Our Beautiful Planet

Opening Reception: December 12, 2019, 6-8PM

A Prayer for Our Beautiful Planet

Our Beautiful Planet here since the beginning.
Our Beautiful Planet filled with different worlds.
Our Beautiful Planet where our ancestors breathed and bled.
Our Beautiful Planet where we play, die and fight to survive. Our Beautiful Planet breathing every memory and dream.
Our Beautiful Planet gives us life.
Our Beautiful Planet will always thrive.

Our Beautiful Planet considers the importance of play as a tool for self-reflection and alternative world-building. Curated by Joygill Moriah, works by Jeron Braxton, Matthew Keff, Jessica Spence, and Jessica Pettaway utilize photography, portraiture, and gameplay to present the world as they see it: nonsensical and endlessly inspiring. Presented in tandem with YOUNG WORLD


ABOUT

Joygill Moriah creates experiences that highlight emerging trends in culture and society. Moriah’s exhibitions are known for combining Video Games, Film, Music, Photography, Design and other creative fields into immersive environments.

Jeron Braxton is a self taught animator using retro gaming aesthetics to explore the black american experience.

Matthew Keff is an artist creating audiovisuals that take form in motion, interactive and installations.  Thinking over digital life and feelings, these works squish together sugary aesthetics found in network and videogame culture. 

Jessica Pettway is a New York based photographer that uses humor to create fun and provocative images. She specializes in creating playful compositions and surreal environments that play with the boundaries of nature and explore our desire for the artificial. Jessica has received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts and her work has been published in VICE, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Time Magazine among others. 

Jessica Spence is a New York-based artist, creating paintings that depict topics related to her life, specifically black womanhood, and societal beauty ideals. Her current body of work focuses on the beauty and versatility of Black hair. Spence holds a BA in Studio Art an MA in Art Education at Lehman College in the Bronx. She has had a solo exhibition at The Gallery at the 14th Street Y (New York, NY), and has been a part of group exhibitions at Bronx Art Space (Bronx, NY), Casita Maria Gallery (Bronx, NY) and Thierry Goldberg Gallery (New York, NY).


FUNDING

Our Beautiful Planet is supported in part by a generous grant from the Avery Arts Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The 2019-2020 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Heyday by Matthew Keff