"The idea is that all of the objects work together to be one piece," Cantwell said. "A multi-artist, multimedia exploration of work that only exists in relation with other works around it."
Artist Vlad Golubev, a student from the School of Visual Arts, created a series of paintings of veterans with war injuries, and transfered images of the original photos onto leaves.
Margot Bird, a Bushwick artist, painted awkward portraits of people she photographed on the street, then surrounded them with bulging eyeballs.
The idea for the exhibit came from Washington, D.C. artist James Coleman, who created a series of short, bronze statues of fertility goddesses. He was looking for a home for the work when the two curators came up with the idea for "Fleet."
"He kind of inspired the idea of this collection of people or things working together," Cantwell said. "We came up with the title, and then we started asking people for stuff."
"Fleet" opens May 3 with an opening party sponsored by Kingfisher beer at 7 p.m. It runs until May 16.