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New York Summer Exhibition Highlights: Young Sam Kim, Simen Johan, Matthew Craven and Gonzalo Fuenmayor

The 2016 summer exhibition season in New York heats up with shows by SVA alumni that explore everything from civilization vs. life in the wild, to celestial bodies and the power of paper.

Young Sam Kim (BFA 2002 Photography) has teamed up with noted Japanese sculptor Sayaka Ganz for “Civilized and Wild,” an exhibition that considers the relationship between nature and modern civilization, as well as the parallels and contrasts of both artists. On view at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, #510, through July 30.

Matthew Craven (MFA 2010 Fine Arts) and Gonzalo Fuenmayor (BFA 2000 fine Arts) both have works featured in “Papered Stories,” which explores the different ways paper can be used in artistic processes. Craven illustrates over and defaces images from American history textbooks, casting them in new aesthetic contexts, while Fuenmayor’s (watch a video interview with him here) detailed Rococo-inspired charcoal drawings examine Latin American art history as a way to comment on contemporary international politics. On view at LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street, through July 30.

Mostly known for his psychologically charged photos of the natural world, for his latest solo exhibition Simen Johan (BFA 1996 Photography) has expanded his creative universe to include ceramic sculptures, celestial bodies and detailed compositions that oscillate between bright light and dark shadows. On view at Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Avenue (between 24th and 25th streets), through August 10.

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