New Members Bring Forth Important Dialogues for the New Year

As 2018 brings us one of the most politically, socially, and culturally-charged years yet, artists now, more than ever, are called to action to reveal the uncomfortable truths plaguing current events.   New Now inaugurates InLiquid’s newly acquired gallery space located at Crane Arts, featuring 40 artists across varying mediums.

Heather Sincavage explores questions of the Self, prompting viewers to engage—or not engage—with her works that present the subject without presumptuous constructs.  As fellow humans, we share a desire for longing, a ubiquitous idea in Sincavage’s works both presented to and asked of the viewer. 

Heather Sincavage: The Burden of This. 12″x12″(2). Digital Print.

“Selected engagement includes the power of Silence. I view Silence as a form of activism- one where power lies in earning the trust of the viewer. This exchange suggests a willingness to be understood through the politics of communication. My work is intentionally spare, tedious, and sometimes monotonous…This allows one to consider their personal stance on said concept and become involved- cerebrally, emotionally, and conceptually.”

In the digital age, reciprocity and genuine engagement is an uncomfortable thing to ask for, particularly under the weighty pressures of acknowledging how our emotional selves relate to each other, as well as society as a whole.  Sincavage’s use of the body relays her ideas that are immediately relatable, yet unflinching.  Viewers “become part of the work by either choosing to engage or ignore, thus validating the politics of the work”.

Brent Crothers. Protect the Now. 12″x11″x4″. Cherry wood, brass keys, copper wire.

Brent Crothers‘ strenuous process calls to our destructive relationship with the natural world:

“What I do to voice my concerns, dreams, and questions is to wrestle, rip, stack, bend, wrap, tie, bind, burn, hang, pile, cut, chisel, nail, solder, weave, bolt, drill, beat, and grind materials in such ways to create sculptural forms that have their own stories to tell. These pieces are part of a searching dialogue between me and the world. At the root of this work is a respect for nature and all the materials that surround us. More and more, I’m incorporating unappreciated and discarded materials, transforming them into small communities to create forms and giving the materials new life. ”

Concerns about manufactured waste and the practicality of recycling are hotly debated as oceans and landfills expand their weight in man-made material, some of which is used in Crother’s works, such as brass keys and copper wires piled on top of an old piece of wood from a tree cut down years ago for a new property.

 

Ada Trillo. Alejandra. 16″x24″. Black and white photograph.

Ada Trillo‘s featured work exposes a facet of humanity many of us choose to turn a blind eye to.  It is as gut-wrenching as her “humbling” experiences documenting the sex trade industry in her hometown of Juarez, Mexico.

“Over the course of three years, I tried to photograph the same women—it was difficult to witness their bodies deteriorate due to drug use, mostly heroin, and to learn that two young women I had been documenting had been killed. The images are intended to be as stark and moving as the lives of the women portrayed, exposing an unpleasant reality that needs to be exposed and addressed…My hope is that the work will make an impact on viewers, moving them to action and making a difference for the women in Juarez and in the sex trade industry the world over.”

View The New Now Exhibition on Artsy 

Philadelphia native Khalif Rivers is a self-taught photographer interested in capturing the remnants of “Old Philadelphia” via the city’s unique industrial, commercial, and residential architecture.
Khalif Rivers
Khalif Rivers

Philadelphia native Khalif Rivers is a self-taught photographer interested in capturing the remnants of “Old Philadelphia”…

Philadelphia native Khalif Rivers is a self-taught photographer interested in capturing the remnants of “Old Philadelphia” via the city’s unique industrial, commercial, and residential architecture.…

Philadelphia native Khalif Rivers is a self-taught photographer interested in capturing the remnants of “Old Philadelphia” via the city’s unique industrial, commercial, and residential architecture.…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.
Rachel Citrino
Rachel Citrino

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist
Diane Pieri
Diane Pieri

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Intelligent, insightful mixed media artwork with a narrative component. Pieces inspired by and informed by the past while making commentary on contemporary events.
Patrick Hay
Patrick Hay

Intelligent, insightful mixed media artwork with a narrative component. Pieces inspired by and informed by the past while…

Intelligent, insightful mixed media artwork with a narrative component. Pieces inspired by and informed by the past while making commentary on contemporary events. …

Intelligent, insightful mixed media artwork with a narrative component. Pieces inspired by and informed by the past while making commentary on contemporary events. …

I Found My Voice Through Art. As women in a patriarchal society, we often stick to our roles until we can’t anymore. WE WAKE UP!   We feel different. The world looks like a different place. We breathe the air like it wasn’t there before. I come from a long line of activists and art lovers. My grandmother was in the Red army in Russia, immigrated here and marched with the suffragettes. My mother was a Democratic committee woman in a Republican neighborhood getting doors slammed in her face. My art reflects and represents current events in performing arts and politics. People in the news inspire me... their movement, their expression, their passion for change. Look at the eyes of my portraits. What do they see?  What have they seen?  What are they feeling?   Happiness, sadness, fear, defiance, courage... each has their own story. My paintings are like family members. There is an emotional part of me in every painting. When they sell, I feel a loss. I go back and look at the images to keep them close.
Barbara Shelly
Barbara Shelly

I Found My Voice Through Art. As women in a patriarchal society, we often stick to our roles until we can’t anymore. WE WAKE…

I Found My Voice Through Art. As women in a patriarchal society, we often stick to our roles until we can’t anymore. WE WAKE UP! We feel different. The world looks like a different place. We breathe…

I Found My Voice Through Art. As women in a patriarchal society, we often stick to our roles until we can’t anymore. WE WAKE UP! We feel different. The world looks like a different place. We breathe the air like it wasn’t…

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