Shannon Berry and Lisa Ferber
July 18-September 6, 2017
We live among strangers. In a city of millions, we are at once distant and yet intimate with strangers daily.We stand (uncomfortably) close to one another on crowded trains, we catch snippets of personal phone conversations on the street, we witness personal moments of sadness and joy expressed by passersby. We observe and participate in vignettes throughout the day as individuals who may feel lonely and connected simultaneously.
In “Everyday Strangers,” New York-based artists Shannon Berry and Lisa Ferber offer their observations on life in the city through their illustrations of figures interacting with one another and their environments.Though their approaches, styles and interpretations differ, both artists present scenes relatable in their visual recognition and emotional resonance. Comical, melancholic, whimsical and thoughtful — it is in entering these scenes that they invite us to consider how we enter the lives of one another, the strangers who are in fact our neighbors. Making room for such connections allows space to contemplate the levity and poignancy of our daily interactions.
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
Curated by Christina Young