Exhibition Dates: November 17 – 28, 2015 *Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Opening Reception: Thursday November 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Onishi Project, 521 W. 26th Street, New York City
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Barbara Bachner / Adriana Collovati / Karin Chan / Lord Nelson Morgan / Rosslyn Duncan / Barbara Knuth / Paolo Nicola Rossini / Roberto Ottino / Gio Sciello
Onishi Project and MyMicroGallery are pleased to announce Tenderness, a group exhibition curated by Stefania Carrozzini, on view from November 17 to November 28, 2015. Composed of twenty works in various media, including paintings, photographs, and video installations, the exhibition focuses on nine artists from the United States, Tasmania, and Europe whose works address the multiple meanings and implications of the word “tenderness”.
The word ‘tenderness’ is synonymous with sweetness, kindness, sensibility, and compassion, and it can be viewed as a unique characteristic of childhood that, over time, gives way to other attitudes deemed more appropriate for functional adulthood. In reality, over the course of our journeys, though we often lose sight of both our origin and our destination—tenderness is our true home. Perhaps only artists are allowed to return to this child-like “Planet of Tenderness”, where there are no limits, boundaries, or confined spaces that oppress the soul, because their eyes are wide open.
As the philosopher Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931) wrote, “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and determination.” Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) offered another take by distinguishing the esprit de finesse (the spirit of subtlety, sensitivity, care and tenderness) from theesprit de géométrie (the spirit of thinking, reasoning, and logical thought). In Pascal’s view, art and creativity are what make life worth living, while the esprit de géométrie leaves no room to desire tenderness or love. Our culture is rife with the esprit de géométrie; it is replete with information but lacking in wisdom, preoccupied with too many destructive devices and an endless barrage altered media communications that aim to feed negativity and distract us from our true nature. Life and love can be fragile. There is only one invincible power that nourishes and saves us: tenderness.
The Tenderness Project is a traveling exhibition. The show was presented in Milan at MyMicroGallery in June 2015 and in Perugia at Alessandro Berni Gallery in October 2015
Catalogues will be available during the exhibition. For more information please contact Anna Pillow (email@example.com / 212.925.8035)
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