On Valentine’s Day, Blush had the honor of attending Le Board’s debut of, “INDIRA CESARINE x NEON”, a solo exhibition of works by artist Indira Cesarine, curated by Jenny Muskin Goldman of Kin + Gold. The exhibit, on view through April 13th, 2019, is created in collaboration with The Untitled Space gallery, and is the inauguration of Le Board’s resident artist series of exhibitions presented at the luxury living brand’s flagship store on the upper east side. Founded by John Aghayan, their mission is to “inspire and empower women to be alive, happy, and free- to dream big and stay driven,” says Sofia Karvela, the Creative Director at Le Board.
Cesarine seems to embody Le Board’s mission statement, as she is a multi-talented and multi-faceted woman and artist. She has been featured in many galleries, museums and festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Basel Miami, and Cannes Film Festival, to name a few. In addition, she has been featured in publications such Vogue Italia, Forbes, Newsweek, The Guardian, and many more.
The combination of Cesarine, Le Board, and Valentine’s Day seem to fit together so perfectly. The exhibit presents a collection of Cesarine’s original neon artworks created between 2017-2018. A multi-faceted woman and artist, Cesarine’s work is full of empowering feminist themes, as well as art and social activism through multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory modes. In her artist statement, she says, “My work questions the place of humanity in context with contemporary civilization and is often influenced by autobiographical content and women’s history at large.”
“EQUAL MEANS EQUAL”, a bright pink neon sign of the universal transgender symbol, with an equal sign in the middle of it, is the first piece you see when you walk into the store. Smaller pieces are displayed throughout the store, such as “shh”, “slut”, and “FUCK OFF”. For this particular exhibition, she even made the decision to connect her three pieces: “LOVER”, “LIFEFORCE (Heartbeat no. 4)”, and “lust”, which previously had been displayed separately.
“My neon sculptures are often inspired by inspirational women and their quotes – by words that can become tools of empowerment, reclaim sexist narratives or challenge the status quo,” says Cesarine.
The exhibition is on view until April 30th at Le Board 800b 5th Avenue NYC 10016.