FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fountain House Gallery Presents: “Cityvision”
On view: September 14 – October 25, 2023
Reception: September 14, 6-8pm
Curated by Joanna Delson
NEW YORK CITY – Fountain House Gallery – the premier venue in New York City representing artists living with mental illness – announces the group exhibition Cityvision. The show will open with a Reception at Fountain House Gallery, located at 702 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, on September 14, 2023, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and will remain on view through October 25, 2023.
Cityvision is curated by Joanna Delson. A born and bred New Yorker, Delson is an interior space planner and designer with her own business, Space Management Design. She is also a community activist focused on urban issues. She loves cities and has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Pittsburgh and has traveled to many others. Delson said, “New ‘planned cities’ have been springing up all over the world during the last 25 years. Old and existing cities must constantly adapt to population growth and decline, climate change, pollution, transportation issues, a lack of or even at times an abundance of resources. The pandemic brought about changes in the way people live and interact in cities. The exhibition Cityvision showcases works that tell a story about what a city is, should be, or can be, whether the city is real, imagined, or anywhere in between. The artworks present aspects of a city from its buildings and its people, to its garbage, its animals, its green spaces, or lack thereof.”
Commenting on specific works exemplifying the show’s theme, Delson continued,“NYC by Mario Fontela is a minimalist digital piece that could be representative of many cities in the world. This futuristic cityscape features skyscrapers springing up from the ground, driverless cars as the centerpiece, and ‘people’ on the streets who look like over-muscularized robots. Orange buildings suggest that the city is hot inside. But cool, green areas are in sight on the outskirts. Alyson Vega's Bridge and Tunnel Trainman, with its cluster of tilted buildings and busy roads, captures the congestion of an already crowded city overflowing with the traffic of commuters drawn to the bright lights. The Trainman, layered on top of this fabric piece, looks over the city where transportation is central to urban life. City Vision from Terrace, made by Elizabeth Borisov in acrylic on canvas, is emblematic of the tension between small sections of the city that feel calm and country-like, in contrast to the busy glass and concrete skyline. For many, it's a dream to have a place of calm nature and still be right in the heart of a city. The visual perspective Borisov gives to the piece makes that clear.”
Cityvision presents more than 30 works in mediums including ink, acrylic, watercolor, mixed
media, digital art, and fabric.
Fountain House Gallery and Studio is funded, in part, by generous support from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
About Fountain House Gallery and Studio
Fountain House Gallery and Studio supports the careers and creative visions of artists living with mental illness. Founded by Fountain House in 2000, the Manhattan-based Gallery 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 and Studio cultivates artistic growth, makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness.
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