April 17, 2013

Exhibition: Art Baby Gallery

Not your mom's old art gallery.

Though "digitality" isn't technically a word, it's descriptor that nails down Art Baby Gallery with firm precision. "In my opinion, all of the work I've featured (and plan to) can't help but have that element of digitality imbued," Grace Miceli, curator of ABG, explained. "It's just how we experience everything now. Even if the work doesn't scream "DIGITAL ART" like some of the teen art or the Girls Get Busy show, I think its themes are a result of the accessibility our digital world provides to ideas like feminism or the fact that teenagers can share their drawings with thousands of online viewers." And with online galleries, it's difficult to avoid recognizing digital elements when the art itself is digitally reproduced – it's no longer itself, but already a copy; instead, ABG cuts out the middle man and goes straight to calling attention to the art's medium and therefore its place in our modern, digital-heavy society.

An artist herself, Grace Miceli began Art Baby Gallery as an inexpensive way to continue her love of speaking to other artists and observing their work that she gained in art school. And though Grace has an impressive portfolio, filled with art us LE SIGH ladies greatly admire, she admits to the newness of her curatorial ideas, but shamelessly. The name "Art Baby" exudes playfulness and is reflective of the gallery's freshness and also the young, undefined nature of the art displayed.
The work displayed in Art Baby covers a wide array of ground, which makes looking through the various exhibits interesting and fresh; The portion titled "Dream Beam" perhaps most blatantly covers digitally-influenced art with the repurposing of symbols commonly found on the Internet, though featured in a way perhaps not thought of before; then there's Britte Geijer, whose images don't necessarily scream digitality, but present a nice balance between images consisting of lovely pinks and feminine objects with makeshift portraits of boys in black and white, along with other mediums.

It's original, new, and though I've made it sound like it has a more-or-less rigid theme, it really doesn't; digitality, yes, but innovation, yes times two. Art Baby embraces its lack of boundaries, and will press on with the same exuberance we adore. "I've found some online galleries take themselves pretty seriously and act more as a digital mirror to spaces you might find in Chelsea, and I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of what I'm doing," Grace said. "I mean, I had an exhibition solely dedicated to cats."

Check out Art Baby Gallery here. The above images are by Beth Siveyer, Monika Mogi, Dream Beam and Mariana Pancho Lopez

Written by Molly Morris