On October 9, an immersive showcase- Down The Rabbit Hole was shown in an entire 4 floor mansion in the East Village. A solo show by the acclaimed artist Mari Gior, and curated by Marina Dojchinov.
The space was filled with lively music, people mingling and artworks by Gior. Each floor contains different styles of artwork. The first floor was filled with bright, colorful abstract paintings. As you make your way up to the second floor you immediately notice the color palettes change from bright and colorful colors to darker and more muted shades of black, white and grey tones. As you continue up each floor, it takes you into a different reality, creating the sense that you are further down the rabbit hole.
Marina Dojchinov, curator of Down The Rabbit Hole had a vision for the space, “I didn’t want to replicate a traditional gallery show, so instead we went one step further and took over a whole building. I created a visual and interactive element where you could immerse yourself in the art and become part of the work itself.”
Dojchinov wanted to curate a space for Gior that made sense for her artwork, “We want to inspire people, particularly woman, and her work has many elements of the female form and strong female characters. Just like when Alice fell down the rabbit hole, we wanted our guests to feel the same sense of chaos and fun.”
Mari Gior is a self taught artist and ballet dancer. For as long as she can remember, art has always been a way for her to express her self. Her artwork is reflected from people in her life, experiences and emotions she has gone through. She expressed that her artworks are moments in time that she would like to live on.
Gior’s works mostly consist of theme of women and rabbits. Gior emphasizes that she does not choose the subjects in her art, but rather the work has a life of its own. “The subjects are reflections of my understanding of the universe. I’ve learned how to embrace the part of me that gets lost to the art,” said Gior.
Art gives Gior a voice and a way for her to make an impact in the world. “It helps free me from the everyday norms of society. It turns my reality into a place that consists of meaning and creative exploration a place of peace but solitude.”
Gior is currently planning to continue showcasing her artworks in more exhibits. “We want to take my art around the world so they can experience a bit of me while I experience a bit of them.” She said she has been careful not to rush the process because it is important that she keeps it genuine. “The art is ready. I’m ready. I’m excited!”
The evening was presented by 1 Wine, Classic NY Beer, & Olya Brandon L with Borgo Maragliano Sparkling by PW distributors.