Mixed Greens Gallery presents Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process, a group exhibition co-curated by Dexter Wimberly and Larry Ossei- Mensah. The curators initiate an expansive visual discourse that brings the act of drawing front and center, showing its importance as the foundation of art making.
Crossing the Line features new works by a group of emerging female artists hailing from Nigeria, the Dominican Republic/ Haiti, South Korea, Trinidad, Iran, and the United States. All are exploring drawing within the context of their dynamic artistic practices and re-defining how drawing fits into the broader global contemporary art conversation. The exhibition presents distinct approaches to representational and abstract drawing, as well as experimental, site-specific mixed media and video installations that are equally influenced by drawing.
Contemporary art curator and entrepreneur, Dexter Wimberly, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Curatorially, Wimberly focuses on contemporary urban history. “I love art that reflects our times, and I am excited to be in the position to work with artists who are shaping contemporary culture and bringing the beauty of under-exposed aspects of modern life to a greater public. I feel that this is my calling within the arts.” A passion- ate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has person- ally exhibited the work of more than 70 individual artists. Dexter Wimberly also maintains a critical dialogue with emerging artists throughout the world by way of group exhibitions, public programs, and lectures at institutions such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Brooklyn Arts Council.
Larry Ossei-Mensah is an independent curator and cultural critic who has emerged as dynamic voice for the rising creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a modern day flâneur who documents cultural and contemporary art happenings for various publica- tions such as Arise, Uptown, and Whitewall Magazine in addition to his personal blog My Global Hustle. His writings include profiles of Swizz Beatz, El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare, Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, and Derrick Adams. In 2009, Ossei-Mensah was featured in the NY Times Styles section curated by the legendary Bill Cunningham “Celebrat- ing Art and Music.” The multihyphenate Ossei-Mensah was chosen for Young Curators, New Ideas IV in the summer of 2012 where he demonstrated a curatorial acumen that makes him one to watch. Ossei-Mensah received his BA from Clark University in Business Management and earned his MBA in Marketing from Les Roches in Switzerland. He currently serves on the acquisitions committee for the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council and is on the board for ArtBridge. Ossei- Mensah lives in NYC.