The quickest way to get from downtown Albany to Art Associates Gallery, the quirky frame shop with a dedicated gallery space on an otherwise unwelcoming industrial stretch of Railroad Avenue, is to take I-90 west. On a recent morning, a banner bearing the name of an organization the Anti-Defamation League calls anti-Semitic, racist and white supremacist hung from the overpass at the Loudonville/Arbor Hill exit. It had been removed by the time I made my way to see “Coming of Spring,” a collection work by six Chinese and Chinese-American artists at Art Associates that runs until Feb. 20.
There mere fact of the show’s existence is a rebuke to that banner and the grotesque sentiment behind it. Here are some artists who have created work, signed their names and have willingly submitted it for public criticism, come what may. It takes courage. On the other side there are those trying to anonymously intimidate a community during this fraught election season. The difference could not be clearer. On to the work.