FACTION Art Projects have announced their second Harlem Perspectives, an annual exhibition celebrating the local talent of Harlem and uptown New York. Harlem Perspectives II is co-curated by Leanne Stella
FACTION Art Projects have announced their second Harlem Perspectives, an annual exhibition celebrating the local talent of Harlem and uptown New York. Harlem Perspectives II is co-curated by Leanne Stella of Art In FLUX, and showcases an eclectic mix of local artists who live and work above Manhattan’s 110th Street.
This year’s edition of Harlem Perspectives will present works by a selection of artists who deconstruct history through their process of art making. With their hands, a brush, or through a lens, the artists investigate, manipulate and work materials and objects that are charged with a personal and/or political narrative. While teasing, tearing and appropriating materials, the artists examine the cultural values and historical significance placed on the objects or subjects in their work. The resulting works define a new narrative revealing how the artists may find reconciliation or antipathy through the process and prompting the viewer to question preconceived notions and beliefs.
Artists include Coby Kennedy, David C.Terry, Elan Cadiz, Kennedy Yanko, Patrick Alston, and Tammy Nguyen.
In his multi-media series, In The Service of a Villian, Coby Kennedy paints, welds, sews, films, photographs and animates his subjects in a quest to antagonize and perhaps overthrow a patriarchal society.
David C.Terry manipulates ubiquitous objects like a terry cloth headband, a pair of basketball shorts, a dollar bill and with a bit of irony reveals society’s suppressed or unsaid viewpoints.
In An American Family Album, Elan Cadiz cleverly re-claims fabrics in a series of family “portraits” depicted by a chair. Through conversation with relatives and elders, and the reuse of familial items such as a dress, a tablecloth, curtains, scarves, and blankets she re-constructs an unusual visual history of her family.
Kennedy Yanko is fascinated by the human tendency to see objects only as they appear. Through her large-scale metal and “skin” formations she creates a new context, changing our interaction and relationship with the objects.
Patrick Alston’s abstract paintings are a reflection, perhaps even a memoir of growing up in the Bronx. Patrick combines traditional techniques with graffiti gestures on hand sewn canvases deftly creating an historical patchwork with a bit of personal history hidden within each painting.
Tammy Nguyen’s paintings portraying fictional histories wrestle with relevant timely topics including immigration, cross cultural trade and colonialism. The resulting visual fantasies are informed by her academic and political fervor combined with a fresh yet skilled technique and color sense.
February 7 (Thursday) - March 6 (Wednesday)
FACTION Art Projects
2602 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, NY 10030