Childlike Art Exhibition Opens on Upper East Side to Benefit Orphans

New York, N.Y. Curated by Jeremy Hu of Asymmetrik Gallery, Childlike is a mixed presentation of paintings, photographs and sculpture of children around the world featuring the works of Christophe von Hohenberg, Karim Hamid, Brenda Zlamany, Ken Shung, Eva Mueller, Pauline Galiana, and Dickon Eames.  This admission-free event is to benefit Orphans International Worldwide (www.oiww.org). 

The Opening Reception for Childlike will be on Friday, Feb. 22, 6-9pm at the Stonehenge-Luce Non-Profit Pop-Up Annex Gallery at 1159 Second Avenue.  It is free and open to the public.


Detail from Fulbright Scholar and artist Brenda Zlamany’s 888 portraits of indigenous Taiwanese.

Childlike is a mixed presentation of paintings, photographs and sculptures aiming to capture the spirit of the child. This exhibition is proudly curated by Jeremy Hu of Asymmetrik Gallery. The artists skillfully interpret the universal attributes of liveliness, curiosity and innocence displayed by every child into their works.


Ken Shung’s riveting photograph of father and son on Tiananmen Square in Beijing is now on display.

This event will be on display at the Stonehenge-Luce Non-Profit Annex from February 20th – March 3rd, a pop-up gallery dedicated to presenting exhibitions for non-profit organizations. Portions of proceeds benefit Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) an organization that has set forth global standards for international orphan care. Learn more about the OIWW’s progressive and UNICEF-approved Family Care Model, “a sustainable, community-centered and child development-appropriate approach to raising orphaned children as global citizens” on Orphans International Worldwide’s website.

Childlike is proud to present pieces by Karim Hamid, Christophe von Hohenberg, Brenda Zlamany, Ken Shung, Pauline Galiana, Eva Mueller, and Dickon Eames.


Another detail from  artist Brenda Zlamany’s 888 portraits of indigenous Taiwanese.

Collage artist Pauline Galiana told me:

Kitchen Art is an ongoing series of sticker collages that I began many years ago. They are a personal diary -each having a theme or story- based on products I’ve consumed, museums I’ve visited, and other sticky labels that make their way into my life. Each piece is named after one of the labels within the piece. Through the activity of collecting, grouping and arranging this material, I sensitize myself to overlooked and discarded details of everyday life and to the patterns of my own consumption. The title Kitchen Art suggests a domestic domain as well as the kitsch aspect of sticker designs and messages.


Detail from the collage “Brain Fuel” by artist Pauline Galiana.

Jim Luce has covered Brenda Zlamany’s work in The Huffington Post (link).  She told me:

The place of the painted portrait in the postphotography, postmodern age is ever-changing. In portrait painting, a connection between the artist and the subject is created by the act of building an image stroke by stroke. This connection is unusual (and perhaps longed for) in a time of virtual reality and high-speed, mediated experience. There is much to be explored in the question of who is portrayed and how. I am interested in the multifaceted nature of portraiture in the digital age. By combining painting, performance, interactivity, photography, a conceptual frame, and a digital presentation, I seek to challenge schisms in artistic as well as social understanding.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22, 2013 | 6:00 – 9:00PM Stonehenge-Luce Non-Profit Annex, 1159 Second Avenue (between 60th & 61st Streets), Manhattan For more information, please contact Jeremy Hu: jeremy@asymmetrikinc.com.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Christophe von Hohenberg.  Dividing his time between New York and Mexico, Von Hohenberg has established his place in the art world as a portrait photographer with a unique gift for capturing the inner essence of the individual. Discovered by American Vogue, he has had a distinguished career photographing celebrities. His critically acclaimed book Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died received the Photo District News Photography Book Award as well as the AIGA Book Award (2007).

Karim Hamid.  Based in Rhode Island, Karim Hamid is a figurative American painter whose images are based on “the visual dialogue with the classic representation of the female figure and the male gaze throughout art history”. He focuses on the psychic condition of the subject and seeks to “find something broader in the meaning and composure.” On his paintings he writes: “While the imagery is often distorted or exaggerated in my work, I also expect my work to express itself within its own polemical and painterly distortion of that distortion. It is about the thing/person being observed, as well as the method of being observed.”

Brenda Zlamany.  Brenda Zlamany is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Since 1982 her work has appeared in over a dozen solo exhibitions and many group shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Museums that have exhibited her work include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum, Gdansk; and Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere and is held in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum; Deutsche Bank; the Museum of Modern Art, Houston; the Neuberger Museum of Art; the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; and the World Bank. She has received portrait commissions from the World Bank, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and other institutions. Zlamany has collaborated with authors and editors of the New York Times Magazine on several commissions, including an image of Marian Anderson for an article by Jessye Norman and one of Osama bin Laden for the September 11, 2005, cover. Her 1995 painting of Jeffrey Dahmer for the magazine, in a special artist-designed issue, won a silver medal from the Society of Newspaper Design. Grants she has received include a Fulbright Fellowship (2011), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2006–07), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in Painting (1994). She has had residency fellowships at MacDowell Colony (1995, 1992, 1986) and Yaddo (1997), among others. She is primarily interested in animal still life, landscape, and portraiture.

Ken Shung.  Based in New York City, Ken Shung is a noted portrait photographer in the fine arts world as well as in the publications: Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and Fortune. On his photography practice he writes: “My intention is not to report or tell a story. Instead I use people in the landscape to illustrate the content, concept, idea and form.”

Eva Mueller.  Born and raised in Germany and currently residing in New York City, Eva Mueller’s eclectic interests include beauty, fashion, music and fine art.  Academically trained as a graphic designer, Eva discovered her passion for photography when she moved to New York. Her images reveal a designer’s sensitivity to concept and composition and they are concerned with the human form and abstractions of Mueller’s surroundings.

Pauline GalianaPauline Galiana is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on “actively engaging the viewer in a visual conversation” through “poetic narration, visual media and creative energy.”  On her practice she notes:  “Color drives my instinctive state of mind: hue, shade, tone, pigment, stain, wash, all bring vividness and an inspirational excitement.” She expresses this theme through her large and varied body of work.

Dickon Eames.  Dickon Eames was known for his sculptures that often “function as machines with wire frames and moving parts” as well as his holograms and graphic pieces. Often Eames employed hand cranks and large letters in his sculptures to explore thought-provoking word play. His use of the hand crank implies a playful interaction between the viewer and the piece of work. Eames practiced in New York and Paris where he “maintained a large studio where works could be assembled and constructed” from materials found in the surrounding area.”

ASYMMETRIK Gallery is home to some of the most influential works in contemporary art, connecting its diverse family of artists with private collectors and corporate patrons. With varied genres inspired by pop culture, fashion, urbanization, nature and lifestyle, ASYMMETRIK’s collection reflects a thought-provoking, edgy and socio-political connection between the universe and art. Its portfolio includes established artists who have shown at The Metropolitan Museum NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy, and LaMaison Européenne de la Photographie to name a few.

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Zoran Saher
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