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Island Time, Ian Lewandowski
Photography Ian Lewandowski

This art show aims to slow down time in New York

A new group show is trading reality for island time through a mixture of photography, ceramic and illustration

The authority on word definitions, Urban Dictionary, describes ‘island time’ as “The time vacuum created by the ocean's presence. Similar to stoner's time, everything moves nice and slow,” a type of pace you wouldn’t expect to find in a city as bustling as New York. But you will, as of tomorrow, as curator and photographer Morgan Maher’s exhibition Island Time kicks open its doors. “I wanted to create a show that took a step back to say ‘woah, reality hang ten for a second’,” she tells us. “The idea was sparked through the the fleetingness of extreme emotional and psychological highs and lows that can be experienced through such a short amount of time.”

Featuring works from Amanda McGowan, Grace Ahlbom, David Moses, Ian Lewandowski and Art Baby Gallery founder Grace Miceli, to name a very few, Maher says, “Visually, the island time concept is explored from intimate portraits to video work where at first glance it looks like a utopian desire yet as you look harder it reveals not everything is relaxed or pure.” Hosting a mixture of ceramics, digital art, photography and illustration, she adds, “The piece from Jimmy Tagliaferri is extremely fitting, he’s created a beautiful portrait of this girl printed on vinyl smooshed into a frame – making it look as if the girl is reacting to being squished. Caroline David’s piece takes a different approach. Her illustration examines struggles and hardships, but ultimately serves as a testament to the balance of love and life. A lot of the work is chaotic and crazy in the most beautiful way.”

Island Time launches in New York tomorrow, 3 September 2015, at Rabbit Hole Gallery, for more information and for the full list of artists exhibiting, click here