Future Artistic Minds / Chosen Fam(ily)

Future Artistic Minds / Chosen fam(ily)

July 22 – August 18, 2023
PAVED Arts Window Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 22, 2-5 pm featuring live performances

Chosen Fam(ily) investigates the power and ingenuity of digital art within contemporary art and challenges our ideas of traditional families and communities while exploring themes of belonging, gender identity, mental health, and future imaginings. The exhibition features digital art installations, video & sound art, animation, music, and collages.

Just as blood ties are precious, we believe that the bonds we form through love, understanding, and shared experiences are equally as important and valuable. Chosen family is a term that captures the connections we forge with individuals who may not be connected to us by birth, but who become an integral part of our support network and our truest selves. It encompasses the friends, mentors, and kindred spirits who stand beside us, offering support, empathy, and a sense of belonging. These chosen relationships, nurtured through the digital landscape, have proven to be a vital source of strength and solidarity.

Digital art embodies a vibrant fusion of technology and creativity, enabling artists to push boundaries, experiment with new forms, and captivate viewers in unique ways. It is an avenue of expression that has often been undervalued, overlooked, or misunderstood. We challenge the notion that art created digitally lacks the same level of craftsmanship, depth, and emotional resonance as traditional mediums. By embracing digital tools, we transcend the limitations of physical materials, opening up endless possibilities for innovation and self-expression.

Through our collective works, we invite you to witness the diverse narratives that have emerged in the past year at Future Artistic Minds (FAM). Each piece reflects the artist’s unique voice, capturing the complexity of intersectional human experiences. Join us in this celebration of chosen family, the bonds we continue to foster online, and the artistic expression that flourished virtually. Let us embrace the connections we forged through screens and pixels, and acknowledge the invaluable contribution of digital art in the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art.

Artists include: Brooklyn Carriere, Toni Wuttunee, Noah Roy, Sofiya Zhukova, Dominic Little, Ailah Carpenter, Jamal Desjarlais, Elijah Machiskinic, and Coby Bird.