SPRING/BREAK 2018: A Stranger Comes to Town

From left to right: Kenneth E. Parris III's
Shelter: The Burial Of The Order Taker,  Beth Livensperger's  They Dragged the Key, and Rosa Valado's The Greys (detail).

Chashama at SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018: A Stranger Comes to Town

March 6 - 12, 2018

4 Times Square - 22nd and 23rd Floors
(Entrance on 43rd St.)
New York, NY 10036

Nearest Trains: 1, 2, 3, 7, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, S

Preview Day: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 
Collector's Preview, 11am - 5pm (Invitation Only or VIP Card)
Press Preview, 3 - 5pm (Press Accreditation Required)

Regular Open Hours: March 7 - 12, 2018, 11am-6pm

Are you as excited as we are for SPRING/BREAK 2018? For the second year in a row, Chashama is proud to be the space sponsor for the much beloved art-fair known for “allowing curators and artists to let their freak flags fly.”

Come visit us at booth 2226 on the 22nd floor, where we will be representing both our Space to Create and Space to Present programs through installations that illustrate the glory of the artist’s studio practice and its culmination in a gallery space.

Don’t be a stranger! Meet the artists who keep New York City’s landscape creative, as they engage in their practice in real-time. Our workspace is transient, as various sculptors, painters, and performance artists will be arriving each day to share their narrative and developing work with you.

What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now!

P.S. Throughout the fair, we will also be giving out hand-drawn, hand-painted, and hand-printed tote bags by our very own Space to Create artists.

About the Show
As an artist, creating work can often be a humbling experience. A singular endeavor, encapsulated by four walls and a desk. This process, often documented extensively by the artist, goes unseen in the gallery, and its extremities are severed for the public eye. But oh the glory in the pursuit for that finished piece! Laborious, meandering hours, fluctuating in temperament and subjective quality. Pieces often derailing and building tracks of their own towards a new and unexpected goal. Is the process as powerful as the piece’s outcome? Is the work destined to exist with the artist acting only as the facilitator? Whatever the case may be, time and again, the call to create work echoes on, and artists must extend their arthropodic feelers into the dark, searching for the outline of that stranger or muse who will lead them towards the finish line.

Chashama supports the artist in their duality, operating spaces in which to create work and to present that work. Therefore, this year we present "The Artist’s Studio" as a representation of our Space to Create program, and "The Gallery Show" as a representation of our Space to Present program, both with salon style curation featuring preliminary work as well as finished pieces by Chashama's Space to Create Artists and members of the organization's Staff. Artists in this year’s show approach the theme in a variety of ways, but all of them challenge the viewer to face the stranger head-on.

About the Artists
Exhibiting Work in both "The Artist's Studio" and "The Gallery Show"
Yana Dimitrova is a Brooklyn-based artist, working in painting  and Installation. Formally trained in both Bulgaria and the U.S., Yana received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2009. Her practice raises questions focused on concepts of space – physical, digital and conceptual, as it best relates to the human condition. She can be reached at yana@yanadimitrova.com

Nancy Elsamanoudi is a Brooklyn based artist. In 2014, she graduated with distinction from Pratt Institute with an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She has shown her work in NYC and elsewhere at various venues such as, the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Bowery Gallery, Bishop Gallery, and David & Schweitzer Contemporary. This coming September, (September 06-September 30, 2018), she will have her second solo show in NYC at Amos Eno Gallery. She can be reached at nancyelsamanoudi@gmail.com

Pamela Lawton's perceptually-based abstractions are inspired by glass curtain skyscrapers with mirror interiors. Reflection reveals the stranger side of the familiar; for example, a straight line bends when seen in glass. While a World Trade Center World Views Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist, drawing and painting from Towers 1 and 2, the movement induced by sun and wind on steel and glass echoed the vertigo Lawton experienced there; measured from close up, windows wavered in and out of a stacked grid, becoming her own reflection and impetus for her work. Pamela can be reached at pamela@pamelalawton.com

Adrian Lee was born and raised in a small town in the Bay Area and now lives and works in NYC. He enjoys the active spirit of the city but also quieter places in a creative but also enjoyment based level. He can be reached at adrian@chashama.org

Marc Lepson is an artist in New York City. His work has been shown in Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, Chicago, San Francisco, and Cleveland. In New York, exhibition venues include The Brooklyn Museum, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, and The International Print Center NY. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant and his work has appeared in Art on Paper and Art in America. He can be reached at marc@marclepson.com

Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York. Lin creates imagery of the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. She uses sculpture, photography, video, and performance to portray her ongoing interests in the artificial nature, the relationship between manufacturing and art making, and humanity’s experience of alienation, self-consciousness, and shifting identities. She can be reached at contact@jiajenlin.info

Beth Livensperger makes paintings that our meditate on our complicated relationship to the built environment. She has exhibited widely, including at venues in NYC, Philadelphia, L.A. and Seoul, and been an artist in residence at Chashama and the Abrons Art Center in NYC, Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation (2018), among others. She holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art. She can be reached at beth.livensperger@gmail.com

Jamila MacEwan received a Master of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has exhibited extensively within Australia and the USA and is a consistent collaborator with members of the New York Dance community. MacEwan is a current BRIC media arts fellow and is NYFA immigrant mentee.  Significant exhibitions include The Australian Consulate-General, Pioneer Works, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She has participated in many international residencies, with upcoming residencies in Iceland. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, and the Ian Potter Cultural Council. She can be reached at jemilamacewan@gmail.com

Yasmin Majeed is the assistant editor for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where she works on the literary magazine, The Margins, and fellowships for emerging writers. She lives in New York. She can be reached at yasminmajeed@gmail.com

Dylan Musler was born and raised in NYC. She works at Chashama, and in her off hours can be found making a mess in her studio with paint. She can be reached at dylan@chashama.org 

Kenneth E. Parris III is a Brooklyn based Visual Artist currently creating a series of paintings and graphite studies that investigates success and the American Dream titled, How we make it and survive while trying, struggling for an extraordinary and peaceful life. His paintings and installations have been critically acclaimed, notably by: WalkerArt.org, NPR, Trend Hunter Art & Design, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Time Out New York. His series, Drawing Dance, was featured for twenty-three weeks in The New York Times ArtsBeat and culminated in exhibitions in New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He can be reached at ken@parris3.com

Jessica Pearl Roses is a glitter covered hedgehog mother, connoisseur of bagels, and hoarder of reusable tote bags. Her origin is from the depths of hell - South Florida - but currently continues to enjoy arthritis inducing fiber activities in Brooklyn. Jessica’s obsession with UFOs and other alien related fraud stems from her desire to escape into outer space and happily live out her days on Jupiter watching Law and Order SVU. She can be reached at jessicapearlroses@gmail.com

Hazel Lee Santino is a painter and sculptor, raised in the Pacific Northwest and current based in New York. She graduated from the New School in 2012 with a BA in Literary Studies (Eugene Lang) and a BFA in Illustration (Parsons). Santino uses mixed techniques, including painting, carving, and papier-mâché, to create objects that loosely document her findings as she investigates symbols that reemerge across human history--in this series, the Serpent. She can be reached at hello@hazelleesantino.com

Andrew Steinmetz is an artist, musician and computer programmer. He is interested in the places where human-built systems meet the things that exceed those systems. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his bacteria. He can be reached at ando.steinmetz@gmail.com

Rosa Valado is a multi-media, interdisciplinary installation artist, with emphasis on public space and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Her interests and areas of exploration range from ancient philosophies and architecture to physics and geometry. Often defying the pressures of branding she creates several bodies of work at the same time to explore different facets of a theme-which to the viewer might seem unrelated. ETs and Realms of Outer Space series, included in the 2018 Spring Break Art Show, began in 2017  when she started watching disclosure interviews and films in the off-stream media, on topics relating to secret space programs and Area 51, engaging with lighthearted drawings and watercolors. She can be reached at rvalado@gmail.com

Colby Cannon Welsh is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in combination of performance, video, object, color and installation. Cannon Welsh has installed, exhibited and curated gallery and public displays of art extensively in Australia; his work has shown in USA, Germany, Hong Kong and Poland. Cannon Welsh is currently based in NYC, USA. He can be reached at colby@colbycannon.com

Artists Performing Their Practice Live in "The Artist's Studio" 
Suejin Jo
Howard Gladstone
Christina Massey
Rosa Valado
Jessica Maffia
Pamela Lawton
John SH Lee
Michael Watson
James Vanderberg
Andrew Steinmetz
Steve Zolin
James Rose
Nancy Elsamanoudi
Katherine Daniels

Artists Decorating Tote Bags Throughought SPRING/BREAK
Alicia Degener
Hyobin Kwon
Elizabeth Tisdale
Howard Gladstone
Yuriko Katori 
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