The Center Cannot Hold

12 Feb 2020 – 7 Mar 2020

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Equity Gallery

New York
New York, United States


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"The Center Cannot Hold" is a collaboration from 6 curators featuring the work of 17 emerging and established artists working in drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media.


Fields of diffuse color and stains appear as proxies for escape or reprieve while geometric abstraction signals a sense of order and structure. These formal strategies trigger associations to the urban landscape as a site fraught with contradictory forces; no blueprints, no site inspections.

The artists in this exhibition depart from the laws of spatial logic, creating works that upend physical and metaphysical conventions. Using diaphanous layers to construct impossible spaces, investigating spatial relationships, the artists make the intangible habitable. The Center Cannot Hold is a meditation on the perpetual sense of expansion and contraction that comprises urban experience. 

The pressure of city living, the cacophony and discordant textures that comprise our day-to-day are brought into relation with one another to reflect the richness and tensions present in this environment. Expanses of negative space, nebulous forms and dream-like sequences carry one to another place, beyond the steely confines of the metropolis. As we yearn for spaces of respite, for moments of quiet contemplation, these works allude to the dichotomies between atmosphere and structure: the artists here give form to inner abstractness. 


Mija Jung

Lexi Axon

María Durán Sampedro

Kelly Olshan

Guy de Baere

Hayley Ferber

Exhibiting artists

Mark Bouthilette

Ellen Hackl Fagan

Kristen Schiele

María Durán Sampedro

Claudia Renfro

Deborah Winiarski

Mija Jung

Linda Streicher

Markus Holtby

Andrew Hockenberry

Chellis Baird

Terry Rosenberg

Vincent Romaniello

Erin Gleason

Lexi Axon

Guy de Baere

Kelly Olshan


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