Jesse Bercowetz               Paul Brainard                David B. Frye                  Ben Godward               Luisa Kazanas                 Gwendolyn Skaggs                Jacqueline Skaggs      Chris Uphues                Doug Young
Alcove was founded by artist Gwendolyn Skaggs, founder of SUGAR

an exhibition of w...
By Gwendolyn Skaggs

Indianapolis, IN Midland Art Center
May 1, 2009 to June 13, 2009

Opening Reception: May 1, 2009 6-9pm
Midland Art Center
907 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Monday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday - noon to 5 p.m.

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Gwendolyn Skaggs 917-443-1986 New York, NY 09.04.09 - 10.08.09

mission statement

Doug Young (IL)

left: Mission Control 48" x 96" wool rug, 2005

right: Nuclear Launch Center, 2008
wood, plastic, paint

Mine is a story similar to the thousands, and thousands, and thousands who came before me. And there will be thousands, and thousands, and thousands after me.  Growing up in Chicago I knew what I wanted to do with my life from an early age, and as I grew older the semblance of New York was all to clear.  Where else would you go?  I worked my way through high school and college as a janitor, moving to Brooklyn straight out of college in 1995.           
New York is unique in the fact that it is one of the few places which offers such excess in emotion, fortune, and misery.  One of the first things I noticed after moving here was how people would refer to New York not in the same context of other American cities, but as an entity, a being, a welcomed/unwelcome participant in their lives.  As if the city was capable of making decisions, granting wishes, or destroying hard won creations. 
Living here I have had my share of humiliating jobs, uncaring girlfriends, and frantic plans to pay the rent.  On the opposite side I have found acceptance, love, and a belief in oneself.  The movies chose to capture the city in one of two ways.   First the apocalyptical, chaos roaming through the streets of Escape From New York, The Warriors, and Fort Apache the Bronx. On a literal sunnier side we are given the beautiful spring day when life is a new and we cherish the moment when Harry Met Sally.
No other city is portrayed in such black and white gestures.  New York is a romantic landscape.  How you want to capture that landscape is up to you, and you alone.