Anxiety and Relief in the 21st Century
curated by Joanne Desmond and Pauline Lim
September 7 - October 18
Opening Reception, Sunday, September 7, 4-6pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, noon - 5pm
There is no denying that the pace of life is getting faster, the focus of truth is scattered wider and wider, news sources are no longer reliable and debunking once-sacred beliefs has become the recreational activity of anyone with an internet connection. Yesterday's "super-food" is today's toxin. Even the planet is protesting as we spiral toward the inevitable. It's no wonder that anxiety levels are skyrocketing. How do we cope? Artists, as society's canaries in the coalmine, digest and reflect what is happening in the world around them. Do they create in reaction to anxiety? Are they inspired by anxiety? Does the act of creation bring relief? Art making can be a therapeutic avenue by which we artists are able, if we choose, to transform the anxiety into a form of relief. The word "art" itself provides us a very useful acronym: Access, Release, Transform. How do you transform anxiety into relief???
Artists include: Joanne Desmond, David E. Fallon, Joerg Fraske, Kathryn Geismar, Amy Hitchcock, Asia Kepka, Louise Kohrman, Gaye Korbet, Pauline Lim, Jackie Reeves, Anne Strout, Vicky Tomayko, Paul Weiner
left: Joerg Fraske, Blue, acrylic, 24 x 24
right: Paul Weiner, The Husband, cibachrome, 16 x 20
Kathryn Geismar, Moonlight Jumper, oil on linen, 24 x 36
Joerg Fraske, Gold, acrylic, 24 x 24
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Somerville, MA 02143
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