Early in 2019, Nathan Sinai Rayman established the NEA: The Network of Extraordinary Artists. It supports international artists applying for the “Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities” O-1 US Visa through opportunities to fulfill specific categories – exhibitions, publications, panel participation, etc. – that prove “extraordinariness” to immigration authorities. The NEA began as an inclusive, generative network at a time when the governmental NEA risks dismantlement and capital instead flows to art at auction. In this environment of dwindling support and funds for art’s production and transformative potential, the NEA questions the metrics used to obtain the status of an “extraordinary” or “successful” artist. How is this compounded in the USA by the additional status as a non-resident? How can investment in existing structures be leveraged to yield a more inclusive dividend of success rather than divisive competition where common ground lies in rejection?
The NEA launches at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2019
Leveraging the freedom offered by the GALLERY as formal exhibition space free from crushing overhead expenses, Nathan Sinai Rayman launched GALLERY CUBED’s NEA initiative at SPRING/BREAK when included in curator Queenie Wong’s booth. In seven days, the GALLERY exhibited more than thirteen rotating solo exhibitions of international artists eligible for an “Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities” O-1 Visa or Green Card to the US. Artwork ranged from performance to installation to drawings by artists from a wide range of countries:
SU JUNG CHANG
SARAH MIHARA CREAGEN
XINAN (HELEN) RAN
ANDY VAN DINH