Transitions | March 2021
We are pleased to have partnered with NeueHouse to launch a one-month arts program called “Transitions” with the aim to support and showcase international emergent talent from NYC. This is our first artists’ residency and physical exhibition, which is taking place at NeueHouse Madison Square and culminates with an exhibition, on view through April 16.
Alongside the work of guest curator Edoardo Cozzani, we are presenting artists Kyoko Hamaguchi, Jean Oh, and Johanna Strobel, all in a joint conversation revolving around the concept of transition through the lens of creativity. The works presented by the four participants deliberate on the idea of time and adaptability to the new—the constant flux of reshaping personal and collective ideas that occur in the name of progress. As an extension of the arts program, and a sneak peek for all the ones that cannot join us for this exhibition, we are pleased to showcase to our Collectors Circle a group presentation by these four artists. If you wish to receive additional information about the work of each individual artist, please let us know.
Edoardo Cozzani (b.1993 Rome, Italy) lives and works in New York City.
The artist is presenting his most recent land-art photo-based project initiated during a trip to Mexico this past December. The new series is a continuation of his latest project of the American Desert during the summer of 2020. As a performer in nature, in this series, Cozzani explores the sculpting possibilities of aluminum foil interacting not only with the earthy landscape but also with water, in the canals outside of Mexico City and inside the tunnels of a cenote in the Yucatán peninsula.
Reworking the negatives of the photographs by creating chemical reactions between the minerals in the local water, onto which the sculptures were floating, and the exposed films, the artist continues with his research, expanding the possibilities of sculpting materials into the field of photography. It is now the latter, that condenses those physical traces of land art, and the act, a performance itself. In his work, Edoardo Cozzani seeks to engage with space to expose the juxtaposition between elements from the urban and the earth, while showing the transition of the natural into man-made.
Jean Oh (b. 1993 New York, USA), lives and works in New York City.
Her paintings act as a constant reminder and tremor of the personal and social sense of instability. By presenting minor delicate disturbances through off-balanced compositions, the artist and the viewer cannot escape a reality that is subjected to social norms. For the artist, placing unrelated abstract and figurative elements together is an act of subtle disruption. “I press hard, the lines tremble. They are scribbled furiously and carelessly as I am lining and relining the edges of a clear primed canvas. A canvas frame, seemingly crooked, creates confusion and provides a setting for the awkwardness.”
Jean Oh focuses on the sensitive state of an inescapable constant disturbance. In her new work, she connects sewing and painting, while cutting out and re-attaching her fabric bursts.
Johanna Strobel is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Munich and New York City.
Informed by her background in Information Science and Mathematics, Johanna’s work explores unwieldy concepts like language, perception of time and space, as well as the possibilities of creation, attribution or suspension of meaning, the construction of subjectivity and objecthood, and their everyday perception and precipitation in mundane life. Johanna processes her ideas logically through methods like repetition, recursion, and modularity, and associatively through humor and personal memories.
Kyoko Hamaguchi (b. 1989 Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in New York.
The split between her upbringing in Japan and her life in New York informs her work. The artist is interested in the fluidity that results from displacement in time and space. The ease with which people and ideas move through the world enables them to interact with each other to form new identities and notions of home. Being an immigrant, Hamaguchi feels herself changing depending on where she stands or fits in and according to the language, culture, and people circulating.
Although her work takes form in many different materials including photography, sculpture, and installation, she is constantly searching for ways to invent transient images and shapes by utilizing communication systems and tools in society that reflect her ever-shifting perspective.