WORKS ON PAPER
Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, many of our artists have been left without access to their studios, their homes, and their usual creative quarters. The thought of them having insufficient tools to continue practicing art was truly unthinkable, so Ki stopped at the post office in mid-April to mail out small stacks of drawing paper to all locations of our artists’ quarantines: Kentucky, New Jersey, Texas, Vermont, and, of course, all the New York boroughs.
The paper has now returned to us transformed into art, and has been nestled into Ki Smith Gallery’s house-made, glass- front oak frames. We thought that a time of quiet and isolated cerebrality might lend itself perfectly to the delicate quality of work on paper. Our artists—in their constant exploration of materials, theories and experimentation—are the ideal group to highlight the medium as being incredibly and surprisingly malleable. The show includes work by: Caslon Bevington, Morell Cutler, Max Hodgson, Charlie Hudson, Sono Kuwayama, Julia Powers, Luke Ivy Price, Sei Smith, and Kiyomi Taylor.
$100 of each work sold will be donated to our magnificent neighbors on 141st Street, the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA).
HSA Mission Statement:
Harlem School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives.
HSA achieves its Mission on-site at The Herb Alpert Center by offering high quality, affordable, arts training in dance, music, theatre, and visual art to ethnically and socio-economically diverse young people aged 2-18; by providing financial aid and merit scholarships to those who need it most; and by developing key partnerships with other cultural institutions, colleges/universities, and conservatories to prepare our aspiring pre-professional students at the highest possible level.
We also reach beyond our walls to provide essential arts education residencies in New York City Public Schools through our Educational Outreach Program. HSA is a dynamic cultural institution that presents a range of high caliber performances, exhibitions and other programming for the community and our families. In addition, we provide rental space/studios for established and emerging artists to rehearse, create and connect with our students.