Nature Loves Courage brings together ten emerging New York City artists who step boldly into the outside.  

The work interprets nature through the lens of the City and deals with the untamed natural world, constructed landscapes, and human interventions. Taking psychedelics proselytizer Terence McKenna’s famous adage as its title, the exhibition features artists who investigate the processes through which nature is manipulated and mediated — living in it, changing it, improving it, and fighting it. Through photography, sound, projection, painting, installations, and video, these ten artists highlight the ambiguity, and incredible beauty that arises when civilization imposes on nature — and when nature pushes back. 

Curated by Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle and Jeff Barnett-Winsby.

Produced in collaboration with the New York Professional Outreach Program of Art, special thanks to Amanda Tiller.

ARTISTS

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Holden Brown, Lisa Fairstein, Jeila Gueramian, Jeff Kurosaki + Tara Pelletier, Guillaume Légaré, Michelle Leftheris, Dana Levy, Clement Valla, Francesco Vizzini

The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a free annual celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more! Housed in the unique buildings and property of the Wassaic Project, the festival escapes the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances.

Guillaume Légaré is showing a ghost series shot in 2013 in the Canadian Rockies, on various sites such as abandoned mines and industrial sites. The pictures was meant to illustrate the loss of past cultures and artifacts. The memories attached to these sites are fading away, just leaving traces shown as a powerful but nonetheless playful ghost figure. The show is resonating as an echo from the past in the Wassaic mill, which used to be the beating heart of local agricultural activities in Wassaic. This installation is trigger a memory exercise and act as a tribute to the ancient occupants: the rocks installed on the chairs are a representation of the unsaid and illustrate poor communication and immobility.