Perceive You opens June 5, 2022 at Shoebox Projects Online

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Portrait of Leonardo Greco

Leonard Greco

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Artist, curator and cultural producer Kristine Schomaker asked the artists how they see themselves for this open exhibition.

Perceive You” is a platform for empowerment, for owning who you are, for being unique and authentic… “Perceive You” is for everyone.

— Kristine Schomaker, artist, curator and cultural producer

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, May 29, 2022 / — “Perceive You”, hosted by Kristine Schomaker, runs from June 5 to July 3, 2022 at shoebox projects (online) with a Zoomed reception and artist talk scheduled for June 5, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.

“Perceive You” is an exhibition of figurative self-portraits exploring concepts of identity, vulnerability, empowerment and perception. Artist, curator and cultural producer Kristine Schomaker asked artists for works that describe how they see themselves. She selected 81 pieces by 52 artists from more than 600 submitted works. The works span a wide range of media and genres, from drawing to collage; from photorealism to abstraction.

“Perceive You” asks important questions about our select public figures and how/if that impacts who we are. In an age where we organize our public persona with our profile pictures, curated social media content, and even the way we dress in public, how do we really define ourselves? How does public personality impact our identity? Is it a disguise, a constructed brand, or are we appropriating our identity? Perceive You turns the mirror on participating artists by asking them to portray how they see themselves.

Participating artists include Anda Marcu, Annick Duvivierm, B. Alston, Beatrice Antonie Martino, Betzi Stein, Brenda Oelbaum, Bryn Williams, Courtney Blackstock, Daggi Wallace, Emily Bertucci, Erica Entrop, Huan LaPlante, Jean-Paul Aboudib, Jen Sanders, Jenette Wilson, Jennifer Wolfe-Hagstrom, Jo Ann Block, Jorge E. Martinez, Kate Kelton, Kathryn Geismar, Kathryn Pitt, Kelly Ciurej, Kris Moore, Leonard Greco, Lucy Luckovich, Mary Allan, Merrilyn Duzy, Michael Potts, Michael Angelo Gagliardi , Michele Benzamin-Miki, Monica R. Marks, Nami Oshiro, Nancy Nicholson, Preeti Schaden, Riea Owens, Robert Gilsdorf III, Robin Assner-Alvey, Rolf Young, Ruby Vartan, Sarah Jordan, Scout Purdy, Susan Amorde, Susan Kaufer Carey , Suzann Kundi, Suzanne Shifflett, Ted Rigoni, Tom Miller, Tristan Mark, Tyler Alpern, Valentina Aprida Maurer, Vincent Benavidez and Zara Feeney.

The exhibition is inspired by artist and cultural producer Kristine Schomaker’s “Perceive Me” project, which focused on the reality of how others perceive us and how this differs from self-perception. For “Perceive Me,” plus-size Schomaker posed nude for 60 artists, asking them to portray her as they saw her. The resulting works were honest, sometimes raw, often very beautiful…and at odds with common commercial standards of beauty. The reaction of viewers to the collected works was uplifting and empowering for all sizes, shapes, ages and genders.

Schomaker’s practice is informed by her personal and professional experiences as a plus-size woman and artist with an eating disorder – living in a society formed to compare ourselves to commercialized and over-the-top standards of beauty/value. idealized that few measure…especially when size is added to the equation. She challenges the arbitrary labels, body shame, self-doubt and cultural rejection that permeate the daily lives of taller than average people, especially women, integrating the common experiences of others into her work, amplifying the voices of all. Her process uses the visual, performative and experiential arts as powerful tools to combat the superficial appearance biases exemplified by “Perceive You”.

Kristine Schomaker is a multidisciplinary artist, art historian, editor and mentor who lives and works at the Brewery Artist Complex in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Art History and MFA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge, where she studied with Betty Ann Brown and Samantha Fields. In 2014, Kristine founded Shoebox Arts (PR), a support network that focuses on building community and provides mentorship and resources for artists.
Kristine is also the editor of Art and Cake, a contemporary LA Art Magazine. She taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, and curated and curated numerous art exhibits throughout Southern California. Kristine is the President of the CSUN Arts Alumni Association.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
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Director, Shoebox Arts
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