The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines mania as “excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood.” ‘Mania’ seeks to capture this sense of excitement with the presentation of five different artists, each bursting with their own obsessions and hyperactivity. Featuring the detailed pen and ink work of Andrew LaBarbera, the photography of Andrew Shaw and Caryn La Greca, the installation art pieces of Jackie Neon and the painted photographs of Jess Distress, ‘Mania’ provides several different perspectives on the excitement that drives some of the talented new artists in a city that never sleeps.
The opening reception for ‘Mania’ will be held at Concrete in Manhattan from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM on April 18th, 2012. Just a short walk from the 34th Street - Penn Station A, C, E, Concrete is located at 320 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.
'Mania' will be on display from held at Sapphire Lounge from April 19th through April 23rd, 2012. Around the corner from the Second Avenue F, Sapphire Lounge is located at 249 Eldridge, New York, NY 10002.
Andrew LaBarbera is a Bushwick, Brooklyn based artist. Currently employed as a graphic artist, Andrew draws in pen and ink, illustrating the whimsical and macabre. His art reflects the psychological and spiritual conditions in this period in history, bringing us back to our roots in magic and mystery.
Andrew Shaw sees the world through a thin veil of smoke, from either a cigarette or the barrel of a gun. The world that his work inhabits is full of danger and mystery, deception and deceit. Through the digital modification of photography, Andrew draws us into a world full of characters that constantly stand at the edge of obsession.
Caryn La Greca is a photographer focused on the details of the many small steps that compose the journey of a life. From the rush of taxis on a rainy day in New York to the creation of history at Occupy Wall Street, her camera embraces her subjects and provides their viewer with all the elements to compose a story as rich as her work.
Jackie Neon, graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, creates the uncommon from the common. Her manipulation of the perception of mundane material creates works with new identities wholly separate from the sum of their parts. By altering the environment her work is in, she gives her work the ability to be experience differently.
Jess Distress’ time spent between the US and Europe manifests itself in her work as a duality expressed through choice of media and selection of subject material. Her combination of photography and oil painting as applied to subjects that are simultaneously familiar and alien exposes the raw elements of people never intended for the world.
ersatz modem is the electronic music project of visual artist Spencer Hutchinson. The primary aim of the ersatz modem project is to apply a similar attitude that modern artists have towards abstract painting to listening oriented electronic music production in order to create a distinct and varied range of aesthetics through sound.
Jessica Scherlag is a native New Yorker, curator, visual artist, and gallery assistant about to complete her Master's at NYU in Visual Arts Administration. She is passionate about supporting emerging artists and finding art in unusual places.
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