“Characters, All” Exhibition


poster for “Characters, All” Exhibition

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Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York presents Characters, All, a group exhibition featuring the work of the Boston University MFA Painting Class of 2021.

“The times endured of late have been unique. Shifts in our world have occurred. Rifts have formed—some of which have been healed, some shoddily repaired, and others have only deepened. What may be most dangerous is the dissolution of a stable or reliable sense of reality. Search engines that monopolize our information streams, once alleged to be objective devices, now present us with confirmation biases based on their algorithmic estimations of our beliefs and affinities. Fear-mongering seems to have become indistinguishable from total chaos.

The word ‘unprecedented’ has lost its meaning as we strive to make sense of new types of unravelling and strife. These conditions have been the empirical backdrop for these 16 artists during their graduate studies. Whether addressing them directly or not, each artist has been forced to reckon with these conditions as a fact. Of the world. Of both their lives and their collective experience as a cohort. Some have chosen to face them head on while others have done the opposite and used their practice as a form of escapist resistance. In all capacities, these artists have used the potential of painting as a multivalent tool to respond to a time of great turbulence: its potential to tell stories, its potential to soothe, its poten- tial to imagine the new or re-imagine the old.

It may be said that art has historically acted as one of the most cathartic expressions of cultural panic. Before history books can be written, art is made. It is certainly more poetic than the history it anticipates but perhaps it is actually more descriptive or accurate as well. People are forced to respond—the culture shoots from the hip and there is no time to cover up. Politics and history may accord them varying agendas but in its present art is raw and real. You may not see the forest from the trees but you can build a fire.”

- Davis Arney



from July 10, 2021 to August 08, 2021

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