We are a diverse group of young artists from different walks of life, linked by the same origin point. Decades from now, this moment will have a label just like all the transformative cultural movements that came before us did. Our challenge is trying to define where we stand in time and space as we live through it.
The 98 Experiment
The experiment was the first artistic collaboration for this ensemble. We investigated the role of play in process by combining visual art with movement and environment. Half of those involved were movers, the other half documenters, but all variables were ultimately dependent on, and informative of each other. The performative and visual aspects were inspired by Heather Hansen's Empty Gestures, responding to the light of the sunset, music and objects found in an abandoned parking garage. This featured work by Schuyler Ross, Elizabeth Baker, Ellie Ricker, Derek Martinez, Tatiana Webster, Dana Deperri, Thomas Leacu and Gina Fonseca
This pop-up was an integrated arts exhibit wherein group of young artists were prompted to answer the question "What is Romantic about the time we live in"? Romanticism in the historical sense was a movement that originated in the 18th century, characterized in part, by it's sense of nostalgia towards the Middle Ages. It can be argued that in the same way, we are living through a romantic resurgence evidenced by our sentimentality towards the 1950s-90s, our obsession with the aesthetic experience, sublimity and liminality. This is vividly apparent in many aspects of our culture through the arts, politics and technology. The artists were given free reign to explore this idea in whatever mediums they chose. The pop-up exhibition was held on December 14th, 2017 and showcased the work of Madeline Harvey, Schuyler Ross, Andrea Salas, Thomas Leacu, Ellie Ricker, Brendan Gilhooly, Sophronia Vowels, Tatiana Webster, Violet Maxfield and Michela Micalizio.
As part of the 98 Project series, 98 Identity grapples with how our generation identifies ourselves. As we grow, we are shaped by a rapidly shifting and highly pressurized climate composed of media, fashion, politics and social activism. The environment we are left with is, as put by Albert Camus, born out of the confrontation between human need and the unreasonable silence of the world. Understanding and expressing the absurd implications of this is what our artists explained in this exhibition. Some of the installations included a sensory immersion room, handmade lingerie, prints, films and live performance, poetry and painting just to name a few. The gallery was held on May 10th, 2018 and showcased the work of Ellie Ricker, Brendan Gilhooly, Sophronia Vowels, Khadija Bangoura, Jackie Romankow, Max White, Brian Perry, Schuyler Ross, Derek Crosby, Jordyn Stoessel, Caitlin Fischer, Graceson Rafael, Elyana Hari, Sebastien Garbe, Arinze Okwuosah, Elizabeth Baker, Andrea Sala, Julian Marcus Shapiro-Barnum, Lena Camille Otalora and Ruby Schwat.