December 19, 2023 - Januar 3, 2024

New York

The Cave: Unveiling Illusions

A group show inspired by Plato's essay 'The Cave'

Welcome to “The Cave: Unveiling Illusions,” an immersive art exhibition that delves into the profound concepts presented in Plato’s philosophical allegory, “The Cave”. Inspired by Plato’s essay, this captivating exhibition invites us to question the nature of reality, perception, and the pursuit of truth.

As one step into this thought-provoking space, it is easy to find yourself transported into a realm that challenges the boundaries of perception. Just as Plato’s prisoners were confined to a dark cave, where they perceived only shadows flickering on the walls, our exhibition explores the notion of enlightenment and the liberation of the mind.

Each artist in their own idiosyncratic artistic language explores the idea of the perceived versus the reality. Each artwork on display aims to evoke introspection and invites to question the shadows that may govern one own existence.

As the viewers navigate through the exhibition, they will encounter a diverse range of artistic mediums, including photography, paintings, interactive paintings, linocut prints, and digital artwork, which serve as a catalyst for self-reflection, encouraging us to venture beyond our pre-conceived notions and confront the illusions that might be shaping our worldview.

Udo Spreitzenbarth in his black-and-white photographs unveils the shadows nearly as the main protagonists of the photo. In both Mischa Barton’s portraits the interplay of light and shadow, brightness and darkness, emphasize ambiguity, dramatize the scene, and create tension. His protagonist is alienated and find herself trapped in unwanted, but never hopeless situations, just as the prisoners in Plato’s Cave.

Carmen Belean appeals to our sense of mystery, as in her work Pan/Faunus, where the ancient deity of fertility, nature, and wildness is barely visible surrounded by leafy greens. Portraying minute details, Belean employs the arresting property of the trompe l’oil to capture our attention, in a painterly exchange between the mimetic and the abstract. Her series of small-scale paintings allude to a sense of longing for an idyllic vision of unspoiled wilderness in which one feels safe, protected, and entirely submerged in nature.

In comparison, Ivo Nikic plays with the cave allegory in his interactive works, where viewers are invited to actively engage in creating new realities. His magnetic patches can be easily rearranged on the metallic canvases to create seemingly new artworks. In his still work, on the other hand, the AirPods become beacons of the message being said and received, just as the fire in the cave of Plato’s allegory, is the source of all misconception.

Finally, Kinga Su who is preparing new artworks for the show, engages in the interplay of reality versus illusion and opinion. Her two linocut prints and video animation will be shown for the first time.

“The Cave: Unveiling Illusions” not only offers a captivating visual experience but also provides an opportunity for dialogue and contemplation. It is a journey of enlightenment that opens our minds to the possibility of a reality beyond the shadows. The show invites you to question, ponder, and discover the transformative power of art in illuminating the hidden truths and embracing the unknown.


Opening Reception
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, 6pm – open door, 6:30pm

Panel Discussion
Reality vs Illusion. The role of art as an opinion-maker.
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, 6pm

Jan. 2, midday – 7pm

Exhibiting Artists

Exhibition Catalogue

Ivo Nikic


Interactive Painting: acrylic on canvas, magnetic removable elements
59 x 47 in

Udo Spreitzenbarth

If the Soul Had Wings (Mischa Barton)

Fine Art Print on recycled aluminum

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Ivo Nikić

Talk to me, Listen to me

Acrylic on canvas
47.2 x 39.4 in (120 x 100 cm)

Carmen Belean


Oil on wood, framed in a velvet setting
2019 – 2023
17.1 x 14.9 in (32 x 25 cm)

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Udo Spreitzenbarth

Silent Scream (Mischa Barton)

Fine Art Print on recycled aluminium
Los Angeles, 2009