Polly Shindler


Polly Shindler "Retreat" | Events Calendar
Polly Shindler, Mantel, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 inches


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Ortega Y Gasset Projects | 363 Third Ave

Curated by Will Hutnick

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce Retreat, a solo exhibition by Polly Shindler, curated by Will Hutnick, that explores themes of isolation, identity and connection – both physical and psychological – through intimate portrayals of recognizable spaces. Retreat is Shindler’s first solo exhibition in New York and will be on view until August 27.

“You want your art to reflect something about you, whether it’s your desire, or maybe it’s your current situation. I came back to Connecticut and I was alone. I was forced to be alone, but I also felt like I had to be alone. Did I make this choice? Or did it happen to me? Am I alone in this room or am I alone in the world?

There were days when I didn’t see anyone and these works became fantasies. If I could design my home, these are elements of a place that I would like to hang out in. They’re peaceful…they’re retreats in both senses of the word: it’s like running away, but also finding a safe place, finding YOUR space. And some of it can be a little scary.

You feel so invisible when people don’t know where you are. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like if people don’t know where I am I don’t exist.”

Ortega y Gasset Projects will publish a catalog accompanying the exhibition with an essay by Adam Zucker.

For more information please contact Will Hutnick: whutnick@gmail.com

Polly Shindler (Hamden, CT) received her M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 2011 (Brooklyn, NY) and attended the Vermont Studio Center in 2013 (Johnson, VT). She completed a yearlong curatorial residency at Trestle Projects in 2015 (Brooklyn). Shindler was named one of “30 Artists to Watch in 2012” by NY Arts Magazine. Recent exhibitions include: Good Works Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY, NY), The Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis, MA), and The Neuberger Museum (Purchase, NY). She has an upcoming two-person exhibition at Spoonbill & Sugartown in Brooklyn in September.