Opening August 7, Alex Schmitz’s No Fruit Forbidden
. A native Kentuckian based in Brooklyn for the last decade, Schmitz’s artistic practice includes photography but is primarily focused on painting. The new works in this exhibition explore his personal queer experience and an idealized self within the context of a Candideian garden.
With the realities of COVID-19 worsening in Kentucky, we’re going to try something different for this exhibition: a socially distant opening day – the gallery will be open from 12-8 PM to allow for a slow stream of visitors. Masks will be required, as they are now. Private appointments are also always available.
We are also thrilled to announce the selected artists for We All Declare for Liberty: 2020 and the Future of American Citizenship, for which we had an open call out from November 2019 through late June. To coincide with the run-up to the general election, the exhibition will open in early October, featuring works by Kenyatta Bosman, John Brooks, Andrew Cenci, Hannah Drake, Denise Furnish, Bryan Holden, Noah Howard, Destiny Mbachu, Matthew McDole, Joe McGee, José Manuel Nápoles, Sara Olshansky, Timothy Robertson, Skylar Smith, Vian Sora, Sean Starowitz, Kris Thompson and Travis Townsend. Quappi Projects was borne from a desire to highlight work that reflects the zeitgeist, and in many ways, this will be the most important exhibition in our program to date. Now more than ever, it could not be more clear that life, let alone art, does not exist separately from the events and movements of society, culture, and politics.
The gallery will be closed through August 7 as we prepare for the new exhibition. Be well and stay safe.
– John Brooks