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Reading Room

New Reader

New York

February 18 – March 28, 2021

Whaam! presents Reading Room by New Reader. Reading Room is a library of books selected by artists, musicians, scientists, educators, public figures and more in response to the question: In isolation, what parts of yourself have you recovered?

Reading Room’s contents are available online accompanied by a directory of every independent bookstore in New York City. A printed version, featuring illustrations by Whaam! artist Hunter Ney is available in bookstores throughout the five boroughs.

New Reader is an online library that organizes books by people. Through interviews, New Reader catalogs the sources that shape their minds. Newreader.net | @newreadernet

Adrienne Kennedy

Andre Walker

Arca

Avi Loeb

Beatrice Domond

Bernadette Van-Huy

Chito

Collier Schorr

Commission

DeSe Escobar

DIS

Elise By Olsen

Exactitudes

Fran Lebowitz

Gio Escobar

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hassan Rahim

Imad Khachan

John Pawson

Kiko Kostadinov

Liz Johnson Artur

Navy Blue

Nhạc Gãy

Slick Rick

Speed Levitch

Tanya DePass

Zarina Muhammad

Furniture Judd Foundation + Salon 94

Shelf Vitsoe + Strand Bookstore

Support Burberry

Sylvain Munoz

Pleasure Garden

New York

January 14 – February 7, 2021

New York, NY –– Whaam! Is pleased to present ​Pleasure Garden,​ the first solo exhibition by New York artist ​Sylvain Munoz​, opening on January 14 and on view through February 7, 2021. Made almost entirely during the 2020 city shutdown in the artist’s Chinatown studio, ​Pleasure Garden depicts a fictional world that is inhabited by all facets of Munoz’s imagination. It is a stage on which Heaven, Hell, and humanity mingle –– a modern, almost futuristic sin city, manifesting the pleasure of media consumption versus the evils of modern technology.

A self-taught artist born and raised in New York City, ​Munoz’s fantastical and painterly landscapes on canvas subvert the sexually charged in a playful, cartoon-like aesthetic, drawn from his nostalgic affinity with the 20th-century pop culture references he grew up with, from action figures to the 1993 ​video game Doom to the 1954 film ​Godzilla. ​While attending school in Greenwich Village, Munoz noticed the ​nearby sex shops and developed a deep fascination with New York’s BDSM and leather culture –– a curiosity that inspired his collecting of fetish magazines to create collages. a primary reference in the artist’s work. Many of Munoz’s paintings are cities within cities, micro snapshots that become part of his larger canvases, detailed in triptych-like compositions. ​A close look at his ​macrocosmic landscapes, reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch’s ​Garden of Earthly Delights​, reveals curious details and characters in intimate instances, in child-like depictions – threading escapism and confrontation, the familiar and the mysterious, the pleasurable and the morbid.

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Anatoly Kirichenko

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Hunter Ney & Alex Petty

Tea World

New York

November 19 – December 10, 2020

New York City has long been home to the spooky and the strange––to lore and legends of ghosts and goblins, slimy creatures that lurk the tunnels and tracks beneath the streets, creepy crawlers that inhabit the nooks and crannies of the city’s darkest corners waiting for the light to fade. Rats rule from below, gargoyles gaze down from the building facades above, and no matter how polished the block may seem, no one is safe from the supernatural.

Tea World, a joint exhibition at WHAAM! featuring New York-based artists Alex Petty and Hunter Ney, turns a light-hearted lens on the gritty and the grotesque, offering a comical, romanticized take on the gruesome monstrosities of the city.

Alex Petty, an illustrator, painter and tattoo artist, has always been intrigued by fantastical characters and creatures that play on themes of the evil and horrific. Reimagining them in a playful, cartoonish aesthetic reminiscent of Goosebumps or Scooby-Doo, he often renders his creations in neon and pastel tones of yellow, green, and pink, in a style uniquely his, subverting the spooky with humorous undertones.

Hunter Ney is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York originally from the Bay Area, whose work has been primarily rooted in transforming and augmenting pre existing characters, symbols, and signs to create new worlds of his own, often fictional scenes that border on the surreal.

In this new body of work for Tea World, Ney begun exploring a new technique using Cyanotype, a photographic printing process that produces cyan-blue prints that involves transferring chemicals onto watercolor paper exposed to UV light––a process used in the 20th century by engineers to copy drawings that would become known as “blueprints.” Ney had always been curious about the technique, wanting to achieve these deep and strong blue hues — this new medium demonstrates his versatility and evolution as an artist, and allows him to continue to test the art world’s hierarchy of taste.

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Home

Virtual Exhibition

March 27 – April 17, 2020
Curated by Anatoly Kirichenko

WHAAM! is pleased to present HOME –– a virtual group exhibition that invites twenty-five multimedia artists across the globe to create works during the new normal, in the confines of their personal space. Featured artists include Adam Zhu, Aeja Monet, Alex Petty, Ally Bo, Andrew Durgin-Barnes, Brie Moreno, Carolina Lindberg, Chito, Chris Lloyd, Devin Beck, Dylan Kraus, Ellie Andrews Gonzalez, Hank Reavis, Hunter Ney, Jason Fox, Justin Hager, Michelle Guintu Petty, Noah Trimble, Nick Atkins, Rob Brackett, Ronan McGee, Sara Yukiko, Shana Sadeghi-Ray, Sharif Farrag, Ten Yung Han, Victor Morales, and more. Home, to be openly interpreted as feelings of familiarity, a place of physical solitude or ground of new creativity and documentation. The exhibition will commence on Friday, March 27th and new works, as well as artist processes will be on view daily through the @whaam.whaam Instagram for a three weeks duration through April 17th.

Portions of the proceeds from HOME will go to Bowery Mission to aid in providing emergency care: safe shelters, essential programs, and nutritional to-go meals for New York City’s most vulnerable population during Covid-19, as they need our help more than ever.

WHAAM! was established in 2017 as a cultural club to promote New York City sub-cultures through creative lenses spanning literature and visual art. Since it's opening, WHAAM! has hosted a series of monthly book talks. In 2019, WHAAM! opened its physical space in downtown New York, with the aim to foster the next wave of artists through literature and visual programming.

Artists

Adam Zhu
Aeja Monet
Alex Petty
Ally Bo
Andrew Durgin-Barnes
Brie Moreno
Carolina Lindberg
Chito
Chris Lloyd
Devin Beck
Dylan Kraus
Ellie Andrews Gonzalez
Hank Reavis

Hunter Ney
Jason Fox
Justin Hager
Michelle Guintu Petty
Noah Trimble
Nick Atkins
Rob Bracket
Ronan McGee
Sara Yukiko
Shana Sadeghi-Ray
Sharif Farrag
Ten Yung Han
Tone
Victor Morales

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Noah Trimble

Solo Exhibition

New York

January 24 – February 9, 2020

Whaam! is please to present the first solo show by Brooklyn-based artist Noah Trimble known for assemblage out of everyday objects, and works primarily in textile collage and mixed media. Trimble uses found materials to create artworks that represent his experiences and surroundings.

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More Than A Feeling

Group Exhibition

Miami

December 6 – 8, 2019

Curated by Ally Bo and Anatoly Kirichenko

Whaam! is pleased to present a group exhibition in Miami, Florida titled More Than A Feeling, featuring the works of thirty-three multi-disciplinary artist across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Co-curated by Ally Bo and Anatoly Kirichenko, the exhibition will be on view from December 6th - 8th, 2019 at the abandoned Rice Hotel in Downtown Miami (30 N Miami Ave) - programmed concurrently with Art Basel Miami.

Artists


Aaron Pierce
Ally Bo
Andre Thompson
Andrew Durgin-Barnes
Brie Moreno
Chito
Chris Lloyd
Christopher Currence
Devin Beck
Dreony Cuvilje
Dylan Kraus
Ellie Andrews-Gonzalez
Exene Karros
Geraldine Salgado Haro
Gisselle Wilson

Hank Reavis
Hunter Ney
Jonathan Puglia
Keagan Dakkar
Lambo
Mario Ayala
Mark Custer
Michelle Guintu Petty
Noah Trimble
Sara Yukiko
Shana Sadeghi-Ray
Tone
Victor Morales
Will Sheldon
Zev Megasis
Zora Moniz

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Right On

Christopher Currence

Solo Exhibition

New York

November 22 – December 1, 2019

WHAAM! is pleased to present the first solo show by Brooklyn-based photographer Christopher Currence whose works explores the intricacies of contemporary Pan-Africanism. Currence premiered his short film ‘Don’t Worry’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music In May of 2019 and was also featured in WHAAM’s first group show ‘No Time Like The Present’. Currence’s new photo booklet, ‘Inshallah’, was recently published by Chaos Books and sold at Dashwood Books. Currence’s solo exhibition Right On features the artists works spanning from 2014-2019.

Since it's opening, WHAAM! has hosted a series of monthly book talks. In 2019, WHAAM! opened its physical space in downtown New York, with the aim to foster the next wave of artists through literature and visual programming.

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Selected Press

Office

November 25, 2019

”Right On”

by Caroline Brown

Driving Forces

Group Exhibition
New York
October 17 – November 6, 2019

Curated by Ally Bo

WHAAM! is pleased to present the gallery’s second group show titled Driving Forces, featuring 15 multidisciplinary artists from the U.S., Canada and Europe, curated by New York-based curator and artist Ally Bo.

Since it's opening, WHAAM! has hosted a series of monthly book talks. In 2019, WHAAM! opened its physical space in downtown New York, with the aim to foster the next wave of artists through literature and visual programming.

Artists

Alex Petty
Chris Lloyd
Dreony Cuvilje
Dylan Kraus
Ellie Andrew Gonzalez
Geraldine Saldago Haro
Lambo
Michelle Guintu Petty
Noah Trimble
Tone
Zev Magasis

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