Piers Secunda’s exhibition at Thomas Jaeckel Gallery in New York was mentioned as one of the 9 editors’ picks on artnet news:
5. “Piers Secunda: ISIS Bullet Hole Paintings” at Thomas Jaeckel Gallery
During a 2015 trip to Iraq, Piers Secunda Secunda visited villages that had been liberated from ISIS. The artist made direct casts of the bullet holes and other physical damage left behind by gunfire in walls and other structures.
Back in the studio, he inserted these gaping wounds into friezes and sculptures based on ancient Greek and Assyrian art, creating, according to the gallery statement, “a body of works that succeeds as both a record of the ravages of time—aided in this case by much human brutality—and as a meditation on how fleeting and fragile even our greatest cultural achievements really are.”
Location: Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, 532 West 25th Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. or by appointment