Event InformationWhen: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | Opening Reception 6pm | Exhibition open April 24th-April 29th
Where: Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York | 570 Lexington Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 10022
Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present COALESCO, a two-person exhibition featuring American contemporary artists Jordan Seefried and Kimberly Reinagel, on view from April 24 through April 29, 2019. This exhibition marks the fourth installment in a series of exhibitions curated by MA students enrolled in Curating Contemporary Art. The exhibition presents works from the oeuvre of both artists, illustrating their approach to artmaking and their exploration of the central themes of relationships, family and loss.
The title of the exhibition derives from the Latin word Coalesco; to become unified, to grow together; coalesce. Featuring over fifteen works ranging from video to sculpture, the exhibition provides a display of works by both artists that dig into the themes of how our family directly impacts the way that we grow, develop and process the things that we encounter.
Seefried is a Philadelphia based painter and sculptor who received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in 2014. Through his work with a range of found and discarded objects, Seefried reactivates these objects into pictorial works with a new existence. Most of Seefried’s oeuvre includes textual components, by which he is able to inscribe the work with intimate significance. His interaction with the work is physical and practical, allowing the properties of the material to direct the work, rather than seeking to polish or hide the process. Seefried’s subject matter explores death, loss and abandonment and his intentions are to immortalize specific events and relationships from his personal life.
Seefried states; “After the unexpected loss of my father from cancer, my body of work focuses on decoding a certain cryptic language and other marks left behind by my father during his life. While focusing on the marks and symbols formed from decay, it portrays sickness and death and the breakdown of the human body. Studying these handwritten letters, photographs, and old books from my father I began to collage these mediums in hopes of communicating subliminal messages; an urgency to communicate. The creation of these works has allowed me to build a poignant memorial to my father, while simultaneously helping me to process the loss.”
Kimberly Reinagel is a New York based visual artist. Currently a student of contemporary art at The Sotheby’s Institute of Art, she uses mixed media and video production to tap into the headspace of our collective childhood. Kimberly’s approach is create works that carry a story, whether it be tactile or visual, she wants to take the viewer on a narrative journey through her work. She works in partnership with Ash Lancaster of Ashlan Media to bring her visions to life.
On view in the exhibition, Reinagel’s video work Carry follows the journey of a young woman who makes an attempt to rid herself of a past that has her caught in an infinite loop. This work exists in heavy conversation with Seefried’s work which takes a deep look at family relationships, and processing the loss of those relationships. By juxtaposing Seefried’s and Reinagel’s work, COALESCO explores contemporary artmaking’s diverse approaches to and examination of the subjects of family, growth and memory.
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