"Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality"

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“100 % Natural #10-Maddog”, 2016 Natural History (Certified) On Unprimed Canvas 28.75" X 36" © Craig Cheply
“Obama of Mercy”, 2016 Collage, Gouache On Paper 12 ½" X 8 ½ " © Elizabeth Bisbing
“Kiss me I am yours”, 2016 Photo Collage © Alan Gaynor
"Hatreds Rising", 2016 Mixed Media 24" X 6" X 7" © Marcia Benstein
“The Dissolution of the Party of Lincoln” , 2016 Photo Dissolved By Dripping Water From Ac) 15" X 12" © Ed Herman
“Amerika”, 2016 Wood, 23k Gold Leaf And Lead Sheeting. 14" X 9" X 4" © Michael Wolf
"Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality"

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
October 18th, 2016 - November 5th, 2016
Opening: October 20th, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6
painting, figurative, modern, pop, surrealism, traditional, digital, graffiti/street-art, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual
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"Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality"

Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational

Curated by Vernita Nemec

October 18 – November 5, 2016

Reception Thursday October 20, 6-8pm

 Poetry Reading & closing event Saturday Nov 5, 4-6pm


Alan Gaynor,  Franz Fox,  May DeViney, John Nieman, Kathleen King, Jan Davis, Bruce Rosen,

 Kathleen Shanahan, Sarah Riley, Joshua Greenberg, Katherine Ellinger Smith, Dave Dorsey,

 Srividya Kannan Ramachandran, Ed Herman, Larry Zdeb, Naum Medovoy, Claudia Corò, Angela Lamonte, 

Erik Miller, Bernice Sokoll Kramer, Jackie Lima,  Marcia Bernstein, D’Ann de Simone, Patricia Owsiany,

Elizabeth Bisbing, Victoria Webb, Bryan Smith, Jenny Belin, Marjie Zelman, William Patrick, Armstrong,

 David Yendes, Robert Cenedella, Irene Christensen, Fred Gutzeit, Craig Cheply,  Richard Brachman,

 Len Rosenfeld, Michael Wolf,  N’Cognita, Michael Reck,

     Philip Gerstein, Kyoyoung Keum, Marcia Lloyd, Ursula Clark.


Chelsea, NYC: Viridian Artists is pleased to present "Unusual Politics: The Madness of Reality", a Photographic & Mixed Media Invitational curated by Vernita Nemec. The exhibition continues from October 18th – November 5th, 2016 with an opening receptionThursday, October 20th, 6-8pm & a closing party & poetry reading on Saturday Nov 5th, 4-6pm.

The impetus for this invitational exhibit arose out of the trying times of this moment of reality that is so filled with madness. The upcoming election with possibly our first female president vying for the office with a political neophyte, racial anger, immigration, gun & police issues, environmental catastrophes throughout the world are tensions and stress that perhaps only can be safely addressed through art.

  More than 40 artists are addressing their concerns and thoughts both directly and indirectly about today’s world with their art. Ed Herman’s photo of Lincoln dissolved by water dripping from AC, Angela LaMonte’s collage accompanied by a quote from Frantz Fanon about the magic finally being in the hands of the people; Marcia Bernstein’s abstract construction “Hatred’s Rising”; Michaels Wolf’s lead flag, Larry Zdeb’s assemblage of things from daily life that continues despite our fears; Elizabeth Bisbing’s “Obama of Mercy” collage with crowd shots of rallies mixed with fragments of Poussin paintings, Alan Gaynor’s multiplied face of Trump with lips pursed; Len Rosenfeld’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; Craig Cheply’s “Maddog” man in a suit; Franz Fox’s “Danseur” symbolizing the chaos he feels in our country; Sryvidya K Ramachandran’s “Proudhon, not Marx” abstraction about gradualism. Kyoyoung Keum explores the disparity between “reality” and what is “true”. Racism, labor, the environment, law, hope and oh yes, politics are all explored through art and images.

These artworks all carry a message filled with worries about tomorrow. Sometimes the message is made clear by the title, sometimes by the image and sometimes the meaning is not at all clear, but then, that is the nature of these times. This is not the first time that Viridian has presented an exhibit focused on politics or social concerns because art speaks beyond words. Nevertheless, the artists have also been invited to present a poem or two to close the exhibition- for words and image both help to clarify our communication. We hope you will join us and see the power of art to express what is on the minds of artists in today's tumultuous world.


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