The Socrates Annual is an exhibition of work produced by emerging artists at a summer residency.
“The strength of these artists’ work was evident from the onset, and their creative practices have evolved throughout the summer months,” says curator and Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox. “Whether inspired by Queens hip-hop or Incan masonry and architecture, Socrates is honored to offer each artist fellow this platform to bring their vision to life.”
Socrates Annual 2018
This edition doesn’t follow a theme. Instead it looks to show the diversity of methods, materials and subjects that exist in art and our society. Themes in the work include the land, ecology and the loss of our common humanity at this moment in history.
The Socrates Annual 2018 is curated by Jess Wilcox, Socrates Director of Exhibitions and 2018 Curatorial Advisors: Connie Choi, Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Alex Fialho, Programs Director at Visual AIDS.
The exhibition includes work by 15 artists. These are the Latin artists and inspirations.
Steel, Winterstone, Wood, Resin, Cement, Paper
9 x 10 x 4 feet
Sherwin Banfield’s A Cypher in Queens is a three-part audio sculpture combining the busts of Queens hip-hop legends Jam Master Jay, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy with their music. The sculptural forms are inspired by stacked speaker boxes seen on the streets during Carnival celebrations and slit gongs, tall painted wood musical instruments made by the Tin Mweleun peoples of Ambrym Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Carlos Jiménez Cahua
Carlos Jiménez Cahua’s Hatun Rumiyoc, etc. is a series of cast concrete copies of the famous Incan-carved 12-angled wall stone of Cuzco, Peru. The artist’s replicas mimic the façade dimensions of the ancient Andean object, but vary in depth and sit in a variety of orientations throughout the landscape, linking the geographically removed site to the Park.
8 x 8 x 8 feet
Lionel Cruet’s Reverb/Ensemble Space is a multi-sensory installation within a porous cube that visitors are invited to enter. Each wall of the cube produces sound, taking cues from musical instruments—tambourines, strings, pipes, guiros—while the sand covered floor provides texture and the translucent tarp ceiling colors the light within.
Aluminum, polycarbonate sheets, one-way vision perforated vinyl, wood
12 x 16 x 10 feet
For Tropticon, Joiri Minaya appropriates a retail backyard greenhouse and cloaks it in oneway perforated vinyl printed with pixelated botanical images. The installation poses questions of visibility—from the outside the interior will be obscured, whereas from within the piece will function as a panopticon—while destabilizing the greenhouse’s function as colonial repository of tropical plants.
Virginia Lee Montgomery
Steel, resin, concrete, enamel paint
42 x 14 x 48 inches
Virginia Lee Montgomery presents Sword in the Sphinx, a resin-cast copy of a popular garden sculpture of Madame de Pompadour, a member of the 18th century French court, embedded with an artist-smithed sword. A companion video, Cut Copy Sphinx, viewable on the Park’s website expands on the piece’s themes of myth, reproduction, destruction, power, and ambiguity.
Socrates Annual Tickets
The exhibition is FREE.
Visit the Socrates Annual
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
Daily: 9am – Sunset
- (N) (W) to Broadway (closed for construction through February 2019)
- (N) (W) to 30th Avenue
- Q103 and Q104 stop in front of the Park
- Q69 and Q100 stop at 21st St and Broadway (3 blocks east of the Park)
Take the ferry to Astoria Landing. It’s a five minute walk to the Sculpture Park.
There is no parking at the Park.
For more information, visit socratessculpturepark.org
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