current exhibition

Momento / Memento 6/19 – 7/11

 

OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH, 7 – 9PM, REVERSE will present, for the first time in New York, four Cincinnati-based artists working on the objectification of time and memory.

Consciousness is endlessly grasping for objects as moment boxes. Yet there is an important etymological distinction between our contemporary understanding of memento (commonly misspelled momento)—a French souvenir, which can take the form of anything from a cheap snow globe to an interesting rock—and memento mori, which symbolized the medieval practice of reflecting on mortality and the transient nature of the universe. It is in the gap between these two definitions of the same term that the exhibition MOMENTO / MEMENTO operates, as Joe Hedges, Jacob Lynn, Corrina Mehiel, and Christy Wittmer work to acknowledge an objectified attachment to moments in time.

MOMENTO / MEMENTO was one of the selected projects from our 2014 cycle of Open Call for Curatorial Proposals. While MOMENTO / MEMENTO features four Cincinnati, Ohio-based artists, the themes are universal; Hedges’ digital paintings present ambiguous artifacts of science and technology; Lynn’s embroidered works explore family history and sexuality; Mehiel’s photos document the performative nature of identity; and Wittmer’s formal ceramic structures waver elegantly between austere and ornate. The contemporary mementos (in the form of art-objects) in the exhibition, like mementos of history, function across dimensions of time and culture.

Joe Hedges‘ digital prints reference the language of still-life product photography but include unmarketable situations; the handles of hairdryers, geologic specimens, frayed wires and plant parts are rearranged into new configurations that re-imbue the objects with a sense of arcane function and meaning. “This epistemological confusion is at the heart of my work as an artist: How do individuals and groups imbue objects with meaning? What kinds of objects qualify as meaning-containers? I make images that question the image itself while also serving as reminders—mementos—to celebrate the wonder, magic, and possibility of experiment and representation generally.”

Artist Corrina Mehiel explores community interdisciplinary practice in her art and teaching. “I’ve been on a migratory path of mid-sized post-industrial cities all my life. Longing for a home and holding onto objects as memory placeholders has lead to an investigation of this idea of momento in my work. In this photo series, Tree Hugger, I am attempting to embody my mother by wearing her clothes. She spent her life planting trees, perhaps knowing they would outlive her. Since her death, trees have become a sort of memento of her life for me.”

Fiber artist Jacob Lynn’s work makes use of traditional crafts to explore gender and identity in America. In Lynn’s words, “the subversive nature of embroidery made by men asks questions of American gender roles that coordinate with the internal discourse that I have with my own queer gender identity.” For MOMENTO / MEMENTO, Lynn will present framed fabric works embroidered with craigslist.org missed connection advertising. These pieces explore the boundary between moments in physical time and space, in internet space, and in the long processes of needlepoint and embroidery. These momentos are connected to “conversations that shape the realization of identity,” calling attention to how our identities are altered by incidental moments in time.

Finally, Christy Wittmer’s ceramic work references the preciousness of objects. Sometimes objects she finds during her travels become part of her works. These found objects are displayed, casted or remade, carrying a trace of their history on the surface. She explains, “Weathered, anonymous, used and unspectacular. I prefer these kinds of objects that do not connect me to their previous owners, but rather to myself and the intrinsic value of being worn and experienced, allowing the memento’s history to resonate with the viewer.”

 

The opening event will feature music by Australian DJ and artist HEINE. Take a listen here.

open calls

OPEN CALL: CURATORIAL PROPOSALS, DEADLINE 7/19

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 19TH, 2015

REVERSE invites curators to submit proposals for an exhibition of contemporary art in our 1000 sq ft space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. REVERSE is a multidisciplinary workspace and art gallery with an emphasis on new and experimental forms of expression. We are looking for curators with a vision that coincides with the gallery’s mission of providing an engaging space that fosters innovation and exploration. As REVERSE seeks to be a platform for emerging artists to produce and present their work, as well as a site of sustained dialogue with the public, we are open to curatorial proposals that draw from a wide range of artistic practices. Strong proposals will be clear, concise and engaging while presenting innovative ideas that show a solid understanding of the spirit of REVERSE. We encourage you to visit our gallery website, review our exhibition history and consider the gallery floor plan before submitting a proposal. Curator must contact potential artists prior to their inclusion in the proposal, to assure interest and availability.
Submissions will be reviewed twice a year. The deadline for the next application cycle is July 19th, 2015. Applicants will be contacted with a decision from the REVERSE committee within six weeks of the deadline.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

- Curatorial statement of no more than 300 words, describing your approach to curating and the concept of the exhibition. Include the exhibition title, list of artists and how the show resonates with the mission of REVERSE. (Labeled: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf)

- Resume of the curator (Labeled: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf)

- Link to website or blog with samples of your recent work.

- Examples of artwork: Maximum of 10 images (no larger than 1mb each). If there are video pieces in your proposal, include a link to examples on vimeo or youtube.

- Application Fee: a non-refundable fee of $25 (send copy of the paypal receipt)

Send all materials in one zip file attachment to submissions@reversespace.org.

We encourage applicants to review our past exhibitions and download the reverse_space_floorplan.




SELECTION COMMITTEE

The selection committee for this year’s curatorial submissions is composed of Jessica Gallucci, Independent Curator, Denise Treizman, Visual Artist, Melissa F. Clarke, Visual Artist, Aleksandra Kolanko, Visual Artist, Assistant Director of REVERSE, and Andrea Wolf, Visual Artist, Founder and Director of REVERSE.

Jessica Gallucci, Independent Curator
Jessica Gallucci is an independent curator based in New York City. She is a May 2014 graduate of New York University’s M.A. program in visual arts administration, prior to which she held editorial positions at The Economist, Intelligent Life, and Vogue. In 2010 she became co-director of A.D. Projects, a curatorial collaborative dedicated to presenting the work of emerging contemporary artists in alternative spaces in New York City. She was a participant and symposium presenter in Independent Curators International’s Fall 2014 intensive seminar, “Curating Now.” She holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University, and is currently on staff at Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services.

Denise Treizman, Visual Artist
Denise Treizman is an artist working mostly with found objects and materials. Her work explores ideas of informality, improvisation and new forms of sculptural assemblage. Denise has an MFA in Fine Arts (SVA, 2013). She has been a fellow resident at Vermont Studio Center, at the Brooklyn Art Space and Berlin Collective’s resident at APT Institute.

Melissa F. Clarke, Visual Artist
Melissa F. Clarke is a New York based interdisciplinary artist whose work employs data and generative self-programmed compositional environments. Clarke often works across mediums as a way to look at hybridizations of wilderness and technological spaces—towards considerations of nature at the center of human experience, myth, science, and information collection. Melissa received her master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and was a recent artist in residence at the Simons Center for Geometrty and Physics.

Leksi Kolanko, Visual Artist, Assistant Director REVERSE
Leksi is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and designer. She received her BA from Vassar College in 2012 and is currently enrolled in Pratt Institute’s MID program. Working at the intersection of media, Leksi combines performance and visual aesthetics to explore relationships, discomfort, action and inaction, deception, and the design of purposefully anti-functional consumer objects.

Andrea Wolf, Visual Artist, Director REVERSE
Andrea Wolf is an artist interested in the subjects of time, memory, image, and the devices of remembrance that we produce. She has an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking (UAB, 2005), an MFA in Digital Arts (UPF, 2006), and an MPA in Interactive Telecommunications (NYU, 2011). Andrea has exhibited widely in New York City and internationally. Andrea became the director of REVERSE in 2012, and since then she has curated exhibitions and talks at REVERSE, as well as at the Interactive Art Fair in Miami.