While the title Two River refers to the Hudson and East River, which frame a tiny island of the coast of North America, it could just as easily refer to any other two rivers. For instance, the the Tigris and the Euphrates, the two rivers that carved out the Fertile Crescent, the proverbial “cradle of civilization.” The amount of art being shown and made on the banks of our two rivers is also, by any accounts, fertile and abundant. And while the Mesopotamians may get credit for inventing the wheel we surely get credit for super-sizing modern art in postwar America. The artists in this years show are a mix of early, mid, and seasoned career artists. They all have been engaged in pushing the boundaries of their respective disciplines. While playfulness and creativity were the only criteria for my choices, a story exists. Paint, light, wood, fabric, and plaster, used multiple ways, tell the story. The story is an invitation to looking and seeing. And while art can be slow to reveal itself our brains seemed wired for it. Perhaps even to crave it. It would be my hope that this show encourages everyone to take the time to explore art. Numerous opportunities exist offering one the chance to look at our culture through the eyes of its artists. Artists coalesce dreams and visions with a materiality that operates on multiple levels: functional, provoking, mesmerizing, ridiculous, maddening, humble, and heroic. Taken altogether it forms a golden thread of history. — Tamara Gonzales is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Gonzales received her AAS degree from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Selected group exhibitions include Derek Eller Gallery, NYC; Martos Gallery, NYC; The Dependent Art Fair with James Fuentes, NYC; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn; Regina Rex, Brooklyn; Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions with Norte Maar, Brooklyn; Shoot The Lobster, NY; and Sometimes (works of art), NYC.