Ryan Brown & Tamara Johnson


Bold Notion is a study in transformation.

Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.

"An Exploration in Hyper-Realism" -  Artists Ryan Brown and Tamara Johnson - Curated By Natalie Kates

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown lives and works in New York and Lima, Peru. He has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions, recently: "Lots On View" Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery - New York, Stare at the Wall (solo) at OMR-Mexico City; In Someways It Is (solo) at Y Gallery-New York; Works on Paper at Häusler Contemporary - Munich; Storytellers at The Stenersen Museum - Oslo; Paraíso en Blanco at 80m2, Peru; ik wordt at Voorkamer, Belgium, among others. His work is in the collection of CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; Fundacion JUMEX, Mexico City; Zabludowicz Collection, London; among many others.

Tamara Johnson
Tamara Johnson was born in Waco, Texas in 1984. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Sculpture MFA in 2012. Johnson’s work is a mash-up of sculptural interventions, choreographic installations and performative actions in the public/nonpublic. Johnson has exhibited her work at Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park and The Lot LIC in Long Island City, NY; the CUE Art Foundation, Judith Charles Gallery and SPRING/BREAK Art Show all in New York, NY; Microscope Gallery, NUTUREart, Black Ball Projects in Brooklyn, NY; Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY; CR10 Arts, Hudson, NY; Eastfield College Gallery for the Dallas Biennial DB14 and Find & Form Space in Boston, MA. Johnson’s Backyard Pool, 2014, was honored at the Public Art Network Year in Review 2015. Johnson was awarded an emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2016, and a 2016 Individual Artist Award from The Santo Foundation.

Curated by Natalie Kates

Natalie Kates, is a curator, art advisor and event producer based in New York City, who has raised over a million dollars for various charities.  An early supporter of urban art, Natalie has established herself as a leader in discovering and promoting emerging artists.  She has curated numerous exhibitions and site-specific art installations, developed close relations with artists, galleries and museums and produced art events for both corporate and non-profit clients including Apple, Core Club, Bacardi, VH1, GrandLife Hotels, ArtWalkNY (Coalition for the Homeless), Housing Works, Galeria-Melissa, Scope Foundation, Slideluck, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Geeks for Peace, Children's Museum of Art, Bloomingdales and Juice Press, among others. She is a contributing editor of VAGA and The Unlimited magazines. Natalie's work and persona have been profiled in Vogue's Style.com, Harper's Bazaar - Brazil, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Art Nerd, Artnet.com, Paper Magazine, StyleLikeU, BlackBook, ArteFuse, and the Daily Beast.  nataliekates.com