Rhythm Garden, Curated By Alan Prazniak

June 13 - July 19, 2019

From beyond history, at every turn towards civilization, gardens and art have intertwined. Edible roots and clay bowls mutated into hanging gardens and tapestries, and as they’ve become aestheticized existential questions arise.

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At the beginning, where do we start? At the end, what does it mean? And in the middle, what is it for, knowing the gardening will never end?

I’ve brought together nine artists who ask themselves these questions as they tend to their work intimately with depth of purpose. With odd mannerisms and a visible rigor, they unearth more questions than answers. However, the spaces they provide are contemplative, and their proud selfhood reminds us that a painter’s solitude can be welcoming, and that wandering thoughts are pleasant.

There are many types of gardener and it seems that each has an analog in painting; The composer, the collector, the farmer. The witch, the thief, and the monk.  I guess that makes me the curator, and, as Spring comes to an end, I’d like to invite you to my garden.


Hannah Cosac Naify, Chris Camperchioli, Pareesa Pourian, Naomi Nakazato, Steven Mayer, Sean Marley, Erika Hickle, S.E. Benezra, Clark Filio, Curated by Alan Prazniak

Alan Prazniak was born in 1985 and was raised on a horse farm in rural Pennsylvania.

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Alan Prazniak

The artist received a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MFA from Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Prazniak’s work has been shown at: Geary in New York City; Hesse Flatow in New York City; Kristen Lorello in New York City; and Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, Connecticut; among others. Prazniak has also shown work with Geary at Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach in 2021, NADA Miami in 2019, and Untitled San Francisco in 2019. Prazniak’s work has been covered in Artform, Forbes, Whitehot Magazine, Two Coats of Paint and Flaunt Magazine, among others. Prazniak lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.