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Panel Discussion–Life After Reality TV: An Artist’s Perspective
Tuesday, February 2nd; 6pm-8pm
artist talk followed by wine reception
Ginger Shulick from Art Connects New York will moderate a panel discussion with local artists Jaclyn Santos and Gigi Chen on their artistic journey post-reality television. Each artist will discuss their current body of work and present artistic influences, as well as the affect of reality television on their artistic practice. Jaclyn and Gigi will also talk about the transition back into the “real” art world after the cameras stopped rolling as well as the process of being taken seriously as practicing artists, and how this experience helped them develop professionally, artistically, and conceptually.

About the artists:
Jaclyn Santos is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She was raised in Miami before moving to Baltimore to attend the MICA where she earned a BFA with a concentration in Painting. After graduating in 2007, Jaclyn worked full-time as a studio assistant to Jeff Koons for two years while maintaining her own studio practice. She was recently a semi-finalist on the Bravo reality show, Work of Art: the Next Great Artist. In July 2010 she had her first solo show at DFN Gallery in New York City. She is currently working as a full time artist at her studio in Long Island City.

Jaclyn’s artwork deals with themes of sexuality and spirituality, and through her narrative paintings of women she embraces and questions this supposed dichotomy. The work serves to chronicle her personal experiences while making relevant social commentary. Her primary medium is oil on canvas, although she has also worked in video, photography and drawing.

Gigi Chen was born in Guang Dong, China and raised in New York City. She received a BFA in animation from SVA, and now Gigi creates paintings based on her education as an animator as well as from her intense training in traditional painting and drawing techniques. Gigi’s paintings were first exhibited in New York at Deitch Projects as part of the ARTSTAR reality based television program. She has since shown at the Queens Museum of Art and Volume Black in New York as well as a solo show at the Knapp Gallery in Philadelphia.

Gigi combines the visual language of animation with old-world techniques, creating unconventional self-portraits that explore the obsessive and ambivalent feelings that can plague an artist’s subconscious. This neurosis is personified as characters that are at once sweet, kind and cuddly, then dangerous and shifty. Mingled with the human figures, they take turns playing protagonist and victim, winner and loser. Collectively, they illustrate the struggle and rewards of the life of an artist.

About the moderator:
Ginger Shulick is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Art Connects New York. Shulick has curated exhibitions such as LUMEN, focusing on presenting the highest quality of video and performance art being created today. Shulick holds an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, and is the founder of Big Deal Arts Advisory. She is the current Managing Director of Flux Factory in Queens, an internationally-recognized art collective and artist residency program.

This panel talk is held in conjunction with Spattered Columns’ annual MICA Alumni Show, which runs from Wednesday, January 12th through Tuesday, February 8th. Opening reception on January 12th from 6pm-8pm.

For more information on the MICA Alumni Show, Spattered Columns, or Art Connects New York, please visit www.artconnectsnewyork.org or contact Jamie Johnson at jamiej@artconnectsnewyork.org

$5 suggested donation at door