Culture Shock was invited by Volta NY, an international solo project fair for contemporary art, for our fourth special curatorial project, having curated projects since 2010 at both Volta NY and Volta during Art Basel, Switzerland. For Volta NY 2014 we presented The Spectrum of Ultra Violet, our special curatorial exhibition and first in a series of new media projects honoring Ultra Violet. Volta NY is an invitational solo project fair for contemporary art.
The exhibition is a curated environment honoring the Ultra Violet’s transmedia spectrum: from film and music works, to the cultural icon’s memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol and her Instagram-able baroque mirror series Self Portrait and Selfie. Her performance and film The Last Supper, conceived for the Kitchen by Ultra Violet in 1972 and performed by NY-based female artists was also screened. It has been shown prior at Miami Beach Cinematheque screening for Art Basel in 2007 and is included in the collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Playing on themes of mirrors and mylar to celebrate Ultra Violet, Culture Shock also featured two new works by represented artist Alexander Reben, including an interactive audio piece that responds to your reflection in the hall’s adjacent bathroom mirrors and an oscillating mylar balloon sculpture.
We’re also very excited to have collaborated with Redu NYC who provided bespoke pieces of furniture for the lounge space. Redu is a Brooklyn based design group, dedicated to using only rescued materials for their furniture and design. The intention is to reduce landfill using creativity and help make obsolescence obsolete.