ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens
Reflecting the heroic spirit of Teddy Roosevelt’s provocative “Man in the Arena” speech, ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens creates captivating spaces that celebrate the work of over one hundred emerging to internationally renowned artists who fearlessly express authenticity and integrity their work.
“It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens’ uniquely beautiful art and design venues feature contemporary art and sculpture, as well as finely-edited collections of furnishings, objects and curiosities dating from the 18th century to the present.
JD HANSEN, LINDA RIDD HERZOG, SANDY GRAVES, SIRI HOLLANDER, SHARON LOPER & SUZY RASKIN
“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” ― Helen Thompson
ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens invites you to celebrate Horse Play, a group exhibition featuring works by artists jd Hansen, Linda Ridd Herzog, Sandy Graves, Siri Hollander, Sharon Loper and Suzy Raskin. Worldwide, horses play an important role in many cultures and have done so for millennia. Join us as we celebrate the equine fascination that has inspired our sculptors and painters in Horse Play.
The ancient connection between horse and human is somatically wise and deeply intuitive. Horses have an extensive skill set adapted over time enabling them to interpret the body language of other creatures, including humans. Hansen’s work excavates the intricacies of this non-verbal communication in equine partnership through elongated figures and careful use of body language. Through steel and cement, Hollander uses texture and exaggerated proportions to create horses recalled from childhood that appear in motion. Taking a further leap into the surreal world of Herzog and Raskin, the imagery they represent is the unbridled passion and endless possibility of an equine dream state. Observing the fingerprints and mark making casted in bronze in Loper’s sculptures conveys how all living organisms share an intrinsic relationship, especially between artist and animal.
Join ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens as we celebrate our group showcase, Horse Play.