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. 


Guy de Baere

Mija Jung

Lexi Axon

Hayley Ferber

Kelly Olshan

María Durán Sampedro

Exhibiting artists

Andrew Hockenberry

Markus Holtby

Lexi Axon

Erin Gleason

Mark Bouthilette

Mija Jung

Chellis Baird

Vincent Romaniello

María Durán Sampedro

Terry Rosenberg

Kristen Schiele

Linda Streicher

Guy de Baere

Claudia Renfro

Ellen Hackl Fagan

Deborah Winiarski

Kelly Olshan


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