NOW: As a Consequence of Fact
October 12th – December 9th
Pen + Brush is excited to announce our fall exhibition, 𝙉𝙤𝙬: 𝘼𝙨 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙩. The third iteration of our ongoing series of “Now” exhibitions. These rolling exhibitions mean to acknowledge Contemporary Art’s ever-changing landscape and are designed to put forth new viewpoints while relinquishing the posturing of market trends and false importance often associated with commercial art endeavors by resisting fixed timelines and tackling temporality. As such, 𝙉𝙤𝙬: 𝘼𝙨 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙩 builds on the evolving nature of “the now” as it pertains to today and reminds viewers of the impossibility of a finite definition of Contemporary Art, by bringing together more than twenty works by thirteen artists that span media, scale, and time. Works included in this exhibition are seemingly products—or consequences—of our increasingly unpredictable social, political, and environmental circumstances.
Many of the works in NOW: As a Consequence of Fact tackle larger societal issues using nonconventional media and forms. The Five Stages of Grief by Sarah Stolar is one such piece. Part of a larger series, titled The Grief Club, an interdisciplinary body of work presented as a fictitious nightclub. Using dark humor and irony to explore the emotions of grief, the work is informed by 17th century Dutch vanitas paintings, with their references to pleasure and the certainty of death, and the Kübler Ross model of the Five Stages of Grief. In 2018, Stolar became the primary caregiver for her artist mother when she was diagnosed with advanced stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Sarah Stolar, The Five Stages of Grief, 2022, Glass tube/argon gas neon, disco ball, motor, spotlight, 30x30x30”