Butterfly Effect – 10 Young Contemporary Artists. By Tchera Niyego


Jason Head draws pictures in classic animation character genre, inspired by events, politics and social issues; creating a three-dimensional matrix through layers of paper and plastic sheets. His “Mythical Beast” consists of space completely left unpainted within a heavily painted field of grass and soil. In this painting the unicorn, as the mythical beast, illustrated in pre-perspective style fully giving of his innocence, lays on the ground leaving the viewer uncertain weather he is dead or sleeping. Head’s piece exhibited in the Butterfly Effect show is titled “Watch Your Step”. It’s sticky.

Ted Rieder composed two pieces of music with an electric guitar and a battery powered amplifier; one composed and recorded at the rooftop of his studio in New York and the other at the closest land to the geographic antipode in the shores of Cape Leeuwin, Australia, with six-months apart.  Riederer then cut these recordings onto opposite sides of two vinyl records. He plays these two vinyl records on auto-repeat on two turn-tables, the Australia sunrise song and the New York sunset song, joining the opposite sides of the earth and day, in an ever-changing melody.

“As human beings have the tendency to adhere to preconceptions often marked by culturally bonded frame of reference the possibility of one getting lost in cultural space is ever- present.” states mixed media, installation, moving image and performance artist Vera Arjoma. We can take a breath or drink a glass of water while peeping into the holes in the artist’s boxes as her cause effects the much-needed stillness with which to advance.

Izgi Ozant vividly portrays the alienation between numbers of people, between people and their environments, between a person and their ideas and the alienation between a person and their ideas, between their thoughts and actions, their actions and others’ actions, the alienation between a person’s actions and their actions on a different day and so on and on… Furthermore Ozant analizes our communication tools, methods of observation and knowledge and personal tastes in an effort to beautify. She draws with an almost naïve perspective joining beings together in the bigger picture asking questions with hopes for unification. She does this with just about anything she can get her hands on to design a clear understanding through minute details. She acts as the binding glue in the Butterfly Effect holding the task between the space and the shared language of cartoon character doodles and scribbles through medium of drawing and curiosity. She is the open-eyed, open-mouthed yellow hat worker with the rope in her hand withholding chaos while Bryan Douglas Austin is releasing it through his graphite drawing in the show titled “My Funeral Procession”.

Sun Young Kang’s works are also in black and white. Young Kang is a book and installation artist making from small intimate books to room size installations. The artist asks questions on emptiness and negative/positive space; here through carving out a layered stack of paper in the shape of a cup as a symbol of basic space.

Patrick Foley’s digital photography is also in black and white dealing with gentrification issues and documenting architectural layouts of such areas as if characterizations on human faces. In Lydia Parish’s pretty human faces look into stars and shoes as anorexic fashions from runway examples, looking as if they know where they’re going…

In J. Ivcevic’s short video of “Hasid Sunday” shot in ultra-violet light negative exposure effect, two Hasids progressively emerge from whiteness while chatting, watching the merry go rounds. Children appear as a consistent subject matter in Ivcevic’s work, may be the Hasids are talking about their kids…

Steve Pauley’s work involves an exchanging of elements found within daily circumstances and through interactions. Pauley’s activity seeks to magnify by pulling attention to the context by transferring the content into new grounds. The artist traces graffiti from walls on Brooklyn streets then engraving them on to stones to lionize the changing of possession of the scribbles, well as the streets, that lay waiting there with an unmoving attempt of a stone to see through every change, including the original wall graffiti -being painted over and over since… He hand carves the scrawlings from Men’s, and Women’s, restroom stalls and sex ads chiseling them onto granite stalls and sculptures. He affects the viewers with his “Small World”; a panoramic view of the cross street reflected on the glass window of a pub, superimposed through stone print photography using black and white photography chemicals on paper. Pauley’s work peaks the impact that ripples into a storm through the flapping of the wings of this group of Butterflies’.



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