In her latest painting series, artist Lisa Nickel explores personal and social responsibility based on how we live and how we view the living situations of those in proximity to us, but also of those at a distance from us.
Titled Proximity and Distance, her work can be viewed at the Fort Gallery from April 26 to May 14.
“My work is deeply influenced by philosophical and ethical thinkers, especially the writings of Judith Butler,” Nickel said.
“These paintings flow from her considerations about how to sustain a posture of radical egalitarianism when faced with the ethical dilemmas, emerging through the mediated images of global reporting that index realities, which sometimes produce reversibility in our responsiveness between what is proximate and what is distant.”
Complimenting the exhibit will be selections from artist Joy Munt’s painting series, Rain, Steam and Speed.
Munt’s images juxtapose the elements of industry side by side with the natural landscape to create a dialogue. It is a celebration of industry, recognition of its limitations and simply nostalgia.
“This world of industry is my muse for both the sentiment generated by it, being a huge part of my landscape memory, and for the freedoms it allows us in our daily life,” Munt said.
“Yet, within the sentiment I have for this deteriorating world of industry is knowledge of the need for environmental change – our landscape depends on it.”
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.
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The Fort Gallery, located at 9048 Glover Rd., is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.