Urbanity exhibit provides thought-provoking analysis of city life | Arts & Culture
by Laurel Green in OPINION in collaboration with Jonathan Stoner
Urbanity, the UICA's current exhibit, displays a variety of pieces that discuss the themes that accompany urban settings.
To mark its 35th anniversary, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art's (UICA) current exhibit, Urbanity, examines the implications of living within a modern urban setting. Through pieces whose media range from traditional painting and photography to sculptures and installations, the exhibit discusses the effects of being constantly surrounded, either by other people or by the structures that form the city itself, and of having one's senses be constantly impacted by bustling and populated surroundings. The participating artists call on the observer to engage with a variety of perspectives regarding life within an urban setting.
While one piece contemplates the lack of personal space within the urban setting and what people would be willing to do to obtain even ten minutes to themselves while going about their daily activities, others examine the structures that comprise the city itself, and what occurs when the structures fall into disuse.
"What happens when a space that was active becomes inactive?" is how one of the participating...