WORKS ON VIEW IN THE C24 GALLERY ATRIUM
WORKS BY LISBETH FIRMIN, COBY KENNEDY AND RYAN SARAH MURPHY
WORKS ON VIEW
IN THE C24 ATRIUM
RYAN SARAH MURPHY
Now on view in the C24 Gallery Atrium, selections from Street Life, the recent group exhibition featuring work by Lisbeth Firmin, Coby Kennedy and Ryan Sarah Murphy. This collection of work embodies the dynamics of New York City from several different perspectives, exploring its energy through the people who walk through it, the loaded symbols of its historical legacy and the materials found in its streets.
Lisbeth Firmin’s oil paintings focus on lone figures or small groups strolling along sidewalks or paused, lost in thought. The muted-toned portraits capturing illumination by street lamps, the glow of sunset or bright, mid-day light, utilize lush, thickly applied brush strokes to bring a nuanced depth to the people they represent.
Coby Kennedy’s repurposed street sign machetes signify a powerful response to impotent institutional gestures and the legacy of American racism. By weaponizing the inherently placating signs named after significant Black leaders and streets located in historically Black neighborhoods, then arranging them into serrated-edged mandalas, he upends the terms of ongoing dialogues around race.
Ryan Sarah Murphy’s sculptures made from found pieces of cardboard draw inspiration from their color and shape to create layered abstractions of the city’s energy, paying homage to the notion that there is value to be found in the most common elements in our midst, if only we take the time to envision them differently.
Collectively, the works of these three artists encourage us to pay attention to the subtler realms of knowledge and grace to be discovered in the moments and materials around us. Taken together with the photographs of a new generation of New Yorkers on the street level Gallery by Marie Tomanova, in her exhibition Finding Magic Together, these works celebrate the endless moments of illumination to be found in this fascinating city.
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