New York City’s AFA Gallery of SoHo recently opened “Pandora’s Box” — a group exhibition featuring a lineup of international artists known for fantastical and surrealist imagery.
Fantasy and surrealism get the spotlight in New York at AFA Gallery of SoHo. Featuring both 2D and 3D works created by a number of international artists, “Pandora’s Box” is sure to turn heads and seduce. The exhibition, which opened on December 3, will host an opening reception on December 12. All of the works included in the show will be available for purchase and on view through December 20. Unsold items will remain on display through January 31.
“Pandora’s Box” was spawned from a major exhibition in 2011 entitled “Monsters and Misfits” that debuted in Takayawa, Japan. The gallery writes that “each artist participating in ‘Pandora’s Box’ shapes their own unique and often macabre universe. Female power figures, likely skeletal beings, psychedelic cephalopods, genteel monsters, and apocalyptic babies are just a few of the denizens teetering between light and dark in their collection of work. The representation of this struggle is extreme, yet perfectly analogous with real-life conflicts. Seductive fantastical imagery is unexpectedly met with unnerving self-reflection.
“Innocence and maturity and pure and evil are rarely two separate things, but rather an intertwined force that tirelessly searches for perfect balance — which of course, can never be met. This inability to maintain moral equilibrium promises free agency — the ability to choose. Whether influenced by inherited traits, environmental circumstance, or crippling self-doubt, the players of ‘Pandora’s Box’ embody various shades of good and bad.”
The narrative of the exhibition is undoubtedly tantalizing, and there is little question that the works live up to the challenge. Artists featured in the show include Jean Pierre ArboledaAnne Bachelier, Bill Carman, Colin and Sas Christian, Dorian Vallejo, Jennybird Alcantara, Jessica Joslin, Kirk Reinert, Lin Esser, Marie Larkin, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Ray Caesar, Rebecca Dautremer, Stan Manoukian, William Basso, Kathie Olivas, and Yoko d’Holbachie.
To learn more, visit AFA Gallery of SoHo.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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