Who is the Artist/Organization? LIC Artists, Inc
Date & Time of Event? June 27, 2013, 4-7pm
Location: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd (at Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11375, Take the # 7 train to Main Street
A juried traveling art show, assembled through an open call to all Queens artists. This multi-venue show, curated by LICA, reaches out to the varied communities near LaGuardia Community College, Flushing Town Hall, and Queens borough Community College, to highlight and showcase the broad diversity and creativity of Queens’ artists.
Bridging the Gap brings together the talent of many visual artists residing and working in Queens, and handsomely succeeds in portraying a large sample of the artistic life of the borough. It illustrates that there is life outside of Manhattan, well beyond the frontier of Long Island City, reminding us of Saul Steinberg’s classic cartoon of the map of the United States where NYC represents two-thirds of the space of the frame to imply that it is the symbolic center of the universe. But here we redraw the map and extend the boundaries beyond Manhattan Island, to celebrate the fact that on the other bank of the East River, a community of artists has regrouped and thrived.
Displaying 40 artists and 50 works, the exhibition reveals not only the remarkable ethnic diversity for which Queens is famed, but the rich stylistic practices available to contemporary artists; and shows that they are often related. Artworks representing both figurative and abstract traditions—painted, drawn, fabricated, constructed, photographed, conceptualized—with portraits, landscapes, narratives, and formal studies in all media—revisit and revise the foundations of modern and contemporary art practices with passion and sensitivity.