Essence showcases New York City’s youth embracing their interests and differences through visual means. The realm of the conceptual mind of these artists allows for the viewer to exit the space with a heightened sensitivity to the world.
Presented with 50 artworks made by New York City public school students, from a previous exhibition themed Simplicity in Complexity, curators Badiallo and Jeremy chose 16 artworks that embodied the distinct essence of the artists from 6th through 12th grade.
This exhibition emphasizes how great things can come from teens when they are given the opportunity to be heard as they will take charge of leading the generations to come. While this is a safe space for teens, others are welcomed to witness their essence.