Exhausted by our nation’s political noise, Zwart unveils a sculpture that represents what’s possible when people stop shouting and start listening.
At the center of Zwart’s show is a five-foot-high bundle of sticks painted blue and red, representing the colors of the Democratic and Republican parties. Surrounding the piece are broken blue and red sticks scattered on the gallery floor.
Zwart drew inspiration for her work from Aesop’s fable “The Bundle of Sticks.” In the tale, an old man challenges his quarreling sons to take turns trying to break a collection of sticks bound together with twine. After each fails, the father presents each son with a single stick, which they break easily, demonstrating an important moral: As sticks are stronger when bundled together, and weaker on their own, so are we.
Opening and First Friday Reception: September 6, 6-9pm
Exhibition on View August 28 – September 29, 2019
Gallery Hours: Weds-Sun, 12-6 pm