Date: Sept. 7 – Oct. 7, 2023
Opening Reception: Sept. 7, 6pm-8pm
Artist Talk: Sept. 30, 3pm-5pm
Location: Equity Gallery, 245 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
“Refuge” meditation tents 5x18 feet, Maryanne Pollock, Photography by Brandon Webster
Botanicus Maximus, is a solo site specific outdoor courtyard installation by Maryanne Pollock for Equity Gallery’s new fall season for which she won a NYAE Paying Artists Grant along with exhibiting grantees Srishti Dass, Ricki Dwyer, & Colette Robbins opening Thursday September 7.
5x12 ft. Botanical Cyanotype Canopy for the Courtyard on Organic Egyptian Cotton.
DC/ NYC artist Maryanne Pollock has transformed the outdoor courtyard of Equity Gallery on the LES with her colorful site specific installation titled “Botanicus Maximus”. Layers of maximalist imagery were painted, printed, and stenciled onto three 10 ft long canvas raw canvas verdant imagery using native NY flora and fauna imagery and energized geometry. Pollock says for her that BOTANY is simply “geometry in motion”.
A celestial canopy of botanical silhouettes using cyanotypes of native plants on three 12 ft long organic cotton spans the outdoor courtyard creating a sense of protection, meditation, community gathering space and refuge from the outside world. Group meditation sessions will be spontaneously held throughout the show.
The work is an extension of her commitment as an environmental activist and international arts diplomat since her years as an artist in Egypt. The tents symbolize both shelter and migration, evoking the history of both voluntary and involuntary movement along with changing patterns have long made migration and interconnection a fact of human life. This maximalist abundant space offers a new vision of nature’s remediating power challenging a dystopian future.
Maryanne Pollock received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. She continued studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University. She represented the United States in a contextual exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale, and in the Arts in Embassies Program in Egypt, and had solo exhibitions in Paris, Glasgow, Basel, and Cairo. Her work has been included in exhibitions selected by Jennifer Farrell, curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by Paula Morsiani of PAFA Brodsky Center at PrintMatters Houston. Publications include Home and Design, Luxe, Traditional Home, Professional Artist (cover), and the Washington Post. Collections of her work include Marriott Marquis DC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Qatar Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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Fall Season Preview
HeyDay: Srishti Dass, Ricki Dwyer, Maryanne Pollock &
Sept. 7 – Oct. 7, 2023
Apropos of its 77 - year legacy supporting emerging artists, NYAE opens the fall season with an exhibition featuring artists participating in the NYSCA-funded Paying Artist Program which awards stipends for new projects.
Srishti Dass, “Mannat”, 2021 - colored pencil and gold leaf on paper, 24 x 27 in.
Srishti Dass recently earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Born and raised in New Delhi, Dass’ abstract drawings trace the flow of energy connecting the mind and the outside world as the former seeks peace through introspection.
Ricki Dwyer is an artist and educator working between San Francisco and Brooklyn. His practice considers weaving and craft in both theory and practice and honors drapery as the negotiation that things will never fall the same way twice.
Maryanne Pollock received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and continued studies at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Corcoran, and American University. Pollock’s project experiments with draping and hanging silkscreened fabric to create tents that transform outdoor spaces into a place of refuge, protection, and meditation.
Colette Robbins is a hybrid digital-analog sculptor, educator, and curator. Her sculptures include motifs of abstracted and remixed ancient symbols, archaic smiles, augmented Greco-Roman heads, and detailed rocky textures. This eclectic imagery references occultism, antiquated medical practices, neuroscience, and psychology.