EARTH Impermanence

I had an amazing opportunity to work with Tim Miller of Union Arts Center in Sparkill,

for my curatorial debut, as a co-curator.

As I toy with the idea of "ARTivist" this timely exhibition explores what it means to endure in this age of climate change and social unrest. The exhibit combines both floors of Union Art Center revitalized firehouse space located at 2 Union Ave in Sparkill, New York. The Opening Reception is Saturday September 3rd, from 2-5pm.

This exhibit began as a part of a collaboration between British installation artist Zsuzsanna Ardó and Pakistani painter Heraa Khan while they were artists in residence at Vytlacil: investigating how they could continue their blossoming artistic relationship despite returning to their homes on different sides of the globe. Their respective works speak both about their physical and psychological environments.

Wanting to draw these two artists together we invited more local and New York City artists, including illustrator Chloe Bulpin, painter Charis J. Carmichael Braun, metalsmith Elena McCabe, painter Angela Gram, painter Lisa Lebofsky, along with installation artist Roya Amigh (Iran/Baltimore), sculptor Char Norman (Ohio), and glass sculptor Natalie Tyler (California/Massachusetts).

Seen through a feminine lens, climate and culture change, cohabitation, domination, and perception are re-examined. The ensuing dialogue between these artists works encompasses the tension perched between permanent and impermanent.

The resulting exhibit challenges social, behavioral, and global norms in ways that are beauteous, while begging deeper self-analysis from the audience.

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