Equity Gallery is pleased to welcome you to The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, a fall group exhibition concerning the legacy and currency of Queer abstraction.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a visual essay in which we set forth a response to, and inquiry of recent developments in queer abstraction. In recent years, this rich and significant milieu has been explored in various exhibitions across the US and abroad. The works selected for this exhibition invoke the various and slippery qualities inherent to queerness through a variety of formal strategies, evocative subtexts and an acknowledgement of historical precedents.
The artists in this exhibition are in close dialogue with their forbears, and bring to the milieu of queer abstraction a new set of social, economic and political concerns. The exhibition begins with a series of questions: What is the relationship between queerness and formalism? Without explicit political references, how can abstract work transmit the urgency of its content? The individual artists approaches to their medium as well as the Gestalt of their works when seen together, will offer a sensuous and affecting experience of queerness on libidinal, intellectual and formal dimensions.
The name of this exhibition is taken from the title of 1940 novel by Carson McCullers, a lesbian author who dealt with her sexuality in the complexities of her narratives. The title in this context is a metaphor to describe an experience of reclusion and lack of community often experienced by queer artists who work in abstraction, which has been, until recently, been understood as operating outside of the queer canon.
New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. (“Artists Equity”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City. Equity Gallery opened in October 2015 and is designed to be a fluid and flexible new model that is responsive to a range of artists’ needs. It simultaneously serves as a gallery for artists to exhibit and sell their work; a hub for professional workshops and innovative programming exploring critical issues of interest to artists and curators; and a gathering place for artists, curators and patrons. With today’s increased focus on the art market, Artists Equity aims to provide a space focused on process, where entrepreneurial spirit and the artist as creative provocateur are celebrated. Equity Gallery was made possible through a gift by Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence and is directed by Michael Gormley.
Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
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