Ann Street Gallery is pleased to present our first Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Anthology, opening this Thursday, September 22, 2022, 6-9 pm, featuring the work of Kammy Daydream, Myra Grice, Fernanda Mello, Neen Rivera, and Angelís Wong.
Anthology, a collective vision assembled together in the spirit of temporal togetherness—a term taken from theorist and artist Mieke Bal’s writing, Exhibition-ism, that proposes the act of exhibiting as the loci where art becomes contemporary in the company of visitors and an audience. The “being-together-in-time of an exhibition” serves as a place of confluence, where artists’ work come alive in the context of the gallery and in the context of each other’s co-existence and presence.
The work collaboratively presented for this inaugural Ann Street Gallery Emerging Artist Fellowship reflects our current moment, a signal of continued solidarity in the post-2020 aftermath where togetherness may still feel strange or taboo. Each artist’s identity—as BIPOC+ and Latinx—revalidates the local artist community, and breathes contemporaneity by mirroring the cultural production of the larger population of Newburgh, revealing the sub-currents which flow through our city as a whole.
In this Anthology of work lies an exploration of pre-colonial consciousness, a drawing from deeper knowledge inside/outside of one’s self, an abstraction or representation of ones connection to one’s (urban/natural) environment, a navigation of race through clothing or color or form.
The exhibit will be on view through November 19.