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The Wassaic Project Eighth Annual Exhibition: Deep End

Deep End explores themes of the strange, the dystopian, the supernatural, and the end of the world. It draws inspiration from J. G. Ballard's post-apocalyptic short story of Earth's last remaining men fighting to hold on to a love, life, and their humanity. The exhibition explores themes of the strange, dystopian, supernatural, and end of world, and showcases the work of more than 60 emerging artists, over 50 of whom are former Wassaic Artist Residents. The Wassaic Project invites visitors to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills and experience this unusual, playful, and dark exhibition.

Featuring five full-room installations by artists Holden Brown, Ghost of a Dream, Elias Hansen, Sarah Hardesty, and Corina Reynolds, Deep End creates a substantial and lasting impression. Holden Brown has transformed the mechanics room of Maxon Mills into the suburban American dream nightmare; using imagery of mausoleums, sunken houses, Brown explores the notions of and what belongs above and under ground. Elias Hansen has created a darkly glowing laboratory of nefarious nature, while Sarah Hardesty offers an installation of both safety, hazard and precaution with her vibrant orange branches and twine looming just over head. Ghost of a Dream's multi-media installation Better is THE END sources ending scenes from Westerns to create a continuous horizon line, circling the room with an endless ending. Corina Reynolds has crafted a bleak office space that highlights the comical attempts to inspire workers with motivational imagery but results in a soulless and haunting environment.

The exhibition also continues to excavate these themes through art pieces beyond the full-room installations. On the ground floor, visitors are greeted by Kelly Goff's Dumpster, a decaying waste container with an interior painted fluorescent turquoise highlighting the object's emptiness and rust. Known for her portrayal of mythological mermaids that dispel our traditional understanding, Roxanne Jackson displays some of her shocking sculptures. Kelli Rae Adams has pickled local Wassaic produce and presented the jars as alternative food sources during leaner and harsher times. Christopher Daniels presents a large-scale crayon drawing depicting the horrors of our current world, which is a piece of his collection currently on display at The Cindy Rucker Gallery.

Gallery Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm – 7pm, and Sundays 12-5pm and by appointment. Guided Tours are offered every last Saturday of the month at 4pm.

Date:Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Time:12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Contact Phone:(347) 815-0783
Contact URL:http://wassaicproject.org/
Location: Wassaic Community Farm
19 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592

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