Review: Pilgrimage and How to Close a Tulip at TURN Gallery

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October 26 – December 10, 2022

TURN Gallery
32 East 68th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10065
Telephone: (917)-773-8263

By Stephen Wozniak, November 2022

Two new, distinguished exhibitions, Pilgrimage and How to Close a Tulip, are now on view at TURN Gallery in New York City.

Mary Corman’s solo exhibition, Pilgrimage, features a collection of elegant muted paintings that seem to be about a forgotten history and the passage of people who once occupied ancient spaces, but also the timeless viewer experience of looking, walking, and – perhaps most importantly – resting for a moment in their otherwise harried contemporary lives.

Artist Farshad Farzankia’s solo exhibition, How to Close a Tulip, presents paintings and drawings of vibrant faces, wide-open eyes, flowers and fowl – front and center for us to see. The tulip harkens back to its ancient Persian use in folklore, which represented martyred love and is purported to have bloomed from the blood of fated lovers, Farhad and Shirin, in a tale similar to Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet. Born immediately after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Farzankia now lives in the time of the current Iranian Revolution, a critical mass of resistance from prevalent gender apartheid, which is addressed in his works here.

Stephen Wozniak

Stephen Wozniak is a professional fine artist, writer, and motion picture and television actor based in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended Johns Hopkins University. To learn more go to: and Follow Stephen on Instagram at @stephenwozniakart.