Present Company is pleased to present Antithesis, a group exhibition of emerging artists, initially culled from a wide pool of MFA candidates from four venerable art programs in New York City. Guest curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, the exhibition will take place at Active Space in Bushwick, NY and features sixteen artists working with expanded notions of sculpture.
While many words have been dedicated to the proliferation of MFA degrees and the poaching of their candidates by commercial galleries prior to the institutional maturation of their candidates, this exhibition has origins in a DIY moxie that eschews market concerns. In the fall of 2012, during a series of studio visits, Omar Lopez-Chahoud was approached by a group of graduate students who proposed an exhibition featuring the works of their peers from New York area graduate art programs. With the students providing the initial legwork of correspondence and portfolio submissions, Mr. Lopez-Chahoud selected a rising group of artists from Columbia University, Hunter College, The School of Visual Arts and Yale University.
Antithesis proposes a counterpoint to the academic thesis show, which has traditionally served as a right of passage into the esteemed arena that is the Art World. In contrast, all of these artists have already engaged in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and other prestigious projects prior to, or during, their tenure at their respective institutions. Additionally, many of the exhibitors have graduated and begun to take their practice to the international stage making it inaccurate to label this exhibition as yet another "student show".
Whether consciously enacted or not, many young artists have begun identifying themselves as sculptors while still incorporating elements of painting, performance, video and other media and materials into their practice. With Antithesis Lopez-Chahoud reconsiders sculpture as an ongoing integration of combined media re-materialized to each context. Thus presenting a myriad of young voices that challenge sculpture’s traditionally formal and spatial concerns and constraints by pushing the boundaries of the genre.
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