The newest exhibit at the Eckert Art Gallery in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts center is open now through May 1. “Distant Neighbors: Artists from the Tiger Strikes Asteroid Network” is an exhibition curated by Heidi Leitzke to celebrate the idea that meaningful conversations and creative communities can thrive between artists, even at a distance.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of independently operated, artist-run exhibition spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Greenville, South Carolina. Their goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and create community through artist-initiated exhibitions, project, and curatorial opportunities. “Distant Neighbors” includes paintings by Carl Baratta, Mark Brosseau and Sun You, photographs by Yael Eban, collages by Holly Cahill and Kara Mshinda, sculptures by Alexis Granwell and Sun You, and a video by Rachel de Cuba.
“One of my goals with this exhibition is to highlight the Tiger Strikes Asteroid Network, which is a thriving community of artists,” says curator Leitzke. “Seeing this model may empower students to imagine ways to create their own opportunities, now, and after graduation.”
Leitzke explains her concept for this exhibit. “I hope that visitors will walk into the gallery and see eight distinct artists, and then look closer and find connections between colors, forms, and conceptual themes found in the work,” she shares. “For example, you can see both real and implied layers in these works, the artists employ a playful sense of color and experimental use of material. These visual connections become a sort of metaphor, alluding to conversations these artists might be having as they shape the future of the artist run galleries in their respective cities.”
The gallery is now open to visitors of the community. Those who wish to see the exhibit may make a timed reservation to visit the gallery here.