This is the 2009 edition of a group show I wrote about last year. This year the group has chosen the theme of “value” for reasons explained in their press release:
Because in these times,
—trillions worth of value in stocks, real estate and other possessions have disappeared like smoke into thin air
—the value of human life in many parts of the world seems to be next to nothing
—many see a crisis of values in our society
—questions are raised about the true value of art…
value is a concept which is especially appropriate for artistic exploration today.
That is what the artist group consisting of Debby Davis, Steve Foust, Tomas Ronse and Tattfoo Tan decided to do in their exhibition as part of this year’s Art by the Ferry Festival. The location, a closed pizza parlor at 70 Bay Street, Staten Island is quite consistent with the theme of the show.
The four artists approach this theme in different ways:
Debby Davis, an artist who processes things that make her uncomfortable—death, decay, violence, mortality—into palatable visuals, explores the value of home. Her work in this show draws on images from towns ravaged by the economic crisis.
Tomas Ronse is a recycling artist who finds beauty in what is thrown away. His collages and assemblages are quirky yet raise serious questions about the values of society.
Steve Foust’s work in this show is about receiving, holding and giving. Foust, who “draws with a saw”, sculpting sheets of wood, represents his sense of value by vessels with connecting channels.
Tattfoo Tan is a conceptual artist who seeks to engage his public in a collaborative practice so that art becomes a shared, ritualized experience. On each of the four days of the show, Tattfoo will create a different participatory event around a value-related theme.
Value Pack at Art by the Ferry
70 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY (map)
June 6, 7 and June 13, 14
11am – 6pm