THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OBJECTS at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2019
THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OBJECTS featuring works by Richard Pasquarelli & Elan + Jonathan Bogarin, curated by Kelcey Edwards among 80+ exhibitors selected to participate in SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC 2019 March 5th - 11th.
NEW YORK, NY — March, 2019 In response to this year’s theme Fact & Fiction, curator Kelcey Edwards is presenting an exhibition titled: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OBJECTS featuring new works by painter Richard Pasquarelli and sibling filmmakers Elan + Jonathan Bogarín whose magical realist documentary 306 Hollywood premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year. Edwards was among 80+ curators selected out of 700+ applicants for SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2019.
“The artists featured in The Hidden World of Objects are conducting an investigation into the power of objects to connect us to our most deep-seated sense of personhood. In keeping with the Spring Break 2019 theme of Fact And Fiction, the works of art in THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OBJECTS investigate this paradoxical power of objects to toggle between the symbolic and literal, the real and ideal by exploring the psychological, and thus unreliable and imperfect nature of memory and association,” explains curator Kelcey Edwards. “On one end of the spectrum, Pasquarelli’s paintings present the belongings of people as ‘portraits’ of an individual’s personality and/or state of mind. On the other end, the Bogarin siblings conducted an excavation of their late grandmother's house to embark on what they described as a ‘magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Finding connections like this between artists working in different media is one of the most exciting aspects of the curatorial process, and I just had to bring these works together in one space,” Edwards added. “As a species, our personal effects and belongings have the narrative power to both navigate the murkiness of our past and also tell the story of our present. Unlike us, inanimate objects exist, for the most part, largely unchanged through time. In this sense, they posses a power to conjure, returning us psychologically to memories of a time and place that is no longer with us, and to others who will have changed, through time, as we have. Despite the fact that these objects are “lifeless”—from the objects featured in the Bogaríns’ film and photographs and Pasquarelli’s paintings to the art objects in the exhibition—in many if not most cases, they will outlive us all.”
Artist - Richard Pasquarelli
Richard Pasquarelli’s precise, hard-edged oil paintings and watercolors investigate the physical presence of psychological states of mind. Through analysis of his own compulsions for perfection and order and extensive research into the psychology of hoarding, obsessive-compulsive disorder and mental health, Pasquarelli seeks a better understanding of the relationships between our minds and the objects in the world around us. Richard Pasquarelli was born in New York in 1968 and received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1990. Pasquarelli has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and art fairs throughout the U.S. and Europe. Pasquarelli’s work is represented globally in many public and private collections. Selected collections include; The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Mattatuck Museum, the US Library of Congress, The DeWoody Collection, The Zabludowicz Collection, General Dynamics Inc., MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, and Progressive Insurance , Syracuse University Art Collection, and the Roanoke College Art Collection. Selected awards include and The Cleveland Museum of Art/Print Club of Cleveland Annual Presentation Print commission for 2017, The Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Program, and three large scale public installations commissioned by New York City. Pasquarelli’s studio is located in New York City, where he also resides with his wife and two children.
Artist - Elan Bogarín
Elan Bogarin (along with her brother Jonathan) is the co-director of the award-winning documentary feature 306 Hollywood, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017 and was nominated for the Gotham + Spirit Awards. Elan is the co-director of El Tigre Productions, a bilingual strategy/production company that creates innovative non-fiction films and produces content for the world’s leading cultural institutions. Clients include MoMA, the Whitney, The Getty, Colección Cisneros, Museo Reina Sofia, and The New York Times. As a strategist, she envisioned and managed the creation of coleccioncisneros.org, the digital hub of Latin American art. She is the co-founder of The Wassaic Project, an arts festival that has hosted thousands of artists and she has received support from Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program/ JustFilms Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP, and HotDocs. As a visual artist, Elan has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Elan received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Artist - Jonathan Bogarín
Jonathan (along with his sister Elan) is the co-director of the award-winning documentary feature 306 Hollywood, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. He, too, was chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017 and is the co-director of El Tigre Productions, a bilingual strategy/production company that creates innovative non-fiction films and produces content for the world’s leading cultural institutions. Jonathan is also a visual artist who creates paintings and social practice artworks throughout the US and Venezuela and has taught at Columbia University, Bank Street College of Education, and Pratt Institute. As a visual artist, Jonathan has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Jonathan received an MFA from Columbia University a BFA from RISD, and has received grants from Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program/ JustFilms Ford Foundation, NYSCA, Latino Public Broadcasting, IFP, Hot Docs, and Experimental Television Center.
Venue: SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC 2019: Fact & Fiction, 866 UN Plaza, NYC #E14
Exhibition Dates: March 5th - 11th