Gardens on Orchard

July 12 - August 12, 2017

Reception: July 12th 6-8pm

Gardens on Orchard

Foley Gallery is pleased to join neighboring galleries on Orchard Street for “Gardens on Orchard”, a group exhibition featuring works by Andrew Millner and Martin Klimas.

Historic Orchard Street, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is rich with history. Once a literal Orchard belonging to James De Lancey, the street was a lavish garden during the Revolutionary War. By the mid 1800’s, the property was divided up into immigrant housing. As settlers relocated to New York City, new businesses opened their doors and remained for many years. “Gardens on Orchard” captures the spirit of those who took risks and focused their energy into making something out of nothing.

Through pure experimentation, detailed line drawings or carefully executed explosions, the artists featured in “Gardens on Orchard” use botanical elements in their work. Martin Klimas experiments with the simultaneous state of motion and stillness in his exploding flowers series. The photographs explore the relationship between time, beauty and destruction. In Klimas' flowers (vases) series, a spring-fired projectile shatters the vase, showing the transformation of a solid object into one that is in between, a temporary sculpture that comes together for a moment, creating a comforting notion that something beautiful can be created out of chaos. 

Andrew Millner investigates the relationship between art and nature – the natural and the made.  By using heavy acrylic medium over digitally illustrated line drawings, Millner traces bouquets of flowers that cross his path, marking time and emotion. The work moves back and forth between the mechanical/general to the hand made and the specific. The titles of the work are taken from specific occasions. The viewer is left with a memory of a bouquet that was once whole, but eventually weathered away.

Galleries participating in Gardens on Orchard are Foley Gallery, Lesley Heller, Shin Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Muriel Guépin and Pablo’s Birthday. All galleries will have receptions on Wednesday, July 12, 6-8pm.

Gardens on Orchard will remain on view through August 12th, 2017. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 6pm, Sunday 12:00 - 6pm. We will be closed Sundays in July. To request images; please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or