Profile Archives

Socrates is constantly filled with interesting people, and each individual has a story to share. This year we continue our series of profiles highlighting the Park’s partners, artists, and visitors. Throughout the current exhibition, EAF16 Artist Profiles will offer a deeper look into the creative process of the 2016 Emerging Artist Fellows, providing new insight into who they are, the context of their work, and what inspires them.
EAF16 Profiles have been researched by Mark Igbinadolor, the park’s 2016 Diversity in Arts Leadership Intern.

EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWS

Lea Cetera – February 27, 2017

“Designers can start off with utopian ideals of designing a chair for mass use, and then somehow it gets to point where you can only be of a certain social status to ever know what it feels like to sit in an Eames chair, or a Breuer chair,” Cetera says.

Sable Elyse Smith – February 21, 2017

Out-of-focus and glowing from within, the photograph has a dreamlike quality that is jarring in the context of public consumption, especially considering it’s deeply personal nature.

Galería Perdida – February 13, 2017

Opening up and leaving a wide “grey area” in terms of the public-to-art interaction and interpretation is Galería Perdida’s intention. The collective hopes the public acknowledges the semantics at play as much as the physical structure and form.

Elizabeth Tubergen – February 3, 2017

Apparition” is part staircase, part landscape, and seeks to create a transitional space meant to capture those moments of respite and mingling – spaces, she fears, are headed towards extinction in “Future Queens.

Onyedika Chuke – January 27, 2017

FMA: The Untitled Circa_2000’s, within The Forever Museum Archive (2011-Present), is a work that attempts to memorialize and create templates for architectural landscapes that reflect on the 2000’s era.

Dmitri Hertz – January 13, 2017

Hertz is interested in the utility di have in games. “[Di] are understood as random number generators, but when you or I play against a loaded pair, the randomness falls short even though the idea of equality is still present.”

Olalekan Jeyifous – January 6, 2017

“My artwork is strongly rooted in ‘borrowed and invented narratives.’ More often than not they explore dystopian interventions into urban spaces and pastoral landscapes in ways that communicate their participation in, and alienation from a larger world,” Olalekan Jeyifous reflects.

Travis Boyer – December 8, 2016

“Lately I have been really focusing on collecting Selena prepaid phone cards from the 90’s; I like them as a sort of meta-currency,” artist Travis Boyer explains the ins-and-outs of his obsession with following Selena merchandise on eBay…

Liene Bosquê – October 31, 2016
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For her 2016 Emerging Artist Fellow Project, Liene Bosquê created Terracotta Impressions composed of a brick sculpture (4 x 6 x 16 feet) and socially engaged walks that reflect the complex relationship between the Long Island City and Astoria’s architectural history, urban landscape and its citizens…

Andrew Brehm – October 24, 2016
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“Ultimately, I decided I wanted a piece that was interactive with the park’s visitors but would blend into the landscape, almost be overlooked as a sculpture,” artist Andrew Brehm notes about his 2016 Emerging Artist Fellowship project titled AMAMML

Dylan Gauthier – October 18, 2016
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Drawing inspiration from Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kites and proto-flying machines, Dylan Gauthier’s 2016 Emerging Artist Fellowship project, Accidental Flight, considers both the literal and figurative connotations of flight, innovation, and the artist as inventor…

Madeline Hollander – October 12, 2016
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Madeline Hollander’s project, st, nd, rd, th, th, th…, is a departure from Socrates Sculpture Park’s traditional presentation of sculpture, objects, and installations by presenting performance as sculpture…

Dachal Choi & Mathew Suen – October 3, 2016
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“Something is coming,” Dachal Choi whispers ominously as she looks towards the East River from a bench on the edge of Socrates Sculpture Park. Together with her collaborator Mathew Suen, Choi has created AQ625: Site on the Move, now on view as part of the park’s annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition…

Melanie McLain – March 1, 2016
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Consider the facilities that hover between public and private. Health clinics, spas, and medical centers, which all cater to personal, even intimate, needs, are nonetheless sites to be occupied and used by the public…

Torkwase Dyson – February 24, 2016
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When Torkwase Dyson visited her mother, who was abroad in Ghana a couple of years ago, they went to Elmina Castle. The castle, which was erected in 1482 as a trading post, played a major role in the Atlantic Slave Trade route…

Kirsten Nelson – February 17, 2016
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The Long Island City waterfront has become a game of apartment-building Tetris. In response to this constant change in commercial and residential construction surrounding Socrates Sculpture Park, EAF15 artist Kirsten Nelson has recreated the corner of a building, represented mid-construction, thereby capturing a structure in its moment between production and destruction…

Carla Edwards – February 10, 2016
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A “Bathtub Madonna” is an American vernacular tradition in which a statue of the Virgin Mary is placed inside an upturned bathtub to form a devotional icon creating a sacred space known as a grotto…

Aaron Suggs – February 2, 2016
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Having spent the past ten years living in Brooklyn, New York and growing up along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, Aaron Suggs has always lived near water…

Noa Younse – January 27, 2016
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Every day information is collected, logged, and stored. From traffic movement to internet usage, the most minute details are captured…

Kenseth Armstead – January 20, 2016
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Kenseth Armstead’s EAF15 project, Master Work: Astoria Houses, Building 24, exists to challenge viewer perspectives and visually bridge the gap between the neighborhood’s public housing and luxury condominiums…

Charlotte Hyzy – January 13, 2016
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Too often, people grow up with their bodies placed under public and private scrutiny. Charlotte Hyzy’s EAF15 work, Dessert Babes: Queer Fat Decadence, seeks to counter that experience by celebrating diverse physiques and confectionary goods all at once…

José Carlos Casado – January 7, 2016
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José Carlos Casado approached the creation of his EAF15 project Trade with inspiration from the economic and environmental transformations he observed in the Arctic Circle. In October of 2014, José Carlos was part of an artist residency aboard an exploration ship that sailed to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle…

Davey Hawkins – December 23, 2015
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As an active surfer, Davey Hawkins is intimately aware of the fluctuating state of marine environments. For his EAF15 project, Inclusions, Hawkins focused on marine Styrofoam—a synthetic, non-degradable blue foam that seeps into waterways and washes onto shorelines. “I find chunks of it all the time when I go surfing,” Hawkins says of the material…

Freya Powell – December 17, 2015
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A moment of pause is difficult to find in New York City. However, here and there, a park can offer a bit of respite from buildings and cars. 2015 Emerging Artist Fellow Freya Powell draws from this special relationship between parks and visitors…

Lena Henke – December 9, 2015
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In European tradition a tree is placed atop a new building once it has been completed. This celebratory ritual, known as “topping out,” has made its way to America, in a modernized fashion, to replace the practice of ribbon cutting. Three years ago, Lena Henke arrived in New York City, a place in which she had always wanted to live…

David Horvitz – December 2, 2015
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“When you’re awake, everything is linear,” David Horvitz says as he rings a wind chime to test its sound. The chime immediately induces a dreamy state, one in which the aforementioned linear perception drifts away into the breeze. Horvitz draws from the lullaby “All The Pretty Little Horses,” specifically seven notes in the melody that are repeated throughout the song…

Leah Raintree – November 20, 2015
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Having been sourced from the park’s grounds, the original stone that Leah Raintree manipulated exists in a state both embedded within and unmoored from the site. During her 2015 studio residency at Socrates, Raintree spent the summer manipulating the stone; her process of mark-making could be observed as she stood, hunched over a large piece of rock that continued to look more and more like a comet with every tap of the hammer…

Charlotte Becket & Roger Sayre – October 28, 2015

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For their collaborative EAF15 project Full Tilt, Becket and Sayre built the facade of a neighborhood bodega, and tipped it over so that its front faces upwards towards the sky. Full Tilt addresses the mysterious ubiquity of these stores as well as the commercial rezoning that continues to affect the park’s community. “Bodegas don’t have complete immunity,” Becket says, “but they are persistent in a way that’s not very common.”

 

PARK PARTNERS

Yousef Dawad, Park Horticulturalist – November 17, 2015
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As the site’s resident horticulturist, Yousef has been bringing gardens and groves to the park since 2005… “When you are into something, you have to know everything about it,” he says of a row of shrubs that line the waterfront rail. “Improving the garden and landscaping isn’t an easy job,” Yousef continues, “but one of the best things you will ever have in your life are plants.”

Randy James, Dance at Socrates – August 7, 2015
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This Saturday, 10HL Projects will be performing a full-length preview of James’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” set to Mozart. James debuted the same project in 1998, but this rendition is composed of an entirely new set of choreography. “I’m a different person now,” James says.

Casey Tang, Urban Forest Lab Project – July 13, 2015
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Tang is most excited about bringing in sea kale, a Paw Paw tree, and a North Red Toona Tree—all of which bear edible components. “I want this to be a community resource,” he says of the forest garden.“For me it’s about the freedom that comes with being self-sustainable.”

Eric Mathews, Days of Heroes – July 3, 2015
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For Mathews, the significance of the program comes from providing teens with the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the community’s local heroes, rather than simply witnessing a patrol car making its rounds through the neighborhood. “We’ve had kids age out of our program and come back as interns with their heads on their shoulders,” says Mathews.

Urban Shaman Mama Donna – June 19, 2015
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For over a decade, Donna Henes has performed her solstice rituals during a sunset ceremony at Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Summer Solstice Festival. Her community-focused approach brings a sense of otherworldliness to a life too often perceived as ordinary. “You can’t really watch a ritual,” Henes says thoughtfully, “it is crucial in the human experience of connecting to oneself, each other, and the greater cosmos.”

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