FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 12, 2003
OUTDOOR ART MOVES INTO HARLEM’S ST. NICHOLAS PARK
Brooklyn-based Artist Kirsten Campell’s “Moving Between” on View Through June 27, 2003
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the West Harlem Art Fund are pleased to announce the exhibition of Moving Between, a suite of three wood and steel figurative sculptures by Kirsten Campbell, through June 27, 2003. Moving Between is located on the main lawn of St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. This project is the first installation of temporary public art in St. Nicholas Park since the inception of Parks & Recreation’s Temporary Public Art program in 1967.
Scaled to stand a few feet higher than the average passerby, each of the three sculptures consists of a headless torso of twisted steel rods grounded by legs and long outstretched arms of darkened wood. Taken together, the three pieces appear frozen, as if caught in a slow dance. Drawn to the physical strength of steel, the artist often challenges herself to transform cold, industrial pieces of metal into fluid, organic life-like forms.
Kirsten Campbell’s work has been exhibited at the Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, Art in General in New York, the Noble Horizons Sculpture Park in Salisbury, Connecticut, and at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2002. In addition to making and exhibiting her work, Campbell teaches sculpture at Pratt Institute.
Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in City parks. 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.
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