Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight, the Meatpacking District...Tomorrow the world. MWAAHAHAHAHA.

Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?
Like the Spice curates at...
Leo Kesting Gallery
812 Washington St.
New York, NY 10014

July 17th – August 3rd 2008
Opening Reception Thursday July 17th 7-10:00pm

Have you seen a horizon lately?
If you have, watch it for a while.
For you never know,
It may not last so long.
-Yoko Ono

Allison Edge, Tomorrowland at Night, 2008
oil on canvas, 48 x 48"

Like the Spice is proud to present Have You Seen the Horizon Lately, an exhibition featuring contemporary landscapes by Rachel Beach, Liz Brown, Anna Druzcz, Allison Edge, Dean Goelz, Nora Herting, Eric LoPresti, Ross Racine and Nicole Stager and hosted by the always-on-the-cutting-edge Leo Kesting Gallery in the meatpacking district.

Landscape art has historically had more to do with artists and the cultures they live in than with the actual lay of the land. Today, as natural landscapes are further than ever from our day-to-day lives, landscape art is even more tenuously connected to any sense of a natural pristine beauty. Landscapes today are phantasmagoric representations of communities, ecologies, memories and consumer fantasies. Most places we spend our time in are either haphazard mishmashes of the architecture of necessity or environments purposefully designed to encourage our consumption.

The artists in this exhibition combine the fantasy of and longing for a place we belong with a deep understanding of the near impossibility of finding it. Dystopian visions of landscapes in ruins, works depicting the sublime horror of battlefields, fantasy suburban developments with nonsense layouts and abstract memories of what nature was like populate this show. There are also moments of levity. A spaceship presides over a stuntman’s ring of fire in the desert, a duck-human hybrid contemplates nature and we get a peek of Space Mountain as we stroll through Tomorrowland in a technicolored photo-memory.

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