Drive-by Projects is pleased to open its fall 2018 season with Heaven and Earth. The exhibition includes Mary Carlson's small porcelain figures modeled after Early Renaissance religious masterpieces, Grace DeGennaro's mandala-like watercolors from her Equinox Series and paintings by Nepali graffiti artist, Sneha Shrestha (also known as Imagine).
Mary Carlson's miniature porcelain sculptures of saints and sinners look to the religious works of masters such as Giotto, Masaccio and Piero Della Francesca. In Heaven and Earth a tiny, monochromatic God bends down from his corner perch to minister to Mary Magdalene who gleams with color and bling on her earthly pedestal. Carlson's diminutive figurines are at once comic and iconic. In the words of critic Jerry Saltz, "It's as if those postcards on your fridge came to magical 3-D life and inhabited your space like beloved friends and ancient ancestors."
The Fibonacci Sequence and its manifestation as the Fibonacci Spiral can be seen in the natural world from sun flowers, pinecones, and ocean waves to the spiral of the galaxies. Exploring the symmetry of the moment when day and night are of equal length everywhere on earth, Grace DeGennaro'sEquinox Series uses central patterns of concentric circles created using the Fibonacci sequence to make visible the passage of time. Atmospheric colors observed during a residency in the Hudson River Valley enhance the meditative calm of DeGennaro's watercolors, and help draw the viewer into a space where heaven and earth merge.
Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine) is a Nepali artist whose work combines Sanskrit scripture with graffiti. Known for her wall-sized installations, Shrestha also makes small paintings that encapsulate the mindful mantras of her larger works. These works speak to the Buddhist side of Shrestha's culture, which sees heaven as "...a place that your mind goes to. And given that calm and clear minds are probably happy minds, then heaven means attaining happiness...". Although Sneha Shrestha's lyrical text paintings are small in scale compared to her large graffiti works, they project a sense of joy and ingenuous clarity that belies their diminutive size.