AIM 26 features the 36 artists in the 2005-06 Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, which annually provides professional development seminars and an exhibition venue to emerging artists in the New York metropolitan area.
A large majority of the work in AIM 26 consists of paintings and works on paper while newer media such as video and sound are in the minority. This year’s group of AIM artists explore many divergent issues, but nearly half of them are concerned with landscape, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Other artists deal with current political issues and debates. Identity in contemporary society is also addressed as the artists question notions of race, sex, and gender. Several of the artists consider personal, familial, or societal relationships and habits that convey a sense of tension. And, ideas of irony, absurdity, and the uncanny are employed by a few of the artists in their work. Over half of the artists are recent MFA graduates and a third of them were born outside of the US.
Artists include: Danielle Abrams, Tazeen Ahmed, Diana Al-Hadid, Scott Andresen, Theresa Bloise, Mathieu Borysevicz, Michael Paul Britto, Matthew Callinan, Michael Cataldi, Kabir Carter, Eduardo Cervantes, David Antonio Cruz, Pedro Cruz-Castro, Lisa Dahl, Yolanda del Amo, Adam Eckstrom, Mike Estabrook, Peter Gerakaris, Eric Graham, Wayne Hodge, Vibeke Jensen, Katarina Jerinic, Bettina Johae, Gautam Kansara, Jessica Lagunas, Gwenessa Lam, J.C. Lenochan, Steve McClure, Heidi Neilson, Graham Parker, Christopher Patch, Virginia Poundstone, Kristen Schiele, Christina Seely, Sarah Trigg, and Alison Ward.