“WAKE” Exhibition

Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs

poster for “WAKE” Exhibition

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D O R S K Y G A L L E R Y | Curatorial Programs presents the continuation of its program of independently-curated exhibitions - Wake curated by Michele L’Heureux.

Water is essential to life. It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, comprises nearly 60% of the human body, and is the key component in the search for extraterrestrial life. Yet the world’s water is in deep trouble. Fresh water held by ice and permafrost is melting into the sea, causing sea levels to rise and reducing the planet’s fresh water supply, both of which pose a danger to life. Moreover, the increasing demand for and diminishing supply of fresh water is causing severe droughts throughout the world.

Wake examines the power of water to sustain life and to destroy it-and also looks at what is left in its wake. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations in this exhibition explore the sheer force of water in the form of waves, storms, and energy, as well as the aftermath of water once it retreats: parched earth, invasive plants, dwindling animal populations, human illness.

The visual dialogue between these six artists invites reflection and discussion on the impact of global climate change. Issues related to water encompass political, environmental, social, health, and ultimately, existential questions. In response to these significant questions, the six artists in Wake-Resa Blatman, Nancy Cohen, Matthew Cusick, Ellen Driscoll, Stacy Levy, and Naoe Suzuki-commit themselves to raising awareness, offering healing, and asking tough questions of their own, in the hope that more of us will, first and foremost, fall in love with water, and second, realize our own potential to protect and serve it as possibly our most valuable resource.

Michele L’Heureux is a Curator and Director of the Galleries at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. She has spent the past ten years curating exhibitions of contemporary art at higher education institutions and nonprofit art galleries with a focus on interdisciplinary themes and programming, particularly those that bring the humanities and science to bear on art. She is also a visual artist who combines collage, printmaking, and painting to create 2D and 3D works that explore themes of travel, migration, and home.



from May 06, 2018 to July 15, 2018

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