Art Fresh 2012 presenting the works of Emerging Jamaican Artists at The Mutual Gallery ART FRESH 2012

By Holly Bynoe Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates

The Mutual Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition for 2012, Art Fresh, an exhibition open to emerging artists. This year’s crop of artists participating in the exhibition comprises: Alicia Brown, Kimani Beckford, Leon Dingwall, Raymond Graham, Andrae Green, Cavel Johnson, Robert Joyette, Oliver Myrie, in painting; Krystal Dadag and Olivia McGilchrist in photography, Toorel Asher and Vilya Thomas in ceramics and the sole sculpture/assemblage artist Robert “Toby” Grant.

The standard of the works being shown is high given the fact that these artists have less than ten years experience since their first exhibition or since graduating from an art school. Some are already known having participated in exhibitions before but other artists it are at the threshold of their career. Many of the participating artists have been selected through a jury process which comprised Tina Spiro and Paula Daley both artists and teachers and Gilou Bauer, Director of the Mutual Gallery. Andrea Green, Robert Joyette, Oliver Myrie and Vilya Thomas are invited artists.

Guest speaker for the opening event is well known dental surgeon Dr. Brian Morgan. The exhibition is staged in conjunction with National Commecial bank, Carreras Group, Super Plus Food Stores, Capital and Credit Merchant Bank, Ideal Portfolio Services, RBC Royal Bank, NEM, BCIC, Scotia Private Banking Group, Island Mist, Kool 97 FM and Wray and Nephew. The exhibition continues until 7 April 2012. Gallery hours are from Mon-Fri from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10.30 am to 3 pm. The public is welcome on opening night and throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Photograph by Olivia McGilchrist from the “Dear Daddy” series

For more information contact The Mutual Gallery: Gilou Bauer or Keisha Campbell at 876-929-4302

About Art Fresh

Art Fresh is expressly designed to provide an opening for emerging artists regardless of age to show their work in a gallery setting. Art Fresh is one of the two exhibitions reserved for artists who are at the threshold of their artistic career. Many of the young artists who have shown works in the past during Art Fresh which has replaced the Young Generation exhibition have gone onto becoming successful artists nationally and internationally.

The exhibition is open to self-taught artists with less than ten years professional experience since first exhibiting their work and art school graduates who graduated less than ten years ago.  The exhibition is open also to artists who might have dropped out of producing work but who wish to make a fresh start. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage artists to produce original artworks and to promote a crop of artists who are genuinely keen in pursuing a career in art making.

The guidelines that have guided the judges in selecting the works shown in the exhibition are authenticity in the creative aspects of the artists’ work and commitment.  Artists were asked to enter a minimum of four works produced over the past year.  This was to ascertain that they are producing works not just for the exhibition, but are essentially, working artists.  The number of entries furthermore represents a body of work that allows for a better appreciation of the artist’s work in the judges’ selection and ultimately for the viewers to become better acquainted with the artists’ work.

Thirteen artists were selected.  Of that number nine artists’ works went through a judging process while four were invited artists. This year the three judges were: well-known artist and teacher Tina Spiro; Paula Daley, lecturer at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts; and Gilou Bauer- Curator of the Mutual Gallery.

Thanks to Gilou Bauer for sharing this information with ARC’s community.

Holly Bynoe
Holly Bynoe

Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist and writer based in the Caribbean. She is the Executive Director of ARC Magazine, and a graduate of Bard College International Center of Photography (2010) where she earned her M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies. She currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and is co-director of the annual arts conference Tilting Axis and Caribbean Linked Residency Program.