Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant Art Exhibit: 2017 - 2018
Announced September 2016, the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant builds on NYC Parks’ equity initiatives by bringing public art exhibits to parks in need of cultural programming. Take a look at this year's winners!
Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, Flying High for Equality
Joyce Kilmer Park
Inspired by American novelist Richard Bach’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme use oversized, colorful sculptures of the city’s sparrows as a metaphor for the search for equality. Sparrows are creatures of resilience, audacity, intelligence, and beauty that mirror many of the qualities of New York City’s communities.
Painter Patricia Cazorla and sculptor Nancy Saleme are a Venezuelan-American aunt and niece collaborative team who began working together in 2010. Their work focuses on immigration and child labor issues.
Lovie Pignata, Daylighting
Lovie Pignata activates a blacktop with a bold, painted replica of the nearby Bronx River, highlighting the importance of this waterway. She has also installed retired canoes from local non-profits, which will be retrofitted with seating, chessboards, planters, and wayfinding signage.
Bronx artist Lovie Pignata studied sculpture at Pratt Institute. She draws inspiration from local natural, architectural, and historical elements and creates both two- and three-dimensional works that often include shadows and reflections.
Blythe Cain, Circadia
Fort Greene Park
Circadia is an interactive luminescent sculpture and seating system made from concrete and glow-sand, which acts as a guide to the park entrance. Resembling a historic building foundation, Circadia also mimics the park's rolling hills and the natural rhythms found in nature.
Brooklyn artist Blythe Cain graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2005. Woodworking and specialized design techniques, as well as social constructs, earthworks concepts, and theories by the philosopher Michel Foucault are a large part of Blythe's artistic practice and background.
Musa Hixson, The Conversation Sculpture
Herbert Von King
Musa Hixson’s steel sculpture includes several stools enclosed within a flower-shaped frame, which provide a space for intimate conversation in the public park. The sculpture’s horticultural form references the park’s mature landscape.
Brooklyn artist Musa Hixson earned an MFA in sculpture at Pratt Institute and a BA in Comprehensive Art from Hampton University. In addition to exhibiting his artwork widely, Hixson is also the founder of the non-profit Brooklyn Art Incubator.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, Constellation
Constellation is an architectural sculpture, performance, and panel series that activates the underused plaza in Seward Park as a transformative community public space. The site-specific sculptural pavilion is composed of interlocked wooden modules that will be re-arranged and transformed seasonally in three different configurations over the course of the exhibition.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is an artist working at the intersection of art, architecture, and performance. She received her BA in Art and Italian at U.C. Berkeley and earned her Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is a co-founding partner of spatial design practice Studio C+C.
Capucine Bourcart, LINOUQ
Thomas Jefferson Park
From 2008 to 2012, Capucine Bourcart walked every street in Manhattan, from State Street to 220th Street, taking photographic details of walls along her route. This collection of photographs is used to create a photo-assemblage made of 4,170 metal squares that hang from a chain link fence in a design inspired by those of Native Americans, the island’s first inhabitants.
Capucine Bourcart has called Harlem her home for the past 11 years. Having Vietnamese origins and grown up in the Germanic region of Alsace in France, her multicultural background has inspired her work in photography and collage.
Sam Holleran, Patrick Rowe, and Mobile Print Power, Conocer y Compartir—We Find Each Other
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Inspired by the luminaires of the 1964/65 World’s Fair, a series of illuminated sculptures guides parkgoers with graphic images that symbolize a specific place or potential experience within the park. Mobile Print Power facilitated two multilingual drawing and silk screen printmaking sessions to create the images for the luminaires. The project builds on wayfinding suggestions that came out of The World's Park, a project of the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with the Queens Museum and NYC Parks.
Sam Holleran is an artist, writer, and educator working at the junction of visual art, graphic design, and civic engagement. Patrick Rowe is an interdisciplinary artist and educator that coordinates community based art projects. Mobile Print Power is a multi-generational collective based out of IMI Corona, Queens, NY, that uses screen printing and participatory design in public space to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations.
Risa Puno, Common Ground
Rufus King Park
Consisting of a grid of interconnected picnic tables with tiled mosaic surfaces, Common Ground is an interactive sculpture that literally brings people closer together. The shared tabletops and benches each have a different mosaic design inspired by the neighborhood’s unique mix of cultures, as well as by the patterns within the adjacent King Manor Museum. Common Ground is a celebration of harmony through diversity, imbued with the ideals of the park’s namesake, Rufus King.
Risa Puno is an interactive sculpture and installation artist who creates her own versions of familiar pastimes and amusements. Originally from Louisville, KY, she studied art and medicine at Brown University and earned her M.F.A. from New York University. She has lived in New York City for the past 13 years.
Lina Montoya, Mariposas Lamps
Inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien Años de Soledad, Montoya’s illuminated sculptures redefine the monarch butterfly as an icon of migration and freedom. This work is part of the series La Isla Bonita, a beautification project that seeks to transform public spaces through public art and community engagement.
Lina Montoya is a Staten Island-based immigrant artist, graphic designer, and muralist. Montoya was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. Before she came to New York City in 2010, she founded the Ele Eme Project, which explores different cultures and languages through art and community participation.
Fitzhugh Karol, Eyes
Eyes' intersecting steel shapes are derived from the simple silhouettes of hillsides and stairs, and frame the park’s historic Village Hall. The integrated play feature provides a chance to engage with the work in a way that most sculptures do not allow, appealing to the community in a fundamental way.
Fitzhugh Baylies Karol graduated from Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. Moving to Brooklyn thereafter he has worked as an exhibiting sculptor and designer, integrating sculpture within landscape and architecture, as well as designing furniture, jewelry, and architectural spaces.