Cuchifritos’ unique gallery location in the Essex Street Market makes it easy to imagine the space as an unknown part of the market that was just uncovered and revealed from an undetermined past, --an ambiguous archeological site or time capsule. The exhibition working with this premise, will create a somewhat open-ended and poetic theme with works that follow one or more of the following guidelines:
· The works in the exhibition will be in a state of flux, --with a past, present, future.
· An artwork/object with a history, --both forgotten and familiar.
· An archive and artifact, --that has been re-purposed, given a new life.
· Nostalgic, --an aesthetic reminiscent of rummaging through your grandmothers’ attic, flea market or thrift store.
· Location Re-purposed, --some artists in the exhibition will directly use items from the Essex Street Market
Works in the exhibition will function singularly, in dialogue with one another, in dialogue with the Essex Street Market and as one whole distinct entity, an installation unto itself. The curator will be planning events, performances and/or gallery talks surrounding the exhibition.
Diana Shpungin is an artist who works in video, sound & drawing installation. She was born in Riga, Latvia & lives & works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, & her BFA from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, where she studied Sculpture, Film & Video. Shpungin has recently taught at Florida Atlantic University & has lectured at numerous other universities & art schools. Shpungin has also curated exhibitions such as Delicatessen at Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. As well as co-organizer for Co-dependent, in Miami, Florida, involving 12 curators and 80 artists, where lead participants each choose other potential participants.