Strangers Collective, an alliance of early career creatives, operates the cozy exhibition space No Land that has been hosting a wide variety of shows featuring work by emerging visual artists and writers since the spring of 2017.
In order to exhibit the work of a larger number of young creatives, Strangers Collective’s co-directors Kyle Farrell, Alex Gill and Jordan Eddy have teamed up with the spacious form and concept gallery to present the show “Mirror Box,” which opens on February 23 and runs through April 14.
“We did a lot of studio visits starting late last summer,” Farrell explains. “What we noticed is that many of the artists were touching on similar points. There wasn’t as much personal interior work but rather work that’s affected by the outer world and what’s happening outside ourselves.”
Half of the more than three dozen artists participating in the exhibit haven’t had their work included in a previous Strangers Collective show. Writers, such as Eddy, Katie Johnson, Caryn Crimmel and Jess Haring, contributed poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Visual artists, including Farrell, Gill, Derek Chan, Kevin Bond and Sarah Palmeri, are showing their paintings, sculptures, photography and video pieces.
The artists’ expressions range from photos of immediate surroundings collaged onto sculptural props by Emily Mason to talisman-like bird skulls created by Julie Slattery.
“The show’s participants interact with the world by reflecting, filtering and distorting their varied contexts to create visions of the world that are requisitely imbued with their own experiences,” says Farrell.
Curator and artist talks take place at form and concept on March 17. Emmaly Wiederholt presents a closing performance for the exhibition on April 14.