A new exhibit opening today at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art aims to take a snap shot of the ever growing New Contemporary “school”. It’s class? Many will be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers: Andrew Hem (HF Vol. 21 cover artist), Curiot (Hf Vol. 29), Ekundayo (HF Vol. 9), Erik Jones (HF Vol. 27 cover artist), Kwon Kyungyup (HF Vol. 24), Natalia Fabia (HF Vol. 22), Scott Radke (Hf Vol. 6), Yoskay Yamamoto (HF Vol. 8), and Yosuke Ueno (HF Vol. 10), to name a few. The exhibition will also include a new installation by artist Brett Amory (HF Vol. 20). “Invisible College”, which is co-curated by the museum’s Josef Zimmerman and Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, presents New Contemporary as a movement that is both traditionally inspired and non traditional – most of its 50 participants are self taught artists. Coming from different countries and creative backgrounds, their works are as versatile and contradictory as the movement itself. Murals by Andrew Schoultz, Cyrcle, Mark Dean Veca (HF Vol. 23) and Troy Lovegates use graphic, bold colors, with a sense of movement, displayed indoors alongside multimedia works and paintings from the surreal to figurative. In a sense, their art served as their informal education, thus the exhibition’s title, which is now educating somebody else – the general public. They touch upon personal, social and political issues in their works that already appeal to a wide range of people. The museum hopes it can cast that net a little wider in Fort Wayne.
“Invisible College” will be on view at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from July 11th through September 27th, 2015.
Brian M. Viveros