CHAPTER 2: DARE – GROUP SHOW – MERCURY 20
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January 2 - February 8Free
At the dusk of the 2010s and the dawn of the 2020s, Mercury 20 artists will reveal their most daring expression through a group exhibition. Chapter 2: Dare opens on January 2, 2020. In this chapter, Mercury 20 Gallery artists take on the challenge of an unconventional installation consisting of large, more ambitious works.
Artist Name: JO ANN BIAGINI ROHAN DACOSTA NICK DONG P.K. FRIZZELL PANTEA KARIMI KATHLEEN KING SARA LISCH JILL MCLENNAN MARK MCGOWAN CHRISTINE MEURIS CHARLIE MILGRIM JOHANNA POETHIG MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF FERNANDO REYES PETER RICHARDS NEO SERAFIMIDIS ELIZABETH SHER LEAH VIRSIK
About Artist: Pantea Karimi's Wall Garden (2017) is an installation of medicinal plants on the wall, composed of various kinds and sizes. The plants' silhouettes are drafted after the original images in The Herbal manuscript, composed by the 12th-century Andalusian physician al-Ghafiqi. This is one of the most remarkable medieval botanical manuscripts on medicinal plants, their names, their visuals, and their healing properties. Wall Garden is both the study of medicinal plants and cultural expression. It is symbolic of the relationship between humans and the natural world and the potential that maintaining this relationship may present. In contrast with the traditional association with the corporeal and material, Nick Dong's Earth (2019) illustrates the tethering effect of an ominous force: gravity. As represented by the levitating cubes that rotate endlessly above the angulating "fabric of space and time," the mirror-mosaic-covered Earth reflects endless cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. In Charlie Milgrim's installation, she considers two objects she saw in a junk store and said out loud "Nice Jugs!" Now the title of her work, Nice Jugs (1992/2019), this slang phrase is one she recalled hearing often as she walked around New York City as a young woman. In the collaborative work What Goes Around Comes Around (2019) by Mark McGowan, Johanna Poethig and Peter Richards, inspired by the cycles of nature and human nature, this enigmatic installation includes an amalgamation of unlikely components: a 1927 Maytag washing machine, video and clothes hung out to dry, to be deciphered in the context of the present world we live in. In Elizabeth Sher's Kunst Macht Frei (Art Makes Free) (2019) she dares herself to share very personal family correspondence as well as overcome her fearful response to any Nazi symbol. She challenges naysayers of the Holocaust and anyone to ignore the current anti-semitism of the far right.