“Light”: A National Group Show


June 26 - July 26

Juried by Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals

Opening reception: Saturday, June 29, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Let there be Light. 440 Gallery presents the annual summer theme show juried by Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals. Whether we observe light as a literal presence or seek it in a metaphysical form, it is the play of brightness versus shadow that uniquely informs our human vision. Capturing light in visual terms has always been a crucial element in representational painting. Contemporary image-makers, through multi-media, installation and concepts—as well as traditional methods—equally embrace ways to capture the essence of light in their work. Light is a sampling of the brilliance of both media and idea.

Exhibiting artists: Victoria Accardi, Ronald Butler, Wen-Han Chang, Sarah Crofts, Valeria Divinorum, Lawrence Dobens, Alexandra Fitzsimmons, Matilda Forsberg, Hannah Goff, Christina Graham, George Horner, Nicole Irene, Amanda Kavanagh, Kelsey Knight, David Lindberg, Joy Makon, Michelle McElroy, Isabelle Milkoff, Mary Murphy, Patty Neal, Ni Pan, Renee Radenberg, Amanda Ramsay, Cynthia Reynolds, Deborah Seidman, Jackson Siegal, Jesse Townsley, Daniel van Benthuysen, Daniel Walworth, Carolin Wood, Mariana Carolina Wuethrich, Dganit Zauberman

About the Jurors:

Lauren Hirshfield and Kat Ryals are the founders of Paradice Palase, a curatorial project based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Lauren Hirshfield is an independent curator and artist living and working in NYC. She received a BFA in painting, arts management and art history from SUNY Purchase. She has freelanced as an arts administrator and curator for Superchief Gallery, 4Heads/Portal, POWRPLNT and ArtMoney. Her curatorial practice is fueled by the ephemeral, the ethereal and the tactile. She is interested in further democratizing the art world and strives to consider accessible ways the public can engage with art. 

Kat Ryals is an artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Visual Art and Museum Education from Brooklyn College. She has worked in the education department of NYC museums and non-profits, including the Rubin Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and ArtsConnection. Ryals has shown her work nationally, and locally with the Holocenter on Governor’s Island, Temporary Storage Gallery at Brooklyn Fireproof, and the Wassaic Project. She was a Fellow at Vermont Studio Center in 2018, and a resident at the Wassaic Project in 2019. 

Light will be on view at 440 Gallery, located at 440 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, starting on June 26, and will run through July 26. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 29 from 5–8 pm.