PRESS RELEASE

COUNTRY WITHOUT BORDERS

International Group Exhibition of artists from R2001, curated by Jolanta Gora-Wita.

Abraham Lubelski Gallery 473 Broadway,7th fl NYC, NY 10013 and 450 Broadway Gallery 450 Broadway, 4th fl NYC, NY 10013 8th-19th September 1998 RECEPTION DATE: Sept. 12th, 1998 from 6 - 8 pm. at Abraham Lubelski Gallery, 473 Broadway, 7fl, NYC, USA.

Country Without Borders is about the birth of a new, 'virtual land' which gradually transforms our sense of reality into new physical meanings and entities, despite many differences-in age, sex, geographical location, language, background, and style. The exhibition interrogates and explores the dichotomy between the place of its origin (the Internet) and the real physical environment. This occupation of a new space will examine online's aesthetic meanings and explore fundamental structures of one of the first 'global electronic art societies' - R2001. Country Without Borders will feature works in both experimental and traditional media drawn from amongst the group’s 100+ members in 24 different countries. All participating artists are collaborators in an experiment that is making a new social reality in a world that originates from their thoughts and actions in cyberspace. Assembling works by artists whom they encountered via the Internet itself, R2001’s co-founders (Seiji Ueoka in Tokyo, Aleksi Aaltonen in Helsinki and Gerald O’Connell in London) had never met by the time they had brought the group into existence as an online art world entity. Apart from their cyber origins, the main thing bringing the group together as collaborators is their se of actually making the world a better place. Part of that mission is illustrated by the show’s title: it is in cyberspace’s infinite new vistas that the "Country Without Borders" has been formed, mocking the old millennium’s outmoded conventions of style, modernity and national identity. September 8th 1998, this unique new vision will travel out of the virtuality of the World Wide Web, and into the actuality of two New York City galleries.

 

 

___________________________________________ Participating artists: Adolf/Catalonia Spain Aleksi Aaltonen/Finland Amy Kool/USA Ankur Gupta/India Anne Eldredge Harris/USA Antoni Lasheras/Catalonia Spain ArtSite2000/USA Birgitta B. Jonsdottir/Iceland Bryan A. Smith/Saudi Arabia Catherine Yakovina/Russia Caplyn Dor/USA Francis Caterino/USA Darius Gubala/USA Denise Ruzich/USA Elizabeth Konogeris/USA Esoman/Canada Falki Pictures and Design/Switzerland Gerald O'Connell/UK Hans Kotter/Germany Hideaki Ogawa/Japan Hunter O'Reilly/USA Jacek M. Kucy/USA Jean-Jacques Kuntz/France Jennifer E. Young/USA Jolanta Gora-Wita/USA Judith Juntura Miller/USA Jurek Kubina/Poland Kang-Hyuk Lee/Korea Lighthome Ecosse'/Scotland UK Maria Fabre/Catalonia Spain Nishioka Hiroki/Japan n-khaos/Japan Pygoya/Hawaii USA Scotto/USA Seiji Uoeka/Japan Sharif Ezzat/USA Stan Mlodozeniec/Poland Tahir Un/Turkey ValWeb/USA Vasco Acioli/Brazil Virtual Tart/New Zealand Warren Furman/USA Wooper Brains/Japan Yumi Matsumoto/Japan Contacts: curator: Jolanta Gora-Wita, email GWita@aol.com Abraham Lubelski Gallery: tel:1-212-274-8993, fax:1-226-3400 (Gallery hours 11am - 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday) 450 Broadway Gallery: tel/fax; 1-212-941-5952 (gallery hours 1pm - 6pm, Tuesday thru Saturday) Renaissance 2001 Website: http://r2001.com