Starting Tuesday: VCS student Alexandra Manikas in a group show at Broadway Gallery NYC

global projects Oct 2013

Beginning this Tuesday, VCS student Alexandra Manikas will be one of 21 artists featured in the latest installment of the Global Project series at Broadway Gallery NYC. Here’s some information about the show, excerpted from an announcement on the gallery’s website:

Globalization creates unexpected relationships and contrasts in contemporary art. This series focuses on the significance of exhibiting a variety of works in a pluralistic art world. Inspired by salon-style hanging, most commonly attributed to the Salon de Paris held during the 18th and 19th centuries; Broadway Gallery NYC continues this legacy with a contemporary and fresh outlook. Following a trend of previous exhibitions at Broadway Gallery NYC, this show pays tribute to the format of a salon hanging. It is a tradition that awakens contemporary culture to a dynamic collective consciousness.

A few notable themes in this exhibit that cross cultures are romanticism, spirituality, and humanity. Part of an ongoing series, Artists at Home and Abroad reaches out to the diverse community of New York. In addition to the exhibition on display at Broadway Gallery NYC, are several concurrent Internet projects, and a print catalog. Furthermore, this exhibit offers writers and viewers an exciting opportunity to submit essays and comments on the nature and significance of biennials, fairs and public exposure for new and emerging artists.

This exhibit uses the space as another medium altogether; incorporating the maximum floor-to-ceiling gallery space activates the wall with art works in various media by artists, each of whom offer a unique perspective to the show. These artists have transformed the gallery walls into a compendium of generational takes on figuration, portraiture, and abstraction.

Alex’s contribution to the show consists of pages from a book project that she’s been working on over the last year. Here are a few examples, along with her commentary. (You can find more images from the project on her website.) She also sent me her current artist’s statement, which I’ve included below.

Alex comments:

This book is titled ‘Women and Other Women’ by Hildegarde Hawthorn. These are photos of the first and second pages (above and below), the front and back of the first photo. I’m hand-sewing the photographs into the book, correlating the image with the text on the page. (The text is painted over, but is not opaque.) When you flip through the book, you see the image, the stitchings, and the backside’s stitchings, which are sometimes more interesting than the fronts.

Sewing is a woman’s task, as is the time spent sewing. White paint is used on house interiors to cover up things that shouldn’t be seen. Women are constantly in relation to Other Women.

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page 2 back

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These are photos of the 33rd and 34th pages, the front and back of the 9th photo:

page 33

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page 34

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Detail: “The lovers burning in their enchanted sleep-”

page 33 detail

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These are photos of the 85th and 86th pages, the front and back of the 22nd photo.

page 85

 

-page 86

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Detail: “We never go back, never really and absolutely.”

page 85 detail

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Here is Alex’s artist statement:

lost and found

when we remember, we unknowingly alter the memory. my art practice is about the (un)intentional manipulation of memory as it is repeated– the malleability of the act of remembering. my practice is rooted in found photographs– images of moments that at one point were important enough to capture on film, that somehow were misplaced, and made their way to being with me. with each photograph I create a vehicle for memory through time– henri bergson calls this the ‘duration’ (of memory) between the present (which is actual and real) and the past (which is virtual and real.) I call on these images to enact several separate points of time: the time the photograph was made, the time it was lost, the time it was found, the time it was repurposed (or reremembered…) and the time it is seen (by others.)

every time a memory is remembered, it travels farther and farther away from the time it first happened. each time we remember, the memory is subject to bend and move and shift according to changed emotions and perceptions of the rememberer at the time of the remembrance.

perhaps
we ought to forget everything all at once, for every time a memory is remembered it is reremembered or misremembered or disremembered until we don’t know if we are thinking of is the experience or the
rememory or the
mismemory or the
unmemory.

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“Artists at Home and Abroad” will run from September 24th through October 10th, with a reception on the evening of October 1st from 6 to 8 pm. Broadway Gallery NYC is located on the 7th floor at 473 Broadway in Manhattan between Broome and Grand Streets, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. For additional details, please visit this page on the Broadway Gallery NYC website; you can also contact them at 212-274-8993 or info@broadwaygallerynyc.com.

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