Love Is Not All

"Love Is Not All" features works by Meghan Boody, Patti Grabel, Ryan Michael Kelly, Jeff Muhs and Richard Pasquarelli.

“The artists selected for the exhibition are making works that to seem to, at their very core, explore the depths, limits and complexities of our relationship, both real and imagined, to ourselves, each other, and—for lack of a better word—love," writes curator Kelcey Edwards.

The title of the exhibition, Love Is Not All, is drawn from a poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and first-wave feminist Edna St. Vincent Millay in which Millay explains the inadequacy of love. Yet, despite all, the final lines of the poem seem to express her belief that, despite the limitations of love, she would not exchange it for a life without it.

While there is arguably no theme more ancient and intrinsic to human history than Love, questions around what constitutes appropriate expressions of romantic love and sexual desire continue to be debated at every level of our society—from art to politics. It is fascinating to note the differences between the gendered “gaze” felt around the representations of femininity in the exhibition: from Muhs’ girdled cement torsos and Kelly’s cinematic erotic photographs, to Grabel’s photographs of a spoon suggestively cradling a pearl, and Boody’s children—magical and savage looking characters, disconcertingly presented like wild, miniature elf-queens seated at a debaucherous feast.

The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, November 3rd from from 5 to 8 in the evening at 230 Bishops Lane in Southampton with artists in attendance. The venue is a luxury home generously provided by Devito and Company. This event will be free and open to the public and catering will be provided by Hamptons Farms. RSVP is required. Visit https://www.irongateeast.com/calendar and click on the link to RSVP or email info@irongateeast.com

The exhibition is open to the public on Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m., and by appointment.

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