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.