In an urban environment, people find themselves surrounded, yet estranged. Given the volume of interpersonal contact city dwellers experience, whether virtual or physical, most goes unaddressed or is instantly forgotten. Privacy, space, interaction, and intimacy are redefined, often defying one's social expectations. Unintentional or unwanted interaction can occur when private acts take place in public, and in spite of our stifling proximity to each other, genuine connections may be difficult to achieve. The artists in Stand Clear of the Closing Doors are interested in the ways that urbanites interact, and their work invites each of us to engage with art, the city, and each other in new and challenging ways.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, an exhibition curated by the 2010 candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Art Market: Principles and Practices at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), will present eleven artists working in various media. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors opens on Friday, May 14, 6:00-9:00 pm, at Pandemic Gallery, 37 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The exhibition continues through May 30, Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.