NEW YORK CITY – Fountain House Gallery, located at 702 Ninth Avenue at 48th Street and representing artists living with mental illness, announces the upcoming photography show We See You. The exhibition will open with a Reception on January 9, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will remain on view through February 19, 2020.
For this show, Fountain House Gallery artists were asked to photograph the West-40s environment of the Gallery and of its parent organization, Fountain House, as well as the wider Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood that is their vibrant extended community.
We See You is curated by Frank Maresca, Director of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, who said, “This exhibition presents a slice of the Fountain House milieu, and the mental health community at large, as seen through hundreds of photographs by more than 35 Fountain House Gallery artists. We See You is curated in a purely democratic manner, including all who submitted work in the open call. The installation plays with the CMYK color model—the building block for every color print—to illuminate the accessibility and spontaneity of the work, while also serving as a metaphor for the rainbow of lives growing under the wings of Fountain House.”
Maresca continued, "Everyone in this collective of artists is essentially a co-curator, because they've selected a part of their neighborhood and represented it visually; I just focused their vision. All the images included in this exhibition very effectively convey the full spectrum of what I look for in a photograph: the play of light and shadow, humor, humanity, and the fleeting moments or details that often get lost in the flux of the urban landscape."
Each photograph presented in We See You is sized at 8 by 10 inches and is priced at $30.00.
This program is funded, in part, by generous support from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the David Rockefeller Fund, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
About Fountain House Gallery
Fountain House Gallery and Studio provides an environment where artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions and exhibit their work. Founded by Fountain House in 2000, the storefront Gallery in Manhattan sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators and cultural institutions. The Studio, located in Long Island City, is a collaborative workspace that furthers the professional practice of our artists. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain House Gallery cultivates artistic growth, makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness. www.fountainhousegallery.org
About Fountain House
Fountain House empowers people with serious mental illness to live and thrive in society. Every day, hundreds of individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and build friendships. Alongside staff, they operate award-winning employment, education, wellness, and housing programs and work as partners to perform the functions that keep our community going. Founded in 1948, Fountain House is the most widely replicated evidence-based mental health treatment approach in the world with over 300 model programs serving over 100,000 people throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries. Fountain House is the first mental health organization to receive the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the largest and most prestigious recognition of humanitarian efforts. www.fountainhouse.org