Paul Gabrielli, LoVid & Agathe Snow

Hold the Horizon Close

Marquee Projects
14 Bellport Lane
Bellport, NY
Long Island
Oct 24th 2020 — Nov 29th 2020

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A small but striking group show at Marquee Projects, which is located in the idyllic town of Bellport on Long Island, takes the idea of the boundless landscape to heart.

In "Hold the Horizon Close," as its titled, works by three artists—sculptor Paul Gabrielli, the performance-driven collective LoVid, and the ever-evolving Agathe Snow—offer a refreshing spin on the genre: Effectively side-stepping well-trodden literal interpretations of the theme, the pieces, rather, through abstract forms, conjure the all-encompassing sense of wonderment that arises from gazing out toward the boundless expanse where sky meets Earth.

The curator, Benjamin Tischer—who, formerly of the influential Lower East Side gallery Invisible Exports, which closed in 2019, has been a new advisory and curatorial hub called New Discretions.

In bypassing entirely the formal and figurative implications of the landscape as subject matter, Tischer waxes poetic in the exhibition's press release:

Together, we live in landscapes. The sun rises. The sun sets on all. There is forever a future in the distance. The horizon still divides earth from sky, pasts from possibilities. With this universal truth recognized, "Hold the Horizon Close" shares the work of two artists and one collective, all expanding on the sincerity of landscape.

To be sure, with the chance to collectively put some of the tumult and horror that all but overwhelmed our emotional lives for the past half-decade, the prospect of a sprawling outdoor expanse—that, somehow, emanates sincerity from every beam of sunshine and strand of grass—sounds irresistible.

And even if this prospect is one that—with another lockdown looming—may still feel out of reach, it's one that, infused with hope, may now live in our imagination, now as a promise for a brighter future.

Agathe Snow, Layers, Between Earth and Sky: Sea, 2019 ("Double Vision"). Oil, acrylic and enamel on board, 14 x 11 inches.