Drawing Covid: A Story, Two Years and Counting

Saturday, March 12, 2022 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Unison Arts
68 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-1559

Come celebrate the opening of “Drawing Covid: A Story, Two Years and Counting”, a collaborative installation of drawings archiving the Pandemic.

This exhibition is a time capsule of our shared collective trauma from March 2020 to March 2022. With more than 40-line drawings in Pen & Ink, Hudson Valley artist and SUNY art professor, Sean Nixon, has spent the past two years illustrating not only the ongoing saga of the pandemic but also some of the startling events that we witnessed during the stay at home: The Presidential Election, George Floyd, The Insurrection, The fight for abortion rights, and other historical moments.

Sean Nixon’s work aims to insert playfulness into the seriousness of life. Using simple drawings from an ironic perspective, he uses an economy of line to convey large ideas. Sometimes described as “New Yorker Cartoons without the need for captions,” Sean first started illustrating the world around him at age 19 when he began a series of illustrations of Manhattan Jazz musicians drawn on bar napkins.

This exhibition encourages audiences to collaborate with the artist by adding their own line drawings, doodles, poems, or stories from their experiences of the past 2-years. This added feature invites visitors to Unison to have an artistic, cathartic exhale!

In March of 2020, as a reaction to the sudden shift in the world’s prospects, Sean began furiously drawing. His first drawing in this series was of a blindfolded person attempting to move forward into the void of the unknown. See a limited edition of this piece and many more, meet the artist, get a copy of the book, mingle and add your artistic remembrance of these extraordinary times.