FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fountain House Gallery and LIC-A Present “Truth Tellers,” A Group Exhibition
On view: June 8 – July 12, 2023
Reception: June 8, 6-8pm
NEW YORK CITY – Fountain House Gallery, representing artists living with mental illness, announces Truth Tellers, a group exhibition in collaboration with LIC-A (Long Island City Artists), a non-profit arts advocacy organization. The show will open with a Reception on June 8, 2023, from 6pm to 8pm, and will remain on view through July 12, 2023 at LIC-A Art Space at The Factory, Suite 105a, 30-30 47th Avenue, Long Island City. Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10am-6pm.Truth Tellers is curated by Fountain House Studio Director Karen Gormandy and by Fountain House Gallery artists Issa Ibrahim and Boo Lynn Walsh. Artworks by Ibrahim and Walsh are among those presented in the exhibition.
In a joint statement, the curators said, “Historically, visionaries, seers, and truth tellers have often been characterized as dreamers, fools, radicals, or as mentally unbalanced – yet, throughout time, artists with acute vision have illuminated truths regarding the progress and foibles of the human race. This show focuses on artistic responses to contemporary social issues. The aim is to enlighten, inspire, and affirm those who resonate with this collective call to action, inviting them to share their personal experiences and commentary regarding social, political, and environmental injustices – issues that impact our perceptions of inequality, race, gender, immigration, and mental health. Whatever oppression or collective trauma they may have experienced, the artists of Truth Tellers are resilient and willing to speak truth to power through creativity and the arts. In the words of Jonathan Swift, ‘Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.’”
Truth Tellers presents nearly 30 original works in mediums including multimedia, sculpture, acrylic on canvas, digital art, and photography. Special events that will complement the exhibition are: Readings, performances, and music on Saturday, June 24, 6pm-8pm; and a Curators Panel on Saturday, July 1, 6pm-8pm.
About LIC-A (Long Island City Artists)
LIC Artists, Inc. is a non-profit arts advocacy organization founded by artists and incorporated in 1986 in Long Island City. Its members are professional artists from Long Island City as well as elsewhere in Queens. LIC-A's programs are enabled largely through the volunteer work of member artists and supported by grants and donations. LIC-A is committed to broadening its community of artists, and expanding the audience for art produced in Queens through exhibitions, classes, and special projects and events. This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts,Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.
About Fountain House Gallery and Studio
Fountain House Gallery and Studio supports the careers and creative visions of artists living with mental illness. Founded by Fountain House in 2000, the Manhattan-based Gallery sells original artworks and collaborates with a wide network of artists, curators and cultural institutions. The Studio, located in Long Island City, is a collaborative workspace that furthers the professional practice of our artists. Embracing artists who are emerging or established, trained or self-taught, Fountain House Gallery and Studio cultivates artistic growth, makes a vital contribution to the New York arts community, and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness. Fountain House Gallery and Studio is funded, in part, by generous support from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
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