Jonathan Calm’s work originates within the tradition of narrative storytelling, sifting through culture to highlight the essence of our shared visual and audible world. Combining video, animation, sound, sculpture and drawing, Calm critiques the fabric of life in the inner-city using his Brooklyn neighborhood as both his source and as his subject. Mapping the projects, streets and parks, Calm turns the city grids into an iconic graphic vocabulary and takes the viewer on a journey of the self through our culturally diverse technological times. His exhibition’s title, “Liquor, Lotto and Chinese Food,” refers to what he believes to be the three cardinal sins prevalent in inner-city neighborhoods. In this, his first New York solo exhibition, Jonathan Calm will present photographs, sculpture and four of the short, pulsating videos that have earned him wide recognition since his graduation from Columbia’s MFA program in 2000. In discussing his seminal video, “A Place to Live,” in The New York Times, Holland Cotter referred to Jonathan Calm’s work as “a terrific multimedia animation.” “A Place to Live” will be broadcast on Channel 13 this summer in the “Reel New York” series.

Liquor, Lotto & Chinese Food

Jonathan Calm
March 22 - April 27, 2002
Opens March 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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