August 29 - September 29, 2012
School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Gallery
601 West 26 Street
Free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair.
“All the show’s artists exploit their medium’s lingering power to deceive, presenting what appear at first glance to be cold cuts of objectivity that proceed to reveal themselves as more problematic. What our looking uncovers is not exactly a kernel of truth, but rather the conclusion that any given image necessarily contains myth and reality intertwined.” —Michael Wilson
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Myths & Realities” an exhibition that brings together 16 notable alumni who create powerful visual narratives that reflect a shared interest in exploring the porous boundary between actuality and illusion and in deconstructing the innate strangeness of the everyday. The artists in the exhibition engage two centuries of popular culture, from archaic formats like the pinhole camera and daguerreotype to the museum diorama and wide-screen Hollywood film with resulting works that are potent reminders of how images can reshape perceived reality. Co-curated by New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan and VII Magazine Editor Scott Thode, “Myths & Realities” will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, New York City, from August 29 - September 29, 2012.
Participating artists include Brendan Austin, Kevin Cooley, Debbie Grossman, Sean Hemmerle, Ina Jang, Simen Johan, Noah Kalina, Mark Kessell, Justine Kurland, Dinh Q. Lê, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Vera Lutter, Domingo Milella, Matthew Pillsbury, Aïda Ruilova and Collier Schorr.
While some of the artists in “Myths and Realities” consciously twist reality, others employ a heightened realism through which images transcend their times and places of origin. Commenting on the through line between them Ryan says, “They make careful decisions about just how far to go with their playfulness and with their reinvention of the real.”