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In Praise of Folly


In Praise of Folly

February 27 - March 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27 from 6-8pm

The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present a group exhibition In Praise of Folly, curated by Jin Y. Hwang Coleman and including work by Pavel Acosta, Hong Seon Jang, Marc Oosting, Lior Shvil, and Ghost of a Dream. In Praise of Folly, inspired by the famous book of the same title by Desiderious Erasmus, focuses on the works by artists who challenge our belief system and dogma in a satirical, humorous and witty way. 

While Erasmus satirically praised the Catholic Church and its complacent followers to reveal their foolishness, the artists in this exhibition challenge our habitual perception and behavior that we accept without question and often force upon others as dogma. Their works mock the materialist society’s lack of fulfillment and satirize the cruel abuses of others repeated throughout history. They also question the authority of museums/ masterpieces and de-familiarize the use of medium and technique. It is important that the artists share absurdity, ambiguity and humor as part of their approach because it is precisely those perennially subversive elements that allow us to soften our rigid moral/ intellectual codes and rethink our relationship to society, culture, and the world. 

Jin Y. Hwang Coleman is an independent curator who separates her time in Seoul and New York. Her most notable exhibitions are The Moment of Transposition (Seoul, Korea), for which she received the first winner prize from Dong-A Art Award and 5C5C (Seoul, Korea/ Rome, Italy), a collaborative project by six international curators.

Participating artists: Pavel Acosta, Hongseon Jang, Marc Oosting, Lior Shvil, and Ghost of a Dream.

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NARS Foundation
201 46th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 

Gallery Hours
Monday-Friday: 12-5pm and by Appointment Only

The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level as well as engaging the local community in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists through short-term integrated residency programs, affordable long-term studio spaces, progressive exhibition programs, and engaging public programs. These services operate in conjunction with our education and community outreach initiatives. Our mission is to present diverse platforms on which to nurture creative inspiration and innovative cross-pollination of ideas.


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