The dialogue between man and the space he inhabits is not a new one. It’s been a source of artistic tension and social critique since, well, the awareness of the relationship first occurred. While on a personal level, the archetypally-charged theme seems very middle school English reading list, it does pose relevant when you take into account the dynamically changing quality of the urban landscape. In the natural (no pun intended) progression of the discussion today, you cannot avoid comparing the industrial world to its organic core. Casey Burry and Patrick Sullivan of Underline Gallery continue this conversation in their new exhibition entitled Norwood & Underline Present.
Held in conjunction with a yearlong show at the Norwood Arts Club, the group show features an array of contemporary works (sculpture, painting, photography, etc) that questions the fragility of the man made, while investigation the urban experience. Featured artists include Amy Casey, Annika Newell, David Opdyke, Sheila Pepe, and more.
“The goal of the exhibition is to have the viewer reflect upon the inherent conflict between the city and nature,” says Sullivan, the gallery’s owner. While the takeaway of the show is not as explicit as its conceptual blueprints, the work serves as a nice introductory portrait to document the current, and ever constant, strain.
Norwood & Underline Present is on view at Underline Gallery, 238. W. 14 St, NYC until April 26, 2013. All images courtesy of Underline Gallery.