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The Urban Garden

Broadway Gallery
473 Broadway, 7th Floor, 212-274-8993
March 1 - March 15, 2009
Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Curated by Jade Doskow

In this exciting group show, 15 artists--both solo and collaborative—explore the complex notions involved when nature and urbanity meet head-on and collide. Using a variety of media, from photography to painting to conceptual installation to drawing to video, these artists all consider this seeming paradox from within their own lives as city dwellers.

While Frederick Law Olmstead helped create city parks in the 19th century, contemporary times have called for more earth-conscious ways of considering nature from within the urban environment besides the contained oasis of a public green space. Whether it’s a houseplant straining against a window, the tiny concrete yard of a Brooklyn townhouse, or the chaotic overgrowth of the textures of the city--pipes, wires, people, buildings—the idea of green and gardening has never been more prevalent in the collective consciousness.

The artists featured in The Urban Garden include:

Cynthia Bittenfield Sarah Chachich Kirsten Kay Thoen Tom Lee Julia Mandle Performance Jake Messing Dana Miller Lori Nelson Flash Rosenberg Matthew Schenning Laurie Sermos Bedel Tiscareno Ernest Concepcion & Mike Estabrook Lambert Fernando & Tommy Mishima
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