Art In FLUX Harlem launches the next series of POP-UP exhibits
A third pop up gallery located on 7th avenue in Harlem
HARLEM, NY – Friday, October 12, 2012 – Art In Flux Harlem opens its third gallery space on October 19 with “Moody Hues” – an exhibit featuring work by Al Johnson, Juan Luna and Linus Coraggio. These three artists draw from very different backgrounds and co-designed a space that has a spiritual, organic lived-in feeling. Johnson, Luna and Coraggio have a desire to show us how art can transform our existence by altering the mood of the space that we inhabit. The collaborative effort highlights the work of each artist in the context of interior living with art of abstract pretenses and raw creation. The exhibition theoretically places a lens on art as a fixture of the home and a primary aspect of beauty within interior spaces. The collection challenges the idea of fine art being confined to that of the gallery by creating a medium where personal space begins to integrate with that of an artist's creative thesis.
Moody Hues opens on Friday evening, October 19 at 6pm. This third pop-up art gallery space is adjacent to Art In FLUX Harlem’s first two gallery spaces, which will also be open on the evening of the 19th. ART SPEAKS! and Bedtime Confessions in gallery 1 and 2 run through October 26 when they close to make room for a new exhibit encompassing both spaces.
Juan Luna's abstract pieces merge with the industrial architectural structure of Corragio while Al Johnson's work creates an equilibrium that in turn builds an atmosphere synonymous with that of the art collector and interior designer. The fine line between commercialism and artistry is the platform in which each artist met -- satisfying their own desire to create while fulfilling the consumer’s need for spiritual artistic influence. “My desire to see the deeper meaning beneath the superficial extends to every thing I create” comments Al Johnson. “I seek to bring out and express my impression of each subject I paint, especially in my portrait work. Painting for me is essential - like breathing, I have to do it.”
Various mediums, and ideas cohesively orchestrate a melody of art as a multi-faceted tool not only measured by the impact of change, but the sublime, beauty in its purest form. Moody Hues encompasses the concept of art as a primary source of beauty and a companion worthy of interior residency. The motif of art is portrayed to be an absolute expression of what the artist or the social consensus deems aesthetically pleasing. Art as individualistic as it stands in the realm of appreciation, must adhere to that of social need and commodity. Luna’s years of experience as an interior and furniture designer have influenced his creations such that each possesses a balanced combination of color and texture that can anchor any space and bring it to life. “I am a thinker, fascinated with nature” states Luna. “I currently have a particular fascination with the interplay of water droplets as they hit a smooth surface and I tried to capture this in my most recent work.”
Linus Coraggio obscures the fine line between furniture and sculpture by making artistic sculptured, functional art pieces. “I began sculpting intricate cardboard and wood sculptures at age 8 and designed and built my first piece of furniture at 12” remarks Linus. “My pieces are mostly formed from found objects. I see beauty in each piece of metal I touch.” Johnson, Luna and Coraggio utilize different hues and pigments to evoke a feeling from the audience. The copious reds and rough-hewn metals shine through evoking passion and strength while the strokes of blues and browns speak to our sensitivity and kindness. Together, these three artists carefully construct an ambiance that ignites our subconscious and brings our intuition to the forefront.
Friday, October 19, 2012
October 3 - November 30, 2012
Art In FLUX Harlem
1961 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, New York 10026