Nick Sethi - Olympia - Magic Gallery
July 30th - September 3rd, 2014
Wednesday, July 30th - 6:00-9:00PM
175 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013
Olympia, painted in 1863 by Édouard Manet, depicts a pasty-skinned nude, lying in repose on a bed, being brought flowers by a somewhat stunned female servant. The painting caused much shock and controversy in its time, because like DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Olympia follows the viewer around the room with a haunting gaze, draped in nothing but select details identifying her as a courtesan – a high class prostitute.
As ubiquitous as sexual deviation and prostitution were throughout the 19th century's upper class, they did not want to be confronted by it eye-to-eye, especially in an art gallery. But Manet didn’t invent this taboo form of expression; similar themes can be traced back to works such as Titian’s Venus of Urbino (painted 150 years prior).
Is the ‘selfie’ culture of today, and the transmission of nude self-portraits amongst young people, an all too familiar form of self-expression?
Artist Nick Sethi’s Olympia serves to humanize this otherwise sexually deviant behavior of our own time through a comprehensive display of this reality in a gallery setting. Utilizing primitive photographic technology on cell phone cameras and laptop webcams, the self-portraits on display offer a strong, sometimes uncomfortable sense of familiarity; both through the quality of the photography as well as the models portrayed in the photos. Often hidden just out of frame – to emphasize anonymity – the subject’s eyes also gaze intensely back at the viewer, whom, at the time of the photo, was the model herself.
Through the careful arrangement of the photos in the gallery, Sethi shapes his poetic narrative. Culled from the 10,000+ photos from which these works are curated, he recreates the model/photographer’s relationship with the camera, and explores his own intellectual inquiry into the digital, personal lives of these subjects.
Nick Sethi (b. 1989) is a NYC-based artist whose work explores the interactions between humans, nature, and technology. A former assistant to photographers Terry Richardson and Jonathan Mannion, Sethi has recently exhibited with Ed. Varie and released over 25 publications, including recent titles with Dashwood Books and Pau Wau Publications.
Magic is artist Gogy Esparza’s multipurpose project space. Part gallery and artist studio, the space is also home to Esparza’s private boutique barbershop. Magic hosted its inaugural exhibition earlier this year with works from artists Peter Sutherland, Maggie Lee and Esparza himself.
The Hovering Life - Kijidome Boston MA.
The Hovering Life- a group show with Sonia Almeida, Sascha Braunig, Allan Macintyre, Tracy Molis, S.E. Nash
19 July - 16 August 2014
59 Wareham Street, Unit 1A
Boston, MA 02118
Art Palace, Houston TX
Summer Salts, a group show including Justin Boyd, Elaine Bradford, Jeffrey Dell, Peat Duggins, Nathan Green, Tatiana Istomina, Bradley Kerl, Joe Joe Orangias, Linda Post, Raychael Stine, Barry Stone, & Eric Zimmerman.
through August 22
Mary Ellen Bartley
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Bertien van Manen
525 West 22nd St
New York, NY
"On the Prowl With Instagram’s Ultimate Street Photographer"
portrait by Maciek Jasik
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition — Orillia Museum of Art and History
The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 13th year, the show embraces, challenges or otherwise addresses existing approaches to the Canadian landscape.
Orillia Museum of Art & History
30 Peter St S, Orillia, Ontario
August 7—October 4, 2014
Reception: Thursday, August 7 | 7—9pm