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Group show highlights 'Texting' at West Midtown gallery

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The Fountain Gallery in West Midtown is presenting the group exhibition Texting curated by Suzanne Murphy. The show offers more than 30 works including drawings, paintings, and mixed media installations that all integrate the use of text in one way or another.

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One of the most significant works featured is an oil pastel illustration of the late and great Nelson Mandela where his famous quote “It always seems impossible until it is done” is seen at the top. Another highlight of the show is a quirky installation by Davida Adejouma known as Theater of the Absurd where the artist presents a small, open box decorated with an arm and a leg on either side and various knick knacks on the inside depicting what one might see in a circus (i.e. a clown, a gorilla riding an elephant, etc.).

Other notable works in the show are an oil painting by Brenda Faye Collie titled Beautiful Leaf that features poetic text on a white strip of paper that reads “Beautiful leaf on the ground. Silently dying when no one is around.” Susan Baus’ drawing titled Weight of the World depicting a nude woman curled up on the ground with a literal image of the world pressing down upon her with the word “Depression” and on the ground words representing stressful world issues such as “poverty” “homelessness” or “torture” can be seen.

At The Fountain Gallery, 702 Ninth Ave. (at 48th St.) through Feb. 26. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1—5 p.m. There will be an opening reception at the gallery Jan. 9th from 6—8 p.m.