to Sep 8

A Number of Names presents: Monica Kim Garza "Chain Hang Low"

“Hasta La Vista Be be” by Monica Kim Garza, 36x48", acrylic, glitter, paper, foam, oil stick on canvas, 2017

“Hasta La Vista Be be” by Monica Kim Garza, 36x48", acrylic, glitter, paper, foam, oil stick on canvas, 2017

Please join A Number of Names at GROUPE on June 8th for the opening night of our new exhibition, "Chain Hang Low" by Monica Kim Garza.

Influenced by her multicultural background, an affinity for southern rap culture and admiration of Renaissance and Realism period figures; Monica Kim Garza has reshaped the representation of the docile nude female into a strong and confident woman. These beautiful vivid paintings are a rebirth of "the female figure and the relationships she has within the world". 

In this series, Garza was most inspired by the beauty of nature and everyday life's mundanity. These paintings of curvaceous nudes in modern day situations; making breakfast, playing a game of basketball or riding horses are an homage to her nostalgia of past memories, travels and experiences.

Artist Monica Kim Garza (b.1988) currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Her current series "Chain Hang Low" will be on display at GROUPE 198 Bowery on June 8th until September 8, 2017, you don't want to miss it. 

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to May 23

A Number of Names presents: Serban Ionescu - 'OREAD'

Please join A Number of Names on February 24th for the opening night of our new exhibition, OREAD by Serban Ionescu.

This exhibition features sculptural installation that manifests the “Oread” mountain nymph Echo. Rejected by Narcissus and his reflection, Echo vanishes in the mountains, only to leave her echo behind. We find her within two mirrored bodies/sculptures, echoing the question; how do we reflect ourselves in nature, within nature and under the natural wearing of time?

Working with materials such as acrylic, steel, machined hardware and a digital prints of natural landscapes-we begin to investigate nature and artifice, their contrast and their marriage. What echoes and what reflects are now one. Unlike Echo, we cannot hide in the mountains. We dwell in planes, left to face mirrors that no longer reflect us.

Artist Serban Ionescu (b.1984) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has taught Architecture design studio at RPI in Troy, NY and started OFF - a design studio. His Architecture background and interest allows for the works to vary in medium, function and scale - spanning from drawing, painting, furniture, large scale installation and in film. His migration from Romania to Queens at the age of 10, has infused his work with a skewed fascination for American Entertainment, Film, History, Manufactured Architectural Material, Graphic Design and Cartoons. Impulse, contrasts and contradictions fuel the work, between crassness and tact, the dull and the energetic and between rigor and accident.

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to Feb 5

A Number of Names presents: Victor Roman "Sent"

Victor Roman with two works in progress from his series, SENT.

Victor Roman with two works in progress from his series, SENT.

SENT. is the second installment of New York artist Victor Roman’s debut “Digi-Com” series, 2014. Roman’s ethnographic approach dissects the virtual reality of our current world. This body of work extracts the cultural phenomena of digital communication from its virtual plain and places it within a physical space. Roman not only distorts the messages contextual meaning, but magnifies the emotional space those messages take up by presenting them on tangible material. SENT. invites its audience to become observers of their own digital habitats and confront their own humanity.

Victor Roman was born in 1987, in the Lower East Side, and is now resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At the beginning of his art career, Roman attended Parsons, where he delved into Digital Design. His ability to create on a digital platform transferred over with fluidity on to canvas. He is known equally for his clean minimalist design work, as he is for his visually stimulating art pieces.

Roman is known for his vibrant hues, bold contrasting lines, and his ability to manipulate acrylic paint into surreal color palettes. His pieces serve as vessels that amplify his personal observations and curiosities while inviting his audience to navigate with him, through a digitally enhanced world.

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to Jun 2

A Number of Names presents: Luis Alberto Rodriguez "Devil May Care"

TARREN, 2016

TARREN, 2016

A Number of Names proudly presents “Devil May Care” by Luis Alberto Rodriguez. The emerging solo artist incendiary work is devolved from “a desire to dissolve the body out of reality and in to chaos”. The series’ figures continuously attempt to defy their earthbound existence; recklessly leaping and dragging their heavily draped and tightly bound bodies across a sparse landscape. Despite the betrayal of gravity, these extraordinary images transcend into an endlessly haunting ballad.

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to Oct 31

A Number of Names presents: Candace Camuglia - "Casual Science"

"Something You Don't Know" - Candace Camuglia

"Something You Don't Know" - Candace Camuglia

Casual Science is an ongoing theme of work by Candace Camuglia, which aims to reveal moments of naturally occurring surrealism through film photography. The term was coined specifically to reference the fleeting beauty and general visual interest in chance occurrence. Casual Science is found in silent and untouched documentation of environment, often comprised of remnants of cultural clues that unintentionally decorate a landscape, leaving behind a composition that has arranged itself publicly for anyone who chooses to recognize it.

Candace Camuglia is a photographer and multidisciplinary artist from New York City. Her photographs have been featured in galleries state-wide, including most recent solo shows “Where I’ve Been” (an exploration of a small, emptied, rust belt town) and “Under the White Sky” (eastern european travelogues). She also specializes in environment based editorial and wedding photography for the creative and unconventional. When not traveling or producing work, she is looking at the ground, collecting found objects in transit, which often later evolve into other works.

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to Sep 30

A Number of Names presents: Garrett Klein - "Prism"

Garrett Klein is an artist based in NYC. He received his BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Klein works with a variety of materials and processes. His body of works include sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

Garret Klein's photographic series "Prism" focuses on restrained limitations that result in extraordinarily varied outcomes. Each image is a direct result of technical and creative choices made by the use of two tools; a fiber optic LED light and a 35mm camera.

These abstract photographs reflect Klein's ability to break down objects and materials to their most basic fundamental parts and reconstruct them into complex new beings.

Klein calls attention to light and its importance in photography by using it as his sole subject and creative source. “Prism” explosive vibrating forms shows light's complexity as a subject, as a tool and as an entity.  

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to Sep 1

A Number of Names presents: Daniel "Dred" Marques - "The Set Up"

"Life Watches You Burn" - Daniel "Dred" Marques

"Life Watches You Burn" - Daniel "Dred" Marques

life sets you up...
life watches you burn...
life stomps you out

Daniel “Dred” Marques is a Brazilian New Yorker whom explores the world through the moving image and understands life frame by frame. A budding independent film director since the age of 16, Marques got his start making music videos for clients such as Wyclef Jean, MTV, Vibe Magazine and many others. The young director made his first short film aptly titled, I_NY in 2009 alongside numerous music videos with Jersey rapper The ILLZ, artist interviews with Homebase NYC as well as a weekly video series with musical artists, Nina Sky. Marques continues to create and prides himself in the support and hard work of his production team, Hot Mop Films. 

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to Jul 31

A Number of Names presents: Chika Kobari - 'David'

My photographs are personal, and based on my own experience of the fragility of existence. When I was one, my family moved to New York from Shizuoka prefecture, a small town in Japan.

From my grandmother, who was handicapped as a consequence of war, I developed an understanding that sensory connections are the fundamental condition of life. My mother, a hair and make-up artist, battled lung cancer for ten years and ultimately succumbed to the illness in a hospice in Japan. I washed and prepared her body for cremation. It was a devastating experience personally yet I was fascinated by the custom of placing leaves in her casket.

During those years I struggled with overcoming the loss. I imagined the worst things possible, trying to overcome my fear of death.
My work as an artist has emerged from that struggle. I seek definitive answers in the stillness and isolation of everyday forms.

These images are about my relationship to the human form through experience.

Observing the every day and absorbing it into my work.  Whether it was something I read in the paper or an exchange of ideas these things constantly change my perception of the human form.  I utilize day light  then slowly cut the light off to shape my subject. At times its about isolating a moment in time or a gesture.  



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to Jun 30

A Number of Names presents: Ananda Lima - 'Proxy'

Ananda Lima is an artist based in NYC. Her current photographic series, ‘Proxy' powerfully focuses on the mannequin and the expectations they impose on real women's femininity.

This series uses the mannequin as a proxy for our consumer culture's ideal woman; a superficial emphasis on sexualized beauty combined with neutral homogenous expressions devoid of any individual traits. 

Lima's works focus on the conventions of fashion photography found in advertisements and mainstream magazines with models: how posture and facial expressions convey aloofness, neutrality or a strong sexual element. These expressions are uniform and ubiquitous in fashion photography and leak into the psyche of society. 

These images put into question our understanding on how influential the media is towards our  acceptance of women. The melancholic beauty in these images ironically gives the mannequins a human quality, a trait they symbolically strip away from the women they represent. 

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to May 27

A Number of Names presents: What You Know About People

what you know about people

A Moment In The Life Of A Stranger

What You Know About People: 'A Moment In The Life Of A Stranger' is a collective of street photographs by photographers Adam Ianniello, David Alexander Flinn, Devon Jacob and Jon-Paul Rodriguez.
These four born and bred New Yorkers capture the universal fascination with "people watching" as well as the undeniable curiosity between oneself and 'the stranger'.
The photographs capture and romanticize the beautiful and unexpectedly intimate moments in public places between people, people's interaction with the city as a space and the connection between the photographers and their unknown subjects. New York City's large crowds and confined spaces can at times feel so vast and lonesome, these powerful black and white photographs candidly capture humanity's longing to find a connection with the anonymous.

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to Apr 20

A Number of Names presents: Garrett Klein - 'Communication Breakdown'

Garrett Klein is an artist based in NYC. He received his BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Klein works with a variety of materials and processes. His body of works include sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

His current work, 'Communication Breakdown' is a series of photographs based on the deconstruction of objects to its formal elements and the physical interaction with its surroundings. Although his photographs are related to the physicality and the separation of objects within their spaces, the series results in an emotionally personal body of work. This dichotomy perfectly reflects the true nature of Klein's artistic psyche.

"We come into contact with cars, buildings and other objects or material and people see them as just objects, I see them as line, shapes and color. I zoom into that little world."

In his fascination with striping the city to its rudimentary shapes and peeling apart its surroundings to high contrast grainy skies, he has created a world of his own. In Klein's photographs, much like his painting and sculptural work, he is meticulously reworking his subjects layers, seeking out textures and patterns and utilizing each of its elements to give them new and unexpected purpose.

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to Oct 30

A Number of Names presents: Naya Urena - 'She Was Asking For It'

"She Was Asking For It", a series based on the common belief that a woman's way of dressing provokes sexual aggression in males — a form of removing the blame from the attacker to the victim.

 This series is a visual catalog of personal items that depicts the vast range of sex victims. These items are displayed to confront the idea that articles of clothing merit and consent sexual abuse. Some items have been seen as "provocation" while other items are a seen as a sign of "weakness" by sexual attackers. The belief that "provocative" clothing conveys consent wrongly assumes that the only women who are targets of sexual assault are those who wear revealing clothing. In fact, in many cases, females who are victims of rape are those who wear body-concealing clothing because they are seen as passive and submissive.
Under this belief it is also assumed that women must cater to male pleasure. Those who oppose are often labeled as undesirable, damaged, sexually frustrated or gay. Society also encourages the idea that to be "silent" is "modest", 'lady-like" and "knowing your place." Victims who speak out and stand up for themselves are questioned, and it is many times assumed that they "did something" to deserve the abuse.
Often victims are blamed for the sexual harassment or sexual abuse by individuals or institutions whom the victims turn to for help, known as secondary victimization. Victim blaming and inappropriate post-trauma language or behavior by loved ones or medical personnel is especially common in cases that are a result of statutory rape and drug related abuse. This further instills fear, self hate and invalidates the abusive experience of the victims, many of which often suffer abuse again.

The color Pink was the only color used in this series because it is very strongly associated with girls and women. Pink is commonly used as a gender identifier for females. As such, many words used to describe pink have been associated and transferred on to women. Pink is to female as sensitivity is to emotional, tenderness is to weakness, childhood is to naivety, and pretty is to sexual.  These associations have further added to the universal confusion women struggle with and what role they are meant to play.

As a society it is crucial that we show support to the victims of sexual abuse and discourage the behaviors and languages that perpetuate violence against women and continue to blame the victim rather than the attacker. This series is my way of speaking up for the voiceless victims, those that hide in fear for speaking up against their attacker, those afraid to be blamed for their own abuse, and those who have spoken up but have been silenced. This series is standing up against the belief that those attacked were "asking for it." The idea that one's clothing is enough to justify these crimes is degrading to women and clearly shows whose side society is on. One in three women have been victims of sexual abuse, it's time to change those numbers.

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A Number of Names presents: Leonaldo Fernandez -'Middle Class Sand Castles'

Please join us on Friday, August 22nd, 8p for Leonaldo Fernandez's 'Middle Class Sand Castles'.

Leonaldo Fernandez is a New York based artist whose work touches on the physical transformations and the social dichotomy of his beloved city.
His recent work, titled "Middle Class Sand Castles" speaks of the middle class and the intangible 'American Dream'. Fernandez shares his views of a city built on grandiose hopes that are easily scattered to the wind.

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