81: The Shape of Things to Come
Featuring works by: Ori Carino & Benjamin Armas, Eric Helvie, Tamara Johnson, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos & Vieno James
February 13 – March 30, 2018
Latchkey Gallery is proud to present its inaugural exhibition, The Shape of Things to Come. Inspired by the book with the same title by HG Wells, The Shape of Things to Come explores a spectrum of artistic approaches that assess and reconfigure past and present time, while envisioning a more humanistic global future. On view by appointment only from February 13-March 30, 2018.
Architectural constructs and social urban systems, perceived through individual lenses, are at the center of the work by Duo Ori Carino and Benjamin Armas. Sourced debris of New York City’s past is reconfigured to form the building blocks of a new world. Sculptures of interrupted history merge with Carino’s paintings, which reference Tibetan iconography, Renaissance paintings and additional imagery from the canon of art history. The mixed-media work, broken up and re-assigned with new meaning and function, emerge from under the burden of legacy while creating a new language of infinite artistic possibilities.
Eric Helvie’s paintings represent fluid motion between abstracted and rhythmic painterly gestures, assigned responses within a range of modalities. Helvie moves from hyper-realistic paintings of battleships that are stripped of their meaning, to rhythmic scales taken from Medieval maps to gestural abstractions. His paintings attest to world-views based on an understanding of reality at a time when a plethora of misinformation is shared, alongside ever-expansive scientific knowledge.
Approaching the familiar with a humorous gaze, Tamara Johnson transforms everyday objects into what she refers to as “fossils of the real.” Playing with objects that reference suburban life, her works engage and evaluate present-day materials that are loaded with symbolism and cultural references, such as garden hoses that intercept, interrupt, as well as visually and conceptually link things together.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos’ work is the diegetic music of our time. A conceptual artist, Kosmatopoulos weaves in and out of various mediums, such as instruments with themes that challenge contemporary society. Her work reflects fundamental concepts exploring the definition of self and its relation to other. Influenced by technology, her work exams language and communication and the new ways of communicating during a time of rapid innovation.
The work by Vieno James is the augur for an equitable society seen through the dynamic lens of urban youth. It is influenced by a collective universal experience, a shared interest in humanistic outcomes rather than a focus on race, religion or nationality. Inspired by world cultures through his travels, the grand history of human expression and personal experience, James’ work proclaims a post-identity world in the making.
LatchKey Gallery looks to re-imagine the brick and mortar gallery via intimately curated exhibitions, salon series and events by activating various spaces throughout NYC. LKG is a response to the changing market place and the erosion of the traditional art gallery. It is the brainchild of style curator, Natalie Kates and curator and galleriest, Amanda L. Uribe. Each with her own distinctive curatorial approach, Kates and Uribe join together to create unique art experiences centered around emerging and mid-career artists.
LatchKey Gallery looks to re-imagine the brick and mortar gallery via intimately curated exhibitions, salon series and events by partnering with various spaces around NYC. LKG is a response to the changing market place and the erosion of the traditional art gallery. It is the brain child of Style Curator, Natalie Kates and long-time gallerist, Amanda L. Uribe. Each with their unique curatorial approaches, come together to create experiences centered around emerging and mid career artists.