OTHERWISE NORMAL: Group Show – February 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 2017 , 6PM to 10PM 
On view: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

We are pleased to present Otherwise Normal, a group exhibition of works by Anthony Gelfand, Alba Vigaray, and Luan Sherman featuring an interdisciplinary selection of new media photography, installation, and sculptural works. The artists seek to investigate the boundaries of assimilation, gender, sexuality, and belonging through notions of cultural passing. Passing, in this context, refers to the inherent complexity of individual identity and the intersectional experience of our generation.

With Otherwise Normal, the artists come together to represent different facets of identity, mining from their own experiences while still focusing on important socio-political issues. Gelfand presents work related to Russian and Jewish family history and artifact. His paintings, objects, and photographs thoughtfully cross boundaries within a complex family narrative, prompting viewers to consider alternate points of view and confront previously repressed thoughts or biases.

Vigaray is an observer, a listener, a presence, a documenteur, and a photojournalist.  She responds to her environment and waits for the right moment to strike for an image to emerge. She’s concerned with the all-too-common phenomenon of being in a place without having a lived experience in that space. Her photographs come from an ongoing project of nightlife photography examining personal space, vulnerability, and the people we are in our free-time.

Sherman’s work examines concepts of masculinity, “male” bodies, intersectional identity, and “boyhood.” He presents photo-blankets, with sourced images from pre and post-op transgender men to increase awareness and trans visibility. His works on paper and embroidered objects bring playfulness and humor to the complex, an often frustrating experience of socially and medically transitioning from female to male.

Virko uses portraiture and figurative work as a means to explore human perception and behavior. She creates works that stir feelings of discomfort and curiosity for her viewers, in the hopes that they will stop to confront the more challenging aspects of her subject matter.

LaFrance’s work challenges the viewer to see beauty in the broken and explore more than the surface presents. Videos that are compressed, pixelated, and corrupt may appear “broken”, but they offer new perspectives into how signal failure (or recovery) is perceived. He often projects his work to create a “larger than life” sensation and accentuate the dichotomy of artist and machine.

Luan Sherman
(b. 1993, United States) received a BFA in painting and art history from The Savannah College of Art and Design in May 2015. Sherman is a multi-media artist engaged in performance, photography, writing, sculpture, installation, and extended media projects. He has exhibited internationally in New York, Connecticut, Savannah, GA, and Lacoste, France. He has attended residencies at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2010), The Chautauqua School of Art (2014), and Black Mountain School (2016), on the site of the historic Black Mountain College. He has participated in performances at the SCAD Museum of Art, The Cooper Union for The Women’s Suffrage Centennial, Welmont Gallery, Ashmore Gallery, Non-Fiction Gallery, and Indigo Sky Gallery. His work has been featured in MESH Magazine, ARKHAM Magazine, the Savannah Art Informer, and in his spare time, he curates the Instagram account, @cartsontheloose.

Alba Vigaray
(Madrid, 1991) started her studies in Law and Business in the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. After four years she decided to leave it and start a completely new career developing her skills in photography. She currently resides and works in New York City as a press photographer.

Anthony Gelfand
(New York, 1992) received a BFA in painting, spring 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Ga. He creates images or objects, whether through performance, installation or alternative media, that memorialize a moment in time and leave for the viewer a source from which to draw personal conclusions. He currently works and resides in New York City.

Beecher LaFrance
(New York, 1991) received a BFA in Motion Media Design fall, 2014 from the Savannah College of art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. Primarily dealing in video and animation, his work uses corrupt, compressed and distorted footage to explore dark, subversive themes. He lives and works in New York, New York.

Julia Virko
(b. Moscow, 1994), is in her final semester at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Illustration). She creates images through painting, drawing, etching and mixed media in order to explore the complexity of human nature, particularly the relationship between experience and emotion. She explores tension in her work in order to foster curiosity and suspicion from the viewer in terms of the medium and subject matter.