This past weekend East Williamsburg came alive with a pop up exhibition entitled “Being Transmission” at Be Electric Studio. The show was on display Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th. “Being Transmission” was curated by art critic Lori Zimmer and featured the work of artists Chris Marshall and Tim Okamura. The exhibition sought to investigate issues of power surrounding the “importance of visual, linguistic and spiritual communication between male and female assertions.” The show explored these larger themes of people with diverse backgrounds and how it relates to social justice and the turbulent times we live in today. Its efforts to raise awareness surrounding the organization Beauty for Freedom, a nonprofit that educates the public about sex trafficking through social media, events and fundraising, were a priority.
Marshall and Okamura worked together to create pieces that complimented one another and also sparked a larger dialogue. The artists’ work filled the gallery space around the periphery and met in the middle where there were several collaborative pieces on display. Done in the style of an exquisite corpse (when words, symbols or images are collectively put together), Marshall and Okamura riffed off one another to make art that helped continue the conversation of the exhibition. This collaborative style of working allowed for “a reactionary relationship to form between the artists” and resulted in site specific pieces that helped push the show in another exciting direction and continued to open up a newer mode of experimentation.
Marshall who is Brooklyn based and is a painter by training, recently started to explore 3D modes of making art through assemblage and sculpture. Marshall looks at issues of masculinity and domesticity in his work while also incorporating his personal history. Okamura who hails from Canada, is also a painter. His work explores motifs of the urban environment and cultural iconography. Both artists have shown in various galleries and museums internationally as well.
“Being Transmission” featured many works that helped to challenge the status quo while simultaneously bringing to light pressing conceptual ideas. Although the show was only up for two evenings, it presented an ambitious agenda that went beyond the space of the gallery walls. A portion of the proceeds made from the exhibit were also donated to Beauty for Freedom.
Writing by Anni Irish
Photographs provided by the gallery and the artist (More photos below)