Mother Gallery is opening their inaugural exhibition, The Cruellest Month, at their new gallery located in New York’s Hudson Valley. The exhibition’s title is borrowed from the opening line of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. A poem written on the heels of the first World War.
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April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Eliot knew the ritual of art making is how regeneration occurs after destruction. If art is the alchemical process of creating meaning out of chaos, then it can serve as the antidote for a splintered culture. The Cruellest Month rallies a congress of artworks to reflect and refract, restoring the balance to life as we know it. It is not a singular voice that guides us, but the din of many voices.
The show features an array of emerging and established artists, including:
Paolo Arao, Yevgeniya Baras, Jeffrey Caramagna, Nathan Carter, Christopher Chiappa,
Oliver Clegg, Tony Cox, Sue de Beer, Kirsten Deirup, Alex Eagleton, Brock Enright,
Jackie Ferrara, Giovanni Forlino, Mark Thomas Gibson, Raina Hamner, Van Hanos,
Valerie Hegarty, Angela Heisch, Delphine Kennelly, Kent Henricksen, Adam Henry,
Marcy Hermansader, Colin Hunt, Phil Knoll, Sue Knoll, Karsten Krejcarek, Sophie Larrimore,
James Case Leal, Robert Longo, Raphael Lyon, Caitlin MacBride, Cassandra MacLeod,
Ruth Marten, Thomas McDonell, Alex McQuilkin, Paola Ochoa,Carlos Charlie Perez,
Caitlin Teal Price, Ryan Reggiani, Matthew Ronay, Susan Sabiston, Alan Saret,
Trevor Shimizu, Lui Shtini, Emily Mae Smith, Meryl Smith, Michael St. John, Jessie Stead,
Ruby Sky Stiler, Daniel Subkoff, Richard Tinkler, Ken Tisa, Nichole van Beek, Kristina Williamson,
Sarah E. Wood, Geoffrey Young.
Text and photos provided by Mother gallery