Community + Loneliness, opening at Paragraph, 23 East 12th Street on May 21, 6-9pm (with curator remarks at 6:30pm), examines the conflict between desire for community and lifestyle and personal choices that undermine the fulfillment of this desire. “In American culture, there is a desire for community, but also a lifestyle that does not support building communities,” writes curator Angela Lopez. “This culture in many ways supports forgetting individual roots…. The first solution to ‘Starting over’ is to move. Further, the marketing of convenience seems to pull people apart in more ways than it brings them together… it promises more time to spend with family, friends, etc., however in many ways, it takes away the possibility of neighborhood communities. In a transient culture, it is difficult to maintain stable reliable relationships.”
Community + Loneliness features artists whose work expresses a sense of loneliness stemming from isolation from or within a community, as well as works that speak to community identification and attempts toward community building. Artists are Miki Baird, Amy Casey, AJ Halbrook, Peregrine Honig, Amy Kligman, Michael Lopez, Hugh Merrill, Charlie Mylie, Jason Needham, Anne Pearce, Sean Semones, Drew Roth, Rachel Wetchensky, and Whoop Dee Doo.
The exhibition runs May 21-June 26, with gallery hours Thursdays & Saturdays, 12-5pm. Read full press release.