Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig speak with Paper Magazine about their experience co-curating a Chelsea art exhibit for previously incarcerated artists. The two artists also speak frankly about the United States’ prison system and the racially biased “war on drugs”. They proactively use their niche platform to highlight the damages of mass incarceration and what society can do to change it.
The “O.G.” group exhibition, co-curated by gallery artist Jesse Krimes and artist Russell Craig, features a stunning selection of work by formerly-incarcerated artists. The exhibition coincides with the debut of the HBO film “O.G.” starring the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright. Hosted by HBO, the “O.G.” group show is on view at 525 West 24th St. in New York through February 25.
“A new exhibit at Studio 525 in Chelsea called “The O.G. Experience” exclusively features artwork created by formerly incarcerated artists.
Co-curators and artists Russell Craig and Jesse Krimes join us to discuss the show. Craig and Krimes are also the co-chairs of the Right of Return fellowship, which invests in formerly incarcerated artists, supporting the creation of original works produced in partnership with advocates and organizers to further criminal justice reform efforts.”
Krimes, a co-curator for the exhibit, partners up with other formerly incarcerated artists to tell their stories of perseverance through art where they take control of their own narrative in the unique gallery show at Studio 525 in Chelsea.
The show is accompanied by the upcoming HBO film “O.G.,” which delves into the societal impact of incarceration.
Couldn't have said it better myself; review of Valerie Hegarty's work in "Molding / Mark-Making" group show at Dorsky Projects.
"Satisfying her own curiosities for decay and environmental exploitation, Valerie Hegarty pushes the medium to explore current issues in creative ways that make use of what the curators call “clay’s transmutable nature.” Inspired by photographs of watermelons exploding out of their own skin, having been injected with too much growth hormone, Hegarty has sculpted “Bowl of Peaches with Holes.” A rendering of a still life in ceramic form, the piece is a vibrant composition of fruit in a bowl — except riddled with black and brown pockmarks, which spill out of the fruit themselves and have begun eating away at the table, the negative space and even the “picture frame” itself.
“Molding / Mark-Making” — some of whose artists will join the curators for public discussions on Feb. 11 and 25 and March 18 — is a thrilling exhibit for its relatively modest size."
Valerie Hegarty is in a new show called Molding / Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and their Drawings at Dorsky Gallery curated by Margaret Matthews-Berenson and Allison Peller. It is on view at Dorsky through March 25, 2018.
The exhibit points toward the development of ceramic as fine art rather than craft:
For the artists in Molding/Mark-making, the lure of the ceramic medium is more allied with the primacy of touch, intent, and innovation that with strict adherence to standard exceptions or vessel forms. They also use clay's transmutable nature in a metaphoric way to explore conceptual themes and issues-politics, nature, the environment, climate change, the body, gender identity and more.
In preparation for our spring show with Eric, we'd like to share this video which was released today by Reuters. In it, Eric eloquently talks about his art practice.
"Most nuclear test sites are underground, even the ones in North Korea. As a culture, we really don't have a good image of what that is. As a painter, when something so important has no visualization in the cultural imagination, that's where I feel like I can step in and bring something to the table." -Eric LoPresti
Video by Reuters 1/26/2018
The University of Michigan enjoyed American Berserk in our Chelsea gallery space so much that the exhibit has been restaged at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. The curators made an engaging video for the show based on a studio visit via Skype. Valerie Hegarty: “American Berserk” is on view in Ann Arbor through December 20.