FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 07, 2003
DESPITE CONTRARY WEATHER, A GARDEN GROWS: POLISH ARTIST BRINGS HER FLOWERS TO LONG ISLAND CITY PARK
“Public art takes many forms,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Julita Wojcik’s synthesis of art and nature is a perfect addition to Court Square Park. The ‘home garden’ is also a reminder of traditional Polish veneration of flowers and plants, and a reminder of the role New York City plays as a home to so many cultures and nationalities.”
Planted in the shape of the project’s flower “logo,” My Garden is intended to be a gentle intervention into public space—one that draws viewers in with the color and brightness of spring flowers. By transplanting an ordinary suburban garden into an urban environment, Ms. Wojcik uses the everyday activity of gardening to attract passers-by and engage them in a dialogue about art and the creative process.
Ms. Wojcik’s garden project will be on view from now through June 8, 2003. The artist will be in Court Square Park tending her garden and conversing with passers-by through April 11. For more information about specific hours, visitors should contact SculptureCenter at (718) 360-1750. Court Square Park is located in Long Island City, Queens at Jackson Avenue and Thomson Avenue. To reach the park using public transportation, take the E or V train to 23rd & Ely, the 7 train to 45th Road at Courthouse Square, or the G train to Court Square.
My Garden is part of Architectures of Gender: Contemporary Women’s Art in Poland, an exhibition of contemporary Polish installation art on view at SculptureCenter from April 11 through June 8, 2003. Conceived by one of Europe’s foremost curators of contemporary art, Aneta Szylak, Architectures of Gender is the first group exhibition of Polish art to be mounted in New York since 1976. The exhibition is co-presented by SculptureCenter in Long Island City and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
The City of New York/Parks & Recreation temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs since 1967. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and traffic islands.
CONTACT: Megan Sheekey/Eric Adolfsen (212) 360-1311