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Valores Estéticos / Aesthetic Values
chashama’s Space-to-Connect 2019 Group Exhibition

Judith Contemplates After Holofernes, Melanie Gonzalez, 7x10, metal, inkjet print, phosphorescent green paint, 2019.  Sculpture by  Adam Echahly .

Judith Contemplates After Holofernes, Melanie Gonzalez, 7x10, metal, inkjet print, phosphorescent green paint, 2019.
Sculpture by Adam Echahly.

One of the pieces on view created by Melanie Gonzalez is “Judith contemplates after Holofernes” and features model Emilina Rodríguez and sculpture by Adam Echahly.

The work is a new addition to the series Discount Saints (2015) which depicts saints and biblical scenes in contemporary, urban fashion.

The story of Judith of Bethulia, from the Old Testament’s Book of Judith, arguably now being considered as the first historical novel, was a popular story depicted in Renaissance paintings by painters such as Gentileschi and Caravaggio. The scenes usually depicts the beautiful widow Judith slaying Holofernes, an Assyrian general, to free her people.

The photograph, a small-scale rendering on metal with glow-in-the-dark paint, features a plastic doll head sculpture by Adam Echahly and jewelry design by the artist photographer; commenting on the current times of mass reproduction, ephemeral art, and using objects of one’s surroundings to depict a scene, story or emotion with historical or cultural context. The piece is supposed to glow from within when there is no light present.

-Melanie GonzaleZ

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320 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
May 25th - June 15th
Opening Reception Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:00pm-7:00pm

Valores Esteticos/Aesthetic Values is a group exhibition featuring the work of 13 artists from Chashama’s Space to Connect program. All of the artists reside in the Bronx and Washington Heights, NY. These artists represent a vast, diasporic, multi-cultural existence. Coming from different backgrounds and lived experiences, these artists use their practice to explore their environment, textiles, identity, gender, history and empowerment through various forms of art making including photography, video art, sculpture, and more. 
Despite being connected by elements of identity, the result of their interest in numerous ideas represents the contemporary understanding of black and brown lives. By creating work, the artists expand the value and define a visual vocabulary while incorporating their narratives into history.

Featuring work by Adalky Capellan, Diane Davis, Sharon De La Cruz, Charles Esperanza, Melanie Gonzalez, Dianne Hebbert, Mengly Hernandez, Xiomara Malpica-Martinez, Alexis Mendoza, Wyeth Moss, Jessica Spence, Yelaine Rodriguez, and Carlos Wilfredo 
Curated by: Dianne Hebbert 
For more information about the artists please visit Chashama's Event Page.

Gallery Hours: 
Tuesday - Friday: 1 pm to 5:30 pm 
Saturday: 1 pm to 4 pm 
Sunday - Monday by appointment only.
Contact to schedule an appointment 
On May 30th the gallery will open at 2pm. 

See Chashama’s Facebook event page

The Non-Professional Development Workshop
May 28, 2019 6:30pm-8:00pm
What does it mean to be an artist in the 21st century? Join Chashama for a special round table discussion. The Non-Professional Development
Workshop was conceived by Mary Ting and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Rafuz. Free for artists, but space is limited. Registration Required.

Practice and Purpose
Jun 15, 2019 2:00pm-4:00pm
Please join us for a panel discussion and a hands on workshop open to all ages. The panel discussion will focus on Practice and Purpose; how these
artists find inspiration and the determination required to actualize conceptual projects. The art making workshop will invite participants to create
treasure boxes where they can hold items or images of personal value. The boxes are created out of recycled cereal boxes and decorated with craft
supplies and collage material.