The Congregation

curated by Joshua Abelow

Paula Brunner Abelow, Nicholas Buffon, Calvin Burton, Paul Feeley, Amy Feldman, Albert Mertz, Tessa Perutz, Michael Rey, Julia Rommel, Ruth Root, Andy Webber & Thornton Willis

September 8 – October 9, 2016

Albert Mertz
Untitled (framed landscape painting), 1979
Oil paint on found framed print
7 7/8 inches x 9 7/8 inches

Installation View, Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016
from left to right; Nicholas Buffon, Calvin Burton, Andy Webber

Installation View, Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016
from left to right; Amy Feldman, Nicholas Buffon, Paul Feeley

Julia Rommel
Radio, Books, Writers, Editors, 2016
Oil on linen
78.75 x 67.5 inches

Calvin Burton
relief (parapet), 2016
Oil on canvas
76 x 56 inches

Ruth Root at Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016

Ruth Root
Untitled, 2015
Fabric, plexiglas, enamel paint and spray paint
116 x 61 inches

Thornton Willis at Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016

Thornton Willis
The Congregation, 2012
Oil on canvas
70 x 52 inches

Installation View, Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016

Installation View, Jack Hanley Gallery, 2016

Michael Rey


Oil on plasticine clay on panel

81 x 42 inches

The Congregation

8 September - 9 October 


When religion, science and morality are shaken, the two last by the strong hand of Nietzsche, and when the outer supports threaten to fall, man turns his gaze from externals in on to himself. Literature, music and art are the first and most sensitive spheres in which this spiritual revolution makes itself felt. They reflect the dark picture of the present time and show the importance of what at first was only a little point of light noticed by few and for the great majority non-existent. Perhaps they even grow dark in their turn, but on the other hand they turn away from the soulless life of the present towards those substances and ideas which give free scope to the non-material strivings of the soul.

–Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning The Spiritual In Art (1910)