Divided Mind Press Release

Divided Mind

ATELIER NEWPORT’s summer show. entitled Divided Mind, will open June 9th, and run through July 29th, at the gallery, located at 200 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, alongside the historic International Tennis Hall of Fame.   An opening cocktail reception will be held on Sunday, July 1st from 2:00pm-4:00pm, all are welcome.

 

Divided Mind, a group exhibition, attempts to explore the spirit of the current times with an emphasis on divisiveness. A Divided Mind is present in many areas of our current culture. Divisiveness is apparent in our geopolitical polar views, in our daily debates and throughout our country’s public marches. A divisiveness laid most bare in our fight for racial inequality where this divide is evident in our views with no obvious end in sight. A dividedness most raw in the recount of post traumatic memories told by countless women, unearthing generations of age-old tactics embedded in many industries. Evidence of a culture vying for power with no value in equality nor sustainability. All of this done in an attempt to have a proper seat at the table, and a respectful dialogue in the hope of cooperation, a safe community, a fair work environment, and transparency. 

 

Scholars have long maintained that each era has a unique spirit, a nature or climate that sets it apart from all other epochs.In German, such a spirit is known as “Zeitgeist,” from the German words Zeit, meaning “time,” and Geist, meaning “spirit” or “ghost. Will ours be a divided mind?

 

Nineteen artists, working in a variety of media, explore a Divided Mind.  This exhibition attempts to investigate this zeitgeist; what is withheld, what is decorated, disguised, or objectified.

 

ATELIER NEWPORT has created a sanctuary and oasis for an eclectic mix of emerging and mid-career artists, each of whom has a deep connection to Newport. 

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