When: April 2-June 26 2016
Opening this Saturday, April 2, a group exhibition at Stowe’s West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park brings together gallery artists, local students and Syrian artists to broadly embrace the concept of flight. It features myriad interpretations of motion and migration, from new West Branch artist Michaela Harlow’s abstract, mark-filled landscapes to colorful, collage-like prints by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam. The latter is widely known for his 2013 “Freedom Graffiti,” in which he superimposed Gustav Klimt’s famous 1907 painting “The Kiss” over a Syrian building devastated by war. The show offers a contrast between the flight of birds (via avian imagery) and the “flight” of Syrians. The first is generalized as natural, beautiful and timeless; the other is perpetuated by highly specific acts of violence that are happening right now.