Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present Veiled Constructions, curated by Angelina Diamante, Carolina Audelo, Kinda Ghandour, Carlie Hoffer, and Gin Lin. Veiled Constructions is a collection of works that embody responses to the darker facets of the human experience — shaped by varying personal, social, and political events of the twenty-first century — that seek to situate life’s perils, stressors, and regressions within an aestheticized context to illuminate artists’ intimate relationships to their craft and the modern day.
Veiled Constructions: Dark Perceptions of the Human Experience is a group show featuring the contemporary works of Alchemyverse, Turiya Adkins, Valentina Bernot, Jarid Blue, Mathis Freeland, Charlotte Grüssing, Caroline Harrison, Carlie Hoffer, Phoebe Kong, Jet Le Parti, and Alexandre Segura. Embodying responses to the darker facets of the human experience — shaped by varying personal, social, and political events of the twenty-first century — Veiled Constructions seeks to situate life’s perils, stressors, and regressions within an aestheticized context to illuminate artists’ intimate relationships to their craft and the modern day.
Simultaneously, Veiled Constructions intends to tether the practices of the artists themselves to one another under the broader context of a world interconnected and marked by collective experience and expression.
While the artists in Veiled Constructions are a product of varying backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences, they are united by “The Human Experience” — that which simultaneously constitutes, upholds, and challenges the very essence of human existence. The Human Experience, as it has been traditionally interpreted, encompasses the reciprocal relationships between the physical, emotional, and spiritual facets of life, in light of the inherent subjectivity that exists between those sustaining them.
While each individual’s life to the present day marks the culmination of the isolated encounters that have shaped and influenced their existence, it is the very transfer and sharing of these circumstances that constitutes the consolidated and collective Human Experience that Veiled Constructions aims to advance. Veiled Constructions permeates the very surface of what renders one “human” to consider the intricacies of sustaining and overcoming adversity, and to demonstrate art’s usefulness in conveying this collective, though inherently individualist, existence. Together, the compiled body of work is reminiscent of the sullen darks of humanity that serve to unite all people — be it through trauma derived from societal mishaps, collective experience of ruinous times, personal turmoil, or a confrontation with the true meaning and privilege of being alive.
Jet Le Parti, To Be Hung (2022)
Jarid Blue, Light Bath (2018)
Carlie Hoffer, Neutralizing Extremes (2020)
Mathis Freeland, Dry Bones (2023)
Alexandre Segura, La Commune (2023)
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Location: Sotheby's Institute of Art, 570 Lexington Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10022