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Interview: Meet the Girls At Night On The Internet

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When Grace from Art Baby  hit us up about doing a show at Alt Space, I was pretty stoked considering that I’ve been a fan of many of the the artists involved for years. And like we expected, opening night was insane. Hundreds of hip young people gathered in front of the gallery eventually turning into a mob that stretched down the block. Everyone looked vaguely familiar and it was a real trip to see all these internet people up close and personal. We somehow managed to get everyone in too. It was definitely a special experience for all of us. Since opening night, groups of teenagers, mom and daughter pairs, fellow artists, and art enthusiasts have poured into the gallery to see the show. It’s been pretty wild. Now as the show wraps up, here’s a quick q+a with some of the artists involved and a reminder that this is your last chance to see Girls At Night On The Internet at Alt Space. Show closes tomorrow, Sept 12 (but the show will stay up until 7pm)! If you’re interested in a complete list of artworks available, email me at nasa@altcitizen.com. Thank you to Dazed, Nylon, Bedford and Bowery, Bullett, for all the support. It’s been real. x

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Molly Soda

Name: Molly Soda @bloatedandalone4evr1993

Where’s home?
Detroit

Favorite place to visit? i like going to craft stores and any ice cream shop that sells blue moon ice cream. i like visiting places i’ve never been before in my city.

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? from my bedroom to yours

Who inspires you? other girls on the internet, people who aren’t afraid to be sincere

Is music important to your creative process?  What kind of music do you listen to? I like listening to things that describe how i feel in ways i never thought to put it – i like listening to things that make me walk around the house really frantically, like i just heard really really good news and don’t know what to do with myself

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? think the most significant thing i’ve done in general is to put it all online

What do you hope people take away from your work? I hope they are able to connect to it on some level – it doesn’t matter how

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Lola Bunny by Grace Miceli

Name: Grace Miceli @artbabygirl

Where’s home?
Brooklyn

Favorite place to visit? Petland

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? Cute & trying to be funny

Who inspires you? My friends, Drake, teen movies from the early 2000s that are based on Shakespeare plays 

Is music important to your creative process? What kind of music do you listen to? Totally, usually when I’m working on a project I’ll listen to the same album over and over, currently it’s Aquarius by Tinashe and when I was planning this show I listened to Earl Sweatshirts most recent album probably 50x.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? Curating this show! It was such an amazing learning experience and I got to meet and work with so many people.

What do you hope people take away from your work? I want to be inspiring but I also really just want to make you laugh.

 

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Tiny People Nails, Tiny Bathroom by Aleia Murawski

Name: Aleia @aleia._

Where’s home? Chicago

Favorite place to visit? My best friend (Sarah)’s house from growing up.  Whenever she is home, we sit in her kitchen eating pizza and cashews and pretty much the same snacks we’ve always eaten together since 1993. Catching up about life and laughing and petting her dog. It’s very special that this home and love exists and can always be returned to.

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? I work with miniatures and molds to re/create moments of daily life, both unnatural and personal.   I collaborate often with two other artists/photographers, Alex & Sam.

Who inspires you? People in my life. My extremely talented, loving, and hardworking friends. They keep my brain happy and buzzing.  I am also very inspired by people on the internet, many that were in the show & I have followed for years. This show has helped me connect that gap too – as I can be shy about saying “Hey I love your work and I want to meet you/work with you” but I am realizing that is silly to fear. Having /creating a community around what you do is what makes everything fun… and functional.

Is music important to your creative process?  What kind of music do you listen to? I actually oddly find myself working in quiet a lot, particularly if I’m alone working on something, I am pretty locked in to just that.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? The tiny bathroom built with my friend Sam. It is made of clay and took a couple months to complete but felt amazing for us to be able to slowly materialize this small room. My process is pretty quick, kind of like pop up situations. So it was so nice to have a slowly built finished physical object.

What do you hope people take away from your work? I have been thinking lately how so many things are vulnerable: relationships or even objects in our own lives. But small disruptions keep things from becoming static. Or maybe even help us understand things better. I think my work, at least for me, is to keep recognizing that what we think is normal around us is also very strange.

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Two Girls Heart Window, La Danse Girls, Lady Snowblood, Devil Bathroom by Miza Coplin

Name: Miza aka Mirabella Coplin aka @dadshirt

Where’s home? My current home is Brooklyn. Real forever home is my family’s house in Boise, Idaho.

Favorite place to visit? Right now my favorite place to visit is back home. I so rarely get to go back and I have a big ol’ family there that I miss heavily/dearly. Also Idaho is very beautiful.

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? Horny, fantasy obsessed teenager that’s seen too many cartoons, like bad gals, and somehow got ahold of expensive markers.

Who inspires you? My sister and my friends. Artists that are just going for it- living and breathing their work.

Is music important to your creative process? What kind of music do you listen to? The most important. The moods in music get stuck in my head the same way an idea does. When I’m working on something I’ll typically listen to the same song or album over and over again. Right now a lot of Dean Blunt and John Fahey.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far?
Idk ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What do you hope people take away from your work?
That if you wanna make something, make something. You don’t have to be skilled or like classically trained. And it’s cool to be a freak.

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Seated Self Portrait, Self Portrait on Red Sheets, Fingers and Flowers, Bruise by Vivian Fu

Name: Vivian Fu @vivianisvulgar

Where’s home? San Francisco

Favorite place to visit? Santa Cruz or Los Angeles

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? Very personal

Who inspires you? My friends, my boyfriend, Nicki Minaj, Nikki S Lee, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Sally Mann, Laurel Nakadate, Nobuyoshi Araki,Mickalene Thomas

Is music important to your creative process?  What kind of music do you listen to?  I listen to literally all types of music. Music is important to getting my hyped and inspired to make work.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? Probably my self portraits

 

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Sign # 7 by India K

Name: India K @heartbread

Where’s home? Always torn between my current home of Ridgewood, Queens and my birth place of SF.

Favorite place to visit? Anywhere I haven’t been yet.

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? You know how some times you have a feeling or a thought and you can’t ignore it and you feel like it’s circling your head and taking over your brain? That’s what I want to make work about.

Who inspires you? All the amazing and strong artists in my life that I am lucky to also call friends.

Is music important to your creative process?  What kind of music do you listen to? It’s very important, I cant work without music. I listen to a lot of different things, from black metal to classical.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? I’m not sure I know how to answer that.

What do you hope people take away from your work? That they aren’t the only ones with very specific thoughts and sentiments that somehow feel universal.

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Can’t Touch This, He Was A Skater Boy, Furry Ladies, Girls Who Fashion by Ayqa Khan

Name: Ayqa Khan

Where’s home? I don’t have a stable home yet. I’ve been in a new place every few months and i’m not sure where i’ll end up next. Living with my parents is kind of depressing so the goal is to just stay away from there. I learn so much everywhere I go and I don’t want that to stop.

Favorite place to visit? London. My entire family lives there. Every time I go, I don’t understand why I don’t just stay. My soul feels very connected there but I know I still have a lot to learn from New York.

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? I’d describe my work as vibrant and welcoming. I want to create a conversation.

Who inspires you? I draw a lot of inspiration from youth culture and Bollywood cinema.

Is music important to your creative process? What kind of music do you listen to? I only listen to music to relax, which ranges from Lauryn Hill to King Krule to Future. When I listen to music when I’m creating I find it so difficult to focus. When I create in silence I find that my ideas expand a lot more. I definitely separate the two.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? My “Stereo-typed” photo series is very significant to me. Essentially, I wanted to show how brown girls tend to all be identified into one category. No one should be categorized, especially based off of their skin color. We all have our own identities. It’s the constant conditioning of these narrow views that prove otherwise. My goal was to break this view in a direct and colorful way.

What do you hope people take away from your work? I want people to see how incredible and beautiful South Asian culture is. How difficult but liberating it is to be first generation. How South Asian girls are so under represented in every platform. I want to change that.

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Name: Orr amran @pissworld

Where’s home? los angeles

Favorite place to visit? vegas ♫

How would you describe your work to someone who’s never seen it? bad animation

Who inspires you? sometimes bataille, sometimes my dad

Is music important to your creative process? What kind of music do you listen to? Woaaaaah, everything really. 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s, westies, disco, novelty, debka, hall & oates, i dont know.

What’s been the most significant work you’ve made so far? significance lies in the eye of the beholder ;p

What do you hope people take away from your work? anything really — a curious desire to squeeze?
bisoux!

Opening night, photos by Brett Rosenfeld

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Vivian Fu, Maggie Dunlap, Morgan Maher

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Sanam Sindhi

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Shana Sadeghi-Ray

Arvida Bystrom & Maja Malou Lyse

Arvida Bystrom & Maja Malou Lyse

Alt Space is located at 41 Montrose Avenue between Union and Lorimer in Brooklyn. Gallery hours are from 12-7pm. 



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