Michael Mazzeo Gallery is pleased to present Arbor, an extension of the online exhibition of the same name, currently available online at www.michaelmazzeo.com.
On view through March 6 are twenty three images by twelve artists many of whom are making their first appearance at the gallery. The featured artists include Eric William Carroll, Lisa Elmaleh, Christian Erroi, Muriel Hasbun, Jessica M. Kaufman, Yong Hee Kim, Laurie Lambrecht, Christine Laptuta, Sebastian Lemm, Chris McCaw, Leah Oates and Ann Weathersby.
Arbor, comes at a time of worldwide economic, cultural and environmental crisis when we are confronted with the need for reevaluation, renewal and stability. Prompted by unease associated with this climate, we chose as the theme for this exhibition, a subject both common and profound. The tree as muse, metaphor, witness, oracle. Nature’s exemplar of strength and adaptability, trees are the living embodiment of wisdom and peace. A recurring reminder of the cycle of life and rebirth, trees command reverence and inspire us to moments of awe.
Through varied methodologies, the artists presented here have decoded and reframed a common subject to address issues of material and metaphysical significance. With a spirited curiosity and experiential awareness of the natural world, they have provided us with a rich diversity of images and ideas. It is in bringing together this wealth of compelling photography that we hope to provide a place for contemplation, a respite in an anxious world.