NEW YORK, NY.- The FLAG Art Foundation
is presenting Summer School, on its 9th floor gallery from June 9 August 12, 2016. This expansive group exhibition highlights artist who ignite the imagination through fantasy, humor, and play.
The diverse range of artworks in Summer School resonate across generational lines. Creative Thinker, John Baldessaris dual-tone proclamation, and Alex Israels dreamy, Disneyland-inspired self-portrait, set the tone for the exhibition in which everyday ideas are transformed into extraordinary objects of wonder: Robert Therriens wonky tower of giant plates; Awol Erizkus stacked basketball hoops slyly nodding to minimalist sculpture; Tara Donovans dizzying and seemingly endless wall-mounted Slinky® maze; Gina Beaverss thick, impasto painting of psychedelic soft serve ice cream; and Ugo Rondinones monumental suspended lightbulb, colored to represent the light of the thirteenth hour of the day. Other works contain complex, internal systems of logic that are more participatory in their nature: Tom Sachss riddle and game board, which logs all attempts to play it; Tim Rollinss collaborative work with members of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), wherein organic patterns obscure Darwins Origin of Species; Jennifer Daltons colorful gumball decision sculpture; and Felix Gonzalez-Torress interactive and shimmering pile of patriotic red, white, and blue candy.
Summer School asserts that art can serve as a platform for children to develop critical and creative thinking, and early exposure to inspiring experiences can lead to a lifelong interest in art. Leading up to the exhibition, FLAG invited fourth grade students from Harlem Childrens Zone, a pioneering nonprofit organization in Central Harlem, to explore their relationship to art and creativity through a participatory Q&A. Humorous, incisive, and honest, their responses form an inclusive conversation around the themes of the exhibition: Are you an artist? Yes, because art makes feel creative and awesome. (Niya, age 10); How is art a part of your life? Art is a part of my life because I love expressing myself by pictures and drawings. (Maki, 11); What is your favorite color? My favorite color is red because I have confidence, anger, and strength. (Baba, age 11). This Q&A, which also includes a drawing component, will be made available to students and children throughout the course of the exhibition, with the aim to expose new ways of engaging and creating dialogue with art.
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