Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a time of Uncertainty

What do Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937), Alfredo Jaar’s Rwanda Project (1994-98), Teresa Serrano’s Amapola (2017), and Yoko Ono’s Dream Together (2020) have in common? They individually focus on traumatic events such as, respectively, the bombing of a Spanish city, genocide in Rwanda, drug wars and femicide in a Mexican city that borders the USA, and the current Covid-19, global pandemic. Each work cited, of which there are many more in the history of art with similar themes, is characterized by a unique aesthetic that doesn’t diminish any of its content but rather impacts the viewer in direct or oblique ways. It can be, however, ostensibly problematic to ponder these works as art because of the very nature of their subject matter; and this is not unlike Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others (2003) and its thesis of art’s innate difficulty in addressing catastrophe to those who do not directly experience it.

 

Darkest Before Dawn: Art in a Time of Uncertainty is an exhibition of international artists that work in diverse media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, sound art and performance that explores a myriad of topical subject matter in a world of uncertainty. And similar to the exhibition’s title culled from the eponymous aphorism of a 17th century theologian, the exhibited artworks equally offer hope and, akin to an enlightening dawn, to break through one of the darkest moments we currently find ourselves in our collective, human history.

Image: Yigal Ozeri, Black Lives Matter (detail), Oil on Canvas, 2020

 

 

Artist List:

Aboudia Caron Tabb Hugh Hayden Lara Birgit Kamhi Raul De Lara
Ai Weiwei Chanika Svetvilas Isaac Aden Lev Bourliot Rachel Wren
Airan Kang Chi Ming Ivalyo Hristov Lionel Cruet Ricardo Ruiz
Ana Wang Chie Fueki Jackie Shatz Liu Xiaohui Robert Aitchison
Avelino Sala Christy Bencosme Jake Couri Liu Xiaodong Robert Brush
Aileen Bassis Chris D'Acunto James Donaldson Linda Suskind Rose Frisenda
Alan Richards Claire HarnEnz James Greco Linda Vigdor Rose Silberman-Gorn
Alejandro Avakian Colin Lyons Jae Won Jung Logan Benedict Rotem Reshef
Alejandro Dron Dahlia Elsayed Jay Goldberg Lorryn Moore Ry An
Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo Dalila Pasotti Jean Christophe Couet Louise Segev Ryoga Katsuma
Alexandr Razin David Buckingham jdx Lynnette Sauer Sami Elderazi
Alexis de Chaunac Davis Birks Jeanne Ciravolo Mandy Cano Villalobos Sandra Eula Lee
Alexis Duque Deshawn Dumas Jeannette Doyle Marcus Glitteris Sara Farrell Okamura
Alan Richards Diane Dwyer Jeannie Weissglass Margaret Roleke Sara Holt
Ali Shrago-Spechler Doi Kim Jeffrey Hargrave Maria Baker Sara Sun
Alison Cuomo Dominique Vitali Jeramy Turner Mariana Oushiro Sadie Bridges
Alx Orphant Eduardo Corral Jerry Chan Mariella Bisson Sari Tervaniemi
Ami Park Eirini Linardaki Jimmy Connelly Marina Reiter Scott Roberts
Andrea LaRose Elisabeth Ajtay Jim Peters Mark Augustine Sean P Gallagher
Andrew Keiper & Kei Ito Eliza Stamps Joan Lebold Cohen Martin Durazo & Kristin Bauer Shahram Entekhabi
Angela Santana Elizabeth Withstandley Johan Wahlstrom Matilda Forsberg Shane Morrissey
Ann Cofta Elizabeth Demaray Johanna Ryan Megan Nugroho & Harrison Bruhn Shanna Merola
Anna Friemoth Emil Alzamora John Lark Milo Sharon Draghi
Anna Poor Emily Barletta John Hampshire Mina Cheon Sherry Kerlin
Anne Spence Emma McCagg Jon Tsoi Michael Zelehoski Sheryl Renee Dobson
Anthony Sylva Enne Tesse Joshua Marsh Michele Colburn Shi Chong
Ilaria Ferraro Eric Doeringer Joseph Ayers Michelle Peters Sicheng Wang
Arlene Rush Erik Bergrin Juhee Kang Monsieur Zohore SeungTack Lim
Austin Stiegemeier Erin Hudak Kate Fauvell Michael Tarbi Stacy Arezou Mehrfar
Avery Cefre Ezra Wube Katherina Ganchak Mike Filan Stephen Morrison
b chehayeb Fanny Allie Kathline Carr Miguel Rodriguez Sepulveda Susan Hoffman Fishman
Basmat Levin Fabian Marcaccio Katina Bitsicas Naoto Nakagawa Sui Jianguo
Becky Brown Ferran Martin Katrina Slavik Nell Breyer Tadasuke Jinno
Ben DuVall Francis Ofshafskie Katya Kan Niki Kriese Tana Kellner
Benjamin Staker Gabriel Shuldiner Kim Faler Niho Kozuru Taylor Stewart
Bev Butkow Gan Yu Kirk Wang Natalie Tyler Tom Costa
Bianca Kann Gavin Benjamin Klaus Bauhaus Paul Ayihawu Tongji Philip Qian
Bridget Leslie Greg Haberny Kenneth Burris Paul Loughney Travis Childers
Brian McSherry Hannah Antalek Kyle Goen Paul Paiement Tian Hui
Buket Savci Hannah Morris Lance Johnson Paul Thomas William Santen
Bundith Phunsombatlert Heather Renee Russ Lang Ea Poppy DeltaDawn Uchenna Odukwe
Cai Shen Howard Skrill Lan Zhenghui Priscilla Marrero Yigal Ozeri
Carmella Gullo Hideyo Okamura Laura J. Stein Qin Feng Zhang Xiao Mao
Caroline Dranow   Lauren Vroegindewey Rachel Walker Zhang Yanzi
Caroline Blum   Lee Holin   Zhang Hongtu