NEW YORK, NY.- FACTION Art Projects
have announced their second Harlem Perspectives, an annual exhibition celebrating the local talent of Harlem and uptown New York. Harlem Perspectives II is co-curated by Leanne Stella of Art In FLUX, and showcases an eclectic mix of local artists who live and work above Manhattans 110th Street.
This years edition of Harlem Perspectives presents works by a selection of artists who deconstruct history through their process of art making. With their hands, a brush, or through a lens, the artists investigate, manipulate and work materials and objects that are charged with a personal and/or political narrative. While teasing, tearing and appropriating materials, the artists examine the cultural values and historical signiﬁcance placed on the objects or subjects in their work. The resulting works deﬁne a new narrative revealing how the artists may ﬁnd reconciliation or antipathy through the process and prompting the viewer to question preconceived notions and beliefs.
Artists include Coby Kennedy, David C. Terry, Elan Cadiz, Kennedy Yanko, Patrick Alston, and Tammy Nguyen.
In his multi-media series, In The Service of a Villian, Coby Kennedy paints, welds, sews, ﬁlms, photographs and animates his subjects in a quest to antagonize and perhaps overthrow a patriarchal society.
David C. Terry manipulates ubiquitous objects like a terry cloth headband, a pair of basketball shorts, a dollar bill and with a bit of irony reveals societys suppressed or unsaid viewpoints.
In An American Family Album, Elan Cadiz cleverly re-claims fabrics in a series of family portraits depicted by a chair. Through conversation with relatives and elders, and the reuse of familial items such as a dress, a tablecloth, curtains, scarves, and blankets she re-constructs an unusual visual history of her family.
Kennedy Yanko is fascinated by the human tendency to see objects only as they appear. Through her large-scale metal and skin formations she creates a new context, changing our interaction and relationship with the objects.
Patrick Alstons abstract paintings are a reﬂection, perhaps even a memoir of growing up in the Bronx. Patrick combines traditional techniques with grafﬁti gestures on hand sewn canvases deftly creating an historical patchwork with a bit of personal history hidden within each painting.
Tammy Nguyens paintings portraying ﬁctional histories wrestle with relevant timely topics including immigration, cross cultural trade and colonialism. The resulting visual fantasies are informed by her academic and political fervor combined with a fresh yet skilled technique and color sense.
Curator Leanne Stella says: Harlem is often called a state of mind that extends beyond its physical boundaries, of which the people, the streets, the cultural inﬂuences are in a continual state of ﬂux while remaining a true community. The artists in this exhibition are reﬂective of this dynamic place called Harlem. Each of the artists presents a unique perspective that challenges and redeﬁnes history and biased views or values. As a group these artists echo the diversity of Harlem that thrives and coexists despite the current divisive political rhetoric.