Art In FLUX Harlem launches the next series of POP-UP exhibits
URBAN ENVIRONMENT PROJECT
This project explores the impact the urban environment has on an artist and how their work reflects the spirit and vitality of the community.
An art exhibition opening May 2nd celebrating seven artists from around the globe who live and work in Harlem. Opening night at the Art In FLUX Harlem gallery at 118th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd also features Harlem performing artists, the Masters of Mambo with guest poet, Maria Aponte. A tasting will be offered by The 5 and Diamond Restaurant of Harlem.
URBAN ENVIRONMENT PROJECT is the first in a series of pop-up art galleries in Harlem produced by Art In FLUX Harlem presenting the art works of seven international artists: Montserrat Daubon, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Hiroshi Jashiki, Leslie Powell, Anya Roz, Tafa, and Pedro Villalta. Curated by Mariano Cinat, the exhibition explores how these seven exceptional artists use painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media to express their visions of this dynamic neighborhood. This project explores the impact the urban environment has on an artist and how their work reflects the spirit and vitality of the community. It also explores how their individual backgrounds and cultural influences impact their perceptions of Harlem and New York City. The visual voices of the participating artists are incited by the city’s energy, attitude, and visceral qualities which they translate into color, texture, movement and story.
Anya’s work is an example of the dialogue between the artist, the environment (Harlem) and the viewer. Her work is a fusion of many sources of inspiration; her heritage, portraiture from the Northern European Renaissance, and early studio photography, as well as various interpretations of eclectic subjects such as eastern iconography, Russian constructivism, tribal traditions of Africa and Oceania, and contemporary street art. As Anya says, “Visual and historical re-contextualization plays a crucial role in most of [her] work that traverses and amalgamates disparate media and time periods.”
Ellen and Hiroshi both use random colors and intentional elements that add a different texture to the show. Ellen describes her work as “walking the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music – and like the urban landscape it continues to reveal limitless possibilities for improvisation. Echoing life’s chaotic beauty, my work embraces my recent obsessions: pop music, complexity theory, Jungian psychology, Eastern philosophy, minimalism and decorative art.” Hiroshi draws from both a Japanese/Okinawan traditional textile and a modern fine art background. Eastern/Western, traditional/modern, fine art/commercial design, hand-work/high-tech are all elements Hiroshi brings in harmony to his urban experience.
Tafa, Montserrat, and Leslie present their visions of urban America in disparate ways. Tafa’s statement, “My paintings are my drum song, my dance of the soul,” reflects his play with color and abstract images. Montserrat presents a full-figure, Connie, in cast plaster presenting us with a character looking out at Harlem. While when we look at Leslie’s work we see the reaction of the person in the image to their surroundings.
Art in FLUX Harlem is proud to present the work of these seven skilled and imaginative artists during the month of May. We invite you to visit the opening reception through May 24 to view their work. There, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Harlem through the eyes and perception of these exceptional artists.
Opening reception: May 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: May 3 to 24, Tues-Sat, Noon to 7pm and upon appointment
Location: 1961 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd @ 118th Street, HARLEM, NYC
For more Info or to RSVP: 646-340-3479 / firstname.lastname@example.org
About Art In FLUX Harlem:
Art In FLUX Harlem is a series of pop-up art galleries in central Harlem featuring Harlem artists with opening nights and interactive events. FLUX highlights and creates opportunity for artists living and/or working in Harlem, brings art into the center of the community and stimulates a vibrant neighborhood merging art, commerce and community. Five percent of gallery sales in May and June will be donated to Artistic Noise, an arts and entrepreneurship program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
By Ellen Hackl Fagan