Exhibition

It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World

14 Nov 2019 – 7 Dec 2019

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 18:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
11:00 – 18:00

Equity Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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Equity Gallery is pleased to present It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World, a comprehensive group exhibition of contemporary portraiture juried by Hyeseung Marriage-Song, Beverly McNeil, and Patricia Watwood.

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Equity Gallery is pleased to present It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World, a comprehensive group exhibition of contemporary portraiture juried by Hyeseung Marriage-Song, Beverly McNeil, and Patricia Watwood. The show features 30+ international multidisciplinary artists whose artwork explores both the purpose and limits of portraiture, identity, and the self in the contemporary digital age.

Somewhere between the introduction of cheap camcorders and the proliferation of smart phones we became distrustful of our body’s ability to mediate directly with the physical world.  To a large extent we have exchanged the sensual perceptions emanating from our surroundings for simulated experiences that mitigate reality through camera lenses and digitalized imagery. Once understood to be aide-mémoirs of life’s lived experiences, the media is reality—a reality comprising instantly sharable content validated or refuted by social media emojis.  

That’s a risky way to construct one’s universe.  How can we hope to fix an identity, let alone one informed by ethical principles,  on a mutating digital stage that is subject to the whims of marketing algorithms and bots on a mission?  Given present conditions, it’s no wonder that our instinct to ascertain “what’s real” has devolved into an addicting stalk for pleasure hits that never quite satiate an appetite weaned on spectacle.  

That said, can we stake out what is abiding, true and stable about us and our fellows?  In an increasingly alarming and chaotic era, art that depicts what is actually there and recognizable is defiant---and nothing could be more necessary and reassuring at the moment than simply showing what we actually look like (and mean) to each other.

It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World will take place at Equity Gallery from November 14th —December 7th and will have a second leg at Portraits, Inc. in Birmingham, AL from January 23rd—February 20th.

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Curators

Patricia Watwood

Beverly McNeil

Hyeseung Marriage-Song

Exhibiting artists

Juliet Martin

Toni Silber-Delerive

Traci Wright Martin

Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura

Maya Ciarrocchi

Mary Morvant

Miguel Malagon

Leah Poller

Patricia Fabricant

Jamie Adams

Fielding Archer

Brooks Frederick

Judith Gresh

Tyler Bohm

Lindsey Wolkowicz

Andrew Cornell Robinson

Young Min Koh

Jesse Thompson

Mario Robinson

Matt Talbert

Natalie Italiano

Hyeseung Marriage-Song

Alexandra Tyng

Liz Lindstrom

Gilbert Oh

Amy Hill

Cornelia Hernes

Burt Silverman

Allison Maletz

Gregory Mortensen

Kelly Birkenruth

Ryan Brown

Daniel Maidman

Linnea Paskow

Yuqi Wang

Pia Ledy

Patricia Watwood

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