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Funky Cold Medina
Group Show featuring Karlos Carcamo and Nika Sarabi
Curators Lynn del Sol & Zena el Khalil

Run dates: January 10th- February 18th, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13th; 7pm
Location: xanadu*
Directions: 217 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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In the early 1970s, a loosely defined community of artists began laying down the groundwork of an international visual language with world-wide cultural appeal. It was in New York City’s South Bronx; the epicenter of this new cultural movement soon to be known as Hip Hop, that the artwork can be traced back to. These walls and streets reflected the urban decay of its surrounding environment.

Hip Hop, now over thirty years old, has defined a generation. Artists from down the block and around the world heard the call of these pioneers of aerosol and stepped up to the front of the lines.

Artists Karlos Carcamo and Nika Sarabi were schooled in the very fundamentals of this culture and have dedicated a lifetime to its history and art form. They see Hip Hop as a vehicle of communication, a way to respond to static thought. Two congruent solo shows - Karlos Carcama’s drawings & mixed media entitled Funky Cold Medina and Nika Sarabi’s paintings entitled A New Ism will open at Xanadu* in January 2005.

The Hip Hop culture in many ways is one based on proving you belong here too, that you can do anything they can do and that much better. It’s simply amazing how from it’s humble beginnings, Hip Hop has turned into a billion dollar lifestyle. Is that it … is that the genius of the streets? Is that what getting older is all about? Has hip hop ripped up its roots? Where in the world are we headed if we can’t get there in a Bentley? This exhibition hopes to tackle core issues that are arising as the movement ages and invite you reflect on a new culture of intellect.

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about the artist: Karlos Carcamo recieved his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1997 and his MFA from Hunter College in 2000. Before that he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1998. Carcamo continues to make art but in recent years has also become interested in curatorial projects and started a small gallery in Beacon, New York called "Go North -A Space for Contemporary Art" with fellow artist Gregory Slick and writer/publisher Joe Millar.

about the curator: Lynn del Sol Born and raised in New York, Lynn del Sol currently lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In late 2003 she left the commercial art world and set to create a vehicle for expletory artists to exhibit their works to the public by founding {CTS} creative thriftshop, a young art company that represents international emerging and under-represented artists.

about the curator: Zena el Khalil, born 1976 in London, has lived in Nigeria, London, New York, and Beirut. Zena is an installation artist, a painter, and writer and holds a MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her artwork centers on issues of war, love, family and religion and is a direct reflection of the time and space she lives in. el Khalil has been involved in a love/hate relationship with Beirut for the past decade- clearly evident in her work.

about the gallery: xanadu* an art space/collective based in Beirut with a small extension in New York city, dedicated to promoting young and/or under-represented artists. xanadu* was born on the number 2 train in New York City in 2001. Zena el Khalil and Imad Khachan were discussing the art scene in New York and other related issues including the obstacles new comers to the art world, like Zena herself, were facing in exhibiting their work. The duo also felt that, within the gallery spaces in New York City, there was an under representation of budding international artists, especially from Arab and Eastern countries.

  Karlos Carcamo,Art In America (Big Time), 2005, mix media collage, 9x12in.
Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
Karlos Carcamo, Untitled (Caps) 2005, mix media newspaper sculpture, size variable. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Nika Sarabi, Roots, 2005, oil on canvas, 48x48in. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Installation view: A New Ism, Xanadu*, New York, NY. 2005. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Nika Sarabi, Funky Lips, 2005, oil on canvas, 18x24in. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop