lala Abaddon, Larry Mantello, Larry Rivers, Laura Beth Reese, Laura Valenzuela, Laurel Sparks, Lauren Clay, Lauren Luloff, Lauren Poor, Leah Schrager, Leigh Ruple, Leo Fitzpatrick, Leonard Suryajaya, LeRone Wilson, Lewey Geselowitz, LilKool, Lily Benson, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Lindsay Wraga, Loren Schmidt, Luc Sante, Lucas Michael, Lucia Honey, Lumin Wakoa, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Macon Reed, Maggie Dunlap, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Malcolm Kenter, Marcos Castro, Maren Karlson, Margie Livingston, Maria Kozak, Mark Beard, Markel Uriu, Mary Edwards, Mary Laube, Masami Kubo, Matthew Craven, Matthew F. Fisher, Matthew Morrocco, Matt Siegle, Maureen Cavanaugh , Max Heiges, Max Razdow, Melissa Brown, Melissa Maddonni Haims, Mel Nyguen, Michael Friedman, Michael Stamm,  Michael Zelehoski, Michelle Rogers, Mike Nudelman, Misako Inaoka,  Mo Kong, Myla Dalbesio, Nacho Martín Silva, Nate Lewis, Nicholas Nyland, Nicola Carpeggiani, Nola Avienne, Nona Faustine, Oakley Tapola, Oliver Evans, Onyedika Chuke, Ori Carino, Orit Hofshi, Panteha Abareshi, Parker Day, Pat Falco, Pat Place, Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Patrick Horvath, Patrick Meagher, Paula Martinez, Paula Rebsom, Paul Komada, Pete Schulte, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Polly Penrose, Puppies Puppies, Rachael Starbuck, Rachel Granofsky, Rachel Grobstein, Rachel Marks, Rachel Marino, Rachelle Dang, Radha May, Rainer Ganahl, Rashaad Newsome, Raymond Pettibon, Rebecca Chamberlain, Rebecca Leveille, Rebecca Morgan, Rémy Bennett, Renee Dykeman, Rick Schaefer, Riitta Ikonen, Risa Hiratsuka (Olga Goose Candle), Rob Wynn, Robert Hawkins, Robert Hickerson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Raphael, Robert Rivers, Robin Winters, Ronit Levin Delgado, Roxanne Jackson, Rudy Shepherd, Ryan Michael Ford, Ryan Wilde, Ryoichi Nakamura, S.E. Nash, Sabato Visconti, Sam Cannon, Sam Strand, Sarah Hill, Sarah Pettitt, Scooter Laforge, Scot Borofsky, Shaan Syed, Shane Darwent, Shiri Mordechay, Shoili Kanungo, Shony Rivnay, Sofy Yuditskaya, Son Kit, Sophia Narrett, Sophie Grant, Stephen Ostrowski, Stuart Sandford, Suzanne Wright, Taehee Whang, Taylor Roy, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Theodore Darst, Thomas Ray Willis, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Tima Ouzden, Tom Jarmusch, Tyundai Braxton, Vanessa Albury, Walter Robinson, White Hills, Winshluss, WORK/PLAY, Zac Hacmon, Zadie Xa, Zhiyuan Yang, Zoe Schlacter

 

2018 Curatorial Theme

STRANGER COMES TO TOWN

Tolstoy is (probably falsely) attributed with coining the adage, ‘All great literature is one of two stories; a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Who and what is this Stranger? And is their travel into the unknown always an act of heroism to some, of colonialism or contamination and infiltration to others?

Even in a land looming with a copper Goddess, one practically begging for the whole world’s Strangers, America’s symbolic territories have consistently mobilized against the Outsider—even, as if obeying vampiric protocol, after inviting them straight in the front door. Yet more than any other country, we are an entire nation of Strangers. This Stranger-ness compounds in its particular foreign associations, but also evaporates under a fairly quick makeover by naturalization, from each territories’ particular Laws of the Land. What is this transformation process—and once you become ‘one of Them’ is there a full moon that can ever turn you back? What the hell alchemy makes us ‘Us’ anyway? And just what kind of Tod Browning-style freak-show of assimilation have we put together here among the accepted and desirable of every part of our world? The Great Agains, Award-winners, Accepted Students, ‘Guess Who Wore It’ Best-Dressed?

There are elements that not only connote difference and sameness, but the merging of both. What is this Melting Pot of opposites—formally, linguistically, ideologically? And do artists themselves swap spit in this primordial soup, slaking a deep craving, or pooling a buckshee of backwash in their merger?

Colloquialism and belonging are also in the mix here, the opposite of the Stranger. What language governs being a part of the pack, what signals departure from the herd? Who is coming, who is going? Does this traffic have a name? Are there collisions? Did somebody get hurt?

A Cultural Trend is also a stranger, new in town. As is Youth, forever evicting the Young before them from the relevancy of trends prior. What becomes Timeless, how does (as Jodorowsky suggests) our shit turn gold and when do Golden Years make it gold-er? And what other aspects of everyday life construe the dichotomy of Local/Out-Of-Towner? News, Facts, and History now are nomadic and freewheeling in the cyber-discussion, unable to be agreed-to, wandering, getting us endlessly layover-ed, sometimes never Home. Aesthetic urgency feels stranger now than ever in an art market forever ornamental and urgently socio-political (Eric Gill has a lot to say about this, especially because you were not made to eat your paintings.). While our capacity for language and discourse on social media hopes to alienate us from Emerson’s wisdom (‘arguments convince nobody’), we’re exchanging more than ever—trading sides of Us-ness and Them-ness with every new status update, street glance, worded T-shirt, action in the outer world.  

The mating of opposites is often central to great art, and to the free, madcap breeding of Culture. The Stranger sometimes comes to town, rather than being run out of it, turning on all the lights with a messianic glow. Sometimes, Outsider and Insider are two broken halves, making each other complete. When is the exchange rate equitable, complicated, cathartic, holy?

Consider how Swiss-born Robert Frank’s The Americans captures the sad, UFO glow of the U.S.A. juke-joint like some unfulfilled promise. Or Nari Ward the textures endemic to American street striving—browbeaten, maybe heroic—in shoelaces and strollers. Through Nicole Eisenman’s Ridykeulous blurred normative boundaries in emoticon yellow, Peter Saul’s cartoonish political grotesques of abuses of power, and Kara Walker’s appropriated cameos of what should’ve been depicted in historic silhouettes—do we artists levee our Stranger-ness or the Stranger-ness of our History and World by making it personal in our own art? These fragments of the world are both shared and personal—how does that work? Which piece is stranger—the public or the private? What is this melting pot between You and I, Them and Us, the work and the artist? Is identity endemic to the art experience? Is it a hide to hope to want to molt?

Through whichever flag, SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018 seeks works about foreignness, migration, assimilation, and the alchemy of two or more dissolving into each other—or story, as the adage suggests—its limitations, arcs, and disassembling in the realm of formal art practice as a further articulation of Them and Us, narrator and audience; two strangers to one another, caught in an exchange.

SPRING/BREAK Art Show will accept submissions from October 1st – November 20th 2017.

Curator Required Reading/Viewing (kinda):

READINGS

1) Stranger In The Village essay by James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son, 1955)

2) Narrative, Apparatus, Ideology: A Film Theory Reader Edited by Philip Rosen (Chapter 15: The Imaginary Signifier [Excerpts] by Christian Metz, pg. 244-278 

3) Uncoded Images in the Heterogenous Text by Deborah Linderman, pg.144-178. Columbia University Press. 1986)

4) My Favorite Thing Is Monsters graphic novel by Emil Ferris

5) House of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges (pg. 138-141, New Directions Edition, 1974)

6) Selected Essays from Dept. of Corrections by Bob Nickas:

a. Pierre Huyghe The Third Memory; and

b. Trompe L’Oeil

7) I want a president by Zoe Leonard

8) The Outsider by Colin Wilson (esp. Chapter 2: World Without Values)

9) The Red Thread from A Rainbow Reader by Tessa Laird (particularly on Ngahuia Te Awekotuku on Gordon Walters’ appropriation of Māori motifs)

10) I Had Nowhere To Go by Jonas Mekas (esp. journal entry titled New York, pg 293-322, Black Thistle Press. 1991.)

VIEWINGS

11) Stranger Comes To Town (excerpt) by Jacqueline Goss (https://vimeo.com/32929858)

12) Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini

13) Going Home by Adolfus Mekas

14) Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman

15) Stranger Than Paradise by Jim Jarmusch

16) Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett

17) Double Feature: Dracula by Tod Browning / A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night by Ana Lily Amirpour

18) Celine and Julie Go Boating by Jacques Rivette

19) Kuroneko by Kenito Shindo

20). Safe by Todd Haynes

More information about Application Process and Instructions to be posted on the website on October 1, 2017. www.springbreakartshow.com

We will use our online website for exhibition sales again in 2018, www.springbreakartfair.com