Cosmetic Paintings, the entire series shown together
The Institute for New Feeling has an upcoming exhibition featuring a new project called Felt Book, opening January 2015, at SPACES, a non-profit gallery in Cleveland. The exhibition explores the culture, industry and efficacy of contemporary “wellness.”
These paintings are part of an ongoing series generated from cosmetic and wellness products.
Based in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, The Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) is an artist collective that functions as an experimental “wellness” institution, offering unconventional treatments, therapies, retreats and products. Led by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt and Nina Sarnelle, IfNf is committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. With past work ranging from sweat lodge ceremonies, group therapy sessions and exercise routines, to audio meditations, nutritional substitutes and virtual hypnosis, IfNf playfully explores society’s fluctuating ideas and standards around health, beauty and wellness.
The members of IfNf have collectively presented work at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Commonwealth and Council, Thank You for Coming, Los Angeles; Open Engagement Conference, Queens Museum of Art, Envoy Enterprises, Printed Matter, Anthology Film Archives, Invisible Dog, Microscope Gallery, Ortega y Gasset, NYC; Warhol Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Biennial, VIA Festival, Pittsburgh; Space Gallery, Portland, Maine; Kijidome, Boston; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Monkeytown 4, Denver; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; among others. Upcoming projects include Recess Session Artists, NYC and Spaces Gallery, Cleveland.