Past Exhibitions 

Light and Poetics. The bridges of Central Park

By Ezequiel Taveras

Curator

 

To rebuild discourse around the visual poetics of José Thomas would seem to lead us in search of a narrative of elves and beings made of light, in which steeds run through magnificent forests and where the breeze begets dream melodies and magical songs; but we are, instead, referring to images of our Central Park seen under another light, with different eyes.

His images with an infrared camera (with no software to mediate) provide us with a poetics that is different from that o the bridges of Central Park, connecting us with a reality that is more sublime than the beauty of a landscape that has been photographed a thousand times.

 

Perhaps Thomas’ use of infrared photography (which is mostly used in scientific processes and allows science to see what our eyes regularly can’t register, from tumors to climate change), that light range not visible to the human eye, allows us to rethink the concept of what we see, or even the very idea of being able to perceive what we do not see in the landscape, or, rather, we could say that allows us to pack our every day experience in a different way, and thereby to question what we see and understand as reality, juxtaposing visions of dreams to the agitation of a city that moves at breakneck speed, beyond the possibilities of the human eye: Thomas compels us to dream.

 

This vision of the bridges of the Central Park brings us closer to a moment of reflection on the realities that surround us. These bridges that John Lennon walked so many times, so as to make them part of his daily life, could have also inspired his dreams. These bridges can connect us with other limitless spaces, they may lead us to this magical place that Lennon asked us to Imagine
 

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us, only sky

Imagine all the people living for today…

 

You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope some day you'll join us

And the world will be as one

 

Perhaps for a moment we can cross these bridges and dream of that ideal world where we can all live as one, and allow us to imagine that there is no heaven separate from us, but rather that we must change our way of seeing in order to understand that we inhabit that heaven.


 

By Ezequiel Taveras

Curator

6x6 Ceramic Tile Exhibition

02/21 & 03/07, 2019 

6x6 Ceramic Tile Exhibition
Diversity within the Continuity of a Shared Art Form
February 21– March 7
Opening: Thursday, February 21, 6 – 9 pm 
SMV Gallery 
145 West 46TH Street, New York, NY 10036


For Immediate Release

Julio Valdez Project Space is pleased to present 6x6 Ceramic Tile Exhibition, its first group show in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Staff Association Art Gallery and the IDB Country Offices.  The exhibition will open on Thursday, February 21, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the SMV Gallery, 145 West 46 Street in New York City. The exhibition will be on view until March 7th, by appointment.

6x6 Ceramic Tile is an exhibition project of ceramic tiles conceived by artist and curator Ezequiel Taveras for Julio Valdez Studio (JVS) Project Space that invited artists from IDB member countries- selected by renowned curators in their respective nations - to participate with three pieces of ceramic per country. The exhibition brings together 72 works by 60 artists from 24 countries to express the contemporaneous in ceramic art.  Each one of them has had the freedom to express - without limitation, through the use of a single substance and a common format of 6 x 6 inches - their distinctive ideas, concepts, and approaches, and in so doing, rather than creating distances, bring us together in a shared love of the material, the clay, the soil. 

As the exhibition’s chief curator, Ezequiel Taveras, emphasizes 6x6 is a creative challenge that not only facilitates the artists absolute freedom, but also opens a new path for the very expression of their works. In addition, we hope to launch a new challenge for the viewer who, accustomed to large formats of information, will need to interact with a small ceramic tile that today has been transformed into a unique work of art. More than just an object, it may also manifest a whole conception of life, creation, or existence.
 
With 6x6 Ceramic Tile, we intend to link the cultures, thoughts, and aesthetic concepts common to the member countries of the IDB through a shared material and technique. This initiative, in addition to creating interactive opportunities among the artists, offers them a new space for international exposure. Following this exhibition, 6x6 will be opening this February 21 in SMV Gallery in NYC.

6x6 Ceramic Tile participating countries:
*Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, United States, and Venezuela.

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Holiday Open Studios Tour

​12/16 & 12/17, 2018 

Featuring the works of:
Amanda Barrow, Irene Carlos, Raul De la Torre, Masha Sardari, Jose Alberto
Marchi, Karen Fitzgerald, Augusto Fanjul, Eliana Pérez, Djilas Gomez, Mildor
Chevalier, Saba Farhoudnia, Nancy McNamara, Michele Brody, M. Jane
Johnson,  Fernando Toledo, Angelo Valenzuela, Susan Stair, Ryan Sarah
Murphy, Norma Márquez Orozco, Jim Smith, Paul Krause, Patricia Baitler, Felix
Hernandez, Carmen Rodriguez, Madeline Jiménez, Howardena Pindell, and
others.

MiniPrint International Exhibition

01/28/18 through March 11th

Julio Valdez Project Space is pleased to present our International Miniature Print Exhibition, in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking of Norwalk, Connecticut.

  

Featuring a selection of prints that are no longer than four square inches in size, created in a variety of hand-pulled traditional and contemporary printmaking methods. We are exhibiting works by international artists representing 23 countries and 16 states. 

 

These miniature prints are a snapshot through which we can explore and discover the interests and individual styles of contemporary printmakers from around the world.  While the size restriction limits the prints scale and margins, the artists employ a tremendous variety of techniques and printing possibilities, ever expanding the boundaries of contemporary printmaking.

 

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Left: Onnik Karanfilian, Endless, Etching aquatint and stencil, AP V/X, Bulgaria

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Participating Artists:

 

Hristo Kerin / Eva Toker Jawerbaum / Floki Gauvry / Mark Graver / Sandra Cardillo / Harold E. Hansen / Warren Criswall / Emily Trueblood / Anne Desmet / Lenny Librizzi / Julie Robinson-Southward / Sigita Rucinskaite-Praneviciene / Dorothy Crochran / Andrea Oldani / Adrienne Lederman / Emmanuel Monzies / Christopher D. Shore / DeAnn L. Prosia / Carol Wax / Viviane De Kosinsky / Katharine Draper / Eeva Huotari / Beverly Ashcroft-Johnson / Kathie Pettersson /Guy Langeuin / Yuanwei Zheng / Yee Miu Elizabeth Kwok / Kevin Flanagan / Wendy Shalen / Jacqueline M. Akers / Michael Arike / Carla Bauer / Nancy Bolan / Cazia Bradley / Ling Liu / David Avery / Mario Rosales / Britta Urness / Jennifer Lane / Luanda Lozano / Merle Perlmutter / Barbara Minton / T. Klacsmann / Valerie Syposz / Karen Brussat Butler / Irene Bednarczyk / Pauline Kinahan Kane / Gerald Hushlak / Annie Wassmann / Georg Bothe / Jack Wickham / Carlina Chen / Ioana Pioaru

Mona Turnbull / Pedro Luis Lava / Onnik Karanfilian / Maria Tomas / Khalaf JerryIvana Gogic Kicinbaci / Paul DeRuvo / Andrew Stone.

 

Jim Smith & Norma Marquez Orozco

9/9/17 through October 9


Visit our current exhibition of Photography by Jim Smith and Folded paper Drawings by Norma Márquez Orozco.

Jim Smith has worked as a freelance photographer for over 3 decades. While well known for his commercial work (with clients such as Walt Disney and West Point), Jim comes from a background in Fine Art from the Pratt Institute. That sensibility of a refined artist has stayed with him, setting him apart from the myriad of photographers.

Jim has created images he calls Warriors inspired by the sacred teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. His "Warriors" change the world not through violence, but through gentleness and the power of self-knowledge. These exotic and ethereal photographs provide an endless viewing experience.

Norma uses a variety of papers in multiple ways; often arranged in layers or molded into three-dimensional forms, making the work appear as a three dimensional drawing as well as sculpture. For most of her work she assembles repetitive geometric shapes and forms made of paper and other light materials inside envelopes or boxes of translucent paper.Add Description here

Strength in Creative Diversity

10/22/16-11/28/16

 

Against social gridlock and unilateral side-views, "Strength in Creative Diversity" is an exhibit that demonstrates the capability of eight heterogeneous artists to share their unique art under one roof and to be in harmonic dialogue together. What merge the artists are the commitment, truthfulness and integrity towards their professional creative careers.

 

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