CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Recent paintings and sculpure
May 8 - June 7, 2015
Reception: Friday, May 8th from 6-9 PM
Figureworks is pleased to open Mass Transit, Mary Westring’s recent paintings and sculpture addressing our subway system. Westring has been exploring this subject for many years but this latest body of work reflects on how the system humbles the masses. Her subject is most timely as it coincides with our current weekend-suspended L train service and notable overcrowding of all the subway lines in general.
Westring says of this series, “Mass Transit, or rather, the transit of the masses. New Yorkers getting from one place to another, submissive, patient, resigned, quiet. I observe them as they sit or stand, lost in thought, reading, listening to their ipods, studying their notes, eating, staring into space, oblivious to their fellow passengers, strangers who share a brief time of enforced intimacy. The subway, where all of us in our individuality become part of an anonymous whole.”
A number of Westring’s paintings are cleverly scaled to embody an entire subway car or train platform. Long horizontals embody brightly-lit cars as a highlight the darkened reflections of countless riders. Westring has then lifted some of her painted figures from the canvas and created a series of unglazed, clay figures in various subway scenarios, such as a group of passengers grasping a subway pole at rush hour and still avoiding eye contact. The two series work well together to combine moments of levity and a touch of humanity into a weary, daily commute.
Just as Spring arrives and people are venturing out again, the MTA, using their infinite wisdom, has decided to suspend weekend L train service for FIVE consecutive weekends.
Local businesses have lost our fight to alter this closure so we encourage everyone to help us weather this storm.
Whether you are local, take Uber cabs from Union Square for $5.00 or the MTA shuttle bus from the J train to get here during this time,
Figureworks is celebrating its 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY with a
walk-in thank you for coming in to the gallery during this time:
15% DISCOUNT off any artwork in the gallery.
This discount will run the five consecutive weekends that the L train is closed - April 18 - May 18, 2015.
Also note that Figureworks is always open by appointment but isalso extending regular hours during this shut down
ADDITIONALLY OPEN FRIDAY FROM 1-6PM
Please come in and take advantage of this limited offer and know that all the local businesses thank you for your continued support.
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg • Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm or by appointment