On Tuesday, September 17th we hosted our fourth DELVE Networking event at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan. DELVE is a roaming event all over the five boroughs that creates a chance for artists to get together in a comfortable environment and make new connections. Our next one will be in November, so stay tuned.
CUE is a nonprofit that was founded in 2003 and dedicates its programming to "creating essential career and educational opportunities for emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages." We have been to many workshops, exhibitions and events there, and were very honored to host our own in their great space.
Shanti Grumbine, who lives and works in New Paltz, NY, generously shared how she came to make the work where she erases and cuts away text and image from the New York Times newspaper, leaving a delicate lacy skin behind. She made a great point that having applied and participated in various NYFA programs and residencies has allowed her work to grow and transform over the years, and she is off to the Bemis residency this fall.
damali abrams is another busy woman and off to the Fresh Milk residency in Barbados this fall. She talked about her path of harnessing her two passions from adolescence in her art work -- tv and self help books -- to make larger statements about society. The result are performances, videos and more. She shared her amazing music video, Baby It Couldn't Have Been You That I Feared.
Steve Lambert is a funny, subversive artist and his work reflects it. He spoke honestly about the realities of selling popular work at a gallery, and the double edged sword of making money and having to produce the same stuff over and over again. Luckily he shared how he overcame that and has been making other great work. He will be featuring a huge public piece in Times Square starting September 20th. So, go press the true/false button the first chance you get.
All three artists cull inspiration from the daily norm: television, music, signs, and the newspaper, for instance. The way that Shanti, damali and Steve intake and reinterpret the media so humorously, beautifully and poignantly through their work helps us understand our world much better.
Check out more photos below and see past DELVE Networking events here. See you next time!