Peter Hristoff and Marissa Leah in “The End is Also the Beginning”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Exhibitions, Faculty, VCS Alumni | No Comments


Throughout the month of November, faculty member Peter Hristoff and VCS alumna Marissa Leah will have work on display in the group exhibition “The End is Also the Beginning” at C.A.M. Gallery in Istanbul. The show also includes art by several other SVA alumni. Here’s some information from the show’s press release that Peter forwarded to me:

“From my rotting body flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.” Edvard Munch

An understanding that everything ends, that our time (at least on earth) is finite, is one of the cornerstones of our existence; it is something we are always vaguely conscious of, whether we like it or not. It makes us aware of the “span” of things, it makes us conscious of time. The artists in this exhibition address this basic understanding of human existence in their work and the always relevant “big picture”: birth, journey, death, renewal.

Images of endurance, flight, paths to no-where, brick walls and lists of names are but some of the symbology and subjects examined in “The End is Also the Beginning” — as is the precarious balance of hope and hopelessness. This exhibition connects to the current sense of despair, chaos and alienation that is globally pervasive, but also suggests that beauty, hope and possibility can co-exist with the afore-mentioned drama.

Participating Artists:

Michael Caudo
Mary Frank
Peter Hristoff
Élan Jurado
Marissa Leah
Cassandra Levine
Chris Retsina
Elif Uras

“The End is Also the Beginning” will be on display from November 1 to December 1, 2012. For more information, visit the C.A.M. Gallery website.

Visual & Critical Studies