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Announcing NURTUREart’s 2017–2018 Exhibition Season

September 8, 2017
12:00 pm

NURTUREart is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition season. Proposals were selected from an annual open call for emerging artists and curators. The 2017–2018 selection jury included: Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator, Queens Museum; Carin Kuoni, Director/ Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics; and Carolyn Sickles, Director of Engagement & Visual Arts, Abrons Arts Center.

Selected Artists:
Laura Bernstein, Bang Geul Han,
Jon Henry, Kyoung eun Kang.

Selected Curators:
Kelly Aldridge, Janna Dyk.


Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit 
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: September 8, 7-9pm
On view: September 9–October 1, 2017
Stranger Fruit was created in response to the murders of African American men due to police violence. Referencing the Pietà—the Virgin Mary holding the body of the dead Christ—I photographed mothers and sons across America to show that this epidemic affects everyone. No mother should have to endure this suffering.


Kyoung eun Kang: 1402 Seok-Dong
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: October 13, 7-9pm
On view: October 14–November 5, 2017
The works I’m presenting are inspired by my family’s jokes, care packages sent to me by my mother, and hidden family stories. Through this exhibition I’m creating an interplay between sound and text, mystery and humor, in order to examine family relationships, separation and bonding.


Janna Dyk: Relative Material
Group Exhibition
Featuring artists: Golnar Adili, Jesse Chun, Adam Golfer, Asuka Goto, Rafael Kelman, Qiana Mestrich, and Gabriela Vainsencher.
Opening reception: November 17, 7-9pm
On view: November 18–December 17, 2017
Relative Material examines the diverse ways that seven artists utilize family mythologies, histories, experiences, and ephemera as source material from which to reflect upon and question broader issues of political, philosophical, historical and sociological concern.


Kelly Rea Aldridge: Call and Response
Group Exhibition
Featuring artists: Salome Asega and Sam Lavigne.

Opening reception: February 2, 7-9pm
On view: February 3–February 25, 2018
The call and response, a solitary cry met by a collective answer, gives shape to songs, rituals, and protests. Through performance and new media work, this exhibit will explore how the simple but profound form of the call and response continues to draw binds between people even as we are divided by digital devices and LCD screens.


Bang Geul Han: Perfect Revenge
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: March 9, 7-9pm
On view: March 10–April 1, 2018
Perfect Revenge critically explores ways to overcome our systemic silencing and secrecy surrounding sexual violence. The show will consist of a large-scale generative video installation, cyanotype prints and a series of interactive objects.


Laura Bernstein: Becoming Beast
Solo Exhibition
Opening reception: April 13, 7-9pm
On view: April 14–May 6, 2018
Becoming Beast is a multidisciplinary exhibition exploring information, tools and scenarios for surviving within an environment that no longer supports the physiology of humans as we know them. This exhibition will investigate the evolution of the medieval beast, its biological function and ecological relationship to the natural world. Creatures and scientists perform, condition, train, test, measure and stimulate one another. Within this new environment, models of authority and presupposed power structures become confused and distorted.


  1. 1. Jon Henry, Untitled #2, 2015, digital archival print, 13 x 19 inches.
  2. 2. Kyoung eun Kang, Switch, 2013, C-print mounted on Sintra, 8 x 11 inches.
  3. 3. Asuka Goto, Elizabeth, 2016, pencil on pigment print, 17 x 22 inches.
  4. 4. Sougwen Chung, D.O.U.G (Drawing Operations Unit: Generation1), 2015, performance.
  5. 5. Bang Geul Han, Through the Gaps between My Teeth, 2017, Generative video installation, dimensions variable.
  6. 6. Laura Bernstein, Mimesis: Anthropoid Mere, 2017, video still.