June 21 - August 10, 2018
293 Tenth Ave
This exhibition, curated by Yvonne Force, brings together a select group of contemporary artists who explore the complexity and resonance of a long association between the natural world, sexuality and fertility, spiritual and mysticism.
Initially inspired by a suggested correction to the quotidian exclamation "Oh my God" to "Oh my Goddess!,” Force was taken aback by the suffix’s profound shift in meaning and connotation. From that spark, Force brings together artworks that are playfully engaged with both traditional and nontraditional deific archetypes: the mystic, the warrior, the sage. Loaded with surrealism, symbolism and humor, they also act to lend credence to the ongoing significance of figurative painting and sculpture. In bringing together several generations of women working internationally, Force's "Seed" simultaneously illustrates the continued vitality of contemporary studio practice today.
Image: Sanam Khatibi, Empire of the birds, 2017, Oil and pencil on canvas, 200 x 250 cm, 78 3/4 x 98 3/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen.