In celebration of Art in General’s 20th Anniversary, this exhibition was organized to emphasize the non-profit’s ongoing commitment to emerging artists. In accordance with the open submission policy, the work on view was selected by an Advisory Panel, which includes Naomi Urabe, Holly Block, Christopher Ho, Ines Katzenstein, Allen, Frame, Jennie Jones, and Cheryl Kaplan.
A self-proclaimed “Lego boy” because of his nascent desire to create, Hamlett Dobbins (Memphis, TN) captures emotion and experience in his large-scale oil paintings. Dobbins, who received a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa and lives and works in Memphis, TN, has exhibited throughout the Midwestern United States.
Inspired by her extensive travel throughout Asia, Europe, and Alaska and her upbringing in Japan, Noriko Furunishi’s (NYC) photography presents abstract images that are imbued with a strong sense of absence. Furunishi will be entering the MFA Program at UCLA in the fall of 2002.
Jeffrey S. Hargrave (NYC) references his experience growing up in the South in his installations that employ a flood of racial, sexual, and religious imagery. Hargrave recently participated in an Artist Residency at The Henry Street Settlement and ART/OMI.
Finland-born Virva Hinnemo (NYC) uses paint, ink, and gesso over newspaper to create fluid images of spilled drinks and other accidents in which the subject matter mirrors the medium and process of the painting itself. Hinnemo recently received a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Si-Yeon Kim’s (NYC) dream garden installation, crafted out of synthetic materials including mylar and Styrofoam, weaves a narrative that explores freedom and identity. Korea-born Kim was trained in the arts at E-Wha Women’s University, Korea and the School of Visual Arts, NYC and her work has recently been exhibited in Brooklyn at The Rotunda Gallery and in Queens at the Queens Museum of Art.
Jenna Lucente’s (NYC) oil paintings on canvas have a symmetry and simplicity that barely mask the underlying tension of the image. Lucente, a native New Yorker, has had recent shows at AIR Gallery, Manhattan Theatre Source, and St. Marks Church in New York City.
Peter M. Riesett (NYC) creates portraits of domestic environments and, implicitly, those who inhabit them by photographing individuals’ private spaces and personal objects. Riesett has recently shown his work in New York City at P.S. 122 Gallery, The Varet Street Cooperative Artist Space Gallery, and Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Using his dog Sparky as a model, Nelson Santos (NYC) employs motorized parts to mockingly convey emotional states in his furry sculptures. Santos, who received his MFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has participated in group exhibitions at Galeria Espacio Minimo in Madrid, Spain and Pelham Arts Center in Pelham, NY.
William Seeto (Australia) creates site-specific installations and interventions that alter physical space in such a way as to influence visual and spatial perception. Seeto lives and works in Sydney, Australia and has exhibited his work throughout Australia and Europe.
In her large graphite drawings on paper, Jenna Spevack (NYC) conveys the aesthetics of scientific theories, including The Superstring Theory that attempts to unite quantum mechanics, particle physics, and gravity. Her work has recently been shown in New York City at Here, The Rotunda Gallery, and White Columns.
Jackie Tileston (Philadelphia, PA), born in the Philippines, creates large-scale abstractions that employ a pastiche of visual imagery to create a cohesive whole out of an amalgam of components. Tileston received her BFA from Yale University and currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Jessica Watson’s (NYC) photographs isolate and frame images extracted from larger scenarios to capture fleeting moments charged with sensuality and sexuality. Watson received her MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 2001.