I am pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition I am curating at El Taller Latino Americano’s Grady Alexis Gallery (215 East 99th Street, NYC).
Nor any drop to drink.
January 6 thru February 3, 2017.
Opening Reception: January 6th from 6 to 8pm.
Curated by Adam Zucker
Vanessa Albury, Jacinto Astiazarán, Alli Miller, Jay Milder, Rifka Milder, Emilia Olsen, Michael Sheng
While the majority of our planet is made up of water, our water sources themselves are in danger of becoming scarce. In fact, freshwater makes up only 2.5% of the total volume of the world’s water sources. Therefore, it is not surprising that the issue of water has continuously contributed to the rise of many major issues facing humanity. Many of the poignant conditions that make for water’s scarcity are the effects of water run-off due to fracking, the pollution of water sources, and water rights abuses surrounding making clean water available to all communities.
In the light of the nationwide socially engaged actions in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the themes in Nor any drop to drink are both timely and timeless. The artists in this exhibition represent several unique perspectives on water and its life altering effects. Through the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials, the resulting work is diverse in its aesthetic and conceptual interpretations of water.
Jacinto Astiazarán’s Crash zoom, stay awhile (2015) is poignant symbolism for the violent separation between water and oil, which is a result of the offshore drilling in Long Beach, California. Emilia Olsen’s paintings of bleached coral are at once whimsical and serious. They offer a glimpse of the future where global warming has prevailed and entire ecosystems are altered forever.
Jay Milder’s mystical paintings of the kabbalistic interpretation of Noah’s Ark, symbolize the ‘unblotting’ of the Rainbow, which was covered up by human transgression. The brilliant colors depict the rainbow after the flood, which was the covenant between G-d and humanity. Pollution of the natural and spiritual world is also the basis for Michael Sheng’s The Source of Life (1 and 2). The juxtaposition of the two paintings employ the body as metaphor show Mother Nature’s plight against humankind.
Vanessa Albury’s intimate photographs take melting glacial ice-caps in the Arctic Circle as subject. The ephemeral essence of these glaciers are memorialized in time through the photographic process. Alli Miller seeks to make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Her practice involves the making of ‘trash floats’ wherein recycled constructs of post-consumer waste are in an allusive dialog with ocean gyres.
Rifka Milder’s abstract paintings are inspired by the nature of her Manhattan environment. Taking the time to appreciate the subtleties of form and the emotion and energy experienced from her reflections of the world around her. Often times we forget to notice the natural traces of the city, which Milder sublimely hones in on.
In addition to the exhibition, a printmaking and letter writing workshop, open to all ages, will take place on a date to be determined during the run of the show. The workshop will employ graphic techniques that explore each individual’s unique perspective about water. The results will be unique postcards that will be sent to our local representatives. Individuals will personalize their letters to ask their elected officials to support and protect our environment and our rights to clean water.