For Which It Stands is still standing strong at The Lodge Gallery. Featuring Orlando Arocena, Raul Ayala, Chong Gon Byun, Liset Castillo, Alexis Duque, Alessandra Expósito, Kira Nam Greene, Kent Henricksen, Jung S. Kim and more, For Which It Stands is on display through July 28th. Check its opening reception where spoke to curators Keith Schweitzer and Jason Patrick Voegele.
“For Which It Stands is an exhibition about how the contemporary American experience captures the imagination of foreign-born and first generation artists who have come to this country from all over the world to live and discover their true potential. But it is also a show about how the story of American immigration and cultural assimilation influence the work of artists who are born here in America. So as much as it is a conversation from those two points of view, it is also a celebration of the greater American experiment and the ongoing ritual of transformation that exists both culturally and within the uniquely individual experiences of each artists personal journey.”
– Jason Patrick Voegele
“For Which it Stands is a show about America. With 17 artists in the exhibition, and 13 different nations represented, one may wonder how this show speaks about America. My answer to this is that we cannot speak about America without speaking about people from other places in the world. We’ve all arrived here from somewhere else, either directly or at some other point in our family lineage. We’re a nation of immigrants, and our national culture is dynamic, always in flux, influenced by the cultures that are brought here. America is a remix, an experiment held together by systems and rules that give us order but also generous latitude to be who we are as individuals.
For Which It Stands is also a show about influences. We, as a nation, are as influenced by those who come here as they are influenced by coming here themselves. This is very observable in New York, where it seems to happen right before your eyes in real time, particularly on the Lower East Side. Then these combinations, unified under one flag, influence externally and project outward to nations outside of our own. It’s a feedback loop, an array of intercontinental Möbius strips, and it’s beautiful. The artists and artworks in the show help to tell this story. “– Keith Schweitzer