Meet “The Daydreamers” –5 Internet artists doing cool things.

Grace Miceli is a New York based curator who runs Art Baby Gallery, an online platform that showcases art work from her friends and emerging artists from the internet. We asked her talk about the concept behind “The Daydreamers” , the show we did together a week ago at alt space. She also caught up with some featured artists. Get to know them a little bit better. They are rising stars that can’t be missed.

The Daydreamers was inspired by the excitement of possibility, of operating in a frame of mind where rules and limits do not exist. When I was asked to curate a show featuring young artists I was excited to showcase artwork that is navigating a critical yet hopeful consciousness. I think that sometimes youth allows a dismissal of reality, and that can create beautiful results.

Art Baby Gallery has been focused on promoting traditionally underrepresented artists for the past 5 years. Galleries are full of work made by rich, straight white men and that is such a specific viewpoint that is not relevant or inspiring to so many people in the world. I want other aspiring artists to see themselves in the work that I put on display, to be inspired and encouraged to tell their stories too.

Today there is so much crossover between art and fashion and other contemporary creative outlets that it was really exciting to share the art in this exhibition along with the new JumpFromPaper collection. “The Daydreamers” and “Dreamy Picnic” are both about a brief escape from reality through art, whether it’s a photograph or a 3D-looking backpack. When JumpFromPaper reached out to me about this show I immediately knew what young artists I wanted to feature, I didn’t even have to really think about it. All together these artists have directed music videos, shot major magazine covers, started their own magazines and online galleries and worked for and with prominent contemporary artists. For being so young they have all already created and shared so much, I’m so excited to see where they end up because this is just the beginning for them.

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Remi Riordan is the founder & editor-in-chief of Crybaby, a zine by teens, for teens. She is also a photographer and for this exhibition shot portraits of her friends in their beds, where actual dreams take place. By collaborating with and featuring her peers in Crybaby and her own artistic output Remi is creating a safe and inviting place for expression by other teenagers.

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Terrell Davis is someone whose work I have been familiar with for years, and he is only 17. His intricate and beautiful digital collages have been exhibited worldwide and he also runs an online art gallery. For “The Daydreamers” Terrell approached his most recognizable pieces from an abstract perspective. As a viewer we are pulled into an alternate plane and must use our imaginations to try and understand what we are really seeing.

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Lula Hyers creates photos that are breathtaking, her portraiture reminds me strongly of Nan Goldin, it is honest and intimate. What I appreciate most about the photographs made by Lula in this show is their ability to portray their subjects as both strong and soft at the same time, articulating the complexity of females, which has often been ignored throughout art history.

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Daisy Sanchez is an artist who seems knowledgable beyond her years. In her illustrated text pieces Daisy, at the age of 17, is telling us honest and painful truths, things that we know but might be trying to forget. I think there is a romance displayed through the sketched pencil marks that also reference a sense of longing and desire.

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Tyler Mitchell’s work caught my eye a few months back and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Tyler is able to show the viewer what’s going on inside his head-it’s an energetic and introspective point of view. Tyler’s videos are cinematic yet feel relatable and his photographic work, on display for “The Daydreamers”, harnesses color and texture to create powerful images that read as momentous events.

I caught up with a few of the featured artists:

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Name/Location:
Lula Hyers(@lulahyers66), NYC

What did you want to be when you were growing up? 
In the 1st grade my teacher asked me that and I said “The Princess of Evil”.

What is your favorite piece of art you have ever created & why? 
They all feel special in their own ways to me but I think if I had to pick something it would be the songs I write because they are the honest honest.

Who would be your dream collaborator? 
Too hard to choose!

What inspires you the most? 
I think being heartbroken is the best time to make work because its so honest and you are experiencing all these feelings at once and its very overwhelming. You have no ego and you are trying to repair yourself in some way through what you make, which results in very personal, truthful piece of art.


Name/Age/Location:
Daisy Sanchez (@junyawatanabae), age 17, New York City.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? 
I wanted to be a social worker or run museum art education programs for kids.

What is your favorite piece of art you have ever created & why?
The first zine I made in middle school. It’s the purest work I’ve ever created. It was made before I was allowed on the internet or cared about making good art.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
Either Mark Gonzales, Glenn Ligon, or Derek Jarman.

What inspires you the most?
The void

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Name/Age/Location:
Terrell (@nikewater) /17/East Orange

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Before I found out I could seriously be an artist I remember always wanting to be like a veterinarian or something, ‘cause I love dogs. But I’ve deep down always wanted to be an artist. It’s was simply what I was born to do.

What is your favorite piece of art you have ever created & why?
There’s this piece I did for a show in Mexico City last year that I’m really into, because I decided to switch it up a bit with the lighting and it just looks so pretty to me. I can’t really put it into words, it’s more of a sensory thing.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
I have lots! I would love to collaborate with someone high fashion on a new line, like W&LT part II. Some others would be Karim Rashid, the Designers Republic, Beyoncé.

What inspires you the most?
Trance music, seeing other people be happy and prosper, The Y2K era. I have a Pinterest and a blog where I collect a lot of my inspiration too.

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Name/Age/Location:
Tyler Mitchell (@tylersphotos) / 20 / New York -but from Atlanta

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A pop star. I looked up to Kid Cudi and Amanda Bynes. Idk I just wanted to be famous af

What is your favorite piece of art you have ever created & why? 
The most fulfilling were actually the pieces I showed in this show. My favorite is the portrait I took of my friend San titled Wish This Was Real. The work is way more realized. I’m in a new mind now.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
Dev Hynes and Shia Labeouf and nobody else

What inspires you the most?
The thought that what I make could change someones entire consciousness. Talking about my work at The Daydreamers show and showing them where I came from with the work distinctly changed how they looked at the world. And they still message me today like “your work still has me thinking.” That’s so inspiring.

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Name/Age/Location:
Remi Riordan(@ghostgirlly)/ 16 / Montclair NJ.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a fashion designer, up until around 7th grade and then my focus turned more to photography and writing.  But my interest has always been in art and fashion.

What is your favorite piece of art you have ever created? Why?
Over the summer I made a collage of a selfie I took a while ago.  I made it out of water color paper that I had painted pastel colors and it was just so different from anything I had ever done before.  So that is definitely my favorite.

Who would be your dream collaborator?
Definitely Chloë Sevigny or Greta Gerwig because they are the coolest ladies.

What inspires you the most?
My friends because they are all so beautiful and creative.  Everything they do seems to inspire me.  I don’t think I could have better friends.