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21c’s latest exhibition explores environmental, economic, technological conditions shaping earth

Exploring the evolution of species and spaces in contemporary art, 21c Museum Hotel Lexington’s latest exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., including opening remarks by 21c Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites at 6:30 p.m. and a special lecture and Q&A with featured artist Alice Pixley Young at 6:45 p.m.

Curated by Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, Hybridity: The Supernatural, is a group exhibition featuring works by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists such as Albano Afonso, Anthony Goicolea, Chris Doyle, Alice Pixley Young, Nandipha Mntambo, Patricia Piccinini, Oleg Dou, Luis Gispert, and others. Hybridity will be on view at 21c Lexington through June 2017.

Hybridity: The Supernatural, explores the environmental, economic, and technological conditions shaping the earth and its inhabitants today. In these still and moving images of land and cityscapes, and in the taxidermy and fabricated figures emerging within, nature meets technoculture, and the sublime becomes the supernatural.

Alice Pixley Young (American), Will You Miss Me When I Burn, 2014. Ash, kiln cast glass, video. (Courtesy of the Artist and 21c Museum Hotels)

Alice Pixley Young (American), Will You Miss Me When I Burn, 2014. Ash, kiln cast glass, video. (Courtesy of the Artist and 21c Museum Hotels)

Landscape, once the realm of the bucolic and pastoral, now appears fantastical, alluring, threatening, and threatened, permanently altered into an Anthropocene: a manufactured earth whose contours and contents are determined by global commerce and technology. These hybrid territories are home to hybrid creatures, whose forms combine human, animal, and artificial features, the offspring of scientific research and imagination, reflecting our anxiety and aspirations for the future.

“Hybridity: The New Frontier was presented at 21c Bentonville in 2013,” explains Stites. “The issues addressed in this exhibition—the fragility of the environment, the merging of the physical and virtual, our fears and fantasies about the future—have become more pressing and prescient. Featuring nearly a dozen new works, the New Frontier has morphed into The Supernatural, both distilling and expanding the notion of hybridity.”

Invoking past and future in a critique of the present, the paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos in Hybridity: The Supernatural document observed, current realities while referencing the aesthetic traditions of 19th and 20th century art.

Influenced by Romanticism and Surrealism, science and commerce, these artists envision how the dreams and detritus of the industrial era have generated the promise and peril of the digital age.

About Alice Pixley Young

Alice Pixley Young attended Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Residency Program. She received an MFA from the University of Maryland and an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Young’s work has been exhibited at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon where she was a finalist in the eMerge 2014 Glass Biennial, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the ArtPrize festival, the 21c Museum Hotels in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky and the Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2015.

This year, Young was awarded Best in Show for her work at 1708 Gallery’s InLight Richmond exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Young has been a fellow at Jentel Residency Program in Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She maintains a studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About 21c Museum Hotel

21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to expanding access to thought-provoking contemporary art. A multi-venue museum, each 21c property features exhibition space open free of charge to the public, combined with a boutique hotel and chef-driven restaurant. 21c presents a range of arts programming curated by Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, including both solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations, and a variety of cultural events.

For more information visit www.21cMuseumHotels.com.

From 21c Communications

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