CITYSCAPE: SURVEYING THE URBAN BIOTOPE
Curated by Alyson Baker and Marichris Ty
May 2 - August 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2-6PM
David Kennedy Cutler
Zena Verda Pesta
Christine Howard Sandoval
Mark Lawrence Stafford
Socrates Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the opening of
Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope, on Sunday May 2, 2010, from 2-6pm. Curated by Alyson Baker and Marichris Ty, the show will explore the presence of nature in the fabric of urban life. Cityscape includes eleven new works by artists: Saul Becker, George Boorujy, William Cordova, David Kennedy Cutler, Lillian Gerson, Janelle Iglesias, Katherine McLeod, Ester Partegàs, Zena Verda Pesta, Christine Howard Sandoval, and Mark Lawrence Stafford.
The introduction or invasion of plants and animals in the cityscape symbolizes a broad scope of conditions and dynamics - from far reaching social, political, economic and aesthetic issues to an individual's relationship with their immediate surroundings. Nature's presence in the urban environment can take many forms: green roofs, community gardens, city parks, corporate plazas; Peregrine Falcons nesting on 5th Avenue balconies; vast populations of rats and pigeons that have readily adapted to the habitat of busy streets; Ailanthus trees growing from crumbling buildings, abandoned construction sites, and cracks in the sidewalk. This range from invited and cultivated to invasive and insidious represents everything from the most innovative urban planning and a trend towards the greening of cities, to a symptom of and contributor to the decay of the built environment.
Also opening on Sunday, May 2 is an individual project by Los Angeles-based artist, Jedediah Caesar. To produce his “new horizon sculpture”, Caesar excavated a shallow pit at Socrates Sculpture Park, coring and exploring the topography of the site, which was formerly an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite. His plaster-cast sculpture documents the shape of his dig and has been inverted into a particle-encrusted relief sculpture. The piece was produced in February 2010 for inclusion in the artist’s recent solo exhibition at D'Amelio Terras Gallery and will be returning to Socrates, to be shown alongside the hole, which is its origin. The work will remain on view through June 6, 2010.
Socrates Sculpture Park is dedicated to providing artists with the opportunity to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages interaction between artists, artworks and the public.
The Park is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset and is located at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, New York.
Directions: Monday through Friday take the N or W trains to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks along Broadway toward the East River. On Saturday and Sunday take the N train to the Broadway stop. For driving, cycling or walking directions, please visit our website: www.socratessculpturepark.org.