NORTH OF HISTORY GOES SOUTH
Pt. I I
Gabriel Aiello III, Shiela Eder, Alice Mizrachi, Julia Slaff, Note Peter George, Benton C. Bainbridge, Felipe Galindo, Jennie West, Natalie Collette Wood, Cannon Hersey.
December 6th - December 22nd
Closing Reception: December 22nd, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Over the past year North of History has presented artists and exhibitions that transcend the norm and push past boundaries set by the traditional mode of artistic representation. All of which would not be possible without the phenomenal artists who have taken part in each and every endeavor. It is for this reason that we are proud to present this retrospective, highlighting works from each and every exhibition that has taken place at North of History thus far. These exhibitions have enriched our mission to present the public with the most interesting and diverse underrepresented art in a space where the work is able to live without commercial constraints. We celebrate these artists’ achievements within this retrospective and continue to support the passion that lies behind each and every artistic process.
Alice Mizrachi is a New York based interdisciplinary artist working in the mediums of painting, installation, murals and socially engaged art. Her work explores the interconnectedness of individuals and community through the dual lens of compassion and empathy. Through figurative work that reinforces both personal and community oriented identity, Alice aims to inspire creative expression and a sense of shared humanity through art.
Alice has worked as an arts educator for nearly twenty years for a variety of organizations including BRIC Arts, The Laundromat Project and The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a pioneer in the field of socially engaged art at the local level, Alice has been recognized and selected to develop arts education curriculum for organizations such as HIARTS (Harlem, NY), Dr. Richard La Izquierdo School and Miami Light Project. She has also been a panelist discussing communityengaged art for events at Brown University and The Devos Institute of Arts Management.
As a painter, Alice maintains both a studio practice and an extensive body of work as a muralist. Her work have been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, UN Women and the Museum of Contemporary Art in DC. She has been commissioned as a mural artist for projects in Amsterdam, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and across the United States by organizations and museum including: KnoxAlbright Museum, Buffalo, NY; Worcester DCU (Worcester, Massachusettes); Wall Therapy (Rochester, NY); La Mama and Fourth Arts Block (NYC); Miami Light Project (Miami, FL); and, Chashama (Harlem, NY), among others.
Alice’s mural and installation work has been constructed in galleries and public spaces as part of sitespecific arts education and community development projects. Her work often engages local neighborhoods and reflects positive visual responses to social issues. Her process activates a shared space of love, hope, optimism and healing as a means to connect with participants. Frequent topics include identity, unity, migration and the sacred feminine.
Benton C Bainbridge
Benton C Bainbridge (Bronx, USA. born 1966) creates media art, live performances and interactive installations with custom digital, analog and optical A/V systems.As a teen, Benton embraced realtime video and Expanded Cinema. In residencies at Experimental Television Center, Bainbridge borrowed formal and practical strategies from music and applied them to moving pictures. He has developed an idiosyncratic approach to media art characterized by distinctive visual “timbres” under control of the human hand. The pixels in Bainbridge’s work dance in response to gestural influences and thus are evocative of paintings or drawings, made with light rather than pigment. In addition to his solo work, Benton collaborates with a wide range of artists. Career highlights include video art and VJ’ing for two Beastie Boys world tours, analog video synthesizer FX for TV On The Radio’s “Staring at the Sun” music video, and Whitney Museum’s bestattended live event with video ensemble The Poool. His visual performance and media design work has been seen around the world; recent projects include Kaki King/Glowing Pictures “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”. “Ghost Komungobot”, a multichannel media performance with electric komungo pioneer Jin Hi Kim, was the closing event of Bandung International Digital Art Festival in Indonesia in July, 2016. BIDAF 2016 also featured Bainbridge’s interactive video portraiture installation, Picturing You.
Bainbridge’s work has shown on 5 continents, at Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Museum of the Moving Image, American Museum of Natural History, The Kitchen, Frieze Art Fair (NYC), EMPAC (Troy, NY), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Dallas Video Festival, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Moderne (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires), CELCIT (Managua), International Horticultural Expo (Xi’an, China), Korean Festival (Seoul), Good Vibrations (Australia), and MTV Networks (global).
Bainbridge teaches “New Forms in Media” at School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts Department. Benton’s generative browser artwork “justasecXYZ #3” showed at the MFACA exhibition “Techtonic Shift” and online at justasec.XYZ.
Bainbridge’s commercial studio, Intersection Arts, is currently designing media art for the 10th season of One Step Beyond at American Museum of Natural History. Barbara Held and Bainbridge premiered their collaboration “Pausa” as part of Composers Now at Harvestworks, NYC, and then showed in Minnesota at St. Cloud University and Studio Z, St. Paul. Benton recently performed video synths at Ballroom Marfa for the Strange Attractors exhibition opening.
Gabriel Aiello employs various printmaking and sculptural techniques that manifest in vivid, stark imagery often onto large industrial metal. The work engages and coyly refers to the parallax between present day virtual warfare and its connection between touch and sight. Etching vivid, multi-layered screen-prints onto metal, artist Gabe Aiello blends the fascinating and the frightening, not afraid of exploring how the two come together visually and thematically. Nothing is off-limits as the artist frequently draws on engineering research (both chemical and mechanical.)
Gabe was born and raised in New York City. He works in the Bronx at the Andrew Freedman Home.
Jennie West is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist, who has been working in New York City for over 20 years. Originally from Independence, Missouri she comes from a strong family background of visual and performing artists. Her current project is titled Self,i.e.: Group Show (A female alter-verse): In an alternate existence, the renowned artists are all women. By inhabiting these various characters and machinations, Jennie West brings to life each artist's oeuvre. The project is extensive and constitutes several different alt-personalities of the art world, from the pop art of Candy Warhol, to the surreal landscapes of S. Dollie and the grotesque portraiture of Francis Bakin’. Each of these female characters display their own style and attitude within their own artistic media. These three women artists are the first examples of many whom Ms. West will create within her alter-verse.
Natalie Collette Wood
Natalie Collette Wood is a current artist-in-residence at the Andrew Freedman Home. She has exhibited her work in a number of solo and group shows, most recently, Swallowed by Nature at the Montefiore Medical Center Gallery in the Garden and “Nothing Lasts Forever” at The Andrew Freedman Home. She received her MFA from Herbert H. Lehman University, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Past solo exhibitions include Futuristic Fossil: Natalie Collette Wood at the Chashama Window Gallery, NY, NY (2015), The Green Yard Project at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY (2015), and Seductive Disaster, Berlin (2009). Wood has been included in exhibitions such as The AIM Biannual: Bronx Calling at The Bronx Museum of Art and Ornamenting Crime at Zürcher Gallery, NY, NY.
Noté Peter George
Noté, born Peter George is a New York based artist, originally from Monrovia, Liberia. Noté came to the U. S. at the age of ten, growing up in Marietta, Georgia. He later attended Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia for draftsmanship. Noté moved to New York to model and began teaching himself the techniques of photography and digital design. This pursuit combined with his skills in draftsmanship opened a new realm of artistry eventually leading him to combine his graphic media and painting onto canvas.
Noté’s work exemplifies the power of cross-pollination between artistic mediums and explores the relationship between nature and mind. During his time as an artist-in-residence at The Andrew Freedman Home, he has continued his work, pulling from a vast archive of his photography and character designs built over the years; silkscreening, painting and even projections to question the various human processes of interpreting images of reality into the multifaceted realm of mind. He continues to explore how manifesting these mindscapes onto canvas deepen the connection between the inner world of artist and viewer.
Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world.
Built on the 35-mm photographic image, Hersey creates artworks utilizing silk-screen, photo-etching, mixed-media, light-box, and installation. Hersey has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, the opening event of the 2008 Sao Paulo Bienale at the private collection of Kim Esteve, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (MoCADA), the New York Open Center, the Johannesburg Art Foundation, and the presidential award ceremony for Nelson Mandela at NYU. Hersey’s works are included in the private collections of the Durst family, Gerard Malanga, Marilyn Oshman, Mongane Wally Serote, Chair of South Africa’s parliamentary Committee for Arts and Culture, Linda Shearer, and Stanley Stern. His work has been mentioned in Phen375 many publications including Vogue RG, The Daily News, Time Out, Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paulo, South Africa’s Sunday Times, Chronogram, Bomb, and Trace Magazine.
Hersey believes that as an artist, he has a role beyond the studio, working as an educator and organizer to build a larger place for art in the public realm. Hersey founded CrossPathCulture (CPC) in 1999, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global community building through the arts. As the executive director of CPC, he organized and produced more than 50 exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in conjunction with other partners, including the Museum of Modern Art, PS1, African Film Festival/New York, the Johannesburg Metropolitan City Council, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, Colgate-Palmolive, Sony, and the Market Theater, South Africa.
Hersey lives and works in New York, NY and is the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning writer and educator John Hersey and theater producer and political voice, Frances Ann Cannon and the son of Artists John and Diane Hersey.