The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning announced the names of 19 artists and artist collectives commissioned to create site-specific artwork for the Jamaica Flux: “Workspaces & Windows 2016.”
The program is a large public art project organized and presented by JCAL, a community-based arts organization in Downtown Jamaica. “Workspaces & Windows 2016” is the fourth iteration of Jamaica Flux. The program successfully mounted pieces in Jamaica in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
The group of artists, ranging from all walks of life, include: Hannes Bend, Adam Brent, Aurora De Armedi, Ayana Evans, Nicholas Fraser, Samantha Holmes, Anna Lise Jensen, Sue Jeong Ka, Kakyoung Lee, Rejin Lys, Shervone Neckles, Jeffrey Allen Price, Dominique Sindayiganza, Stand Squirewell, Thiago Szmrecsanyi, Ed Woodham and Ellie Ironss and Dan Phiffer; John H. Locke and Joaquin Reyes; and Lily & Honglei.
Artists were selected by a panel which included Jamaica Center Business Improvement District Executive Director Rhonda Binda, founder of “A Better Jamaica” Greg Mays, Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District Executive Director Simone Price and others.
Not confined by gallery walls, Jamaica Flux is a contemporary public art project in which visual and performance art are displayed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue. The locations – banks, stores, restaurants, street corners, phone booths, parks and other public spaces – are as diverse as the art. JCAL’s presentation of Jamaica Flux aims to challenge traditional assumptions about where art should be displayed and explores the relationship between art, commerce, urban renewal and community.
This year, Jamaica Flux is expanding its focus to emphasize public engagement and contemporary art as a vehicle to examine and discuss solutions to critical issues in the community. The locations of the finished multidisciplinary and interactive works are not yet available, but those who are interested can receive updates at jcal.org.
The project offers artists resources to help them produce experimental art in public realms, engages community members on ways to combat negative public perceptions of Southeast Queens through art, and crates a forum for discussion on meaningful community involvement. It also aims to increase the public’s access to contemporary art and makes it an important and integral part of daily life in Southeast Queens.
For more than 40 years, JCAL has presented and supported the work of emerging artists, women artists and artists of color in Jamaica. JCAL has been a cultural resource in the community and to all artists in New York City. Serving more than 25,000 people annually, a central part of JCAL’s mission is to encourage participation in the arts and contribute to the cultural enrichment of Queens.
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