Happy New You

Please join us for the opening reception of  HAPPY NEW YOU featuring new works by James Schenck on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

HAPPY NEW YOU is a body of work centering around the ideas of regret and renewal as we enter a season of resolutions. While we take stock, it is important to acknowledge our own accountability in past actions and our ability to create something new.

The term “Construction” is at the center of this work; butcher paper, clippings, wood, torn pages and painted velum serve as the building blocks, and the resulting pieces emphasize the exciting prospect of a refreshed identity. The imagery of long formed minerals, space, ice, and birds highlight the eternal yet fleeting nature of time, and our role in it.

Just as individuals examine themselves in a bathroom mirror, the observer is encouraged to reflect upon each piece and decide if they are witnessing a beginning or an ending.


James Schenck is a Cincinnati born, New York educated and Los Angeles raised artist. He received his BA from Vassar College and his MFA from University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.

Through both 2-D visual art and installation, Schenck addresses the conditions of the gay male, as well as the role society plays in the construction of identity. The artist’s body of work articulates tactile and gestural expressions of self-examination, the importance of visual balance and clarity, and the numbness in a daily life’s journey for approval.

Schenck summarizes the results of his process as “2-D performance.” The aesthetic should always feel fun and welcoming, while the undercurrent stems from an urgent, honest insecurity.

Please join us for the new art show and potable beverages generously supplied by Mayday.

Afterwards, follow everyone down to Mayday for the after-party and dancing at Boozing My Religion.


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