A surreal bloom has gripped Central Park: What come off as flowers turn into insect bouquets with a closer look, and pigeons that are flying kitties away to the paradise.
We’re not talking about an alternative universe – but it’s the creation of Zane York, a Greenpoint-based artist. Zane’s naturalist pictures have been put up at the Nature Morte, the spring exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery. Jennifer Lantzas, the public art deputy officer, seems to think there’s a certain oddness to Zane’s work. When you take a quick glance, you believe you’ve figured out what’s coming next, but then it throws you off the wall, says Jennifer.
Jennifer, referring to the flying cats painting, points out that is an absurdist image but then again, it’s painted on a circular canvas, which feels as if it is a traditional ceiling mural we normally find in Catholic churches.
What makes it a perfect spring exhibit are the themes of transience and mortality. All his work is up for sale, and a chunk of the proceeds will be used for the benefit of public art.
Arsenal has hosted plenty of exhibition since the 60s, with the usual themes being urban planning, nature, the parks of the city and its history. She was heard saying at the gallery’s mission to the residents of NYC that even though we know the city’s parks, we might not be aware of its impact on our lives.
Like all exhibits at the Arsenal, “Nature Morte” won’t cost you a dime. You can visit on the special opening night celebration between 6 and 8pm.