The installation Promiseland by Kingston Gallery member Mira Cantor is a metaphor for hope. In creating this work, Cantor asked herself, “How do we do the right thing; how do we overcome the insidious brainwashing and lack of education that compromises our judgement? and how can you make a promise in the present for the future, when we have no idea what the future holds?” A New Yorker, Cantor grew up in the 1950s, in what she characterizes as “a culture of separation within a melting pot.”
The figures in the installation were created to stimulate integration reminding the viewers that we are all flesh, while the drawings reflect the contrast between being a viewer and being viewed. There is a gallery talk, framed as a conversation between Pam Allara and Mira Cantor, on December 1, 2018, at 2:00 pm.
Kingston Gallery member Judith Brassard Brown’s exhibition Dreams Within features paintings and an artist made book, which are responses to traumatic events from childhood and beyond. The work seeks to encourage viewers to join in the narrative through questioning and reprocessing the events in order to heal. The artist book, Dreams Within, is available at lulu.com and Amazon.com.