NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. presents
Once Upon a Time 1
January 20– March 5, 2006
Opening reception: Friday, January 20, 6-9 p.m.

January 3rd, 2006, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY – Once Upon a Time 1 is a multi-media group exhibition, curated by Stéphanie Jeanjean. In conjunction with the exhibition, NURTUREart will present an artist panel on Saturday, February 11th, 2006 moderated by curator Jeanjean.

"Once Upon a Time 1" includes light, sound, video, painting, wall drawing, and photography. Each piece functions both independently and as an installation component in conjunction with its surrounding artworks. The sound pieces, compiled for the exhibition in a soundtrack, play at random creating a variety of possible interactions with the visual scenarios. Once Upon a Time 1 challenges the viewer to explore his/her narrative imagination. It is less a concept for an exhibition than an exhibition in process with moments to create. Once Upon a Time 1 offers the opportunity of open-ended narrations for a visitor to discover and invent. The curator envisions Once Upon a Time 1 as the first in a series of future exhibits exploring this topic.

Featured artists are: Malin Abrahamsson, China Blue, Jorge Calvo, Lisa Dahl, Mary Edwards, Jill Fehrenbacher, Isabelle Ferreira, Monika Goetz, Seung Jun Lee, Valentina Loi, Oliver Lyons, Arthur Marks, Kristine Marx, Moonching Wu, Marc Spilmont, KimSu Theiler (Gobolux) and Mariana Viegas.

Monika Goetz creates a breathing light piece, which is also the only light source of the exhibition. China Blue, Jorge Calvo, Mary Edwards, Oliver Lyons, and Marc Spilmont made the sound pieces and musical compositions of various rhythms, moods, and ambiances. Isabelle Ferreira, Valentina Loi, and Seung Jun Lee’s works are based on the notion of time and repetition, while Kim Su Theiler  (Gobolux) and Jill Feherenbacher’s pieces interrogate the notion of rhythm and non-places. Emphasizing the concept of the exhibition, works such as Kristine Marx and Moonching Wu’s are especially open in their meanings creating interstices for individual projections and personal narrations to occur. Arthur Marks and Mariana Viegas play with public spaces contrasting with the private sphere that Lisa Dahl and Malin Abrahamsson’s pieces explore.

Stéphanie Jeanjean is a Doctoral Applicant at the Graduate Center of CUNY and an Adjunct Professor of Art History at City College. Regularly Jeanjean writes on Contemporary art for French cultural magazines and newspapers, she has published articles in Art Press, Chronic’art, and Hors d’Oeuvre. In 2004, Jeanjean curated two solo exhibitions in Dijon, France of New-York based artist China Blue. In 2005, she presented a paper at the Annual CAA conference in Atlanta on “Societal Behavior Suggested by Artists from the 1950s to Today.”  Recently, the book she co-edited with Lionel Bovier, "Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle... Ecrits et entretiens 1966-2003," a collection of writings and interviews by Olivier Mosset, has been published by the MAMCO ( Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Geneva, Switzerland. In March 2006 Jeanjean will present the exhibition Archaeology of New York at Gallery Korea (Korean Cultural Service in New York) co-curated with Yunkyoung Kim.

Once Upon a Time 1 is a NURTUREart Emerging Curators' Program collaboration. Learn more about the Emerging Curators' Program at
Location & Directions:

NURTUREart Gallery and Emerging Curators’ Resource Center:
475 Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is near the intersection of Union and Metropolitan Avenues, just steps from the L train Lorimer station or the G train Metropolitan Ave. station. The gallery is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., and by appointment. 718 782 7755.

NURTUREart is a New York State licensed, federally tax-exempt charitable fine art services organization founded in 1997 by George J. Robinson and run completely by volunteer professionals. Founded on the conviction that success in the visual arts is the result of collaboration not exclusion, NURTUREart is committed to nurturing emerging artists and curators through exposure, enrichment and opportunity.

NURTUREart has mounted numerous exhibitions of its Registry Artists' and Curators' work, and presented a wide variety of enrichment events and Muse Fuse gatherings at its Williamsburg gallery and at host venues throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.  Visit The NURTUREart Gallery & Emerging Curators’ Resource Center is funded in part by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Brooklyn Arts Council, and Leibowitz Foundation. NURTUREart appreciates their support.

Veronica Mijelshon, Gallery Director 718 782 7755
Stéphanie Jeanjean, Curator 917 291 2876