April 3 - 28, 2017
Artists: David Baskin, Rodney Ewing, Lawrence Mesich, Sylvia Schwartz,
Brett Wallace, Elizabeth Riley, Simona Prives, Michal Gavish, and Etty Yaniv
Curated by: Michal Gavish and Etty Yaniv
Reconstruct, the new group exhibition at the Salena Gallery of Long Island University emanates from its location at the revamping district of downtown Brooklyn. Fully visible from the outside through large glass panes, the exhibition is placed at the intersection between public and private domains, where the artworks are concerned with the urban changes of the surrounding city. Through its location, transparency, and passageway structure, the exhibition functions as an agora, a meeting point for ideas on urban life in a changing political landscape. In this space the artists relate to urgent subjects, such as consumerism, gentrification, architecture, and race through a diverse range of media, including installation, animation, photography and painting, aiming to open a dialogue on diverse aspects of changes in the fabric of the city. Rodney Ewing examines Afro American narratives. In Rituals of Water he explores the impact of water on the African American Diaspora. In Fact and Fiction (Pugilist-Emile Griffith) he creates new narratives for marginalized individuals.