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1/5 — “I was trying to really strip this one down, to make the motion rather unclear. For me, the vagueness was important. I wanted there to be this ambiguity on whether these figures were saying hello or goodbye, if they knew each other or were strangers. I wanted each figure to come across as more or less an extension of the other, an interaction completely removed from any narrative.” - James Evans



Check out the NY Group Show for Your Identity Crisis

Someone, at some point in time, made up the idea that you figure out “who you are” pretty early on in life. It’s supposed to happen in adolescence during your teenage years, or in college when you’re away from home and can focus on finding yourself, outside of the influence of your parents, your small town, your classmates that you were always trying to fit in with. But what most of us come to find out is the idea that you become a fully formed version of you is a complete myth that has somehow been perpetuated for generations.

The search for identity doesn’t end when you turn 18, or when you graduate and enter the so-called real world (where were we before, the fifth dimension?). We continue to evolve throughout our lives, influenced by the places, people, and experiences that we encounter. It’s that never-ending exploration that was the inspiration for YOUREWELCOME, a group exhibit featuring five New York-based artists, showing tonight.

“Identity is such a nebulous term, it’s something I see people constantly grappling with,” says artist James Evans, who organized the show and is also exhibiting new work. “It is something we spend so long figuring out—or trying to figure out. In a city like New York, there is so much stimuli that it’s impossible for your identity not to change in some tangible way, and I believe that’s a good thing.” So do we.

The paintings, photographs, and installations share each artists’ individual reflections and explorations, from the false constructs of identity that are ascribed to material goods, to the frustration, anger, and anguish experienced when trying to be something you’re just not.

“The concept was intentionally broad,” James explains. “I was looking to bring together artists I admire and have them examine an idea in their own unique way, and hopefully create something that people can identify with themselves.” Identifying with the quest to find your identity—it’s real.

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