LatchKey Gallery is pleased to present Never Mind the Bullocks, a group exhibition featuring artists, Inna Babaeva, Darryl Westly, Steven Fragale and Toby Barnes which examines contemporary art through a meta-modernist lens. Never Mind the Bullocks will be on view from September 18 - October 21, 2018 at the Chashama Space, One Brooklyn Bridge.
It should be first stated that this is not an attempt to define the cultural theory but to visualize the sentiment that may be meta-modernism. It is, however, a visual certainty that reflects our current society. Never Mind the Bullocks brings together four artists whose works individually offset a visual energy that embodies our sense of self in this time of chaos. Whether it is through the sarcasm found in the sculptures of Inna Babaeva, who juxtaposes materials that simultaneously evoke a sense of irony and delight or Darryl Westly's construction of opposing images which when fused together create a new harmonious configuration.
Never Mind the Bullocks creates alternative modes that bridges the absurd with the coherent and questions what is real versus what is unreal. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Steven Fragale an AR painter. It is here between varying dimensions where one finds themselves fully enveloped by the artist's vision. These fragmented shifts of being come together with the paintings by Toby Barnes, whose own oscillating identity leaves us in this contemporary purgatory inevitably leading us to our own ipseity.
Never Mind the Bullocks looks to name the chaos, conquer the confusion and empower the individual living within the noise of today by creating a visual understanding of our current state.
Darryl Westly (born Chicago, IL) lives and works in New York, NY. Westly's paintings are a fusion of images which merge to create new forms of representation. Westly holds a BFA from The Cooper Union. In 2016, he participated in the Beirut Art Residency Program. Westly has exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad.
Inna Babaeva (born Lvov, Ukraine) lives and works in Long Island City, New York. Babaeva creates surreal sculptures that engage themes of mass production and commercial uniformity by approaching everyday objects with playful absurdity. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University. Her work has been recently exhibited at Anna Kustera Gallery, New York; Brian Morris Gallery; New York and Underdonk; New York. Babaeva is a recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Foundation fellowship and she is a Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2014 Grant nominee.
Steven Fragale (born, New York, NY) lives and works in New York, NY. Fragale is a painter focused on the impact of our digital behavior on our collective consciousness. Steven's oil paintings continue off the canvas and onto media devises using an augmented reality and computer vision app he writes for each piece. He has worked extensively with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Facebook and The Museum of Natural History.
Toby Barnes (born, Miami, Florida) lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts. Barnes artwork reflects the hybridity of his own background which comprises of painting, installation, performance, and photography. He holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Barnes has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad including, P.S 1 MOMA, EMERGENCY ROOM, curated by Thierry Geoff, Queens Museum of the Arts, Locust Projects, Miami Florida, VOLTA, NY and NADA, Miami.