International Fine Arts Consortium, or IFAC, is celebrating a full five years of experimental and boundary-pushing arts at The Yard (85 Delancey Street, New York, NY) with The Fourth Stage: Abstract Theory and the Silver Lining of Allegorical Necessity. This group show of artists explores abstraction from a myriad of contemporary perspectives. The exhibit is curated by Eric Friedmann, Sozita Goudouna, and Lee Wells, and artists on view include Eugenia Apostolou, Martin Durazo, Maria Fragoudaki, Eric Friedmann, Yioula Hadjigeorgiou, Sofia Housou, Dana James, Kathryn Karwat, Douglas Ward Kelley, Peggy Kliafa, Christine de Lignieres, Bernd Naber, Lindsey Nobel, Leoandros Pigades, Lina Pigadioti, Mahy Polymeropoulos, João Salema, Ashley Taraban, Li Trincere, Johan Wahlstrom, Agni Zotis.
Gravitating toward Baudrillard’s infamous statement that, “today, reality is itself hyperrealistic,” the exhibit leads into a dissection of the concept of Supermodernity. Constructs such as “location,” “subject” and “meaning” are explored through various artists who explore line and form absent of figuration. The exhibit also takes a conceptual glance at the lines between reality in the direction of so-called “fake news” by questioning where truth influenced art-making, if it ever did. Curator Lee Wells notes, “An art evolved from various forms of perceived purity and truth, aesthetically beautiful but not politically correct. An art which leaves the real world behind for many good reasons, for the things in common rarely outweigh the differences. All of this in turn offers us the liberty to reassert meaning in the fourth stage.”
The curators offer their special thanks to The Yard and Art Program Director Michaeline Sanders. A reception will be held at The Yard Lower East Side (85 Delancey) on Monday, September 17th from 6-8 PM
Viewing Hours: 10:30-5:30 Monday through Friday and by appointment.