An Exhibition by Artist Nancy Azara
Presented by The Forum @ St. Ann’s
Through Friday, April 3, 2015
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is presenting I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches, an installation of sculpture and mixed media by artist Nancy Azara. It opens on Ash Wednesday, February 18, at noon.
The exhibition is an offering of the visual art program of St. Ann’s, a part of The Forum @ St. Ann’s, which seeks to engage the community in conversation about the arts, ideas and civic life.
I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches, installed for the church season of Lent, comprises sculptures, banners and collages using a variety of materials, including branches, vines, carved wood, and mylar. According to Azara, she is motivated by the need to “touch a longing within us for a route to the divine.” Her use of wood suggests not only a spiritual connection to the tree as divine symbol, but also the fragility of such a relationship in the face of destructive forces. The works in this exhibition can provide opportunities for contemplative engagement for those who wish.
The show features a major new work entitled “I Am the Vine,” made especially for this exhibit, mounted on the columns within the historic Gothic Revival building. Consisting of 14 components, it is a metaphorical and meditative presentation of the Stations of the Cross. In reimagining the via dolorosa traced by Jesus to his crucifixion, Azara highlights what is “both beautiful and ugly, golden and silvery, damaged and broken.”
Azara lives and works in New York City and Woodstock, NY. Her work is featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, and America, and was most recently at Gallery Sensei, Pseudo Empire, and the Asya Geisberg Galleries in New York. In 2013, she exhibited at SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, and earlier was an artist in residence at Civitella Ranieri, Umbertide, Italy.
The exhibition will be on view at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church Tuesday through Thursday, 12 noon – 3:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, and by appointment by contacting the parish office at 718-875-6960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Francesco Capponi for Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2010
Image: “Reclining Hand,” sculpture by Nancy Azara. Wood fragment painted with aluminum paint.
Sunday, March 29
Join us at Early Church, 9:30 am, or Holy Eucharist, 11:15 am. Both services will begin with the blessing of the palms and include a procession with worshipers waving their fronds. The procession for the later service will begin at the door of the church and go around the block.
Sunday, March 29 - 2:00 pm
The Forum @ St. Ann’s is offering a poetry-reading called “A Branch Grows in Brooklyn,” inspired by the Nancy Azara art exhibit on display in the church. This event is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit literary organization and will feature six member poets who will read works reflecting on nature, life, death and the borough of Brooklyn.
Through Friday, April 3
Help us support the Shower Project of Turning Point, a Sunset Park nonprofit that provides services to a variety of people in need. You can participate by donating new, packaged underwear, men’s sizes Medium, Large and X-Large, and new warm socks, sizes 9-12, as well as travel size shampoo and deodorant. A donation box is located at the front entrance of the church.