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We’ve grown accustomed to having the incredible OPENINGS collective grace our friday edition… but Frenzy into Folly will run for only two more weeks! Come to New York, and get thyself to St. Paul the Apostle to see this forward thinking work installed!
Frenzy Into Folly
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
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.]
In the meanwhile, you can whet your whistle with this weeks’s artist preview, with work and words from Anthony Santella, Garry Velletri, John Pavlou, and Rachel Kohn. Onward!
Anthony Santella (Northern NJ)

Frenzy into Folly evokes the specter of good intentions and grand plans collapsed in ruin under the panicked burdens of the every day. Pushed beyond our abilities and natures, reason and knowledge fail us and we react blindly and manically. We are left with only the elusive hope of rescue, of something from outside which breaks through the barrier of our fears and releases us.
This piece draws on a number of intertwined strands of imagery, the biblical parable of seeds sown among thorns, the image of sleeping beauty awaiting new life behind a barrier of brambles, the barbed wire surrounding the condemned. I want to capture something of the way despair can evoke both frenzy and immobility, to forever twitch and struggle yet arrive nowhere, while hinting at some final hope of freedom.…
Garry Velletri (New York, NY)
As a photographer, Frenzy into Folly could describe my attempts at portraying transcendence, mostly transcendence from the ordinary or the mundane. The pieces in this show represent seemingly random every-day occurrences and scenes. Be it a posse of tourists tooling around Miami on Segways, a van parked in a New Jersey driveway, an amusement ride graveyard in Uruapan, Mexico, or a small boy attempting his first bike ride, the depth is in the implied narrative.
I’ve always been interested in the exploration of movement in still images, often hallucinatory, sometimes frenzied. In the movement lies the implied narrative of moments lost, moments anticipated, or moments in decay. To capture these transitory moments, especially in the mundane, both honors and destroys its ephemeral qualities, adding a kind of permanence to such a fleeting millisecond in time and space. The pure audaciousness of choosing which moments to enshrine – and to hint at the stories within – portrays the transcendence from the ordinary. Such a Dadaistic approach surely leads to folly.

John Pavlou (New York, NY)
My piece, The Chapel of the Whirlwind, is meditation on the sacred. It is meant to be used as chapel or mediation space. It will exist for a time as a chapel within a chapel within a church in a busy city, a safe space, another kind of space.
I believe in the sacred and the divine. I believe in ritual and sacralized spaces. The human story is one of yearning for connection to each other and communion with the mystery. We build and set aside places in our minds and souls and physical environments in order to honor this yearning and to connect with God, the Divine, the Eternal, the Great Other.
My little chapel is a wreck of a place, not fashioned with great craftsmanship. As an object, it is meant to symbolize how we fall short of the perfection and glory we seek to honor. My gift is in my questions, not in the eloquence of my answers. We make a space and time sacred by intention. I intend the Chapel of the Whirlwind to be a space for one to step out of this world and into another. Use it as you will. May your intentions be fulfilled.


Rachel Kohn (New York, NY)

I create meditative landscapes that offer a space for the viewer to explore complex cycles of the earth. Growth is always followed by decay, it is a natural process, and in my work I attempt to create harmony in this cycle. My paintings deal with a shifting of energy finding light from darkness, control from chaos, and balance from the unbalanced. These cavernous landscapes explore patterns within the natural world and are influenced by human fragility, love, life and death.
My paintings are very physical, and my process involves carving, caressing, painting, and melting multiple layers of watercolor, aquaresin, foam and wax. The layered history is integral to each piece. The final layer is encapsulated by wax, both revealing and concealing what lies beneath.


If you missed Exit Strata’s introduction to this inspiring collective’s story, or any of the previous virtual galleries, go on and check them out! You can contact the artists featured via their individual websites, or by contacting the curators at or at


Virtual Gallery 1: Hildebrandt, Nelson, Penizzotto, Brennan, Bellucci
Virtual Gallery 2: Berube, Simon, Alderson, Hollars, Rusterholz
Virtual Gallery 3: Gonzalez, Prokopenko, Ivanov, Kilrain, Broughel, Moghaddam
Virtual Gallery 4: Barnes, Mack-Valencia, Vanderberg, Knouse, Aitchison
Virtual Gallery 5: Berardi, Bartelt, Santella, Walker, Merhige
Location : Church of St. Paul the Apostle
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.]
We are grateful to curators Michael Berube and Keena Gonzalez, who have curated these mini online group shows, as well as to participating artist Joey Kilrain, who did such a fantastic job with video production and design, and are excited to share their work with you, as well, over the course of these weeks.


From curator Michael Berube: You can hear a live interview with Frenzy into Folly artist Marjan Moghaddam on Virginia Reed’s “A Woman’s Perspective Now” on PNR, which is now cached and available for download. Moghaddam talks about her work, the Frenzy Into Folly show, and her history as a computer artist — going back to the early years, her experiences living through the revolution in Iran and immigrating to the US, as well as commentary on global and national political, and feminist issues as well. Really amazingly fun rambling conversation with a brilliant interviewer, enjoy it.”


Frenzy Into Folly features work by Andrew Berardi, Anthony Santella, Araceli Cruz, Carrie Elston Tunick, Daniel Nelson, Denise Penizzotto, Dennis Santella, Garry Velletri, Iliyan Ivanov, James Vanderberg, Joey Kilrain, Johanna Bartelt, John Pavlou, Julia Whitney Barnes, Keena Gonzalez, Kenneth Walker, Lori Merhige, Marjan Moghaddam, Mark Brennan, Matthew Farrell, Meg Graham, Megan Hildebrandt, Michael Berube, Oksana Prokopenko, Patricia Bellucci, Rachel Kohn, Rebecca Simon, Robert Aitchison, Roger Geier, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Hollars, Sarah Knouse, Sherry Aliberti, Steve Palermo, Suzanne Broughel, Tim Rusterholz, Virgil Alderson, and Wen-Chi Chen.

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