‘Present in the Modern World’ to Open at Art Lives Here




Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc. in the exhibition ‘Living in the Modern World’

The three women artists featured in Present in the Modern World, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Alison Causer, and Donnelly Marks share a modern sensibility in their art practices. Their works reference periods in time from Byzantine to the present.

Installation view, ‘Living in the Modern World’. On the mantle, sculpture artist, Donnelly Marks, figures, below, interpreting the nude figure by artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn.. Exhibition ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here.

They collectively have blurred the lines between traditional, modern, and contemporary. Causer and Capozzoli Flinn’s brush strokes take classic oil paintings into the present and exhibited alongside Marks’ sculptures that reference brutalist structures create an exhibition that is timeless but of the modern world.

Installation view, ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here

The term modern generally refers to the mid 20th century but it is frequently used/misused to describe contemporary art and objects of design. It is within this context that the exhibition places the work of three contemporary artists in dialogue, opening a conversation about the art movements that have informed them and influenced all our preferences in artistic styles. 

In the forefront,Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. in the exhibition ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here

Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn paints the female form, primarily working in oil interpreting the nude figure with light, contrast, and subtle color, exploring how the feminine body fills the space they occupy. Each model’s pose is real and empowering.

Flinn was born in Detroit Michigan, she lives and works in Harlem New York City. She received bachelor’s degrees from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University. Her work has been exhibited across the US and at Figure Works in Brooklyn, NY and the Painting Center in New York City, NY.

Artist, Alison Causer on view at ‘Present in the Modern World’ at Art Lives here.

Alison Causer is investigating the deep connection between female wisdom and the natural world. Her series Ladies of the Land depicts women with strength and awareness. Her Caves series is an invitation to enter a sacred place.

Causer holds a BFA, The Columbus College of Art and Design and an MFA, New York Studio School. She has exhibited in the US and France, and has been awarded the Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York, and the Jane C. Carroll Scholarship, New York Studio School. 

Artist, Donnelly Marks. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc.

Donnelly Marks is a visual artist, photographer, and sculptor. Her practice uniquely shifts between mediums.  Marks sculptures are assemblages crafted with raw often brut materials discovered in her daily life.  Her photographs are of ordinary things that are barely recognizable when constructed and stylized in her still life images. Her process starts with a spontaneous connection to the material. The sculptures are initially built quickly but then evolve through an ongoing exploration of the structure over time – one idea intuitively leading to another. 

Artist, Donnelly Marks at the opening of ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here

Marks earned a BFA in sculpture and photography from Carnegie Mellon. Her practice is based in Long Island City, Queens, where she has a studio in the “The Wills Building”’ a factory building in the heart of industrial Queens. Marks exhibits frequently throughout New York City.

Artist, Donnelly Marks. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc.

Connie Lee is an independent curator, and public art leader. Lee was motivated by the need for cultural equity to form Art Lives Here, a community of nearly 100 artists, as well as curators, emerging collectors, and patrons. In the spirit of collaboration guests are welcomed into the live, work, brownstone gallery to experience the artists and their work up-close. Private viewings are scheduled daily, and interactive artist talks will take place regularly throughout the exhibition timeline.

Connie Lee, Founder/President, Art Lives Here, Inc.

Present in the Modern World coincides with the publication of Art Lives Here Volume 1. The curated book is an exploration of contemporary artworks created by the initial 71 collaborating artist members of the Art Lives Here community. The artists featured are based in New York City, from across the United States, Berlin, and Latin America. 

Installation view, ‘Living in the Modern World’ at Living with Art

Present in the Modern World is curated by Connie Lee and will be on view from March 9 through May 11, 2024 at the brownstone gallery at Art Lives Here, located in the Mt Morris Park Historic District of Harlem. Preview by invitation only to be held on Saturday, March 9th from 2-4pm.