Art Lives Here Presents ‘Look This Way’ opening at JVS Project Space




Jose Soto, Terminalia: Sculptures of Light. Image courtesy of the artist and Living With Art.

Art Lives Here is thrilled to be back at JVS Project Space presenting a new exhibition featuring three collaborating artist members. Look This Way is an exhibition that takes photography beyond its expected boundaries with sculptures and assemblages that create an unexpected dialogue. In a culture inundated with images, the artists are exploring how visual art informs our perception of essentially everything. Look This Way opening on Saturday, October 8th.

Jose Soto, Auora, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and Art Lives Here

The exhibition features Jose Soto’s, Auora, 2017, which has been exhibited only once before at the 2017 Occupy Museums ~ Whitney Biennial. Jose Soto works with photography, video, sculpture and installation to transform the complex visual structures found in nature. His practice is grounded in the aesthetic strategies of Formalism, Minimalism and the principles of Gestalt. He invites the view to consider his or her own perception of the natural landscape.

Cheryl Aden, Iced Rambutan. Image courtesy of the artist and Art Lives Here.

Cheryl Aden is a fine art photographer and a bit of a rebel. Aden challenges the traditional notion of what is considered a beautiful object by exploring visual dichotomies. She captures ordinary things as if they were extraordinary. Her images convey life in all of its glory and the inevitable decay that binds the human experience to the natural world.

Heather Cox, Photo and Staple Collage. Image courtesy of the artist and Living With Art

Heather Cox is a multidisciplinary artist trained as a photographer and a sculptor. Look This Way features works from her ongoing series ‘Roundels’ which she began in 2020.

Artist Heather Cox

Cox alters snapshots and vintage photos by cutting/sewing/gluiing/stapling them into pointillistic sculptural forms. They hang from the ceiling and protrude from the walls creating compelling colorful shapes that require a closer look.

Connie Lee, Curator ‘Look This Way’ at JVS Project Space

Connie Lee is an independent curator, public art leader and the founder of Art Lives Here, a non-profit arts organization that advocates for cultural equity. Creating opportunities for under recognized artists, Women, LGBTQIA+, AAPI, and BIPOC artists and also providing access to art in communities that are often excluded by bringing quality public art installations, exhibitions, performances and educational programming to people where they live, work and gather with friends and family. The organization is currently working collaboratively with approximately 50 artists from New York City, the United States and beyond.

Andre Smits from artistoftheworld painting a mural at JVS Project Space in East Harlem

JVS Project Space was created in response to the high demand for studio and exhibition space by Julio Valdez Studio, LLC. The street-level gallery is located in East Harlem with artist studios above. Artists, curators and collectors gather here in support of the uptown arts community.

Look This Way, curated by Connie Lee is presented by Art Lives Here, will open at JVS Project Space on Saturday, October 8, 2022. JVS Project Space is located at 181 East 108th Street on the Ground Floor, NYC. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, October 8th from 2:00 to 5:00pm. The gallery is open Thursday ~ Sunday from 2:00 ~ 6:00pm.

Exhibition Programming: An art workshop for young people between the ages of 9 and 12 who live in the East Harlem neighborhood where the gallery is located. Taking place on three consecutive Saturdays, participants will work with each of the artists and will be given an opportunity to create their own work which will be installed in the hallway gallery and on view during the closing weekend of the exhibition.

Workshop dates:

Saturdays on October 15th, 22nd, and 29th ~ from 2:00 ~ 4:00pm.

The youth workshop is sponsored by Carol Paik, Collaborating Artist Member of Art Lives Here.

Connie Lee standing next to the mural listing names of artists in her current exhibition ‘Look This Way’ at JVS Project Space. Image courtesy Connie Lee/LivingwithArt

…and as if there isn’t enough to catch your attention, the Dutch artist/photographer Andre Smits of is painting a mural at the entrance to the gallery this week, including names of all the artists in the exhibition.

artistintheworld713 at work. Image courtesy Connie Lee/Living with Art