A painting by faculty member Ann Pibal has been selected for the Perverted by Theatre art exhibition, a collection of visual and mixed media art on display at Apexart in Lower Manhattan through December 6.
Pibal was one of 26 artists whose work was chosen for its "theatricality," and installed in "an environment molded by theatre... in order to reexamine the triangulation of visual art, performance, and theatre," said curators Franklin Evans and Paul David Young.
The exhibition challenges art critic Michael Fried's assertion that visual art is corrupted by theatre, featuring work that "deliberately employs plot, character development, identity, conflict, destruction, and the overcoming of obstacles," according to a Flavorpill review.
The curators explain how Pibal's painting Drifter fits into the greater narrative expressed by the specific arrangement of art:
"The narrowing possibilities that flow from [the protagonist's] decisions and actions are abstractly represented in the ineluctable and singular opening of Ann Pibal's Drifter, whose title may also evoke the plot arc of the stranger who arrives and causes the action to be set in motion, only to move on in the end, leaving behind a world altered by her intrusion."
Pibal, a faculty member since 1998, has exhibited her paintings and drawings at many esteemed museums and galleries in cities around the world. She has been awarded artist residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, UCROSS, and Le Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and has been a recipient of a NYFA fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner award, and a Saltonstall Foundation Grant. In May 2008, her work was featured in a solo exhibition at Max Protetch Gallery in New York.
Read The New York Sun review of Pibal's Max Protetch exhibition.
Read The New York Times review of Perverted by Theatre.