Unpacking Sameness Performance & Artist Talk at NURTUREart
Doors at 6:30 pm, with refreshments
Performance at 7 pm
Join me Friday, October 5, 2018, at NURTUREart for my performance and artist talk on my solo exhibit, Unpacking Sameness.
In Unpacking Sameness the social construct of structural racism is given symbolic form in The Colorline, a sculpture comprised of mirror, industrial chrome articulated armature, and heavy green velvet curtain.
The Colorline, a form of perceptual realism, establishes physicality to an intangible abstraction; an abstraction that is reflected across public policy, institutional practices, cultural representations, and behavioral norms. In a one-woman performance at NURTUREart, I will dismantle The Colorline; an ideological tenet of whiteness and invite my viewers to catechize what is "unseen" behind The Great American Curtain; the “most disagreeable mirror” in James Baldwin’s “The White Man’s Guilt.”
This performance will be followed by an open Q&A. For more information on this performance please visit nurtureart.org.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
I am proud to announce that I am the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for the install of my solo show: Unpacking Sameness at NURTUREart, September 7-October 7, 2018. Created in 1993 to further the Foundation for Contemporary Arts mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
Solo Exhibition: Unpacking Sameness at NUTUREart this Fall 2018
I am proud to announce news of my forthcoming exhibit: Unpacking Sameness at NUTUREart. Unpacking Sameness uses photography and filmed performance to unpack and dismantle the social and psychological constructs of race in America. In developing a visual language comprised of motifs from mid-seventeenth century Dutch painting, daguerreotypes of American slaves, and the low-fi films of black consciousness raising artists of 1970s New York, Neptune creates a narrative that oscillates between construction and deconstruction, oppression and liberation."
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm
On view: September 8–October 7, 2018
2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Recipient
I am proud to announce that I am the recipient of the 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the category of Interdisciplinary Work! The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The extensive list of past awardees includes the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and 15 MacArthur ''Genius'' Fellowships.
"Unpacking Sameness" Highlighted in Hyperallergic during Open Studios
Works from my "Unpacking Sameness" series highlighted in "Wandering the Artist Studios of Dumbo," an article posted on Hyperallergic covering Open Studios in Dumbo. This was especially exciting as it is my last open studios as a Artist-in-Residence at Smack Mellon. Glad to be featured in the write up. "Then, over at Smack Mellon I got to meet Christie Neptune, whose video work (I discovered while writing this) I have seen before and was very impressed by. In her studio, Neptune had images that seemed to be about deconstructing the artifice of studio photography by giving the viewer a cutaway perspective of the artist among her studio tools and appurtenances [...]" writes hyperallergic.
2018 New York Artadia Awards Finalists
Shortlisted as a 2018 New York Artadia Award Finalist. Artadia received more than 500 applications for the Awards, which were open to all visual artists living in New York City for over two years, working in any media, and at any stage of their career. Finalists and Artadia Award recipients are selected through Artadia’s rigorous, two-tier jury review process. In the first round of review, jurors evaluated the merit of all submissions and collaboratively determined the five Finalists. The Finalists were selected by jurors Monique Long, Independent Curator and Writer, New York; Assistant Curator, Zeitz MOCAA, South Africa; Lorna Simpson, Artist; and Jamie Stevens, Curator, Artists Space, New York.
She Fell From Normalcy Exhibit reviewed in Artforum
"Three boxy Sony televisions sat on white pedestals of diminishing heights, positioned along a diagonal axis within the white cube of the gallery. On each screen, looping video segments depicted another white cube, inside of which two women were trapped. Dressed in white undergarments that contrasted starkly with their dark skin, they moved in sync within their confines, looking alternately up at the ceiling, around at the surrounding walls, or out at the viewer, who was made conscious of her position within a comparably claustrophobic space.
The video piece, She Fell from Normalcy, 2016, is the second component of Christie Neptune’s project “Eye of the Storm,” 2014–16, and was also the centerpiece of her solo show at Rubber Factory. As the title implies, the series is an attempt to understand external chaos from within a tightly delineated inner space, or to apprehend the constrictions[...]"
Invited to participate in VOLTA's curated section "The Aesthetics of Matter"
I am pleased to present a new body of work by titled "Unpacking Sameness" as part of VOLTA's curated section "The Aesthetics of Matter", curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas. The fair, which runs concurrently with the Armory show, opens March 7, 2018 and closes March 11, 2018.
Inspired by revolutionary writers and contemporaries of their time, James Baldwin and Frantz Fanon, “Unpacking Sameness,” is a counter-narrative which aims to critique the social ills of white supremacy, colorblind ideologies, and fragility. I use reflective surfaces, curtains and assembled industrial pieces to wrap time and space; transporting viewers to cogitative state of mind stripped of limitation.
The Aesthetics of Matter investigates how collage exists as a construct or mode in various disciplines, referencing a broad definition of matter — from the physical substance, that which occupies space and possesses mass, to the written material, substance or content of a text. Participating artists include: Kennedy Yanko, David Shrobe, Tomashi Jackson, Devin Morris, Troy Michie, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Didier William.
Group Exhibition at University Hall Gallery, UMass Boston
HARD: Subversive Representation
Exhibiting as of group show: HARD: Subversive Representation. Hard is a group exhibition that will bring together artworks from self-identified female artists presenting different approaches to representing female subjects, often through subversive frameworks in a wide variety of media. This exhibition looks specifically at the dynamism of female subjectivity as seen by women. It argues that Contemporary, Post-Modernist, Modernist, and Feminist artistic approaches can help to highlight and expand this dynamism, pushing beyond the constraints of objectification to upend reductive and unrealistic visions of women. Show runs from January 22, 2018 to March 9, 2018.
Group Exhibition at Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
St. John's University
Screening She Fell From Normalcy in group exhibit, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. This exhibition is a further iteration of the book under the same title by award-winning poet Claudia Rankine. It aims to generate another text that suggests a step forward to understanding empowerment and having our freedom to live while non-white as it expressed through the visual art. On view: January 15, 2018 through March 14, 2018
Exhibit Link: http://www.yehgallery.com/claudiarankineindex.html
Solo Exhibition: She Fell From Normalcy at The Rubber Factory
RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Christie Neptune spanning her video works as well as prints. She Fell From Normalcy is the second installment of Christie Neptune’s multi-media series Eye Of The Storm, a body of work that examines how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experience. Working across photography, video and new media, Neptune critiques hegemonic systems of whiteness that shape one’s de nition of “self”, and in She Fell From Normalcy, places particular emphasis on its effect on the emotional and mental health of people of color. In She Fell From Normalcy, Christie Neptune uses sound, installation, original writing and video throughout the gallery to build a world stripped of the limitations of race, gender and class. As subject, Neptune employs two females trapped in a sterile, white environment in which they are controlled by an unseen presence; it is only after a cataclysmic break in the system that the females are granted clarity and self-recognition.
November 18, 2017. Opening from 6 to 9pm
Group Exhibition at Smack Mellon: UPROOT Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
Exhibiting "Pulling at My Labels" in group exhibit, UPROOT Curated by Gabriel de Guzman. UPROOT presents the work of artists who are urgently engaging with the current state of affairs since the 2016 presidential election. Over the past year, artists have been motivated to use their creative practice as a vehicle for challenging the divisiveness of the present administration. This exhibition presents an array of responses to the political climate, including art objects, installations, videos, performances, and public programs that address pressing themes, such as migration and displacement, systemic racism, creative action, environmental justice, and the influential role of digital media in shaping national politics.
November 18 - December 31, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 18, 6-8pm
Smack Mellon Fall Open Studios
Smack Mellon is pleased to invite you to out Fall Open Studios and offer the unique chance to enter the private studios of our 2017 - 2018 artists.
The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis of available affordable space for artists living and working in New York City. The program provides six eligible artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space accessible 24/7 and a fellowship. The program runs for an eleven-month period from June to May.
The artists will have their latest works-in-progress on view, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists in their studios all weekend.
Maria Berrio, Claudia Bitran, Isabella Cruz-Chong, Carla Edwards, Shaun Leonardo, Christie Neptune,
Work Exchange Artist: Tyler Henry
Reception with Artists:
Saturday, September 23, 6-8pm
Open Studio Hours:
Saturday, September 23, 12-8pm
Sunday, September 24, 12-6pm
LIMINAL SPACE | ART TALK: MOTHERING LANDS
Liminal Space artists Keisha Scarville and I will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how our photography engages mother-daughter relationships to illustrate the migration experiences of Guyanese women.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute FREE
AIM Artists: Cocktails & Culture
Participating in the Bronx Museum of The Arts Aim Artists: Cocktails & Culture Friday October 20 at 6 PM-8 PM. Attendees will get the opportunity to learn more about our current exhibition Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial. There will be free guided tours, screenings and Q & A with exhibiting AIM artists. Link: http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/aim-artists-cocktails-and-culture
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456
Work In Progress: The End of Blue and Yellow.
Dual 35mm Color Slide Projection (feature image on site's main page).
“The End of Yellow and Blue” is an unparalleled story of inherited trauma. In this series, I ask can one inherit trauma? As of late, I’ve been interested in exploring genetic memory and generational conditioning. How do one’s environment and experiences affect one’s DNA? Is there evidence to support the passing of memories through generations (i.e. one’s off springs)? These are some of the many questions that I am currently exploring as I further develop my understanding of Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance and close this chapter in my works. Read more about this story on my blog [CLICK HERE].
Upcoming Group Exhibition at Vox Populi:
Exhibiting works from Ms. _____(Interior) in Vox XIII; the thirteenth annual juried exhibition of emerging artists at Vox Populi. This year’s distinguished Curators are Aria Dean and David Hartt. The show will run from July 7th through July 30th, 2017 with an opening reception on July 7th and a closing event on July 30th. This opportunity is particularly for emerging artists without commercial representation who push boundaries in terms of form and content, employ alternative methodologies and want to expose their practice to new audiences.
The Bronx Museum of Arts Biennial And Artist in Marketplace Program:
Exhibiting "She Fell From Normalcy," the third installment of my multi-media series Eye Of The Storm, in the 2017 Bronx Museum of Arts Biennial. The Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists engaged in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program (from the previous year and current). AIM provides professional development opportunities for emerging artists residing and working in the New York metropolitan area. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. Show opens in July, 2017.
Group Exhibition at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute:
I will be displaying my diptych: Memories From Yonder in "Liminal Space," a group exhibition curated by Grace Aneiza Ali at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. This exhibition brings together an inter-generational roster of emerging and established artists of Guyanese heritage, who via photography, painting, sculpture, installation, and video, among other media, bear witness to what drives one from their homeland as well as what keeps one psychically tethered to it. The show will run June 1 – October 26, 2017.
Smack Mellon's Artist Studio Fellowship 2017/2018:
I am proud to announce that I am one of the artists selected for Smack Mellon's 2017/2018 Artist Studio Program!! The program provides six eligible artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and fellowship. The program runs for an eleven-month period from June 2017 to May 2018.
The panelists who selected 2017-2018 were Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, Kelly Baum, Curator of Postwar and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Seph Rodney, staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic. Preliminary panelists were Wayne Hodge, Erica Magrey, Nyeema Morgan, Jean Shin, Premnath Rit Sreshta and Bryan Zanisnik, all former Smack Mellon Studio Artists.
"Ms. _____ Interior" Exhibit Review in The Washington Post:
"Neptune uses both photos and video in various formats to picture black women who gaze obliquely at the viewer. Some of this slo-mo portraiture is accompanied by words that recall the age of European exploration. These correlate a subject’s unknown thoughts, as she turns the pages of a book, to the “interior” of continents that were once mysterious to white colonialists. The quest to understand strangers, the juxtaposition suggests, is as much political as psychological."
The 21st Century’s New Frontier, A Documentary Film in The Works
01/29/16-After much time spent in development, I finally began production on my forthcoming documentary film, The 21st Century's New Frontier. In the age of transparency, where new media, mass surveillance and neurotechnology intersect, how do we protect our inherent rights to privacy? Nita Farahany, Director of Science & Society at the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Professor of Law and Philosophy at Duke University presented a very good question in an article written for the Washington Post. “In a world where private thoughts are no longer private, what will our protections be?” She asks. As our federal government invests millions of dollars in emerging technology aimed at detecting and decoding brain activity, is this a question we should consider? The 21st Century's New Frontier is a documentary film which examines leading advances in neurotechnology and the ethical and legal dilemmas it may present for a society’s civil liberties.
The Bronx Museum of Art's Artist in Marketplace (AIM) Class of 2017
01/25/2017-I along with 36 others was selected to participate in The Bronx Museum of Art's Artist in Marketplace (AIM) program (Spring/Summer session). Looking forward to participating in the program and AIM Biennial to be presented this summer! Heading home and starting off with a bang!
Listed in Fordham's Alumni Media Mentions!
Fordham University lists my group exhibition, “What’s Next” at Washington College in their Alumni Media Mentions for January 2017!
"What's Next" Group Exhibition at Washington College's Kohl Gallery
Screening "Pulling at My Labels" as part of Kohl Gallery's "What's Next" Exhibit at Washington College January 26-March 10, 2017.
What’s Next? seeks to highlight the ability of artists to articulate and respond meaningfully to some of our historical moment’s most pressing problems. Through photography, video, installation, and performance, the works on display grapple with politically salient issues and topics including climate change, the economy, identity, immigration, and race. Collectively, the selected works prompt us to think critically about the urgent and multifaceted question, “what’s next?”
Participating artists will take part in a panel discussion on Jan. 26 in Litrenta Lecture Hall at 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 in Kohl Gallery.
"Time and Space" Group Exhibit at CICA Museum in Gimpo, South Korea
Screening "The Exploration of Planet X" episodes in Time and Space exhibit at CICA Museum. The Show runs February 17 thru March 5, 2017.
We Are Not Alone: A Digital Exploration of Planet X (2016) is an experimental narrative that examines the reductive modes of identity and form. Through abstraction, 3D animation, film and html, I construct a utilitarian edifice that uses basic non-objective matter to convey the underside of our visual world. The film follows the consciousness of Alec an African American female rendering lost in the grid-like spatial terrain of Planet X. Alec an unseen presence, slowly develops corporeal form as she gains familiarity with the structural ordering of systems.
"Women Now" Group Exhibition at WorkHouse Center
Screening "Talk With Me" in the "Women Now" Exhibit at Work House Art Center January 21 thru April 16, 2017.
Opening reception is February 11 6-9pm.
1917, American women were incarcerated at the Workhouse prison for attempting to have a voice, a right to vote. 100 years since these women, the Suffragists, first arrived at the Workhouse, the Workhouse Arts Center presents “Women Now” – exhibiting the voice of emerging and globally-established contemporary female artists. The exhibit is an opportunity to explore great women artists working now while allowing the viewer to reflect on the past and future 100 years.
"The exhibit features well known figures of the contemporary art world including Jennifer Bartlett, Jenny Holzer and Mickalene Thomas along with influential artists Helen Frederick, fresh from a solo exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and Linn Meyers with a current solo exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Viewer will also discover growingly influential artists such as Christie Neptune, recently awarded “Artist In Market Place (AIM)” from the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, Charlotte Potter, with recent solo exhibits in Taxis and New York and recently featured in Virginia Living magazine, as well as Emily Francisco, Erin Devine and more!"
"Ms. ______ Interior" Exhibit at Hamiltonian Gallery
Exhibiting "Ms. ________Interior" at The Hamiltonian Gallery January 14 thru February 18, 2017. Opening Reception January 14, 2017 at 7pm. Artist Talk February 7, 2017 at 7pm.
"Ms.______ (Interior)" is a followup to Christie Neptune's "Eye Of The Storm", a 3-part multimedia series that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. An Afrosurrealist installation that incorporates both photography and video,"Ms.______ (Interior)" allows viewers to contemplate the inner life of anonymous black females. Through her slow-moving portraits, Neptune warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her protagonist's inaccessible psychological life.