MTArt: The Voice of a Generation

Artwork on display at the Quin - an NYC hotel

MTArt: The Voice of a Generation

Winter 2017 - 2018

Our 2018 exhibition series launched with a London invasion from MTArt. Co-curated by Quin Arts curator DK Johnston and MTArt’s Marine Tanguy, The Voice of a Generation featured works by remarkable UK-based artists: Alexandra Lethbridge, Jasmine Pradissitto, Tim A. Shaw, David Aiu Servan Schreiber. As one might expect from a group show that includes an artist with a PhD in quantum physics, another spearheading art installations in hospitals, and a third whose research based-art provocatively blends fact with fiction, the mixed-media exhibition presented innovative works that challenged visitors’ visual and conceptual perceptions of the world. Themes of illusion, intervention, and shifting perspectives weaved through the exhibition, which was on view in public areas throughout the Quin.

Alexandra Lethbridge is a photographer born in Hong Kong and now based in the UK. Found photographs, archival imagery and constructed images of her own making form the basis of her art. Drawing upon a range of references and source material, she combines science with fictional constructed images, bringing them together as a form of storytelling. Her practice deliberately mixes fact and fiction to create expanded views of the subject matter she explores. As we live in a world of images, from social media to advertising, Lethbridge asks viewers to question the images that we look at everyday.

In 2014, Lethbridge was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award for her first publication, The Meteorite Hunter. She has since been shortlisted for The Anamorphosis Prize for The Meteorite Hunter, a publication that is now part of MOMA's book collection. In 2017, Lethbridge was a selected finalist for the ING Unseen Talent Award, as well as a winner for various prizes such as Flash Forward Magenta Foundation Award, Format Festival Affinity Award, and the Denton’s Art Prize.

Her work has been exhibited widely, including recent shows at Unseen Festival, Amsterdam, Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Cork Photo Festival, Ireland, Christie’s Auction House, London, Circulations Festival, Paris, Encontros de Imagem Festival, Portugal, Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, and PhotoUKIndia.
Jasmine Pradissitto is both a physicist and painter who creates “Quantum Sculptures” in light, plastic and metal. Born in Italy but now based in South London, Pradissitto earned a Ph.D. from the University of Central London with a focus on the Quantum behavior of silicon in fiber optics.  She went on to study fine art at Goldsmiths College and Sir John Cass.  She embraces the dual worlds of the physicist and artist, creating works she describes as “holograms you can touch.”  Jasmine’s forms are inspired by nature and the human condition and interpreted through the lens of scientific research.

Pradissitto has had solo shows in London and Venice and has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Threadneedle and Celeste. She has worked in the Tokyo and Hove Museums and her works have sold to various private collectors and institutions.  She continues to speak publicly about the power of creativity, play, and connective thinking in aiding our transformation and reinventing ourselves in an increasingly automated 21st century world.

Tim A. Shaw is a London-based artist and co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a project introducing site-specific, museum quality artworks to mental health wards.  A graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art, Shaw creates immersive spaces that have an atmosphere separate from the gallery space, and manipulates the way individual works can be seen within them. Recent projects include the Lightsource Installation at The Wapping Project, Crazy Golf at The Deptford Project, Pierrot Project at Generation & Display, Entrances & Exits at The Warehouse, Waterloo, Pierrot, and Refuge at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space.

Recently featured at Frieze London and Sotheby's London, David Aiu Servan Schreiber's art is a tribute to our most tangible asset as a human community: planet earth. The imprint of each material he uses draws audiences in and challenges viewers with a direct responsibility to look after our environment. While the issue of conservation is an abstract concept and something too big to personally relate to for some, the artist makes sincere and powerful artworks that compels onlookers to act towards more sustainable measures. 

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