Inspired by the T. S. Elliot Poem The Burial of the Dead, The Garage will present a group exhibition of five artists in the NY metro area who explore the theme of renewal, memory, grief, and transition in their work. Like the poem suggests spring is a time of change, growth, and questioning. We are forced out of hibernation towards action. In the photographs of Jason Burch this exists as a transformative experience. For Winifred McNeill in her relief panels it is a period of meditation on time, grief, memory and restoration. Heidi Pollard’s painting while giving the viewer the appearance of spring flowers is her celebration of the march towards death. Titled Vanitas, Latin for vanity, the painting is a collection of objects that symbolize the brevity of human life and transience. Anne Beck’s installation of delicate drawings are the creation of an ongoing, evolving system of work that evokes wonder and the sense that there is something hidden waiting to be found. Roberta Melzl has created a site specific installation on the façade of the garage doors directly inspired by the Burial of the Dead poem.
Curated by Margaret Murphy, director of The Garage, April is the Cruelest Month includes paintings, drawings, photography, installation and sculpture by five emerging artists in the New York / New Jersey metro area.
Participating artists are: Anne Beck, Jason Burch, Winifred McNeill, Roberta Melzl, and Heidi Pollard.