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