“Kin” is a group exhibition representing a selection of New York based painters working with a range of mediums and ideas. What binds them together is the shared experience of coming of age at an extraordinary time in the art world – a truly heterogeneous time.
At my first art gallery job I remember viewing slide submissions, Fed Exing polaroids and handwriting rejection letters. Times have certainly changed and I’ve watched with fascination over the years as the fine art world has adapted, at times reluctantly, to the advent of technology. More than anything else, I’ve enjoyed witnessing young and disenfranchised artists find each other, their audience, their people, and I’ve marveled at the way these artists, collectors and fans have gained strength in numbers through accessibility and communication. As a result, the art world as a whole has been forced to grow, expand and embrace (or at least tolerate) art from a broader range of genres and intentions. The days of a single-minded, art-world-insider approved aesthetic are long gone. Pluralism has arrived and there is no stopping it. The art world has become a melting pot, a heterogeneous society, perhaps for the first time ever, and whether it likes it or not. – Alix Sloan, owner/director, Sloan Fine Art
“Kin” highlights eight extraordinary painters who represent the heterogeneous nature of painting today. All are New York based and most came from elsewhere in the US to build a career and life for themselves in the art capital of our country. They represent the variety and inclusivity of our current climate. They may not see eye to eye - or necessarily want to sit at the same holiday dinner table - but they are cousins, colleagues and companions in their passion for their work, love of painting and the opportunity timing has afforded them to be part of the contemporary dialog.