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A Covid-19 Art Series Exhibit I Virtual Reality Art Catalog


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A *Digi-Romantic Response to the Current 2020 Global Quarantine Covid-19 Series Exhibit I, Virtual Art Exhibition

April 9 - 22, 2020

EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Hosted by WMAS Curated by jada

Aaron Jackson Bowman Carlos Cesar Alves Christian Garcia-Olivo Dana Blickensderfer Gianna DiBartolomeo Jonatas Nathan Beard Ong Jing Ren Sean Christopher Ward Vanessa Inojosa

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With the global COVID-19 PANDEMIC CRISIS, the practice of self-quarantine has been adopted as the best method to avoid the spread of the virus. Consequently, public life has come to a halt, and places of mass gatherings have closed until further notice. This mandatory social distancing has highlighted a very human aspect: That social interaction is one of our top priorities. Thus, an exodus to the digital sphere has taken place for the continuation of our communal interactions; museum tours, life-cycle events, instructional classes, music festivals, faithbased services, f itness groups, dating, counseling, and meal-sharing moments have all mass migrated online. JADA’s virtual exhibit titled SOCIAL DISTANCING showcases artistic interpretations on the complexities of living in a digitally-connected-butphysically-distanced world. It will discuss the current psychological toll of self-isolation, the desire to forge meaningful cyber bonds, and the longing for a return to normalcy and stability.


MANIFESTO ...................I.................. ...................Am................ .....................JADA............. JADA is...........................me. JADA is..............................you. JADA is......................expansive. JADA is.......................embracive. JADA is..............................selective. JADA is..................................scholarly. JADA is.....................................idealistic. JADA is....................................pragmatic. JADA is........................................globalized. JADA is.........................................a collective. JADA is..........................................a movement. JADA....................learns..........................the rules. JADA....................breaks............................the rules. JADA is...............................M E T A M O D E R N I S M . JADA...................................................juxtaposes Dada. JADA is......................................................interdisciplinary. JADA is..................against.......................................Tribalism. JADA.....................values.....................................timelessness. JADA..............................challenges............................the trend. JADA is................................an agent.........................of change. JADA....................believes...........................................in achieving. JADA is...................not restricted..........................................to a style. JADA..............................................................criticizes art for art’s sake. JADA....................................studies........................the human condition. JADA accepts......................narrative......................................and folklore. JADA values..............................................................rigorous studio practice. JADA is against................................................................the victimary attitude. JADA respects all.................................................................human complexities. JADA seeks to...............................build....................................mutual connection. JADA wants to change........................................................................the status quo. JADA holds a.................................................................philosophical approach to art. JADA believes that..........ART and ARTISTS...........are assets to the future of Humanity.

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JADA DEFINITION

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ADA artists share a philosophy central to their identity, as thinkers and makers. They acknowledge that no current or past Art movement is fully representative of their artistic disposition. They are mostly Y-generation adults, whose visual manifestations demonstrate a naivety that is both conceptually strong and highly informed. JADA is a Metamodern Art Collective, mediating between aspects of both Modernist and Postmodernist theories. It diverges from Modernism as it defends absolute universal truths, and from Post-Modernism as it excessively embraces irony and the concept of l’art pour l’art. JADA’s contention with “art for art’s sake” stems from the lenience intrinsic to the concept. While recognizing that significant advances took place in the 1960’s and 70’s through Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg’s insights (i.e. that the painted surface should be the only valid concern of the artist), JADA understands that such notion also elevated mediocrity, thus hindered the future appreciation and sustainability of Art and Art careers. JADA understands that today’s society has grown detached from Art, partially due to Art’s detachment from society. By consistently rejecting deeper content, sincerity, narrative, folklore, observation of the natural world, examinations of the human condition, the didactic, the philosophical, the political, and the spiritual. Art has divorced itself from pivotal roles that it once occupied. JADA wants to change the status-quo, by mobilizing artists to embrace a pragmatic idealism as agents of culture, while challenging themselves scholarly, skillfully, and conceptually as makers of culture. It acknowledges that change will not come f rom the System, but from self-starting artists who can flourish in a globalized, fast-paced, technology-driven, informationrich, and culturally-underfunded world. JADA represents a murmuring artistic voice of the 21st century, as it rises to challenge the hegemony of the Establishment, to transform the perception of Art in society, and to occupy meaningful spaces in the macrocosm of the 2020s.

If you identify with any of these ideals,

YOU ARE JADA TOO.


Quarantine Activities: Couples Cooking Digital Art on Vintage Photograph 9.5” x 12.5” Gianna DiBartolomeo

2020

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Exit Music 42 - Cabin Fever Acrylic on panel Nathan Beard 24” x 24” 2015

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Take-Out Only

Digital Art on Vintage Photograph 0.80” x 1.00” Gianna DiBartolomeo 2020

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Immune

Acrylic on Canvas 40 x 40’ Ong Jing Ren 2020

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The Emotional Journey of Corona Digital Art Length: 1 Minute, 2 Seconds Sean Christopher Ward

2020

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Rapture

Mixed Media on Canvas 48” x 72” Carlos Cesar Alves 2019 16


Untitled White on Emerald

Acrylic Paint on Wood Panel 9” x 11” x 1.5” Christian Garcia-Olivo 2020

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miscreant v

Oil, Acrylic 64” x 64” Aaron Jackson Bowman

2020

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2020 Potential

Time-Based Art Length: 5:02 Minutes Jônatas 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYrphba57Co&feature=youtu.be

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Miserable

Acrylic and Charcoal on Paper 164 x 284 cm Ong Jing Ren 2019

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Vessel

Oil on Canvas 8” x 12” Dana Blickensderfer 2020

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Wear Your Mask

Digital Art on Vintage Photograph 2.83” x 3.7” Gianna DiBartolomeo 2020

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blindfolded woman with cigarette

Oil, Acrylic, Latex, Pencil 30” x 40” Aaron Jackson Bowman 2018

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I am Heaven Digital Art Vanessa Inojosa

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