NADA House Presents a Riveting Show at Historic Nolan Park House 18
The fifth edition of NADA House, a sweeping show of international artists and galleries presented by the New Art Dealers Alliance, is open at the historic Nolan Park House 18 on Governors Island in New York through October 1. The exhibition unfolds within the 19th-century prior military residence, upholding the not-for-profit organization’s bold advocacy of collaboration and open dialogue in the contemporary art landscape.
Participating artists and spaces, such as Olivia Zubko with Cleaner Gallery + Projects of Chicago, Ilana Halperin with Patricia Fleming Gallery in Glasgow, and Orlando Estrada with Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton, spotlight today’s contemporary and emerging art in a welcoming and inspiring setting. The 172-acre landscape of Governors Island in New York Harbor offers a bountiful park as well as rich educational programming just outside the city.
For NADA House, International Artists and Galleries Debut Poignant and Captivating Works
Artist Sean Micka of Bienvenu Steinberg & J in New York unveiled a mesmeric exhibition titled “Book Out of Stock But Six Pictures,” a visceral exploration of Mildred Fish Harnack (1902-1943), an American woman who was a heroine in the Nazi resistance, as well as a victim of the Third Reich and her own country’s fervent anti-communist agenda. Micka drew from photos and archival documents hidden by Harnack’s mother, in addition to the abstract, photorealistic style of iconic German artist Gerhard Richter, in order to produce immaculate paintings which appear as hazy photographs of a nearly erased global warrior of freedom and independence.
Brackett Creek Exhibitions and Marinaro, of Bozeman and New York debuted a series of new paintings by artist Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli. The show invites the viewer to sit in a wooden chair which is placed in front of her riveting works, each piece suspended against dramatic red curtains, below a ceiling of swirling, dark clouds. Within each striking landscape, migrant figures can be found fighting for their lives, symbolizing the indigenous Lenape people of New York harbor, as well as the current worldwide migrant crisis. Domestic curtains partially framing each piece imbues an atmosphere of quiet familiarity, making the theatrical scene all the more harrowing.
Multidisciplinary artist Maria Petrovskaya presented an ethereal sculpture, Liberty, with Rocket Science of New York. In a deft practice illuminating the human body and its gestures through the creation of clay figures and 3D scanning, Petrovskaya offers a fierce investigation of surrealist automatism and fateful personal experiences. A poetic, rainbow-hued work of light and life, her latest sculpture is an homage to the spirited Statue of Liberty, a universal figure of peace and the fight for cherished dreams, as well as a celebration of the artist’s own pilgrimage from Moscow to New York.