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Photo Exhibit Featuring Urban Landscape Opens in Long Island City Tonight

Ashok Sinha

June 19, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

A photo exhibit will open at the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City tonight.

Running from June 19 through July 21, the exhibition titled “Urban Dance” will display images that capture the urban experience of cities worldwide.

The exhibit includes images from Queens, as well as from places as far afield as Israel, China and Uganda.

A jury, put together by Long Island City Artists, selected the final artwork and remarked on the diversity of work submitted.

“The response to our call for entries was impressive,” said Orestes Gonzalez, one of the jurors tasked with selecting the final artwork and a co-curator. “Our main focus was to create a body of work showing the global dynamics [that are] transforming our urban centers today.”

In total, the exhibition includes works from 39 different artists, including noted photographers Don Agnello, Jeff Larason and Paul Kessel. The variety of artists bring together a wide range of

Jeff Larason

contemporary urban spaces, from images of economic distress to more humorous images of urban life.

John A. Bennette, co-curator of the exhibition along with Gonzalez, described the work in the exhibit as “jagged edge and on point.”

Bennette said that the urban dance exhibition translates the vibrant energy of urban life into precious moments captured by the photographers.

The opening reception for the event will take place in the Plaxall Gallery on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it is being run in collaboration with the Plaxall Gallery and Long Island City Artists Inc.

The exhibition will be open to the public at the Plaxall Gallery, located at 5-25 46th Ave., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The exhibit runs through July 21.

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Nancy oliveri

Thank you Shane O’Brien for mentioning our exhibition Urban Dance: The Rhythm of Cities. Please know that the artists were selected from a blind juried process and it was approxomately 50% women. You highlighted and featured several of the male photographers without mentioning any of the accomplished women including Hazel Hankin, Arien Chang, Isabel Schneider, and myself, Nancy Oliveri just to name a few. Your article suggests that the show featured several male artists and could be misconstrued a gender bias. Thank you.


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