Art In FLUX Harlem launches the next series of POP-UP exhibits
“SMALL” opens August 8th
followed by “BEDTIME CONFESSIONS”, “COLOR [Between The Lines]” and Creative Pop-Up Shops
New York, NY, August 1, 2012 ---- Art In FLUX Harlem is expanding it’s pop-up gallery concept at the Morellino Condominium which is owned and managed by GAIA Real Estate and located at 118th Street and 7th Avenue. FLUX and GAIA are working together to provide opportunity for artists by creatively utilizing a prime piece of Harlem real estate. In four retail spaces (each 800 square feet or more) at the Morellino you’ll soon see two Pop-Up Art Galleries, an Emerging Fashion Designer Pop-Up Shop and a Pop-Up Artisanal Food Shop. The Morellino takes up half a block on 7th Avenue and filling these spaces with artistic ventures benefits the community in a multitude of ways. The Pop-Up galleries and shops offer a way for emerging artists and creative professionals to test the market; to be seen by a large audience by presenting in a ground floor retail space; and to take advantage of the FLUX marketing and quickly-expanding audience. Additionally the community is welcomed into the space to enjoy and interact with the art, fulfilling Art In FLUX Harlem’s mission to bring art into the center of the community and make it part of our daily lives.
The re-launch of Art In FLUX Harlem after a short summer respite starts on August 8th with “SMALL” and features – just as the name implies – small artworks by 19 artists with the intent to introduce a large number of Harlem artists to the Art In FLUX audience and provide a fun and accessible exhibit in the summer months. “SMALL” was designed by Art in FLUX Harlem interns with some advisory help and was fueled by the concept that art should be accessible to all of us. Their initiative was to select an artistically diverse and talented group of artists from Harlem and invite them to present SMALL, fresh, and inventive work fitting for a small NYC apartment or a suitcase on its way back to Europe. The exhibit sheds light on the endless potential a seemingly small, local art community can have on the greater New York art scene. SMALL opens on August 8th with a fun reception featuring some impromptu and surprise musical guests and the following visual artists:
Ai Campbell, Al Johnson, Anya Roz, Bayeté Ross Smith, Beatrice Lebreton, Bidja, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Ibou Ndoye, James Rauchman, Jay Miriam, Mariano Cinat, Michele Brody, Montserrat Daubón, Noreen Dean Dresser, Norma Marquez Orozco, Phillipe Avignant, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Susan Stair and Tara Mhella
“SMALL” will be followed by “BEDTIME CONFESSIONS”, a provocative and irreverent view of nocturnal settings, an exhibition of sculpture by Harlem artist Leah Poller and Brazilian artist Carlos DeMedeiros opening on September 19. Bedtime Confessions offers an electrifying exhibition of human pathos and penitence. Poller and DeMedeiros have each uniquely captured the essence of the human drama: Demedeiros’ past life as a monk in South America portrays a cheeky kaleidoscope of color and image revealing the church and it's secrets viewed from the inside. Poller transforms the language of the bed into a 3 dimensional landscape of the imagination exploring all the mind's playfulness through aesthetics, politics, dreams, history and the social. Both artists meet in their use of the found object repurposed to jog the subconscious and reveal the multi-layered, complex nature of our human side.
A third show, “COLOR [between the lines]”, opens in October when Art In FLUX Harlem collaborates with a theater production company to introduce a gallery of visual artists presenting work in response to their upcoming production, Blacken the Bubble. Blacken the Bubble is a fast-paced affirmative action comedy examining a "post racial" America. It takes place at the headquarters of Firm Glass, the largest glass manufacturer on the East Coast, on the day they are forced to diversify their predominantly-White workplace. Blacken the Bubble producers will present community engagement events and discussions at the “COLOR [between the lines]” FLUX gallery to expand the discussion beyond the theater and examine how both visual and performing artists explore diversity, identity and affirmative action.
“SMALL” opening reception will be held on August 8, 6-9pm. Gallery Hours through October 31: Wed thru Sat: noon to 7pm and Sun: noon to 5pm.
“BEDTIME CONFESSIONS” opening reception will be held on September 19, 6-9pm. Gallery Hours through October 31: Wed thru Sat: noon to 7pm and Sun: noon to 5pm
“COLOR [between the lines]” opening reception will be held on October 3, 6-9pm. Gallery Hours through October 31: Wed thru Sat: noon to 7pm and Sun: noon to 5pm.
Emerging fashion designers and artisanal food creators interested in being part of one of the new Pop-Up shops can send a description of their line or product to and request an application. The Pop-Up opportunities for fashion and food are slated to launch in September. Visual artists can download an applicaton on line at www.artinfluxharlem.com
Paint by Ellen Hackl Fagan, 2011, acrylic, enamel, spray enamel, latex, 8’’x10’’x2’’. For the SMALL works show Ellen introduces artwork that is saturated in color and shows contrast in color and surface. Her work walks the balance between randomness and intention; and like jazz music reveals limitless possibilities for improvisation
Deguelouma: (listen to me) by Ibou Ndoye, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 9”x9”. In his work Ibou talks about the influence of digital devices on people (iPods, cellphones, digital games, etc.) and how they have changed peoples’ habits and behaviors as far as face to face communication is concerned.
Red Spiral Lines by Norma Marquez Orozco, 2010, translucent paper, 5”x5”. Norma uses movement as a way of exploring physical and emotional change. Her work has repetitive cutout shapes assembled randomly inside boxes or envelopes of translucent paper. The shapes shift over time or when the piece is moved creating a relationship between the piece, the environment and the viewer.
Poetic Queen by Jean-Michelet Compere aka Bidja, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 8 ¾”x19”. Bidja is an Haitian artist who emigrated to the USA in 2007. He states “I already knew about Harlem as that tremendous cultural place where art grows and influences the creativity of artists all around the world, specially African-Americans. That’s why I am very honored to be part of that great experience.”