Standard Space is pleased to present ‘Mad To Live,’ an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Purdy Eaton.
Purdy Eaton’s background in biology and epidemiology inform her investigation into humans’ interaction with the natural world. While Jack Kerouac used ‘mad to live’ to describe the only kind of person that interested him, it also applies to many of the animals she depicts. Masses of pigeons; a solitary bear; alert, fleeing rabbits are all depicted in detail and juxtaposed against colorful, abstracted landscapes. They look back at the viewer with inscrutable gazes; they might be unimpressed, or wary, or a portent of something more ominous. Snippets of partially-obscured text prompt the viewer to look deeper and add to the surreal nature of her work.
Purdy Eaton was born in Lafayette, Indiana and lives and works in New York City and Sharon, CT. She earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, an M.P.H. from Yale University, and a B.S. from Indiana University. She is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery (NY) and has shown at Heike Moras Art (London), Institute for Sustainable Cities (CUNY), Hudson Valley MOCA (Peekskill, NY), and many more. She received an Artist’s Grant, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson and Green People’s Choice Award, City University of New York, and her work is included in the collection of 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.
Standard Space showcases artists from the city and “upstate,” as well as to help the area develop as a cultural and artistic destination, where working artists can come to gain perspective on their pursuits, take inspiration from the creative community and the picturesque surroundings, and create and show new work in a welcoming and energizing environment. Mad to Live runs from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 25.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 3, 5:30 – 8 pm
Standard Space Gallery
147 Main Street