Beginning a month-long celebration of the arts at a pop up venue in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens,
Between Neighbors is an interactive art show that reflects on social boundaries in a multicultural
A series of paintings by local artist Brian Fernandes-Halloran explores the distance between
himself and his neighbors of different social groups. "When I began painting my neighbors from
memory, it became clear that I barely saw many of them as we politely brushed by each other on
the street or in the corner store," states Mr. Halloran. "The paintings capture subtleties of daily
interactions but hint at a deeper psychological distance amongst residents of an area undergoing
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association (PLGNA) board member Dynishal
Gross explains, "When Brian approached us about the pop up art gallery, we loved the idea
of displaying his paintings in the neighborhood that inspired him. We are excited about the
possibilities of conversation and sharing of perspectives that the show will create."
Accompanying Halloran’s paintings are participatory art pieces in which visitors are invited to
share their experiences and artistic talents. A recording booth will facilitate a dialouge that will
develop through the span of the two-week show.
"The exhibition proposes that the differences expressed in Between Neighbors illustrate and give
reason for us to say more to each other rather than less," says Halloran. "It will be exciting to see
what develops from this opportunity to express ourselves across cultural lines. Please come and
The Between Neighbors exhibition will be held at 552 Flatbush Avenue from October 13-24
from 2 to 8pm.
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