J. Ryan Ulsh and Marie Obegi “Portraits”

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Join New York City-based film photographer J. Ryan Ulsh and fine artist Marie Obegi at ‘PORTRAITS,’ a one-day exhibit on Monday, December 8th 7-10pm. Ulsh and Obegi, unique in their creative approaches but similar in their dark classic-meets-modern representation, capture subjects of New York.

Our era marks the absolute reign of portraits. We keep sharing, diffusing, and altering them, particularly in a digital manner. ‘PORTRAITS’ serves as juxtaposition to today’s overly edited digital era. Choosing subjects solely via social media platforms, the artists studied the filtered, refined versions of them and stripped away these facades to capture a realness lost in a world of perfectionists.

Ulsh’s film photographs take the viewer back to a time when there was no photoshopping and something more genuine was captured, while Obegi’s portraits are deconstructed, and then reassembled differently, giving the viewer a new representation of each subject. Rather than ignore the pop-culture soaked phenomenon of ‘selflies,’ the so-called ‘portraits’ of social media, Ulsh and Obegi chose to explore it. The result is a clever and refreshingly raw body of work that evokes a narrative element from its viewers.

About the Artists:
J. Ryan Ulsh is a New York City based Art Director and Photographer whose creative visions are inspired by unexpected events and places that he stumbles upon in his daily life. His dark aesthetic combines raw black and white portraits with narrative unusual and surreal scenes. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Design in 2012.
For additional information, visit http://jryanulsh.com.

Marie Obegi is a Parisian artist currently residing in New York City. After designing several collections of high heels for the company she successfully co-founded, she decided to focus entirely on the fine art world. Following her graduation from Parsons New York, Marie Obegi devoted herself to create a universe in which each work of art captures the character’s ambiguous facets, thereby adding a narrative dimension to what is visible and visual.



December 08, 2014 from 19:00 to 22:00

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