February 23 - March 24, 2017
Curated by Leanne Stella of Art is FLUX
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th St # 311
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Wed - Sat 12-6 pm
(212) 691-9552
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New York, NY (January 31, 2017) – Art In FLUX brings uptown downtown at RUSH Gallery with an all-women show for the month of March. REFRESH curated by Art In FLUX and hosted by RUSH Gallery opens Thursday, February 23, 6:00-9:00PM at 526 West 26th Street, RM 311, NYC. The women in this exhibition were invited to present ideas within Art In FLUX’s 2017 curatorial theme of Re-Imagining A City, a yearlong curatorial exploration that examines how the structure of cities affects social justice, using art, play, and community engagement as a catalyst for innovating urban life.  REFRESH presents a women’s perspective and their innate compulsion to create safe, peaceful and equitable spaces. As women they seem inclined to address problems by first reflecting inward … and then projecting outward as a united cohesive force, apparent at the Woman’s March and other recent public forums of solidarity.

Alicia Grullón, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Elan, Leslie Jiménez, Rejin Leys, Shani Peters, Sui Park and Suprina each approach the topic in a unique way, some reflecting inward, others directly addressing the current state of affairs, yet all responded in a personal and passionate manner. The artists present a deep emotional connection to their communities and the propensity to internally absorb the trials and tribulations of family, friends, community and world news, thus needing a momentary escape, a REFRESH button, as reflected in Leslie Jimenez’ We’ve Been Fighting Lately, where an “old” self sits atop a personal bubble… “To be outside and on top of my invisible sacred space…to be present in life… is more than a choice but a responsibility as a woman, mother, and artist.” – Leslie Jimenez. Through their art the artists analyze the disparities, injustices and suffering. They create environments and experiences that challenge the status quo. They listen, comfort, embrace, and absorb the pain. They REFRESH and face the world again.

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