SoMad's 2022 Open Call Exhibition will be a group show curated from a pool of 480 applicants by Jay Elizondo and Lorenzo Triburgo to take place on the 3rd floor in the raw gallery space.

Show Opening 6-9pm Friday June 17th

Gallery Hours will be 12-6pm

June 20 — August 5

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SoMad is thrilled to announce the selection of Jay Elizondo and Lorenzo Triburgo as the curatorial duo for the 2022 Open Call Exhibition opening June 17th in the 3rd floor space.

The curators seek to exhibit artworks across mediums and personal identities that grapple with “fixedness” as a misconception. Drawing on their personal trans*queer experiences, wherein Lorenzo stopped taking testosterone after 10 years of transgender hormone therapy as a performative attempt to embody gender abolition and Jay started on estrogen as recently as last month, they recognized these dichotomies (estrogen/testosterone, ceasing/beginning), as entry points to a larger discussion. Considering the complex relationships between passing and privilege, the internal sense of self and external presentation of self are at once at odds, in communion, reductive or expansive. Further, the curators seek to explore a prominent contradictions in queer culture such as, the desire for anonymity and anti-assimilationist queer spaces, while negotiating the visibility trap.

"We came for “independent art space,” as two working artists and curators seduced by SoMad’s exhibition history, mission statement and experimental approach to programming. We stayed for “femme and queer led” as we’re both trans and queer ourselves.

We have been developing ideas for a curatorial collaboration since fall 2021, as a collaboration between us seemed all but destined. In 2018 we were both in The Unspeakable: A Dark Show at the Pfizer building (Brooklyn). In 2019, having never met, Lorenzo curated Jay into Criminalize THIS! at Amos Eno Gallery (Brooklyn), and most recently Jay and Lorenzo were both in Baxter St’s Artist In Focus exhibition and benefit, also having discovered that both are alumni of the School of Visual Arts.

We have a vision of transforming SoMad’s raw space into a maximalist exploration of trans*queer embodiment as a lens to address broader themes of (un)fixedness. We are excited that the DIY nature of the space will allow us to integrate the artwork with the space, as opposed to simply using the space as a showcase.

Building on SoMad’s existing creative community, we also see this as an opportunity to foster new connections among the artists in the exhibition and visitors, both local and virtual. Our history is a perfect example of how community can be fostered into meaningful relationships and collaborations."

About Our Curators

Jay Elizondo is an artist whose work seduces viewers into visceral confrontations with the trans queer body. She was born in Columbus, OH in 1996. She received an MFA from School of Visual Arts in 2020 and a BFA from COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & Design in 2018. Elizondo’s work has been featured in exhibitions in New York including Idol Worship at Smack Mellon, Artist in Focus at Baxter St, The Unspeakable: A Dark Show, Whore Haus at Pfizer Building, Crashing the Party at Plaxall Gallery, Criminalize This! at Amos Eno Gallery, in Miami for 2018 and 2019 Satellite Art Fair and in Columbus for her solo exhibition preMATURE at Byers Gallery. Her curatorial projects include You Remember How Lonely Everything Was in The Beginning at Please Don’t Come to This Show and Talented, Brilliant, Incredible, Amazing, Showstopping, Spectacular, Never The Same, Totally Unique, Completely Not Ever Been Done Before, Unafraid To Reference Or Not Reference, Put It In A Blender, Shit On It, Vomit On It, Eat It, Give Birth To It at SVA Chelsea Gallery in New York, NY. She was a resident artist at The Chautauqua School of Art residency in Chautauqua, NY. In 2020 and at The New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. Elizondo is currently a featured artists for Smack Mellon’s 2021-2022 Hot Picks. She is a recipient of The 2020 Edward Zutrau Memorial Award, The Jeff F Hilson Memorial Fund, The Edith Smilack Fund and a nominee of The 2018 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Her work has been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Daily Lazy, Sidewalkkilla, Front Runner Magazine, Nobody’s Fashion Week Zine “Issue 1”, That Way Zine “Issue 1” and Hiss Mag “Issue 3”. Elizondo is a co-founder of Please Don’t Come to This Show, an online project space and arts community that reflects on the complex relationship to online omnipresence and digital information through virtual exhibitions, fundraising and more. Elizondo lives and works in New York.

Lorenzo Triburgo is a Brooklyn-based artist employing performance, photography, video, and audio to elevate transqueer subjectivity and cast a critical lens on notions of the “natural.” They were a 2019 Workspace Resident at Baxter St/CCNY and an AIM Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 2020. Lorenzo has exhibited and lectured in major cities across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Select venues include Bruce Silverstein, NYC; Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; Kunst und Kulturhaus, Berne, Switzerland; Dutch Trading Post, Nagasaki, Japan; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Magazzini del Sale di Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy; and Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Their artworks are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR. Jay Elizondo has an MFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts. Her work has been featured in exhibitions including Idol Worship at Smack Mellon. Elizondo curated You Remember How Lonely [...] at Please Don’t Come to This Show and Talented, Brilliant, Incredible [...] at SVA Chelsea Gallery in New York, NY. She was a resident artist at The Chautauqua School of Art residency in Chautauqua, NY. She is a recipient of The 2020 Edward Zutrau Memorial Award. Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Front Runner Magazine & Hiss Mag. Elizondo is the co-founder of Please Don’t Come to This Show. She currently lives and works in New York.