On Friday, February 24, 2017, I read the news in the New York Times, that President, Donald J. Trump barred the press. I felt stunned and I found myself full of emotion as I approached the elementary school auditorium in Kingston, NY. The steps were full of an over flow crowd of constituents who were making there way inside for the district 19 town hall with representative John Faso.
OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION 2015
Anothai Hansen is a prolific multimedia outsider artist Living in New York City and Thailand. Her work is widely collected nationally and internationally. I was introduced to Anothai by another prolific outsider artist, curator and collector, Sue Kreitzman. Sue is an avid long-time collector and supporter of unknown and emerging artists. Thank you, Sue! I was mesmerized by Anothai's brilliant creativity and knew she had to be in the Out of Bounds exhibition. This is Anothai Hansen's very first gallery exhibition. I am so very honored to introduce Anothai Hansen to the world!
Anothai has just returned to NYC from a long holiday at home with her family in Thailand. Anothai's work has received much commentary and many questions. I am so happy that Anothai will be present for the dynamic artist panel discussion The Art of Collecting with art conservator, Leslie Guy, Director of Curatorial Services for the Philadelphia African American Museum this Saturday, March 7th. 2-5PM at Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701. 914-375-5100
“I always wanted to be free.”~ Thorton Dial
Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression is an international all media exploration of how deep creativity and fearlessness push artists outside the lines of traditional methods, applications and ways of seeing. The featured media are emblematic expressions of the untethered spirit that knows no limits.Out of Bounds seizes upon that symbiotic dialogue between viewer and artwork. And through social media’s real-time connectivity; the artist also becomes part of the conversation. With this action, the exhibition will attempt to break out of the static material gallery space; onto virtual platforms. By using various 21st century technological modes of direct communication; this exhibition serves as a fluid work-in-progress exposing the featured artists to the viewer’s gaze and gallery experience. Out of Bounds seeks to facilitate perspective cross-connections that forge new and significant links between viewers and artists, while revealing art’s value as a participatory culture and meaningful place maker. The interactive nature of the exhibition gives viewers the ability to openly engage with the artists as they consider the artworks, the power of personal narrative and unfettered creativity.
“Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression” has a corresponding Facebook page, Tumblr blog and Twitter account where viewers are encouraged to actively participate digitally with the artists. QR codes inside the exhibition also take visitors directly to Vimeo.com, where they can watch short films and videos by the “Out of Bounds” digital storytellers