Ivin Ballen Palma Blank Ernesto Burgos Mariah Dekkenga Caleb Hammond Halsey Hathaway Jackie Hoving Zachary Keeting Dustin London Max Miller Alex Paik Leigh Ruple
curated by Andrew Prayzner
True Singing is a Different Breathing presents works by artists whose practices rely on exploratory techniques with material and form. The works in this exhibition, which takes its title from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus, share with Rilke’s poetry a merging of the traditional and the contemporary. By nature evocative and visceral, the works in this exhibition reject an overly strategic art-making process, and the artists share an approach of transforming traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, with new interpretations of these forms, innovating in both medium application and ideas of visual representation.
In Sonnets to Orpheus, Rilke recontextualizes the myth of Orpheus, a musician who plays with such supernatural ability that mortals, animals, and even gods are entranced by his songs. Orpheus loses his wife to the underworld, recovers her through his extraordinary musical skill, and loses her once again by succumbing to doubt. The myth, and Rilke’s poem, serve as a metaphor that faith and trust are integral to the artist’s practice, and that the intangible and unforeseen are factors that can be built into that practice with advantageous effect.
Available concurrent with the exhibition is a series of limited-edition Xerox prints made by each participating artist. Each print, made in an edition of 20, is available for $20. Proceeds from the edition will support Vaudeville Park’s programming schedule.
Vaudeville Park’s focus is showcasing and combining the high crafts of under represented multi-disciplinary artists, both for the local community and the larger awareness of the New York City art world. ? A concentration on high caliber, continually varied programming and workshops, with a precedence on innovation and forward thinking, Vaudeville Park’s model acts equally as a premiere venue and gallery, as it does a highly affordable, friendly and open minded all ages community center.
The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm and by appointment.