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
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text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
photography by: Vincent Zambrano