Hoping for a Happy Ending

Joseph Ayers Deposition, 2011, overall dimensions 36" x 72" x 2"
(72 individual panels at 5" x 5" x 2")



Crane Poem

Still from Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker by Cathy Cook
Poetry by Lorine Niedecker


Group Exhibition

March 9 through April 7, 2013

Opening reception
Saturday March 9th 6-8 pm
Closing (readings/songs of remembrance/eulogy/elegy)
Sunday, April 7th 2 pm
Screenings of Immortal Cupboard
Saturdays/Sundays 4 pm

The exhibition runs from March 9 through April 7, 2013. The opening reception is Beacon’s Second Saturday, March 9th from 6 - 8 pm.

On the closing day of the show (April 7) at 2 pm we will have readings and songs of remembrance and eulogy. The public is cordially invited to read (or sing) one piece at that time.

Screenings of Cathy Cook’s documentary on the poet Lorine Niedecker, Immortal Cupboard, will take place every Sat and Sun at 4 pm for the run of the exhibition.

The featured artists are Joseph Ayers, Kurtis Brand, Lisa Breznak, Cathy Cook, John Ebbert, Tatana Kellner, Jaanika Peerna, David Provan and Jackie Skrzynski.

The works in the group exhibition Elegy address the human condition and our relationships as well as our connection to the natural world and the environment. In a world fraught with what feels like accelerating universal experiences of pain and suffering, chaos and disintegration and the ecosystem treated as a "disposable commodity" (Chris Hedges), it might be easy to succumb to feelings of hopelessness and despair.

The artworks here, while evoking this pensive tone of loss and damage in varying degrees, also speak to the urgent tasks upon us. Here, on what might be the eve of Governor Cuomo’s decision on whether or not to ban fracking in New York State, we have a work that underscores the dangers inherent in that process and suggests the huge grassroots movement that has sprung up as a result of the threat to our water supply. We have the anomalies that arise from the genetic engineering of our food supply and "the dangerous slippery slope of human endeavors for profit." (Lisa Breznak) There are drawings of wildlife killed and collected for trophies. There are drawings suggesting our increasingly severe and frequent storms while the sculptures in the exhibition convey not only our common cycle of birth, life and death but also our sometimes twisted and tortured relationships and connections during that journey. The film on an obscure 20th century poet in rural Wisconsin serves as visual and emotional counterpoint.

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