Polly Shindler: Retreat

Polly Shindler: Retreat
curated by Will Hutnick

July 29 - August 27, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, July 29, 6-9 pm

Closing reception: Sunday, August 27, 2-5 pm

Please join us on Sunday, August 27th, from 2 - 5pm for the closing reception of Polly Shindler's solo exhibition Retreat curated by Will Hutnick, and Cary Hulbert's site-specific installation The Prophet in The Skirt.

Mimosas and light refreshments will be served, and Polly Shindler will be there to SIGN and DRAW in your limited-edition exhibition catalog! Catalogs are available in person for $20 and feature a statement by Polly, an essay by Adam Zucker, a studio visit conversation with Polly, Adam and Will, plus exhibition images. RSVP via Facebook.

Thanks to Art F City for featuring Retreat as one of the Must See Events This Week 


Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to announce Retreat, a solo exhibition by Polly Shindler 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.

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.  

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.

Polly Shindler: Retreat, Catalog 

Ortega y Gasset Projects has published a catalog accompanying
the exhibition with an essay by Adam Zucker. Buy Now.

For more info on the exhibition or the catalog please contact
Will Hutnick at whutnick@gmail.com