Art In FLUX Harlem launches the next series of POP-UP exhibits
The works in this exhibit celebrate those who are empowered to embrace their strength and those who are still searching for a way to be free of harassment and abuse.
STREET is the second exhibition in a series of pop-up art galleries produced by Art in Flux Harlem. Curated by Erin Goldberger, the exhibition explores what individuals face on the street each day and how we can be vulnerable, exposed, or targeted. Through photography, painting, sculpture, and written word, STREET portrays the seen and unseen that occurs on the streets on a daily basis. Eileen Burgess, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Matt Siffert, Bayeté Ross Smith, Jonathan Elliott, Jay Miriam, and Edward Hillel capture or create people in vulnerable states and illuminate an unknown world. Simple pleasures, daily tasks, or inalienable rights like eating, working, and playing can result in the possibility of being attacked, physically harmed or emotionally abused. The works in this exhibit celebrate those who are empowered to embrace their strength, and those who are still searching for a way to be free of harassment and abuse.
Art In FLUX Harlem inhabits empty retail spaces short term and fills them with art with the intent to engage the community in artistic and social dialogue. Spaces are selected based on their location and doors are open on a daily basis welcoming all members of the community to celebrate the work of Harlem artists. Art In FLUX Harlem creates an opportunity for artists to be seen by collectors in their own community – where they live and create – in a community that can be very impactful on an artist’s work. The current exhibit opens up a dialogue about society, community and the roles we play on the STREET.
The artists exhibiting in STREET present portraits or a variation on portraiture. They explore individuals in various states of exposure or defense and analyze the protective armor we wear on the STREET. Ruben Natal-San Miguel captures portraits of people on the STREETS of Harlem living their everyday lives, opening themselves up to vulnerability and showing their pride. Matt Siffert, intrigued by photography's powerful ability to tell stories and illuminate parts of the world unknown, highlights how citizens of Cuba spend their time enjoying their own politically spurred streets. Edward Hillel presents his Neck series that put focuses on a highly vulnerable part of our anatomy. Edward is a self-taught artist and community organizer who practices a form of gesammtkunstwerk, a total engagement with the world he inhabits. Jay Miriam and Eileen Burgess, both working in oil, present individuals participating in the world or street in a more observant role. Bayeté Ross Smith presents a series of empowered women boxers along with a series of target photos that show us the unexpected defenders and defenseless. Jonathan Elliott exhibits a life-like marble hoodie, which, off of the body, gives us a better understanding about what one type of clothing can mean in the STREET.
Gallery Hours: June 1 to 28, Tues-Sat, Noon to 7pm and Sun, Noon to 5pm
Location: 1961 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd @ 118th Street, HARLEM, NYC
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By Bayete Ross Smith
By Matt Siffert