29 July - 16 August, 2020

Systems Approach

Co-curated by Alex Paik (Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Trestle Gallery)
and Kate Mothes (Young Space, Dovetail Magazine)


Young Space is pleased to present SYSTEMS APPROACH, co-curated by Alex Paik (Founder/Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Director of Trestle Gallery) and Kate Mothes (Founder of Young Space). SYSTEMS APPROACH presents the work of 26 artists from around the world, representing a range of early-career, emerging, and mid-career practices. Examining language, the virtual world, media consumption, social structures, cultural heritage and symbolism, this collection of work relates to systems and structures, both seen and unseen, which shape our identities and routines within the communities--and the world--we live in. The title SYSTEMS APPROACH is derived from systems theory, the complex study of systems and structures, both natural and human-built. The aim of systems theory is to understand how systems are structured, influenced, defined, and applied, ranging from mathematics, biology, psychology, social network systems, and more. An “approach” suggests movement toward or an application of an idea, and guest co-curator Alex Paik offers personal insights into a curatorial and artistic process concerned with the ways the art world has historically operated from Euro-centric and therefore predominantly white centers of power and influence, and the work toward a better, more diverse system.

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Curatorial Statement: Alex Paik

The artists in this show examine and combine various existing and imaginary systems in their work. These works examine the systems and structures that are material, cultural, conceptual, spatial, lingual, even emotional. Artists such as Ting Hsu, Tadasuke Jinno, and Nadim Kurani draw attention to the structure of their respective mediums and materials themselves, simultaneously calling attention to and playfully bending the traditional approaches. Continue reading ⤳

Being able to at least name and recognize the lens with which one is looking at art through, opens one up to the idea that there are several other intersecting and interesting lenses with which one should be thinking about art through. 

― Alex Paik

Curatorial Statement: Kate Mothes

One fundamental reason that organizing an exhibition in collaboration with another curator is fundamentally important is that it challenges me to think outside of my own preconceptions. For example, although it’s perhaps unfashionable to say so, I have always been a formalist at heart. My initial, instinctual response to an artwork is always because of its composition, its essential relationships of line, color, space, and form. But I have also been aware that this is one side of the coin... Continue reading ⤳

Artists are at the forefront of discussions about access, diversity, and inclusion, both in the arts and in our local and global communities. The work in this exhibition reflects narrative, a disassembling and reassembling of ideas and materials. 

― Kate Mothes

About the curators

Alex Paik is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. He has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, with notable solo projects at Praxis New York, Art on Paper 2016, and Gallery Joe. Paik is Founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a non-profit network of artist-run spaces and Gallery Director at Trestle Gallery. He was also the curator of the Satellite Art Show in Miami from 2015 to 2018. Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a 501(c)3 non-profit network of independently operated, artist-run exhibition spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Greenville, SC. TSA’s goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and create community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, TSA has launched @tsa_pdf, a series of printable exhibitions curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid. People are invited to download and print these works on their home printers and share their “install shots.” Trestle Gallery and Tiger Strikes Asteroid are also jointly coordinating #ArtistRun2020, a year-long exploration of artist-run projects throughout the country, in which 11 artist-run projects (including Young Space!) have been invited to curate exhibitions at our various locations nationally. More on Instagram at @alexpaik.

Kate Mothes is Founder of Young Space and Co-Founder/Editor of Dovetail Magazine. To read more about the project, visit yngspc.com/about. She received a Masters in Art History, Theory and Display from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and her Bachelors in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to Young Space online exhibitions, selected recent exhibitions include Yulia Iosilzon: Paradeisos at Carvalho Park, Brooklyn, NY; 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. Read more here⤳ 

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