Burning in Water is a New York City art gallery and project space featuring an innovative curatorial program that highlights the work of living artists. Founded in 2015 by Barry Thomas Malin, the gallery also frequently collaborates with non-profit and community-based organizations in presenting its projects. Past non-profit partners have included Free Arts NYC, UHAI EASHRI as well as the Wild Bird Fund. The gallery's name is drawn from a volume of poetry published by Charles Bukowski in 1963.
VALERIE HEGARTY: American Berserk
6 October 2016 - 28 January 2017
"The show features a series of recent watercolor paintings and four groups of ceramic sculptures. The suite of watercolors suggests a fevered, hallucinatory vision of America examined through the prism of its visual artistic traditions. Hegarty's anarchic, revisionist take on American history as manifested in the nation's artistic legacy is further embodied in her fantastical ceramic works. The sculptures, which seem imported from a parallel universe, include watermelons that become animated, explode and then decay, sly depictions of George Washington as a series of topiaries, spectral clipper ships erected from bones and an assortment of "fruit face" personae that survey the surreal proceedings.”
4 August 2016 - 1 October 2016
"Marking Time in America features two comprehensive bodies of work that Krimes completed during a six-year period of incarceration for a non-violent drug offense: Purgatory and Apokaluptein. Krimes produced Purgatory, which includes 292 separate portraits rendered on prison-issued bars of soap, during his first year of incarceration prior to sentencing while being held in a maximum security 23-hr "lock-down" environment. Apokaluptein resulted from three years of sustained artistic labor, during which time Krimes produced a large-scale tapestry using 39 individual federal prison bedsheets."
16 April 2016 - 4 June 2016
a certain kind of Eden holds us thrall...
"Focussing on both the fragility and resiliency of the natural environment amidst the threats of global warming and pollution, a certain kind of Eden features works in diverse media by Matthew Brandt, Sam Falls, Valerie Hegarty, Kadar Brock, Christina Lei Rodriguez and Philip Taaffe."