May 21 - June 20, 2021




Young Space is pleased to present Strange Paradigm, an exhibition by sixteen artists from around the world, marking the tenth online group exhibition presented by Young Space. As people around the world gradually, if trepidatiously and with some setbacks, begins to stir and reemerge from a unique period in history, Strange Paradigm brings together a wide range of paintings, photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, and installation, in an exploration of the experience of jamais vu. The inverse of déjà vu, jamais vu borrows from the French for “never seen,” in which a situation that is familiar in fact seems novel or eerily unfamiliar. Where does strangeness end and familiarity begin?

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I get most excited and involved when magically, randomly, accidentally, separate elements in a moment come together in my mind and create a story, or often a fragment of a story. Or when I am working on a sketch, drawing, or painting, and completely out of the blue, some unexpected elements appears in the work.

Morteza Khakshoor

I like to trigger responses and play with human perception of things surrounding them. For me, the response that happens is the continuation of work itself. 

Lucija Krizman

I think the best dream-like spaces don’t have horizons… horizons burst the bubble. I’m  not totally sure that my paintings are meant to be dream-like, they are just meant to be  honest reflections. But maybe the dream world is the closest framework we have for the  honest self. 

Henry Curchod

The idea of my work as an artifact of my body interests me. Clay is the perfect medium for exploring this because of how it captures touch in its surface; everything from my small fingerprint to a large scraping motion is fossilized once the clay is fired.  The material has a feeling of directness and a sense of memory.

Katie Kirk

In some interpretations of Islam, drawing or portraying beings with souls, distinguished from inanimate objects, is considered forbidden or frowned upon. Usually, in books by religious publishing houses, womanhood is represented through images of purity and fragility, such as flowers and soft pastel colors, especially pink in the background. Typically, in some cases where a human figure is drawn, the eyes, nose, and mouth are blurred. I grew up seeing those depictions around me, acknowledging them as imageries representing a woman’s identity.

Hawazin Al Otaibi

I approach collage kind of like painting, so I choose images mostly for their texture, palette and use of line, but I’ll oftentimes notice some kind of form in an image that could become something else - the knobbly bones of a knee in a skyscape or the veins of a hand in a piece of rock. 

David Woodward

Something strange happens in the studio when I am thinking of my life in reverse, and making clay objects to represent these experiences. How I imagine the experience is probably different than it actually was, and how I imagine myself might be pretty far off from what I actually am. There is magic in that in-between space. 

Judd Schiffman

About the curator

Kate Mothes works as a roving independent curator, Founder of Young Space and STEAK. Selected recent exhibitions include MIRROR EYE in collaboration with Far x Wide at Ortega y Gassett Projects, Brooklyn, NY; and Run Straight Through at Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, as well as recent virtual exhibitions via Young Space Views. Upcoming projects include collaborations with David B. Smith Gallery (Denver, CO), and Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Brooklyn, NY). She holds a Masters in the History of Art, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bechalors in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently based between Edinburgh, Scotland, and Northeast Wisconsin, USA.

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