Blood, Sweat, and Tears: the Work of Art and Tragedy
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: the Work of Art and Tragedy endeavors to examine 21st century tragedy, disaster and renewal. The exhibition is an attempt to connect with contemporary artists who are also passionate about this theme. Nine artists were selected whose work explores a particular contemporary disaster, personal tragedy, or the rigor of cultivating new beginnings. As young adults who have come of age in the burgeoning 21st century, the curators of this exhibition are themselves well-versed in tragedy, disaster and renewal firsthand (as New York City dwellers) and from a distance.
While artists Steven Ketchum and Judy Richardson investigate the colossal scope of destruction, artists Graham McNamara and Jae Y Lee focus on the subsequent coping and rebuilding efforts. National tragedies made global -such as the earthquake in Haiti — evolve as the subject of Bianca Dorsey’s work, in conjunction with private, everyday tragedies touched on by the artist Delaney DelPonti. Finally, Boris Rasin offers the viewer a moment of comic relief, by depicting Godzilla — a pop culture icon famous for his destructive tendencies — cleaning up after his mess.
As part of NURTUREart’s Education Outreach program, Project: Curate! provides advanced art students of Juan Morel Campos Secondary School an opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial practices by working closely with a professional curator throughout the year, culminating in an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery. This program is made possible with the support of Abbee Bourret, Denise Martinez and NURTUREart Staff.
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