Fans of classical myth and contemporary illustration will want to explore “The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality,” a group exhibition currently at Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue. The show takes over Exit Art’s sizable space and reconfigures the gallery as a giant maze constructed of more than 60 panels, each 8×8 feet and featuring the work of a different artist. Among the artists who created new work inspired by the idea of the labyrinth are Fawad Khan (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay), David Sandlin (faculty), Seth Tobocman (faculty) and Edwin Vazquez (BFA 2007 Cartooning).
“This exhibition also calls attention to the wall as a representation of a political barrier, used for either fortification or for segregation (such as the Berlin Wall, Great Wall of China or the many walls we are building on our Mexican border),” according to the curators, Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, “or as a form of communication (such as the activities of Chinese Democracy activists on what became known as the ‘Democracy Wall’).” Exit Art will have “The Labyrinth Wall” installed through Saturday, February 7.
Image: Installation view of “The Labyrinth Wall”; courtesy of Exit Art.
January 23, 2009