Brooks Frederick, "Black Iso," 2020, oil on canvas, 8”x10”

Juried and curated by Peter Gynd, Margaret Krug, Peter Trippi, and Jimmy Wright, the New York Artists Equity Association presents the exhibition “Il Paradiso: Imagining the Eternal.”

From the gallery:

As we continue to bear witness to a suffering world torn asunder by contagion and the seeming worst of human failings, the need for some relief, specifically aimed to soothe our troubled souls, becomes paramount. It is to this calling that Equity Gallery stages a juried exhibition of artworks that aspire to a paradisiacal idyll, a higher place of virtuous delight – an eternity untainted.

As an ensemble, “Il Paradiso’s” collection of artworks, with a focus on flowers, botanicals, and the untamed wilderness both within and without, offers a powerful and seductive display of decorative effects and archaic symbolism that signify prosperity, rebirth, healing, and love itself. As such, “Il Paradiso” functions as a repudiation, commentary, and a reprieve from the follies of our current anthropocene age. Our world and our time, as did the world and its times of crisis before us, needs a bit of heaven and a lot more love. “Il Paradiso” offers us a glimpse.

Iris Hu, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” acrylic on canvas, 24”x48”, 2020

Il Paradiso: Imagining the Eternal
September 10th — October 3rd, 2020
Outdoors Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10th, 6 — 8 PM at 245 Broome St., NYC (​The opening reception will have limited viewing sessions. All attendees are required to wear masks and adhere to the NY State Social Distancing guidelines.)

Artists: ​Pamela Casper, Won Young Chang, Carlo Cittadini, Kathy Creutzburg, Karen Kertesz-Sklar, Camilla Fallon, Brooks Frederick, Iris Hu, Alison Kudlow, Christina Massey, Julianne Nash, Daniel Peddle, Madara Tropa, Evie Woltil Richner, Constance N. Stancell, Susan Stillman, Natasha Zeta

Christina Massey, “Clairaperennial 1,” Hand blown glass, repurposed aluminum, copper, plastic, wire and enamel paint, Approx 24” x 18” x 17”, 2019
Daniel Peddle, “Empty Lot with Rose Bush and Wall,” watercolor, acrylic, tempera, gouache, latex, frisket, and graphite on cradled wood panel, 18” x 24”, 2015
Carlo Cittadini, “AV Pond Nymph,” oil on canvas, 40” x 30”, 2020
Susan Stillman, “Backyard, Pink Sky,” acrylic on canvas, 30” x 20”, 2018
Karen Kertesz-Sklar, “Athena,” cyanotype print, 8” x 10”, 2020

For more details, please visit nyartistsequity.org.


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