BROOKLYN, NY – The group art exhibition 1,000 Year Current features works by talented artists Lauren Skelly Bailey, Elizabeth Insogna, Ketta Ioannidou, Christopher Lin, and Wesley Ware, curated by Matt Logsdon, at the Field of Play Gallery, 56 2nd Avenue Suite 21 in Brooklyn.
The opening reception was held September 23 for the exhibition which runs through November 5. The gallery is open Sundays 12-3 PM and by appointment. To schedule a showing, contact Field of Play Gallery via email: [email protected].
The sea has always provided a fertile ground to imagine both utopias and dystopias, precisely because it conceals what is beneath.
The exhibition 1,000 Year Current references the time it takes for a particle of water to circumnavigate the earth. A particle of water has many lifetimes as it flows through streams, floats in the sky, cascades down hillsides, and lives in our bodies. Water is at the center of human life.
The title is also a play on “current events” and the flow of information. Ezra Pound said: “Poetry is news that stays news.” So, too, does the sea. It has always captivated humankind, but has swelled to demand our attention with recent events. A scan of headlines alludes to a myriad of sea-related topics: Climate change-fueled flooding in 10 countries during the month of September; the Titan Submersible imploding while on a dive to see the ruins of The Titanic; migrant ships sinking in the Mediterranean, killing more than 2,000 people in 2023 alone; the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant releasing radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean; and hundreds of scientists and monster-hunters launch the largest search in 50 years for the Loch Ness Monster.
This show presents a group of artists who all address water [the sea] in their work. In Mesmerism II, Ketta Ioannidou, a native of Nicosia, Cyprus, uses flowing brush strokes to depict the water’s surface, implying a space beyond. Though we cannot see into the deep, our minds imagine the wonders of what lies beneath.
Christopher Lin combines elements of scientific investigation and material exploration to visualize the ecologies we shape and inhabit in the Anthropocene. In his In Zuru zuru (Drifting), various collected mosses and lichens, spring tales and dwarf isopods exist in floating terrariums that dance across the water’s surface and change throughout the course of the show.
Humans craft stories about the sea to explain phenomena and grapple with mystery. Elizabeth Insogna’s work takes Greek mythology as an entry point, and incorporates research combined with magical techniques to form her ceramic sculptures.
Wesley Ware uses watercolor to create layered worlds in relief. The swirling forms in Untitled warrant closer inspection, revealing tiny plastic ducks hiding beneath the surface and inviting the viewer on a treasure hunt.
Lauren Skelly Bailey’s sculptures take inspiration from the endangered spaces found in the ocean. Her process emulates the cyclical life of marine animals, combining disparate surfaces and finishes and collaging old and new works, allowing for the possibility of second chances.
Field of Play is an artist-run gallery providing exhibition opportunities to emerging artists. The gallery also develops resources and events that make exercise and wellness information accessible to the creative community. By pairing movement and artwork together, Field of Play creates a new context to think about art.
Learn more on the Field of Play Website: https://www.fieldofplaybk.com.
More information about Ketta Ioannidou is available online: kettaioannidou.com.