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Opening Reception Thursday, March 14th, 6 - 9 PM

New Born

Exhibition: New Born

Date: March 14, 2024 - March 26, 2024

Artist: Jayne Breakfast, Chloe Brown & Kierra Nguyen, Lulu Luyao Chang, Lizzy Choi , Ash

Hagerstrand, Eva Chenyao He, Alice Yutong Hua, Jordan Homstad, Ari Fu Hong,

Yichen (Jack) Ji, Doi Kim, Hwichan Ko, Jiani Li, Seungjin Lee, Li Xin Li, Zheng Ma,

Mosaz, Sarah Ringrave, Tiffany Wei, Sophie Ruoyu Zhang, Amo Zhou

Address: 13 Grattan St, #402, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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A Space is thrilled to unveil its latest exhibition 'Newborn’ that explores the harmony between the innocence and vulnerability of newborns, the spiritual depth inherent in life’s beginnings, and the revitalizing energy of renewal. Twenty-two artists have constructed a dynamic space centered around the theme of rebirth, employing various mediums to express their creative languages.

Borrowing daily objects as symbolic representations, several young female artists establish steadfast beliefs to initiate a groundbreaking movement. The chain in Lulu Luyao Chang’s work cries for the immediate political changes that should be made in response to the constant struggles faced by females; the salmon-like ‘leipidofin’ by Eva Chenyao He remodels a sacrificial scene that reaffirms the vulnerability and resistance in the female collectives. Chloe Brown and Kierra Nguye’s piece embodies the idea of self-creation and renewal, akin to shaping malleable clay, as showcased through their collaborative performance. Ash Hagerstrand creates a contemporary shrine that questions the prevailing idealized images of beauty for women within the self-care industry.

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Hwichan Ko’s hero is inspired by Greek myth, resurrecting from a bare cave. With a distinguishable folklore style characterized by bold color and clean lines, Mosaz and Ari Fu Hong adopt traditional Chinese myth to showcase the concept of ‘embryoment’. Mosaz’s piece Maternity not only gives birth to humans but also to beetles, recalling the connection between human and nature as a whole. Likewise, Zheng Ma intentionally puts a leaf on her body in her photography to connect the innate body with Mother Nature. Amo Zhou’s eternal garden is portrayed as a safe place for newborns. Sophie Ruoyu Zhang and Seungjin Lee, incorporating natural elements and utilizing dropping paint skill respectively, achieve their ‘accident beauty’, representing a rebirth from the dynamic natural order.

A couple of mechanical creatures were introduced to A Space as a result of the artists’ alchemical reactions, elevating the theme of ‘rebirth’ to a supernatural level. Tiffany Wei’s gigantic glass dome evokes the tubes in the experimental lab against a forest background, creating an unusual birthplace that blends human wisdom with nature. Yuchen Jack li’s Virgin Mary was the fusion of electronic materials. The

christian image of Mother has been turned into a modern Frankenstein that shocks every passerby while foreshadowing the arrival of a new digital era. Jordan Homstadt utilizes a similar approach to create a collage-like fetus reflecting their multifaceted identities, while

Jayne Breakfast built up her liminal shrine with wood, dried flowers and random found objects.

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In addition, Doi Kim’s botanical portrayal of the Fifth Child with its abstract structure, Sarah Ringrave’s depiction of faded amorphous figures, and Jiani’s representation of a bridge connecting two imaginary bodies, all narrate the transformative stages of newborns.

Moreover, the last few funky pieces add playful elements to this exhibition. Alice Yutong Hua’s mom forgot to give her teddy bears as promised. The lost memory rewinds alongside photos of these nine teddy bears, which will gain new lives during the show. Li Xin Li's Strangers poses a philosophical question about how inanimate objects are suddenly born from void space. Lizzy Choi’s piece Trash Heap

Is Where We Call Home sarcastically portrays a newborn fly sitting in a rotting pile of trash. What is the next step of our life growing up like this?

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A diverse range of pieces, encompassing natural bodies with political and non-political meanings, fictional artificial creations, and humorous interpretations of newborns have been selected for the group exhibition Newborn, which aims to celebrate the new beginning of A Space in 2024.

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