ART :: OPENINGS PRESENTS :: FRENZY INTO FOLLY VIRTUAL GALLERY V : BERARDI, BARTELT, SANTELLA, WALKER, MERHIGE
If you’re in or near New York City, we highly recommend you take a trip to to see the work of the inspiring OPENINGS collective in a truly incredible venue, the church of St. Paul the Apostle. For the enjoyment of our community near and far, Exit Strata will continue to bring you weekly virtual galleries for the duration of the show.
Andrew Berardi (Long Island, NY)
The phrase Frenzy into Folly reminds me of the frenzy surrounding the Lottery. For certain people the Lottery is driven by greed, which is the LUST for money. As a graffiti artist, I try to portray a positive message in my work that communicates to the youth. My goal is to inspire them to live a creative lifestyle.
Kenneth Walker (New York, NY)
Rooted in personal history, my work revolves around the nature of monumentality and the prospect of a consolidated identity. I base my abstract paintings on minimalist geometries to create visually oscillating structures that refer to domestic interiors and commemorative architecture. My interest in light and its ability to generate feelings of nostalgia and celebration is reflected in the elaboration of the paintings’ material foundation. Surface divisions are determined by this underpinning, while textured spray paint is used to model light in terms of photography. Rather than clarify spatial relationships, the painted light-leaks and faded gradients have a prismatic effect. Fluctuating between intimately correlated optical and tactile conditions, my paintings aspire to an uneasy conviction.
Lori Merhige (Beacon, NY)
We assist in the building of grandiose monuments with liquid foundations, whose bricks and mortar are ideology and amnesia. My current body of work addresses the organic origins of power, and how we often create and support the systems that aid in our own oppression. I suggest that our misguided motivation is to discover the antidote to our ignoble human condition, yet the result is often a subtle self-annihilation.
Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave. (212) 265-3495
New York, New York 10019
[On View Through October 26th. Open Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sat – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.]