Program for Emerging Curators

Anagnorisis is extremely proud to announce its acceptance into the ISE Cultural Foundation’s Program for Emerging Curators. The accepted exhibition, “Another Roadside Attraction – An Exploration into the Modern Art Genre of the Neo-Grotesque” is slated to go up in late fall, 2010.  This program, which will include a generous grant to be used towards the installation of the exhibit, is very highly reputed in the fine arts world.  Anagnorisis is very thankful to ISE Cultural Foundation and is very much looking forward to realizing this project.  More details will be announced later on this year.

Participating artists will be:
Carrie Ann Baade, Julie Anne Mann, Heather Gargon, Christopher Conte, Alex Passapera, Caitlin Hackett, Dan Estabrook, and Christian Rex van Minnen, with Samantha Levin and Danielle Ezzo in the curators’ corner.


Mass Creatura (Mortifera Series) by Julie Anne Mann; rabbit skull, scapula & claws, sculpey, 5 x 8 x 4 inches, 2004
A number of Julie Anne Mann’s sculptures from her Mortifera series will be included in the exhibit alongside other works that all fit, in various ways, into the Neo-Grotesque movement.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT:

Travelers take note! Only a short distance away you can enjoy a fascinating world of wonder! Inside, you will find scientific abnormality and social oddity cleverly staged in such a way that you will begin to lose the ability to differentiate your safe reality from the morbid workings of magic and show. Instead of traveling on, you will become so intrigued by the dark spectacle that you will become part of its anatomy. Another Roadside Attraction is an exhibition of wondrous visual art that delves into the new art genre known as the “Neo Grotesque”!

The Neo-Grotesque genre in the fine arts has continued to gain momentum over the past couple of decades with the works of such artists as Odd Nerdrum, Dino Vals, Joel Peter Witkin and Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, amongst others. “Another Roadside Attraction” aims to explore this genre by exhibiting a dynamic cross section of artwork that evinces various unique aspects thereof. Seattle’s Roq la Rue Gallery states, “The term [Neo-Grotesque] was recently coined for the resurgence of artists working with subject matter traditionally deemed unattractive or repulsive, but representing them in a sympathetic manner in a highly formal technical style.” More than that, it is a modern exploration of the intriguing “dissonance between the grotesque and the sublime”, to paraphrase author Mark Dery and his essay, The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium. Neo Grotesque artwork not only derives inspiration from history (e.g. the art of Hieronymus Bosch or Roadside Attraction curio exhibits, once ubiquitous in the United States), but also accessibility to more modern influences due to the proliferation of the internet. Often cathartic in nature, it unburies uncomfortable and/or strange truths, old and new, inherent in the world around us.

“Another Roadside Attraction”, an unprecedented cabinet of curiosities, is a place where tourists stop en route to other destinations, enticed by the lure of the exotic unknown. Be sure not to pass us by!

FROM THE ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION WEBSITE:

ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery in New York was established in 1984 as a non-profit organization to support mostly emerging, under-represented artists and curators by providing the opportunities of exhibition in New York City. Since 2002 we have focused on the project, “Program for Emerging Curators” (PEC), which gives emerging curators an opportunity to organize their exhibition in our gallery space, approximately 2,000 sq. feet, in SOHO, NY. PEC is an open call program for curators all over the world and had more than 30 PEC exhibitions successfully. Our consistent effort to provide an experimental and alternative venue for curators and artists has been recognized on many great reviews over the years, such as, New York Times, New Yorker, Art in America, TimeOut NY, Village VOICE etc. (…) [The] ISE Cultural Foundation has also given artist talks and lectures by highly established artists, Alex Katz, Mariko Mori, Jack Pierson, and Ushio Shinohara for the public.

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