How does isolation affect artists and influence their art? Does it cause stagnation or new works of imagination? Jorge Posada, the curator of the Drawing in a Time of Social Distancing exhibition, sought to answer these questions. “What a line can become is amazing! As a delicate traverse of space, as the delineating edge of form, or as a gathering of energy to shape a visual metaphor, in the hands of an artist, it becomes mesmerizing,” states Jorge.
One hundred thirty-six artists have put their hands to create these lines. View the new online exhibition hosted by Long Island City Artists on their website, www.licartists.org, from June 12 – August 12, 2020.
A wide variety of approaches to the discipline of drawing are displayed, separated into three basic categories, traditional, non-traditional, and interior/exterior. My ink and watercolor sketch, Irises, is displayed in the traditional category area.
If you follow my Instagram account (@kathyfergusonart), you’ll know that I love street art. I don’t mean that horrible tagging of initials that defaces everything it touches. I am referring to the beautiful, creative art murals by street artists that grace many city buildings.
Brazilian artist Binho Ribeiro
Long Island City has a history of great street art beginning with the famous 5Pointz building. It was once considered a mecca for graffiti artists before its demolition in 2014. Fortunately, Art Org NYC is bringing back great street art with “Top to Bottom”, a curated public mural project in Queens. One of these projects is across the street from my studio and I get to see new artwork created almost every week.
Artist dMote – I love the tongue in cheek story of the street artist being chased from the scene
Top to Bottom is a series of murals by more than 50 artists, painted on the three-story exterior of a city block long building at 43-01 21st Street in Long Island City. If you go, make sure that you walk all the way around the building, looking both high and low – there’s a lot to see! You might even see an artist hard at work creating a new masterpiece. I have included some photos of my favorites.
I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City. We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street. “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1). Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.
Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2) I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental. My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard. “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3) I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.
What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?
(1) www.sculpture-center.org, (2) www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.
Hundreds of open artists’ studios, dozens of art exhibits, live dance, music, and performance art will be happening during the LIC Arts Open 2016 from May 18 – 22. At Reis Studios (where my studio is located), there are 200 artists in my building plus many other artists in nearby studio buildings participating in the LIC Arts Open Studios. If you collect art, it’s an easy way to see a wonderful variety of art to add or start your own art collection. I will be demonstrating my collage printmaking techniques during this weekend, May 21 & 21 from 12-6 pm, making free one-of-a-kind cards for all interested visitors. Come by and get one. Or just stop by to say “hi”! I’m in studio #225.
Reis Studios, an International Community of Established and Emerging Artists, is located just blocks from P.S.1 and one stop from Manhattan. Here’s how to get to Reis Studios #225, 43-01 22nd Street, Long Island City. 11101
Long Island City Artists has secured a wonderfully large space to feature the artwork of ALL its members in a month-long exhibition at the Falchi Building in Long Island City. This salon-style exhibition runs from Sunday, October 4 through October 31.
I will be showing my painting “EU Timetable”, a mixed media diptych, 24″x48″, $2000. I created this work after a group tour of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I loved the cobble stone streets, the gold-leafed churches and the colorful fishing boats. However, I was unprepared for the hectic pace of traveling with a tour group with timetables and schedules that were inflexible. My painting incorporates all these elements into a colorful, energetic collage. Look closely to see some of my travel maps I incorporated into the work.
As a side benefit, The Falchi Building is also the home of The Doughnut Plant where you can get your fix of gourmet fancy doughnuts. Known for their unusually creative flavors such as Tres Leches, Creme Brulee, Rose, Hazelnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Blackberry Jam and much more, I can assure you that your tastebuds won’t get bored.
I am exhibiting with sixteen other Queens artists at the CitiGroup building through June. All the artists are past or current board members of the Long Island City Artists organization. Stop by and have a look.