Picture This: Keep Your Ego in Check at SMV Gallery

Full Length Art by Qinza Najm
Full Length Art by Qinza Najm
Opening for Qinza Najm at SMV Gallery
Opening for Qinza Najm at SMV Gallery
Artist Qinza Najm
Artist Qinza Najm
Paintings by Qinza Najm
Paintings by Qinza Najm

Right smack dab in the heart of Midtown Manhattan tourist crazed Times Square is an art gallery at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin (located there for nearly 150 years). Church and art has gone beyond the stained glass masterpieces or the statues on the lavishly embellished altars. Last August 15ththat AF came to the opening of Pakistani-American artist, Qinza Najm for her solo exhibition “Ego vs. Empathy (Sublime Allegory)”. The dueling forces are resplendent in the paintings on display and also large-scale works fit seamlessly into the vast space. In the slowly deteriorating facades of Venetian architecture and obscured jagged slashes that wisp into ephemeral haze, Qinza Najm juxtaposed the two battling forces in a subtle and skilled manner. It was a celebratory night and this is church at its zenith. The faithful do come out and pay homage to art benevolently while the chaos of commercial tackiness occurs outside its hallowed halls. Both forces fuel the dynamic energy of this city. It is a battle in which both camps co-exist beautifully!

 

Qinza Najm: Ego Vs. Empathy (Sublime Allegory)

On View: August 2 – September 2, 2013

SMV Gallery Space

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin. 145 West 46th Street. NYC, NY 10036

 

For more information and appointments contact the following:

qinza.najm@gmail.com or Jose Vidal at: jvidal@gmail.com (347) 489-3922

text by: Oscar A. Laluyan

photography by: Vincent Zambrano

ening Reception for Qinza Najm at SMV Gallery
Opening Reception for Qinza Najm at SMV Gallery
Artists (L-R) Erick Sanchez & Qinza Najm
Artists (L-R) Erick Sanchez & Qinza Najm
A Leisurely Pursuit This Art Life at SMV Gallery
A Leisurely Pursuit This Art Life at SMV Gallery
(L-R) AF Publisher Jamie Martinez & Artist Qinza Najm
(L-R) AF Publisher Jamie Martinez & Artist Qinza Najm
Oscar Laluyan

Oscar Laluyan

Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier’s firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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