The process for the project I will be installing this Fall (2010) began about one year ago. I applied for a QCAF grant through the Queens Council on the Arts. One of the main thrusts of the grant is to not just make artwork but to somehow involve the community in the process. So, with that in mind I partnered up with the Garden for my project, Art: from the garden to the walls, and decided that I would host community workshops to have garden goers help me make my armature assemblage pieces.
I have already made, or have just about finished making, the wire figure armatures. The next step is to create the base layer of the garments that the figures will wear. This layer will be made from sewn fiberglass window screen. Then, I'm going to work with the facilities folks and children's garden participants to collect natural materials from the garden, after the Fall harvest, that would normally go straight to compost. In this way we are going to give the materials one more life before they enter the waste cycle. Then, I will be hosting community workshops wherein garden goers can create a patch to be added to the garments of the figures. I'll finish off the final touches on the pieces and then they will be installed in different locations throughout the garden. Last step... celebrate. There will be an exhibit opening and reception
to top it all off.
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 1:00-4:00 pm - Community Workshop
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:30-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm - Community Workshop
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 3:00-5:00 pm - Exhibit Opening
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
GARDEN HOURS & ADMISSION:
Summer Hours (April through October)
Tuesday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 6 pm
April - October: $4 - Adults, $3 - Seniors, $2 - Students with ID and children over 3 years of age
Free admission: Wednesday, 3-6pm and Sunday, 4-6pm
DIRECTIONS: Car and train options