Tuesday, September 11, 2007

GESTURE, By Manju Shandler

September 11th – October 6th The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center buildings shocked and disarmed the modern world. This act of hate resulted in the death of 2,752 people. 

This number is almost inconceivable. The painting installation Gesture gives a tangible allegory to the size of this loss by grouping together one brick-sized painting for every life taken on that day. When hung together as a single installation, the paintings form a grid of vibrant blocks of red, yellow, white, black and pink that subtly shift from color to color. On closer examination each painting bares its own mark, paying tribute to the uniqueness of each individual who perished on September 11th and the massive repercussions of this event on society as a whole. Gesture is a meditation on the many facets of life, death, the past, and the future that have been inextricably altered by that single day. Completed over a three-year period, the style and content of each piece spans the range of human emotion from horrific to uplifting, from dark to light.

Gesture is a tribute to those who perished in New York City on September 11, 2001, as seen through the eyes of one New York artist. 

Manju’s Mission:

To use GESTURE, a large scale, colorful art installation as a memorial to reach populations who were confronted and affected by the attacks of September 11th while encouraging the use of the GESTURE format as a model for other smaller scale social and community issues throughout the United States.

The Honfleur Gallery is located in Historic Anacostia between the 11th Street Bridge and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE , Washington , D.C.

1241 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington , D.C. 20020

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