Laura Zavecka, Undercurrent

Tell us a little bit about Undercurrent.

Undercurrent, defined as a body of water below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current, is a dedicated exhibition platform for art aiming to support contemporary art practices that are contrary to prevailing trends and movements. We showcase local and international contemporary artists with an inclusive subprogram of artists and creative entities of the Baltic states. This exchange augments our mission by providing a switchback, for a diverse and accessible platform distilling cultural perspectives in New York City.

Undercurrent represents, reflects, and identifies aesthetic, emotional, and philosophical complexities in the arts of our time as exhibited in painting, sculpture, mixed media, film, word, and sound. We intend to highlight the existence of multilayered, multipolar systems operating today that simultaneously radiate openness, vulnerability, and self-reflection.

Undercurrent is a collective of artists who originated from Sla307 Art Space (2015-2019). Branching out we have regrouped and refined our mission and program to more accurately reflect one another and enhance the objectives we seek to attain in our new platform.

How long has Undercurrent been based in DUMBO?

October 2019

What do you enjoy about being based in DUMBO?

Location is great as it’s one-stop away from Manhattan, and it still carries the magic dust of the past, with its cobblestone streets, industrial buildings, and the Manhattan bridge. Being located on John street, the last street facing the East River, on a non-residential block we have the benefit of being able to host music, poetry and experimental events without disturbing any neighbors.

What makes DUMBO’s art community different from other arts neighborhoods in the city?

It’s smaller (perimeter-wise as well) in comparison to all other art hubs, like LES or Chinatown, Tribeca, Soho, and Chelsea. It creates a sense of intimacy and belonging. There is a real sense of community.

What artists are you excited to see at the 2022 DUMBO Open Studios?

Artists exhibiting with Main Window, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Triangle Arts, Smack Mellon…

What should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios 2022?

Yuko Nishikawa “Spring Sprung” at Main Window and Matt Kenyon “Wolf at the Door” at Undercurrent.

Learn more @undercurrent.nychttps://undercurrent.nyc/