April 5 – May 5, 2018
Cities attract us. They excite us. The allure of the urbane is a place of promise, of pushing limits, of unlimited abandon, of dreams realized. It’s no wonder that artists—the creators, the geniuses, the virtuosos—are drawn to what cities have to offer. These artists in turn, join in the city’s high-frequency culture, adding to its vibrancy, providing a renewable source of creative energy. It doesn’t even matter which city—artists can take any spark and make it a conflagration.
Six artists from five countries reveal the cities that have left impressions on them, or the urban landscapes where they’ve left memories, loves, constraints, hunger. URBAN RENEWAL gathers the 35mm black-and-white photographs of Lisbon-based Ricardo Jorge Reis; the abstract paintings of Montreal artist, M.M. Ciciovan; the urban-nature comparisons of photographic artist, Dennis Sabo; the vibrant impressions of watercolorist Phong Trinh, the geometric vision of painter, Lori Dubois; and the childhood memories of Australian artist, Nicholas Broughton. URBAN RENEWAL is a perspective on the compelling force that cities have on the artist and the indelible impressions that such places leave on us.
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
– Downtown, Petula Clark
Ain’t seen nothing yet until you’re
— Downtown, Macklemore & Lewis