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New Queens College Art Exhibition Gets Up Close and Personal With Queens

-- Culmination of Residency Experiment That Brought Together 15 Artists

From Diverse Disciplines Who Shared Gallery Space; on View May 5-June 30  --

FLUSHING, NY, April 25, 2011– Imagine a homey living space in the middle of a busy library created from furniture found on the streets of New York. Or a visual musical piece that resonates with the sights and sounds of Queens. These are just two of the works of art that will be on view at the Queens College Art Center from May 5 through June 30 as part of “EXPRESS+LOCAL: NYC Aesthetics” – a free exhibition designed to showcase the interaction between artists and the borough of Queens. 

The exhibition is the culmination of a unique residency program that brought together 15 New York artists from diverse disciplines who shared gallery space for one month at a time from late January through April. A primary aim of the project was to document the artists’ creative response to the city and specifically, the borough of Queens (several had no direct prior experience of the borough). At varied times during the residency, the public had the opportunity to interact with the artists and view their works-in-progress. The following exhibits are featured:


"Too Much is Never Enough": A large-scale painting that explores extravagance within domestic life by muralist Becky Franco.



An unconventional map dotted with Polaroid photos that depicts a first-time journey taken by graphic designers Carl Gambrell and Rob Kimmel through Bayside, Jamaica, Flushing, and other neighborhoods.


“[don’t] tell me,” an interactive mixed-media installation by Naomi Grossman that includes visitors’ comments written on the wall of her temporary studio space.


“Privacy of Performance”: Harpsichordist Erin Hanke has made her private daily practice sessions into webcasts for public viewing.


Original sculpture made from local found objects by Howard Lerner.


Photographer Tommy Mintz showcases the borough’s diversity through portraits of his Queens College students.


Using GPS, April Nett constructed a Queens Utopia based on her explorations, and replicated the most memorable sights and elements on the topography of Philadelphia, her newly adopted home.


Sculptor Antonia Perez has reconstructed barriers and divisions of personal space through everyday materials such as plastic bags – installed in a grove of nearby trees.


Photographer and web programmer Derek Vadala captured the decaying manufacturing areas of Queens.


Ellis Avery, a novelist who teaches fiction writing at Columbia University, has written one NYC-inspired haiku each day of her residency.


“Looking for a Home”: Czech-born artists Kristyna and Marek Milde explore consumerism and other issues by fashioning a room from furniture discarded and reclaimed on the streets of New York.


Anne Sherwood Pundyk, whose interests lie in the intersection of art and philosophy, has created a body of work, including projection installation, centered on the private vs. public process of art.


Musician and new media artist Jon Wohl has composed a visual musical piece as his response to Queens.

The public is invited to an opening reception of this exhibition on May 5
5 – 7 pm at the Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library, 6th floor. The reception will include a talk by Tara Mathison, the exhibition’s curator. 

Mathison received an MA and MFA in printmaking while teaching drawing at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. A member of the Brooklyn artist collective 3rd Ward, she has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. During her 10 years of curating, Mathison has focused on contemporary artists and visual culture. At the Queens College Art Center, she has worked with more than 25 artists and 15 exhibitions since 2007.

Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. A catalogue will be published and available following the exhibition. For information on additional events to be scheduled, please visit

Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–8 pm; Friday and May 31–June 30, 9 am–5 pm; closed May 30, weekends and holidays. For more info, call (718) 997-3770, visit or send an email to

Concurrently, the Queens College Art Center is showing “Cheap Shots|Made in China; Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Photographs by Tommy Mintz” and “INTERIOR: Paper Installation by Suzanne Morlock” (both through June 30). Visitors may also want to view “Mansheng Wang: Art and Artlessness” (through May 27) at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus.

For directions to Queens College, please visit

For a campus map, go to (Rosenthal Library/Art Center)


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