Exposing My Limits behind America's Curtain, 2018

Exposing My Limits behind America's Curtain, 2018

Christie neptune at volta 2018

March 7–11, 2018

RUBBER FACTORY is pleased to present a new body of work by Christie Neptune titled "Unpacking Sameness" as part of VOLTA's curated section "The Aesthetics of Matter", curated by Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas. The fair, which runs concurrently with the Armory show, opens March 7, 2018 and closes March 11, 2018.

Inspired by revolutionary writers and contemporaries of their time, James Baldwin and Frantz Fanon, “Unpacking Sameness,” is a counter-narrative which aims to critique the social ills of white supremacy, colorblind ideologies, and fragility. Christie uses reflective surfaces, curtains and assembled industrial pieces to wrap time and space; transporting viewers to cogitative state of mind stripped of limitation.

The Aesthetics of Matter investigates how collage exists as a construct or mode in various disciplines, referencing a broad definition of matter — from the physical substance, that which occupies space and possesses mass, to the written material, substance or content of a text. Participating artists include: Kennedy Yanko, David Shrobe, Tomashi Jackson, Devin Morris, Troy Michie, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Didier William.

Curator Biographies:

Racquel Chevremont was born and raised in New York City. Two years into her studies at NYU in 1991, she was discovered by photographer and Elite model management scout Steve Landis at the HMV on 86th Street. That chance meeting led to a 20-year career as a model for Elite model management and Wilhelmina models. From 1998 until 2003, Chevremont ran Crux Candles, Inc., a high-end candle company carried in stores around the world as well as QVC. In 2003 she joined the acquisitions committees at both the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Guggenheim Museum. Concurrently, she began building a contemporary art collection and ran the State Street Salon,  platform for artists, curators and collectors designed to help cultivate a new generation of collectors, out of her townhouse in Brooklyn. Chevremont currently runs an art consulting business working closely with artists, corporations, and collectors.

Mickalene Thomas is a 2015 United States Artists Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow, distinguished visual artist, filmmaker and curator who has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She is known for paintings that combine art-historical, political and pop-cultural references. Her work introduces complex notions of femininity and challenges common definitions of beauty and aesthetic representations of women. Thomas holds a MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Pratt Institute. She’s held solo museum exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Monaco. Recent solo exhibitions include Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? at MOCA Grand, Los Angeles and North Carolina Museum of Art; Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses and Celebritiesat Aspen Art Museum, Spelman and CAM St. Louis; and Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs at Aperture Foundation, New York, which is scheduled to travel to several venues across the United States through 2018, featuring her notably curated exhibition tête-à-tête. Her upcoming exhibitions include several museum shows; Figuring History with Robert Colescott and Kerry James Marshall; I Cant See You Without Me at the Wexner Center for the Arts and a show at The AGO in Toronto. Her work continues to travel in the acclaimed 30 Americans at Rubell Family Collection, Miami and exhibited at Hara Museum, Tokyo; Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Thomas’s work is in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Seattle Art Museum; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, among many others.  Mickalene Thomas is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels. She lives and works in New York.