West Harlem Art Fund
Through Oct 31
Nolan Park - Nolan Park - Building 10B
The West Harlem Art Fund (WHAF) is a twenty-three-year old public art and new media organization. Like explorers from the past who searched for new lands and people, WHAF seek opportunities for creative professionals throughout NYC and beyond wishing to showcase and share their talent.
Elements, WHAF’s fall show, is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that features an international roster of women artists, running from September 10-October 31. Also featured for fall is Floral Love Project, a participatory mural led by veteran artist Kraig Blue from September 10 – 12, and the outdoor sculptural installation Garden Sentinel by NYC-based artist Michele Brody.
Drawing inspiration from a Native American proverb “Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere… it is within each one of us,” artists were carefully selected to convey how nature continues to work in harmony with human life.
Whether creating textile, using live petals, handcrafted design or new media, Elements artists Sagarika Sundaram, Yi Hsuan Sung, Yalan Wen and Valerie Hallier offer the public new approaches for appreciating everyday life and nature.
Kraig Blue will lead Floral Love Project, a celebration of the native flowers that thrive on Governor’s Island. This eco-friendly collaborative project with the West Harlem Art Fund will take place during Fall Arts Week on Governors Island. The public will engage in drawing, painting and mural making.
Garden Sentinels by Michele Brody is made up of 12 – 8’ tall by 55” diameter towers composed of aluminum carpet strips held together by various elements of re-purposed hardware. Within each Garden Sentinel hangs an oversized test tube filled with growing plants within. The role of each Garden Sentinel is to stand guard over their charges, keeping the plants alive and vibrant for all to enjoy and learn more about the native gardens on Governors Island.
On view now outside Nolan Park Building 10:
Regatta III/8 Candy Blue & Teal by Gilbert Boro (Powder Coated Rolled Aluminum 8′6″ x 4′6″ x 5)
Garden Sentinels by Michele Brody (12 – 8’ x 55″)