Far x Wide is pleased to present TIMEKEEPERS, featuring works by Polina Barskaya, Maria Calandra, Marina Cappelletto, Kerry Law, Graham Macbeth and Jeremy Miranda.

In Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli describes time as “internal to this world”; a phenomenon that we live within due to the makeup and limitations of our consciousness. For a long time physicists have believed that time is a shared illusion. While the framework upholding this illusion is formed by theories, the subjective nature of time is inextricable from lived experience.

The artists in Timekeepers offer diverse meditations on personal, cultural, and collective experiences of time. Maria Calandra’s graphite work on paper depicts a primordial space with cosmic and botanical forms that grow, thrive, die, and are reborn. Kerry Law’s cemetery works contain headstones leaning into each other in cozy groups. Unlike the lone monument, these markers are connected to one another in a way that might reference the dialogue between living artists and their formal ancestors. Polina Barskaya paints intimate moments from daily life and family photographs posed to mark significant occasions. Through her treatment of light and surface she collapses the distinction between daily rituals that are lived on repeat, and the staged events more often captured in family albums. Marina Cappelletto’s collages are informed by her childhood migration from Italy to the United States. These imaginary landscapes hover between night and day, rising and falling waters, and convey feelings of transience and temporal ambiguity. Jeremy Miranda’s Garage measures time in logs for a fire. In the background an unfinished painting leans against the wall, waiting. Graham Macbeth’s intimately scaled paintings of roads and trees contain a feeling of implied time. First the viewer is in the foreground, later they might wander off toward the horizon; or vice-versa. These paintings consider the desire to shape time through an imposed narrative but ultimately unfold into greater mysteries, which are further complicated by Macbeth’s decision to paint both physical and virtual environments.
Timekeepers is organized by Jessica Cannon, and marks second presentation from Far x Wide, an ongoing project featuring monthly selections of artworks to benefit social and environmental justice organizations. Any sales from this grouping will be split 50% to Added Value, a youth-led urban farming and food justice non-profit in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and 50% to the artist.