“Forever is composed of Nows” Exhibition

A.I.R. Gallery

poster for “Forever is composed of Nows” Exhibition
[Image: Carola Miles "Mirjana" (2019) Oil on canvas. 14 x 11 in.]

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Curated by the Co-Founders of Assembly Room
Natasha Becker, Paola Gallio, Yulia Topchiy

Emily Dickinson’s iconic poem, “Forever is Composed of Nows,” presents the idea that every small moment is happening “now” and collectively adds up to “forever,” or a lifetime. What seems so intangible and distant is actually being created out of the experiences we have every day.

Similarly, regardless of space or time or context, the artists in the exhibition explore recurring moments—centered around home, family, relationships, work, nature, technology, play, adventure, joy, and trauma. These are the “nows” that appear, throughout our lives, in unexpected ways, if we but stop to notice. Like beads on a string, they make up our “forevers.”

The artists draw on a range of experiences, methods, and styles to present moments in which hope and optimism mingle with death and decay, and joy and humanism flirt with escape and disaster. It is a fragile forever now. But in their brave and compassionate responses to our contemporary world, their work offers hope and promise for the future.


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