Wharton Media & Entertainment Network (WMEN) at Unix Gallery

The Wharton Media & Entertainment Network (WMEN) is pleased to announce an upcoming social/cultural event in Chelsea at the Unix Gallery, a gallery featuring up and coming as well as established international artists. Daniela Mercuri, the gallery owner, will lead us on a tour of the gallery and give a brief talk about each of the displaying artists and their works.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
6:00 PM ET - 8:00 PM ET

Unix Gallery
520 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

WCNY Supporting Members - $40 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Other Wharton Alumni - $45

Event Location/Gallery Information:
Unix gallery is dedicated to the promotion of intercultural dialogue through its diverse roster of international artists, ranging from emerging to established. Its curatorial program is driven by the social impact and significance of art that challenges present-day issues. Unix is committed to fostering artists’ long-term career development internationally through exhibitions and special projects.

Pre-registration is required. Please register early as events can and do sell out quickly.
Registration is subject to availability and will close on Wednesday, June 29th at 12:00pm.

On Display at Our Event:
UniX Gallery is pleased to present Fast Forward, a group show featuring works by gallery artists Athena Anastasiou, Justin Bower, Ellen de Meijer, Flavia Junqueira, Kwangho Shin, Llewellyn Xavier, and Richard Garet.

Athena Anastasiou creates multilayered mythological tableaus that explore the core concerns of human existence. Her signature style incorporates traditional oil painting and weaving techniques, with long colorful threads bursting picture frames.

Athena Anastasiou, Mother Nature's Calling, 2021, oil and weaving on canvas, 62 x 47 in | 160 x 120 cm

Justin Bower, known for large-scale anonymous portraits, uses his elaborate technique to reinvent the traditional genre of portraiture. His works highlight the advance of technology in contemporary life and our increasing dependence on it. They look like they are created by AI algorithms and belong to a dystopian future where humans and machines merge together in a new cyborg form.

Flavia Junqueira’s complex phantasmagorical installations encompass history, architecture, and the whimsical world of inflatable balloons. Balloons in her works are the performers taking the stage, whatever the theatre is, be it the street, the palace, or the sky. In her festive landscapes, we become immersed in the distant scenery of national culture and listen to the silence of the past.

Ellen de Meijer paints exquisite portraits of contemporary Western society protagonists – both children and adults, representing the status quo but also questioning the societal hierarchical structures in the process. Impeccably dressed and outwardly successful, her characters also carry an air of aloofness, disassociation, and unhappiness that is often present under the facade of success and the Instagram-perfect life of our contemporaries.

Flavia Junqueira, Theatro Joao Caetano, 2019, Mineral pigment on cotton paper 50.05 x 78.7 in |150 x 200 cm

Kwangho Shin is known for his large-scale virtuosic portraits that take the human figure into a new realm of sculptural tactile physicality. Inspired by Abstract Expressionism he uses oil paint in his own unique way to highlight the possibilities of portraiture in the digital age. Thick oil impasto swirls in vibrant colors reveal both bright pop-art explosions and a darker distorted side of the human psyche.

Llewellyn Xavier’s multifaceted artistic practice is defined by his Caribbean cultural heritage, Western art education, and life experiences that included being a monk at a Cistercian monastery. His works reflect this complex trajectory and are informed by both American Abstract Expressionism and the bright light and colors of his native country. His carefully constructed painterly surfaces shimmer like the ocean in the Caribbean and bring a ray of sunshine to viewers across the world.

Richard Garet has a unique artistic vision that occupies a complex intersection of Light and Space art, digital art, abstraction, and conceptualism. His practice explores light, sound, digital artifacts, and visual perception as they lay the foundations of contemporary life. His work exists in an area between immateriality, object, optical phenomena, beauty, and discomfort.

Richard Garet, Perceptual - Rainbow Thief, 2013, Vertical HD monitor, media player, HD file, 50 x 30 x 3 in

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