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Becoming “Them”

September 24, 2016 - December 17, 2016

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4c807807-22b9-4980-845d-fc18c547450aOpening Reception: September 24 | 7 – 10 PM at Gallery Aferro
On View: September 24 – December 17 at 75, 77 and 85 Market Streets

Artist Suprina presents: Becoming “Them”– A Fantasy Narrative about our Relationship to our Tech Devices.

Our cars, extensions of us: from bumper stickers to personalized license plates and now, the latest trend, the one dimensional “Iconic Stick Figure Family” identify us to the persons in the car behind us. Our Tech world has reduced much of our communication to Sound Bites, Likes and Clicks. We reduced Dad to Dad, and mom to Mom, Son, Daughter, Pets…all with slight variations in “stick figure-ness.” Using this “Iconic Family” Suprina takes us on a journey. How will we relate to our world and each other in 1,000 years? Are we becoming machine-“Like?” Technology seems to control and isolate us under the auspice of greater communication. In this narrative it seems that the devices meant to serve humanity may be its actual demise.

Suprina describes herself as an “object historian,” writing, “I am in love with the object; with all their characteristics. Shape, texture, color, my process brings them together to form a larger than self intention.” Her themes are social, political, environmental and always includes an element of humor. Suprina does not limit her palette to only found objects though; she will use any material and medium to aid in expression and open dialogue.She studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After landing her first sculpting job at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Suprina started her own prop business. Her clients included Annie Leibovitz, Apple, Bloomingdales among others. Having lived near Ground Zero at the time of 9/11, Suprina decided, as a revelation, that she would focus solely on her art. Suprina’s second public sculpture was installed in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, NY this past March as part of the MGPA Public Art Initiative and Flux Harlem Art Fair, thanks to two grants awarded by the Puffin Foundation and LMCC. This sculpture titled DNA Totem has been the most visited sculpture in the park. She has shown in Chelsea, Chicago, Scottsdale, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Brooklyn, Harlem, Monmouth Museum, and Jersey City Museum. For more information visit activatemarketstreet.org

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September 24, 2016
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December 17, 2016
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