A group of 15 School of the Arts (SOA) students and alumni have joined for a group exhibition entitled "Escape" at Egizio's Project Gallery, in SoHo, curated by SOA alumna Yasmine Chatila (SOA'02), on view through Sat., Sept. 28.
The impetus for the show was to find a common link, if one existed, among Columbia peers and other New York artists of the same generation. Chatila explains: "I wanted to base a group show on the similar aspects of our work and the conversation that began to emerge among ourselves [Columbia Visual Arts students] after two years of exchange and working closely together. The theme that seemed most intriguing to me was escape and escapism as subject matter for art."
Building on T.S. Elliot's assertion that "There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to," this exhibition of nearly 20 emerging New York-based artists involves a wide range of media. The exhibition presents a broad, loosely-themed look at the relationship between storytelling and information, the manufacture and consumption of images and the primacy of the will to escape.
"Escape" includes the work of SOA Visual Arts students Karel Funk, Marc Handelman, Ryan Johnson and Lisi Raskin; and alumni Yasmine Chatila, Anna Conway, Sean Dack, Chitra Ganesh, Gregory Martin, Alexander Lee, Elvis Richardson, Halsey Rodman, Andrew Rogers, Dana Schutz and Lila Subramanian.
"Escape" is on display at the Egizio's Project Gallery, 596 Broadway, Suite 406, in SoHo. Gallery hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information call 212-226-0806.