Off The Finesse

11 - 26 February 2022

NEW YORK - Headline, a next-generation nomadic art gallery founded in Vancouver, Canada, will launch its first US exhibition at The Border Brooklyn on February 10th. Featuring the work of young emerging artists Denise Stephanie and John Parks, A State of Escape invites audiences to question escapism and the role it plays in creative, professional, and personal lives. Fusing the mediums of photography and denim, the show underscores the habits, tools, and mechanisms artists use to create. 


Says Director Misa Yamaoka, "A State of Escape is a response to our current social climate. Galleries have the potential to present shows that can be real catalysts for change. I want to actualize this by highlighting the environments and faces of young creatives in our community. Headline Gallery is using creative action to facilitate important conversations."


Colouring the gallery walls is work by rising photographer and activist Denise Stephanie, a Brooklyn born multidisciplinary artist who draws inspiration from the intimacies of her West Indian heritage in St Vincent and the Grenadines. To date, the artist has worked with Vogue and Red Hook Labs photography studio, shot lookbooks for Barneys, Refinery29, and Converse, and shot covers for Marie Claire featuring Emily Blunt. Stephanie presents portraits and still lifes that capture the essence and practice of local creatives Maya Aristimuño, Founder of Maristi & Buzzfeed Producer; Cameron Andre, Artist & Photographer; Alena Rose, Body Advocacy Model & Designer; and Ashna Garwal, Journalist. 


Also featured is John Parks, a current student at The New School, New York, originating from Massachusetts. Park uses his practice to explore how single prints can convey specific emotions or themes. Using laser engraving technology, the artist makes denim his canvas, transforming clothing items into photographic storyboards. 


Interested in the way's addiction affects our lives, Parks has sourced imagery dating from the early 1900s to the present  to identify and confront the societal structures that perpetuate these behaviours. Having experienced the effects of addiction within the family setting and whilst living in NYC, the artist has begun a process of self-realization, sparking curiosity around the sense of euphoria we chase in life and the fleetingness of this feeling.


To learn more about Headline Gallery, please contact: 

Annie Swanson - Media Contact