February 10 - March 28, 2009
Sung Jin Choi
1. an imaginary line joining points on the Earth’s surface
See also longitude
2. enough scope or leeway for some freedom of choice, action, or thinking
In the many modes that latitude can describe place on both a personal and global scale, the six artists in this exhibition investigate the complexities of mixed cultural identity and the increasingly unstable political and emotional notions of homeland. Each approaches visual narrative and representation uniquely yet shares a communal emphasis on material and process. The line is often articulated as a symbol that references memory, points of departure and cartographic experimentation. Much like the longitudinal and latitudinal lines of the globe, the highly-detailed, repetitive quality in these works highlights the prescribed parameters of the gallery space and challenges this rigidity to further complicate the boundary of experiences. Ideological constructs and pre-existing binaries are deconstructed as Sung Jin Choi, Brendan Fernandes, Mona Kamal, Sungmi Lee, Vered Sivan and Jessica Vaughn come together in this installation-based exhibition to redefine notions of identity, authenticity and heritage outside of a hegemonic vernacular.
Rush Arts Gallery promotes the work of a diverse group of artists primarily living and working in New York and the surrounding areas. Concurrent with its efforts to support a unique constellation of creative practices—a constellation broadly defined by experimental ventures in performance, visual art, curatorial work and community involvement—Rush Arts aims to provide an inclusive space for new audiences and broaden the parameters of the artistic community at large. Rush Arts is a core program of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph Simmons that is dedicated to providing urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to emerging and mid-career artists who are not commercially represented. All exhibition programs are headed by Derrick Adams, Curatorial Director, and Nico Wheadon, Associate Curator and the exhibition and education programs of the gallery are sponsored in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts and are free and open to the public.