Artists: Sam Branden, Claudia Cortinez, Charlotte Lagro
Exhibition title: The Day the Clown Cried
Venue: Bible, New York, US
Date: January 13 – February 10, 2019
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Bible, New York
Note: List of works can be found here
When I write a horoscope for you, I focus on one or two questions because I don’t have room to cover every single aspect of your life. The theme I’ve chosen this time may seem a bit impractical, but if you take it to heart, I guarantee you it will have practical benefits. It comes from Italian author Umberto Eco. He wrote, “Perhaps the mission of those who love humanity is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.” I swear to you, Aries, that if you laugh at the truth and make the truth laugh in the coming days, you will be guided to do all the right and necessary things.
– Rob Brezsny
Sam Branden (b. 1991 Cleveland, OH) lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2014. Exhibitions include a solo show at Quality Gallery, Oakland, CA; a two-person show at No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH; and in group shows at Scott Charmin, Houston, TX; E. Tay Gallery, NYC; Skylab Gallery, Columbus, OH, and at At Large Gallery, Brooklyn. He is a co-director and curator at Wick Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Claudia Cortínez (b. 1985) lives and works between Buenos Aires and NYC. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at Yale University. She is the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship and the Blair Dickinson Memorial Grant from Yale University, and the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in NYC, among others. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the US, Latin America, and Europe, and has curated exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center in NYC and the Eduardo Sívori Museum in Buenos Aires. She has participated in various residencies including, LMCC Swing Space, Mass MoCA, Real Time and Space, and the NARS Foundation, among others. She is currently an artist in residence at the Loisaida Center in NYC.
Charlotte Lagro (b.1989) lives and works in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Nars Foundation in New York. She won the Hermine van bers Fine Art Award in 2015. Her work has been exhibited internationally in FIAC/ Offielle Paris, Biennale de l’Image Possible Liège, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, CIAP Hasselt, LOOP Video Art Fair Barcelona, among others.