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Kunsthalle Galapagos

From August 2011 - August 2014, Julie McKim and Erik Hougen curated over 17 exhibitions and produced numerous events at Kunsthalle Galapagos. As of September 2014, we have moved our curatorial endeavors to 111 Front Street, where we are curating as Kunsthalle Projects. Please visit us at our new space or see what we are up to here: www.kunsthalleprojects.com


Curated by David Rios Ferreira and Christine Walia

Kunsthalle Projects
111 Front Street #222, DUMBO, Brooklyn
November 1 – December 13
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 6-9pm

Open For Dumbo First Thursday on November 6th from 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 1-6pm

As children, our verbal and visual vocabulary develop through mediated and unmediated experiences with objects, images, media and the adults in our lives. As we begin to express thoughts and create images of our own, they begin with a reinterpretation of what we have absorbed. As if drawing on this early developmental practice the 10 artists featured in this exhibition pull from existing sources to produce new forms, new ideas, and tackle abstract and conceptual issues that move beyond their source materials.

This collection of artists pull from a multitude of sources—some from pop cultural icons, and mass produced images, others ritually comb through the detritus of our daily life. Each artist uniquely manipulates and reinterprets their own observations in an ongoing exploration of the self. Some artists explore the self through the lens of history, myth, landscape, and childlike references—others pose questions and new possibilities. What manifests are bold, complex works with embedded narratives. Overall, the works on view encourage the viewer to share a vision in which identity is a landscape where past, present, and future all reside.

Participating artists:
Felipe Baeza
Rina Banerjee
Mitsuko Brooks
Cecile Chong
Juan Hinojosa
Rachel Meuler
Lina Puerta
Nyugen Smith
Jennifer Williams
Saya Woolfalk

David Rios Ferreira is an artist and independent curator. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and abroad and was recently awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Born and raised in New York City, he serves as the Director of Programs at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Christine Walia is the Programs Director of the Lower East Side Printshop where she implements residencies and services for artists. Previously, she was the Manager of Exhibitions and Programs at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. She is a Leadership Newark alumni and member of ArtTable.

Image caption:
Nyugen Smith
Untitled, 2012