Artist Profile: Ronen Gamil

Ronen Gamil, Home(-) and Garden process photo, 2018, Image courtesy the Artist

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DISCOVER

Ronen Gamil (b. Brooklyn, NY in 1980; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) received his BA in 2008 and Master of Urban Planning in 2009 from the City College of New York. He is currently the horticulture supervisor at Prospect Park Alliance. As an assistant gardener in 2016, he helped diversify the landscape at LeFrak Center at Lakeside by harvesting and cleaning seeds from several native grasses and perennials to be grown in the spring. He was awarded The Prospect Park Annual Recognition Award in 2016.

Gamil makes art through various media, but currently with a focus on horticulture. He considers horticulture an ecological art form that interacts with a space to support the local wildlife. His installation is inspired by his graduate studies of squatter settlements in developing countries and observation of the homeless encampments in public green spaces where they try to blend themselves in the vegetations with the possibility of trying to avoid eviction from the space.


CONNECT

Web: ronengamil.com


ENGAGE

Otocast:

Gamil spoke about his project for our audio tour of The Socrates Annual 2018 exhibition, available on the app Otocast (available for free download for iPhone and Android).

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Facebook:

Director of Exhibitions Jess Wilcox interviewed Gamil on Facebook Live about his inspiration for Home(-) and Garden.


Instagram:

Gamil took over the Park’s Instagram account to share insights into his project.

 

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2018 Artist Fellow Ronen Gamil is taking over the Park’s account today to share insights into his project ‘Home(-) and Garden’ for ‘The Socrates Annual’ exhibition. ……….. There are lots of new luxury condominium buildings throughout NYC, but not enough affordable housing units. This dynamic along with rising rents, gentrification and displacement, and low, stagnant wages contribute to chronic mass homelessness. The grid aesthetic of new luxury developments provide countless sources for the miniature facades embedded in the tent surfaces. #socratesannual18 #socratessculpturepark #justiceforallcoalition #j4ac #queensisnotforsale #righttothecity #coalitionforthehomeless #picturethehomeless

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