What Could You Do Here? by Tara de la Garza and Amanda Browder
1351 Amsterdam Ave. (between 125th and 126th St.) New York, NY
May 31 – June 4
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31 – 7pm – meet on the Hudson for Sunset Mocktails West Harlem Piers Park – 8:30pm – Exhibition Viewing – After party at TOAST, 3157 Broadway at Tiemann Pl.
Installation will be viewable any time from the street.
Artists in the city are the gleaners of space. Taking inspiration from the vacant store-front, the surrounding neighborhood and the city of New York itself, the artists create an ‘alternate’ window display that reacts/responds with the community through projections, soft sculpture and tape art. Tara de la Garza takes a roasting hen to a day spa for a massage. Amanda Browder uses locally donated fabrics to recreate a psychedelic vortex of color. From a neighborhood live poultry shop to the bright colored prismatic signage, this installation shows a core sample of how any vacant space is already unique.
Artists’ Bios: Tara de la Garza – was born in Ireland and grew up in Australia. She now lives and works in NYC. She studied Film and Television, winning a Young Filmmaker award and established an award winning graphic design agency. She studied Fine Art at Curtin University in Australia. She has exhibited both in Australia and New York and worked extensively with the public arts initiative No Longer Empty, she also runs her own art space 2|ONE|TWO|PROJECTS where she initiates collaborative art projects. Currently she is working on creating new narratives using an inter-play of film and painting, she calls these Projection Paintings.
Amanda Browder – was born in Missoula, MT and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. she received an MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Last year she received a Brooklyn Arts Council Grant via the NBPAC to finish a large-scale public arts project in Greenpoint Brooklyn. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Browder is also a founding member of the art-podcast
This project is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.