The Woods: Opening Night Exhibition

November 6, 2020
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November 6, 2020
SPAACES Foundation
2087 Princeton St
Sarasota, FL 34237
photograph by Erika Schnur, Injustice for All 6, 2020
photograph by Erika Schnur, Injustice for All 6, 2020
photograph by Junkyrd & Evan Cooper
photograph by Junkyrd & Evan Cooper

Opening Night Exhibition: November 6, 2020 | Friday 6:00 - 8:00pm
Open Exhibition Dates: November 12th- 14th | Thurs – Saturday 11am - 4pm SPAACES is pleased to present The Woods, its second exhibition of the 2020/2021 season. The Woods is a group exhibition of work by thirteen artists curated by Emiliano Settecasi. In March 2020, when the majority of Americans committed to staying in their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19, most anticipated that after a few weeks of rationing toilet paper, learning about big cats,and putting some extra miles on their pajama bottoms, restrictions would ease, the virus would be under control, and we would be out of the woods.
In six months, the virus had killed 200,000 Americans. No viable national strategy for containing the virus had emerged. Tens of millions, many of whom relied on employer-based health insurance, lost their jobs. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos saw his wealth grow by $73 billion while the rest of us saw George Floyd receive the death penalty for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill. A gender reveal party burned down the state of California. It became clear that we had been living in “the woods” long before the pandemic,and even if the virus were to disappear like a miracle, we would not be getting “out” any time soon. In The Woods, thirteen artists share glimpses of the contemporary American condition—one which is defined not only by collective anxiety, righteous anger, and unjustifiable loss, but also resiliency and, for the time being, hope. Whether realistically, metaphorically, or ironically, the works speak to where we are, how we got here, and the uncertainty of where we are going, in a variety of media, including photography, painting, sculpture, and installation. The Woods adds color and candor to the nebulous experience suggested by the idiom from which it derives, acknowledging what our leaders have failed to: that the only way through our shared misery is together. Featured Artists: Warren Cockerham, Evan Cooper, George Goldberg, Courtney Hartle, Junkyrd, Caroline King, Eric Ondina, Andres Ramirez, Manny Rangel, Erika Schnur, Ron S Dot, Taylor O. Thomas, Ian Wilson. The opening night will be broadcast live on social media as well as open to the public. SPAACES is implementing social distancing, requiring masks and allowing three people at a time in the gallery. Refreshments outside.

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