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Devotional Spaces

March 28–April 27, 2014

Opening reception: March 28, 6–8PM


  • Viewing hours: Thursday–Friday 5–7PM, Saturday–Sunday 12–6PM

    244 N 6th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11211
    (T) 718 753 7363
    ventana244.org | info@ventana244.org


    Ventana 244: is pleased to present Devotional Spaces: an exhibit that includes the work of six painters:Jessica Dickinson, Ben Gocker, Glenn Goldberg, Amy Jacobs, Chris Martin, Ross Simonini; and is curated by Chuck Webster. Webster writes "The works in this show reflect a universal concern about the condition of being an artist, the same condition that may exist for a basketball player or a cook.

    Webster writes: Artists have an internal need to make; it solves a condition we share. We pick up our pencils and brushes and start. A journey ensues that we don't understand, nor want to. We just go on it. The material pushes and pulls, it creates a place, a space, and a story. If we are lucky, something happens. We walk out of the studio free of a burden. A clarity ensues, and then we can't remember where we parked our car at the beginning of the day.

     The works here are examples of that journey, of giving us what we need when we work, and that faith can be seen in the kinds of spaces here. Cathedrals, thumbprints, playful tinkering, repeated marks, and meditative lines are all ways that we can enter a kind of new space, and something new can pass through us.

    We all want to go to a kind of devotional space. We share that desire with our fellow artists, companions on that journey. At Ventana 244, we have made a space we can enter with our fellow artists. The work lined up along the wall gives us a story. The mirrors tell us we are not alone, and that we should all get back to work.