Welcome to September. The summer came and went with its characteristic sense of urgency, rushing as it does each year toward the fall. This season felt different though; for many it represented a fresh breath of air and unbridled joy after a claustrophobic year spent trapped indoors, away from the spontaneous pleasures of the outside world. With the vaccine rolled out across the US, this summer was in many ways a celebration of everyday life experienced alongside friends and strangers. The beautiful moments felt more beautiful and even mundane tasks were laced with a little extra magic.
As we head into an uncharted autumn, we’re channeling the energy of these warmer months into a concentrated pursuit of purpose. Rather than strive toward a utopia or resign ourselves to dystopia, we’re craving the kind of balance that can only be achieved through patient focus and concerted effort. This is a time of ushering positive change steadily forward with care, consistency, and commitment to a better world for everyone. After a Dionysian summer, it will be through the pursuit of personal and societal progress that we will find renewed purpose.
Inspired by this cultural context, we’ve curated a collection of bold artworks that represent the momentum of the moment. The visuals play with a monochromatic palette, sharp lines, and amorphous figures, drawn together to create a constructive balance through the juxtaposition of forms and shades. The works hover between figurative and abstract, leaving enough room for each individual to find in the art a version of themselves, their world, their dreams for the future.
Art by Jocelyn Tsaih