New York College Art Gallery Exhibition – Pandora’s Box
By Tatiana Tait
Fixes: The print version of this article misspelled the names of curator Rejin Leys and artists Carl E. Hazlewood and Jeanne Heifetz.
York College presented the biennial Formations 2022 Southeast Queens in our own gallery of fine arts and at the historic King Manor House museum. Formations curator Rejin Leys features artists from across New York City. Leys is heavily involved in the Jamaican art community and has collaborated with York College in recent biennials. Formations is the third biennale to be held here in York.
Artists on display include Jose Carlos Casado, originally from Spain but residing in Harlem, Dominant Dansby from Jersey City, Jean Foos from Jackson Heights, Queens, Carl E. Hazlewood from Sunset Park, Jeanne Heifetz from Brooklyn, Vandana Jain from Brooklyn and Anton Kerkula of St. Albans, Queens.
“We chose to showcase abstract art this year because we find it exciting and rarely examined in venues in our neighborhood,” Leys said.
Leys has teamed up with Professor Nicholas Fraser “to give the York community the opportunity to see these artists in person”.
The idea of abstract art is not the representation of reality but the representation of how shapes, colors, forms or how gesture marks create that image/image. Each artist leaves a novelty to solve for his audience.
These artists have been hand-picked by Rejin Leys and featured because of their reputation, showcasing their exquisite photography, sculpture and painting in York College’s fine art space.
“We’ve put together a list of New York-area-based abstract artists whose work is significant and who we think worked well together,” she said.
Each artist is one of a kind. For example, Anton Kerkula, one of the artists based in Queens, photographed his “R3-VisioOn3D” project, which focused on the surrealism of architecture and captured the sight of building structures. It helped him create depth and perspective for his audience.
“Basically, this project aims to engage the viewer’s creativity and
imagination in order to draw attention to the architecture that often goes unnoticed around them,” Kerkula wrote in his artist statement.
You can find an overview of the exhibition on the York website and photos from past biennales.
The York College Art Gallery encourages community engagement and plans to increase the visibility of the arts.