featuring Ale Jordão, CHiNGLiSH WANG, John Grande and Kristin Simmons
IMPULSE is an immersive exhibition that explores the intersection of personal identity in the digital age, consumption, and desire. The exhibition features internationally based multidisciplinary artists and is divided into three parts, each exploring a different theme. The introductory theme explores the virtual age and how the real world combines virtual and physical aspects. Visitors will be prompted to reflect on how social media manipulates emotions. The second theme is consumption as both a societal development and a web of manipulation with negative implications, such as environmental damage, corporate and individual greed, and more. The third theme delves into contemporary narcissism, which is driven by social media, the phenomenon of massification, and our obsession with appearances and material possessions.
Offering articulations from artists with different backgrounds and cultures, IMPULSE offers visitors a nuanced understanding of the complexities of human behavior and the resulting orientation of the self in our world and contemporary times. The exhibition combines immersive display design, offering a thought-provoking experience that encourages visitors to reflect on their own behaviors and influences.
About the Artists
Kristin Simmons adroitly, indirectly reveals truths through art—trenchant critiques—wittily exposing modern society through the objects of our desires. Simmons is a graduate of Columbia University; her work has been exhibited by Phillips, the United Nations, Whitney Museum, Bridgehampton Museum, Bergdorf Goodman, and more.
Alê Jordão has established a powerful and conceptually rich body of work spanning visual arts, design, and fashion, which incorporates neon to create a striking graphic language. Jordão’s work has been exhibited by the National Historical Museum (Brazil), Palazzo Barberini (Rome), and is held in the collection of Queen Silvia of Stockholm.
John Grande reflects upon contemporary culture via constructed paintings, sculptures and murals, carefully utilizing techniques and traditions influenced by Old Master and 19th century artists, to 20th century advertising and Pop Art. Grande is an SVA graduate; his works have been exhibited widely across the US, South Korea, Italy, India, and Canada.
CHiNGLiSH WANG’s work revolves around social values, cultural heritage, and materiality, often lying at the intersection of art and design. WANG is a Parsons graduate; his works have been exhibited by the National Palace Museum Taiwan, Museum of Contemporary Art Taiwan, A Plus A Gallery, and Ki Smith Gallery.
Special guest: Dee Lazzerini