Image:  Dear Esther , by Giuliana Funkhouser

Image: Dear Esther, by Giuliana Funkhouser


AVATARS // a two-part exploration

AVATARS // ghosts
On view: March 22 - April 13, 2019
Opening Reception and Performances: Friday, March 22, 7-9pm
Curators Talk: Saturday, April 6, 3-5pm 

AVATARS // futures
On view: April 26 - May 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 7-9pm
Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, May 11, 3-5pm

Nave Gallery
155 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment

More info on AVATARS programming coming soon!

A two-part exploration, AVATARS // ghosts and AVATARS // futures attempt to document the ways that artists represent their bodies, their ideas, their nations, and their dead in today’s digital world where the physical and virtual, human and non-human, self and other, are increasingly intertwined and indistinguishable. “Avatar” is originally a Sanskrit word describing mortal incarnations of Hindu deities. In colloquial use, the term refers to a digital image or 3D character representing an individual on the internet. Drawing inspiration from these concepts, the AVATARS exhibitions are a transdisciplinary exploration of folkloric characters, alter-egos, cyborgs, and incarnations.

AVATARS debuted at the San Francisco Art Institute in fall of 2018. A selection of works from the original San Francisco show will travel to Somerville to continue the thread of the exhibition from its inception. 

Performances by Xray Aims and Fine Art Superheroes (by Basil El Halwagy) at the opening reception on March 22, 2019. Please be advised that Xray’s performance will include needles piercing skin and possibly blood.

AVATARS // ghosts artists

Amayi Morales / Annalisa Oswald / Basil El Halwagy / Caleb Cole / Charity Everett / Claire Sorosky / Colleen Kiely / Eleanor Schnarr / Elisabeth Eckman / Eliza Phelan-Harder/ Giuliana Funkhouser / Heather Caunt-Nulton / Jonathan Nix / Julia Cseko / Karli Janell / Katie Wild / Kels Hyde / Krista Wright / Lauren Kalman / Marco Castaneda / Mark Roemisch / Minjun Kim / Nancy Sepe / Oscar Lopez / Peter Morse / Rachel Shatil / Sally Lee / Selvaggio Dordetti / Shelby Meyerhoff / Skunk / solYchaski / Sue-Yee Leung / Valeriya Volkova / Whitney Humphreys / Xray Aims

AVATARS // futures artists

A_Marcel / Christina Balch / Jamezie / Joy Buolamwini / Lori Landay / Mac Pierce / Melissa Glick / Philip Knodle / Tony Astone