Sweet art: Williamsburg art exhibit explores romance

Art attack: This figure and mural make up the piece “Campout Component,” by Andrew Allison, part of the “Romantic Comedy” exhibit now showing in Williamsburg.
Photo by Meg Capone

It’s art with a big heart!

An enormous art exhibit in Williamsburg features a many-splendored collection of sculptures, paintings, photos, and less definable art pieces, each trying to express the confusing and multi-faceted experience of love. “A Romantic Comedy,” on display through March 31, features more than 50 works of art from 28 local and international artists. The show’s co-curator said that the widely varying pieces fit together as though they were meant to be. 

“I’ve been drawn towards community energy,” said Steven Pestana, who organized the exhibit with Sophia Sobers. “We both wanted to use the platform of an art exhibition to help generate that sense of togetherness.” 

The exhibit, located on the ground floor of a waterfront office tower, features several sprawling pieces of installment art. The generous scale gives each artist a rare chance to tell a complete story of romance in the modern age, said Pestana.

“We think this show is a way to give these artists a lot of space to spread their wings at a scale well beyond the square footage generally encountered among emerging art galleries or in art fairs,” he said.

Living large: This painting by Andrew Woolbright, now on display as part of the “A Romantic Comedy” exhibit, is seven feet high and about 15 feet wide.

The exhibit is hosted by Wallplay, a company that operates pop-ups in vacant retail spaces.

The show opened two weeks ago, and nearly 1,000 visitors have already passed through the doors, said the curators, who urged fans of new art to stop by while they can.

“Visitors should stop by to see some of the most unique emerging artists at work right now, all in one place, in a setting that allows the artwork to make a coherent statement,” said Pestana. 

“A Romantic Comedy” at 25 Kent [25 Kent Avenue between N. 12th and N. 13th streets in Williamsburg, twentyfivekent.com]. Open Wed—Sun, 11 am—7 pm, through March 31. Free.