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Worth a Second Look: A.I.R’s 11th Biennial Exhibit Opens Tonight

A.I.R. gallery, a formative nonprofit space featuring women artists, is hosting its 11th annual biennial exhibit titled “Making and Taking: Pictures Reconsidered”. Stemming from an open call of its thousands of nationwide members, the theme of photography’s effect on and relationship with painting pervades the works of this exhibit. The open call commented that women have a “particular stake in this relationship”, notably spending a great chunk of art history as subjects of these paintings and photographs. Works on view will address ideas of representation and innovative ways of framing the subject.

Works by Liz Surbeck Biddle, recently on view at A.I.R. gallery

Works by Liz Surbeck Biddle, recently on view at A.I.R. gallery

800 artists responded working with techniques ranging from analog to digital, encompassing clever manipulations of space and light. Drawing from new technologies, and revising old practices, make for engaging work that sheds light on the roles of viewer and creator and addresses how these roles are made ambiguous in contemporary art practice.

PARADISO by recent A.I.R. fellowship recipient, Željka Blakšić

PARADISO by recent A.I.R. fellowship recipient, Željka Blakšić

Of the submissions, 33 artists’ work are included in the show opening tonight, Thursday Dec 4. The opening is free and open to the public. A.I.R. gallery is located in DUMBO on the second floor of the 111 Front Street gallery building. If you’re in town this week, this is one opening not to be missed as several of the artists are sure to be present (and if you’re out of town, come here when you’re back!) This show show is sure to shed light on the role artists (who also happen to be women) can assume in directing the gaze of the viewer toward new possibilities in contemporary art.

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