BRONX NOW, on view June 29 to August 10, 2018, is an exhibition that explores the community of Bronx-based artists creating remarkable work outside of traditional spheres. Curated by Laura N James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative, BRONX NOW seeks to expand interest in Bronx artists.
In my newest installation, “The Cavalry", painted carousel horses emerge from the ground at odd angles, as if rising from the past. An homage to Starlight Park’s history as a fairground, the playful form of the horses evokes an idyllic past and points to a hopeful future for the park and its surrounding community. At the same time, they carry a darker message, an allusion to the brutalities of war that signaled the close of the park in the early 20th century: a visual reference to the famous scene from Curzio Malaparte’s fictionalized memoir, Kaputt, in which a stable of military horses, fleeing a fire in the woods of Russia, plunge into a nearby lake to escape the flames. The impact of so many startled bodies causes the lake to flash-freeze in an instant, trapping the horses in motion, locked the panic and horror of their final moments.
Please join me for the opening of my latest installation, "One Nation" at the Lillstreet Rooftop Gallery in Chicago on Friday June 1, 6-8pm. "One Nation" is a series of four black and white flags that seek to refresh our notions of national identity. The first pole holds a monochrome version of the American flag that is traditionally used to honor fallen police and military officers, a reminder of the critical role these individuals play in safeguarding our country. The remaining banners display the stripes alone; divorced from the familiar stars, the stripes become an echo of the historical prison uniform, a symbol of all those incarcerated in the criminal justice system – and a reminder that these citizens, too, are built into the fabric of our country.
What Is & What If, the 14th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition features the 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients. The exhibition is curated by Chelsea Markowitz, Curator of Exhibitions at Main Line Art Center, and features 2018 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art recipients James B. Abbott (Photography | Ardmore, PA), Gregory Brellochs (Drawing | Philadelphia, PA), and Samantha Holmes(Mosaic, Sculpture & Installation | Bronx, New York). Through photography, drawing, and sculpture these artists investigate human perception, interpretation, and conceptual forces, challenging us to examine our environments and the world around us. By means of creative exploration, these artists analyze historical contexts to create new innovative landscapes, leaving us to question what is and what could be.
Artist Talk & Gallery Tour: Friday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | Reception: 6:30-8:00 pm. FREE & open to the public.
Please join me next Saturday, May 19, 12-5pm for the first annual South Bronx Open Studios. From Mott Haven to Port Morris, artists will be opening their studios in this growing vibrant artist community. More information about participating artists at www.dontcallitsobro.com. I'll have my studio open 12-5 and would love to share what I've been working on.
The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte 115th Street branch will host the exhibition Infinite Archive: NYPL. This exhibition introduces a diverse group of 30 artists, each responding to a book, poem, periodical or other archival material from The New York Public Library’s vast collection. Artworks included span across a wide spectrum of media ranging from paintings, printmaking, photography, assemblage and sculpture.
The Cluster Gallery is pleased to announce “Work on Paper”, a group exhibition juried and curated by Muriel Guepin. Featuring works by Christina J Massey, Jee hyun Hwang, Kit Warren, Minako Imamura, Samantha Holmes, Scott Nelson Foster, Sung Won Yun.
The exhibition will open on March 2nd, and on view through March 30th, 2018, with an opening for the public on Friday, March 2, from 7 to 9 pm at The Cluster Gallery / Brooklyn Art Cluster.