ART IS ESSENTIAL – VESSEL GALLERY ONLINE EXHIBITION
September 5 - December 5
The term "essential workers" triggered a curiosity of how artists and cultural producers were faring under the state's mandates. Art provides fuel for human energy, so was born the investigation of the importance of art creation during turbulent times, and to examine how art functions during a pandemic. I asked artists to share how they were adapting under COVID-19, and how "shelter in place" (SIP) has impacted their art practice. How has their practice changed, shifted, or responded during these times? Ruminating on questions like "What is our tolerance?" or "What is art's role towards November 3rd" or "Is art an agent of change, of healing, of uniting or dividing?" It is my belief that art can serve as a catalyst to address difficult conversations. Art can provide meaning and purpose in academic, political, interpersonal, communal, community/local, national, and international dialogues through a direct and kinesthetic experience. Throughout time the art experience provides meaning and purpose to the creator and viewer.
These works were created during the outbreak of COVID; most were completed during SIP, whether exploring the value that "Art Is Essential", or embodying it by their existence, even documenting salient events. Through "Art Is Essential", we hope to provide you an opportunity to connect, find nourishment or refuge, and feed your soul.
We invite you to gaze, reflect, and enjoy this online show! >CLICK HERE TO VIEW<
Artist Name: Cherisse Alcantara, Cheryl + David Calleri, Pamela Merory Dernham, Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, Barry Ebner, Evan Holm, Irene Imfeld, Sandra Kelch, Christy Kovacs, Walter James Mansfield, Jos Sances, Rosella Scapini, William Schwob, Peter St. Lawrence