The Body Politic, June 2009 – Republic WW

June 13, 2009

The Brooklyn Art Collective and Republic Worldwide are pleased to present The Body Politic.


In this contemporary climate of conceptualism, art making can often appear wrought with intellectual, philosophical or technological demands. The Body Politic presents a tangible and universal anchor through which artists are able to examine their own consciousness and culture: the human body. The phrase “body politic” has historically served as an analogy in which the human body is used to represent a larger political, philosophical or social whole. In this group exhibition, artists survey the anatomy, physicality, biology, and substance of the human body; its functions and failings, its fervor and vivacity, in order to further extrapolate this idea. As the notion of the “body politic” has continually evolved, investigations into the nature of the human body are also not without new and contemporary reflections. The growing understanding and awareness towards diseases and medicine, changing conceptions of gender and sexuality, and the rising numbers in plastic surgery and body modification all represent relevant inquires related to the physical body in today’s unique culture. The Body Politic will showcase the work of fifteen contemporary artists utilizing mediums of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video and performance art. Not limited to representations and reflections of the human form, this exhibition will highlight performance art, process-based art, and other works intrinsically tied to the palpable actions of the body itself. Artists included in the exhibition use these modes to provide unique and singular insights into how the human body interacts directly with the creation and presentation of the work of art.










Tricks of Light, August 2008 – Republic WW

August 1– August 9, 2008

Experimental Photography by Seze Devres & Julian Shereda-McKenna


Curated by Jason Patrick Voegele & Lauren Culbreth

Hosted by Charles Merritt, 240 Richardson St. Brooklyn, NYC

Produced by Republic Worldwide

Stepping outside the boundaries of any familiar context is a high-risk high reward state of affairs. For any artist exploring their craft in ways unique and unusual there is always the chance of backfire, failure and shaken confidence, but not for Seze Devres and Julian Shereda-McKenna. Although the particulars of their creative process are vastly different, there is a common love of the photographic medium and an intuitive understanding of their shared subject matter (light) that amplifies the seemingly effortless mastery of their individual techniques.

Seze Devres’ work begins and ends in the darkroom. There is no camera so there is no negative unless you consider the hand cut stencils and dark room props she uses to manipulate the light of the enlarger. Each image is uniquely frozen in a series of creative painterly exposures. The end results swing from graphic to expressionist and all shades and degrees in between. Like a mad scientist playing away in her laboratory Seze turns the seemingly simple photogram into complex and sophisticated compositions that speak to color and line, formal relationships and dimensional space in all of the same ways that traditional representational photography does without ever compromising and suggesting anything representational.

Julian Shereda-McKenna on the other hand is all about the camera. His creative laboratory is as much in his hands as it is in any darkroom. While for the most part his subjects are tangible real world beings or objects, they are manipulated through home made filters and liquid combinations that break up the light and effectively turn his camera lens into a prism. Like Seze’s photograms, there is a mad scientist element at play here. It seems at first that the resulting prints are as much a purposeful manipulation of the artist’s intention as they are chance or random segments of light in motion trapped at the fortunate right place and time. However what is really going on here is a trained harnessing of chaos and a deep understanding of the formal science behind these creative anatomical studies of light itself. If that sounds too analytical, too process oriented it can be definitively stated that the ends here justify the means. Ultimately the prints appear as if you are seeing the world through an eye full of tears after a good cry or an adventure into the microcosmic invisible building blocks of our sensual universe.


Perfect Strangers, 2008 – ArtSpace MCV

October 3 – October 13, 2008


BAC, ArtSpace MCV, and NY@WAR present; Perfect Strangers

Curated by Tyler Campbell Wriston and Jason Patrick Voegele

In this age of fear, change, and uncertainty, it has become paramount to examine how we as individuals perceive the world around us—especially here, in a city of 8 million. Our lives are often defined by those we hold close to or work with; those that support us and form our personal communities, fostering what it is we conceive to be our identities. What is often forgotten, however, is how we are affected by our greater community: a network of strangers closer to us than we care to admit. We brush against them in the subway and exchange brief glances with them in restaurants or on the street. They breathe and feel and love and hate like anyone—everywhere and nowhere at once, veiled behind a simple handshake or kind word, we know them well, yet not at all. What, then, is the role of a “stranger,” and how do we, as artists, view them?

“Perfect Strangers” is an exhibition that examines the spectrum of responses to this enduring question. Interpretations ranging from tactile experiences to personal reflections on cultural bias and socio-economic posturing represent how our fears, desires and repulsions shape the nature of our acceptance of self, others, and the global community. Through the mediums of sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, film and mixed media, a group of artists explore their own experiences with the “strangers” in their lives, and how they shape the world abounding.

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Confluence, 2008 – ArtSpace MCV

May 8 – May 28, 2008


Curated by Will Rhodes and Chip Fasciana and Jason Patrick Voegele, Produced by ArtSpace MCV and The Brooklyn Art Collective CONFLUENCE is on view from May 8 to May 28, 2009.


Artists Include: Chip Fasciana, Jason Patrick Voegele , Matthew Hart, Irvin Morazan, Will Rhodes, Fritz Welch, Bart Woodstrup, Tyler Campbell Wriston.

Music by: KI Michiko, Shiraishi Tamio & The Human Sacrifice.





The Effect of Your Body, 2008 – ArtSpace MCV

Feb. 16 – March 20, 2008


Art Space NYC and REPUBLIC are excited to present “The Effect of Your Body”, a group exhibition curated by Tracey Norman and Jason Patrick Voegele from Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC. Artists include, Lisa Kereszi, Thomas Allen, Sarah Shorr, Jody V. Jacobson, Ben Donaldson, J.P. Voegele, Laura Boone, Jeremy Kost, Balint Zsako, Julia Chiang, and Kris Knight. Performances by the Philadelphia burlesque group Peek-a-Boo Review. An evening of Seduction and female empowerment to benefit the Brooklyn Center Against Domestic Violence. Sponsored by Bison Grass Vodka. Art Space NYC is a Brooklyn based arts collective, art space, event planning group, and functioning artist studio supporting contemporary emerging artists and charity organizations. Our mission is to foster and inspire creative excellence; provide exhibition space to new and established artists and to provide exhibitions and events that encourage public awareness, community participation, and appreciation of the arts.

















RISUS, 2007 – ArtSpace MCV

December 15 – January 20, 2007


On Saturday, December 15th, Art Space MCV/NYC is proud to present “RISUS”, an exhibition and event to benefit Toys For Tots. Featured artists include Jean Rim, Edie Nadelhaft, Ira Eduardovna, Matt Evald Johnson, Yejin Jun, Kristin Brenneman Eno & Sean Eno, Adam Cruces, Alana Bograd, Nubby Twiglet, Christine Dehne, Drew , J.P. Voegele and Corrine Essock. Curated by Jason Patrick Voegele

Big Wheels, swimming pools, animals and toys; these are the images of a childhood summertime fantasy. As the leaves outside loose their green and the days grow shorter and shorter “RISUS“ is on a mission to warm up this otherwise chilly holiday season. – (Latin) Risus = Laughter (English) – Video, painting, sculpture, drawings and installations with an open bar sponsored by our friends Café Dore of Cobble Hill and a surprise performance at 10pm. Unwrapped toys and dollar donations will be collected throughout the evening. Our friends at Toys For Tots are on a mission to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in our community. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other purely voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toy and monetary donations. This is one of those events! Come celebrate the holiday season with MCV/NYC and help us reach out a helping hand to the needy children of our community. To make a toy or dollar donation to Toys for Tots or for information on any of the artists in the show please contact or call 917. 478. 7513.













Innuendo, 2006 – ArtSpace MCV

To Benefit the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation

October 13 – November 10, 2006


Sometimes the most innocent expression can carry a suggestion of impropriety and occasionally what appears to be obvious revels itself to be something altogether different under the surface.

Indirect intimations have often been used by artists to convey complex messages or hide darker secrets than first glance might infer. It’s a trick that many of the great master artists of the past have used to incorporate their sexual, political and philosophical beliefs into work produced in cultural climates that did not openly tolerate the sort of messages they were sending to antiquity. While that was true for most of art history, we live in 21st. century America and our freedoms of expression allow for us to openly rise up on our soapboxes and argue for or against any message we choose. So why is it that artists continue to use innuendo in their work? Is it possible that saying something sideways can make a message more palpable than straight talk?

On October 13th, 2006 ArtSpace MCV/NYC explores this idea in an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, video and site specific installation simply titled “Innuendo” curated by Jason Patrick Voegele

Featured artists include: Burnet & Burnet, Nik Cartwright, Will Rhodes, Max Frechette, Katrina Ellis, Lauren Culbreth, Sean Mcloughlin, J.P.Voegele, Bryan, Allisandro, Denise Kupferschmidt and projections by Taras with special performances by Brooklyn Double Dutch and Hula Hoop team.

In conjunction with this exhibition ArtSpace NYC will be raising funds for the S.L.E Lupus Foundation and through the month of October your charitable donations will enable further research into better Lupus detection, prevention, and cures. Our intention is to create a better general awareness of this debilitating disease that often appears in so many different symptoms that it is difficult to recognize. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (S.L.E.), commonly called lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect virtually any organ of the body. In lupus, the body’s immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs. Because its symptoms come and go and mimic those of other diseases, it is difficult to diagnose. I can personally attest to the life long challenges this disease poses to the diagnosed, their families and their loved ones. Lupus is estimated to affect 1 to almost 1.5 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and ArtSpace MCV/NYC both need your generous donations and contributions. At ArtSpace MCV/NYC we depend upon your donations so that we can continue to present you with the best New York City artists and events.

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Crossing Thresholds – ArtSpace MCV

Crossing Thresholds

August 11 – September 11, 2007

Saturday – August 11th 2007 ArtSpace MCV/NYC presents; “Crossing Thresholds”, a group exhibition featuring fifteen NY based artists exploring themes of initiation, overcoming obstacles and transgressing limitations. Curated by Jason Patrick Voegele.

In conjunction with this exhibition we will be hosting a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to raise funds and awareness for children who are born with HIV. The Glaser Foundation is an internationally recognized organization whose sole purpose is to raise the necessary funds to combat and prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, prevention and treatment programs. Every dollar you donate helps to support this important organization and also helps to support Art Space NYC and it’s future charity programs. You can make a donation to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation by becoming a member of our organization or by contacting ArtSpace MCV/NYC directly at As always, we are exceedingly grateful to those donors who choose to support Art Space MCV/NYC and our partner organizations. If you would like to see ArtSpace MCV/NYC continue to exhibit emerging artists and continue to work with charities that are important to you and your community please help by making a generous donation.

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