February 20, 2016

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Michelle Walliser

CATEGORY

Contemporary, Classic and Conceptually Charged

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Orion Martin (b. 1988), Bakers Steak, 2015. Oil on canvas. This small exhibition is called Flatlands, curated by Laura Phipps and Elisabeth Sherman. Flatlands is being shown at The Whitney Museum in NYC and will be up until April 17, 2016. The exhibition collects artwork by 5 different emerging and …

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Orion Martin (b. 1988), Bakers Steak, 2015. Oil on canvas.

This small exhibition is called Flatlands, curated by Laura Phipps and Elisabeth Sherman. Flatlands is being shown at The Whitney Museum in NYC and will be up until April 17, 2016.

The exhibition collects artwork by 5 different emerging and contemporary American artists – Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin.

The 12 works exhibited tell individual stories, bound together by suggesting surreal spaces and objects with flat surfaces. Besides the unique style of all these pieces, what makes them stand out is how ‘conceptually charged’ they are. The works convey complex and contemporary subjects “imbued with both the uncertainty of our sociopolitical moment as well as the seductive quality of consumerism and physical attraction.”

I found most of the pieces striking and unique. They certainly create a fast and unexpected reaction to the viewer. This disruptive reaction is described by the curators in the online essay, in which they observed the intention of the artist and the impact intended for these pieces.

In my opinion, some of the works resemble Modern styles from Surrealism, Art Nouveau to Constructivism, among others. The vibrant colors, organic shapes and suggestive subjects make this exhibit worth seeing. So, if you are in NYC; what are you waiting for?

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Mathew Cerletty (b. 1980), Shelf Life, 2015. Oil on canvas.
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Caitlin Keogh (b. 1982), Intestine and Tassels, 2015. Acrylic on canvas.
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Flatlands: Exhibition space at The Whitney Museum NYC.

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