Wednesday, August 8, 2012

BLACK BEACH | An Occulter Group Exhibition at the White Box 2012 Beach Box Summer Series

New York, NY – August 7, 2012 – White Box is pleased to kick-off its new Beach Box Summer Series with “Black Beach”, the first group exhibition by New York City artist collective OCCULTER. “Black Beach” will run August 15 - 22, 2012 with an opening event on Wednesday, August 15th from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. and a closing event on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.. Both events will be hosted by Agency Antares and will feature live musical performances curated by Pendu NYC.

Five OCCULTER artists will be featured in “Black Beach”: Nadav Benjamin; Jeremy Dyer; Derrick Cruz; Jonathan Goldstein; and Gabriel J. Shuldiner. Each artist will present large format works spanning the scope of digital constructions, mixed-media paintings, wearable sculpture and site-specific installations. Smaller works will be presented as a “Consumables Shop” at the White Box-Universal Cafe atrium.

In “Black Beach”, OCCULTER members introduce a body of visually tenebrous works as a call to worship at a pantheon of amorphous symbolic traditions they themselves simultaneously explore and construct. Each work displays an attempt at understanding consciousness or the incorporeal, with history (aesthetic, religious, political or otherwise) as a tool, not a guide. Not restricted by medium nor tripped by art market definitions, each work is emotive and sober, evoking a self-reflective spirituality that quietly seeks community as it does escape.

Contrasting the contemplative allusions in the art work, on opening and closing nights "Black Beach" will transition from a space of observation to one of participation, as a set of energetic musical performances curated by Todd Pendu of Pendu NYC fill White Box. In true Pendu form, the space is bound to become a "community dance party."

Those wishing to attend the opening and closing events are encouraged to RSVP to at least two days prior to each event.

The artists will be present at the opening event on Wednesday, August 15th from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.. “Black Beach” will be open to the public August 16 - 22 during regular White Box hours. White Box hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, closed.