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When Will We Grow Up?

Finch & Ada
9 N Moore Street, 646 389 7847
Tribeca / Downtown
December 2 - December 16, 2011
Reception: Friday, December 2, 6 - 9 PM
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Featuring works by: Robert Otto Epstein, Dolly Faibyshev, Sascha Mallon, Rachelle Mozman, Ayala Mozman, and Sasha Douglas.

WHEN WILL WE GROW UP? This is a question that is universal and that we often struggle with. It lends itself to a broad range of interpretations yet always remains very personal. In then end it is a question that challenges what it means to be a “grown up” for each and every one of us.

We are all living in turbulent times, times that require us to change and evolve ourselves and our ways of thinking. The traditional conception of the American Dream is no longer a guarantee, forcing us to find new pathways through life to happiness and fulfillment. Though this uncertainty can be frightening it is also invitation to all of us to live our lives in new and exciting ways and to explore and promote our creativity. Perhaps we need to view growing up not as an expression, but literally. Much as flowers grow towards the sun we can grow up to accept new ideas about ourselves and our world. We must move forward all the while never forgetting our past and the artists in this exhibition do just that.

Sascha Mallon’s “landscapes” are a form of visual poetry about the human condition of growing up. Rachelle Mozman explores the mother-child relationship through her life-long artistic collaborations with her own mother. Dolly Faibyshev and Robert Otto Epstein seek to remind us of the heyday of the American Dream, and to alternately show us the beauty of what once was and the emptiness of what that dream has become.

These artists were selected for this show were chosen because their work deals with ideas of personal evolution and nostalgia, which is the essence of what we are dealing with when we ask ourselves “When will we grow up?” As children we long to be “grown up” and as adults we continually struggle against the idea and what it actually means. It is conveyed to us as a destination, yet one that is seemingly always around the corner from where we are in our lives. We never achieve complete perfection and balance in our lives, we never stop accruing wisdom, we never cease to grow, so how could we ever be truly grown up?

As our sophomore show, When Will We Grow Up? is also a playful nod to the the newness of Finch & Ada as a company as well as our unique and innovative perspective. We ask ourselves when will WE grow up? We founded our business in response to these times of change and in order to create new avenues for artists, curators, and collectors alike. And in the end, if being grown up means that we lose our youthful perspective and cease to grow then we sincerely hope the answer is never. But, if growing up is striving for clarity and beauty then we can safely say that we are growing up all the time and hope to be able to continue to do so and to share our journey with all of you.
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