The Art of Protest

  Casas a la Deriva  by Isidro Blasco

Casas a la Deriva by Isidro Blasco


Curated by Elizabeth Cooper

March 16th - April 29th, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday March 16th, 6-10 pm




Jonathan Allen  

John Baber  

Isidro Blasco     

Lizzie Bonaventura  

Nancy Bowen  

Nancy Chunn

Amanda Church  

Angela Dufresne  

Nicky Enright

Mary Frank  

Rachel Frank  

Rico Gatson

Jake Kahana

Joyce Kozloff  

Eileen Jeng Lynch’s “ Give Voice” Postcard Project   

Katherine Newbegin

Lorie Novak  

Ken Ragsdale  

Maritza Ranero  

Carol Saft  

Rudy Shepherd  

Sandra Mack Valencia


Arete Venue and Gallery is proud to present The Art of Protest, an exhibition that joins NYC artists together in a show of video, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture and protest signs. The Art of Protest investigates the different ways in which artists choose to express their opinions on social issues. It will also feature Eileen Jeng Lynch’s “Give Voice” Postcard Project which presents 40 artist-made postcards that attendees can send to their political representatives, and are also available for sale as a charitable donation to various causes.



Saturday, April 14th, 1pm - 4pm

Give Voice Postcard Project signing event hosted by Eileen Jeng Lynch

Friday, April 20th, 6pm - 9pm

Greenpoint Gallery Night, performance by Rudy Shepherd


Jake Kahana imagines Donald Trump as a classic cartoon villain and John Baber uses his considerable collage skills to skewer political foibles. Sandra Mack Valencia’s powerful portraits explore immigration with beauty and dignity. Jonathan Allen presents “Subway Interventions”, a series of underground poster interventions that reimagines advertisements as a political battleground. Rico Gatson contributes an image of the writer and cultural icon Amiri Baraka. Nicky Enright’s video, “I'm Migration”, presents the immigrant experience boldly while Nancy Bowen is represented by a powerful drawing showing how women’s history is often edited out of American history. Rudy Shepherd's intimate portraits focus on racial bias and the police violence that plagues America. Carol Saft’s short documentary videos explore community building and political action, sharing the screen with many voices while Lorie Novak’s project “Above The Fold” focuses on media coverage during “The First Hundred Days of Trump”.  

In Isidro Blasco’s work, global warming causes houses to float away in the East River. Ken Ragsdale investigates clear cutting and environmental damage while Rachel Frank examines environmental changes and animal extinction in her “Rewilding” project.

Carol Saft assembles a collection of the most recent protest signs created and fabricated by the artists of the We Make America Collective, some of whose members include Lizzie Bonaventura, Nancy Chunn, Angela Dufresne, Mary Frank, Joyce Kozloff, Julie Peppito, Linda Schrank, Rachel Selekman, and others.




Texture and Motion: the music and art of Tim Motzer

**EXTENDED viewing hours March 10th and 11th 11-5pm**


Texture and Motion is painter and musician Tim Motzer’s first gallery exhibition in New York. Motzer is widely known as an innovative guitarist, composer, and improviser who has toured internationally over the last 20 years, crafting a distinctive sonic niche through his musical artistry. Alongside his solo work, his music projects include Orion Tango, Instant Takemitsu (on his 1k Recordings label), and collaborations with David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Ursula Rucker, and King Britt among others. Through 2016-2018 Motzer worked with the improvisational trio Bandit65, featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis, touring in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Motzer's art is expressed with abstract aesthetics, reflecting a visual representation of his musical theory and performance. His works are heavily layered and give a textured illustration of the elements that his music demonstrates:

My goal is to express visually what I hear in my music. As I improvise with guitar—sonic texture, atmosphere, landscape, motion, harmonic color, and line all come together to form the whole. I recognize a similar direction in my painting—collisions, accidents, and densities of color, motion, decay, dream-like states, mystery, and space. I am exploring this approach within my paintings, as one medium reflects the other. Within both, I am searching the unknown for beauty, magic, and a sense of wonder.

I think my paintings have been influenced also by traveling the world a great deal... these works somehow take on a sense of place to me. Each piece, while connected to one another, contains a distinct cultural memory.  My music has this as well. It is inspired by where I am, the constant movement, the sights and sounds, and the presence of the people that I am near. With my painting, I work in solitude, and the work is improvised over a short time. I am sure subconscious memory, instinct, and emotion play a role in the immediateness of the process. I think through the blur of my life, all of these experiences bubble to the surface as a burst of expression.

For more information on Tim Motzer, visit his website at