High Line Art
It is a simple truism to say that site-specific art needs an inspirational space which can be a home for artwork and urban interventions. This was recognized by the people gathered within The Friends of the High Line. It was founded by community residents who wished to preserve the space between West 30th and West 34th Streets, fighting for the High Line’s transformation when it was faced with the threat of demolition. It it a true expression of social activism within urban art. Friends of the High Line, working side by side with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, oversee maintenance and public programming for the park, as well as the raising of private funds to support the annual budget of the park.
High Line Art
High Line Art is a program presented by Friends of the High Line. It was founded in 2009 and works toward nurturing the values of urban art. This includes commissions, performances, video programs, interventions and exhibitions. The artistic activity is site-specific and curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. The mission of High Line Art is to invite artists and collaborate with them in order to think of creative ways to interact with the unique public space, as well as the culture, history and the surrounding neighborhood of this urban landscape.
Artists Collaborating With High Line Art
Currently, there is a list of inspiring and talented artists who are making their mark at the High Line. Antoine Catala creates sculptures which emanate the contrast between the organic and artificial elements of his artwork. He is know for the use of technology in the creative process including 3D printing and holograms. Isabelle Cornaro is going to present columns from her series God Box. With the incorporated modern objects, her monolith blocks resemble sixteen-century artifacts. Jessica Jackson Hutchins will display sculptural installations made from repurposed domestic objects. Yngve Holen investigates the relation between man and technology with the sculptures made out of washing machine drums, installed at the High Line. Using the inspiration of Upstate New York, where he grew up, Gaving Kenyon creates abstract sculptures with a biometric quality. On the other hand, Josh Kline will install an industrial refrigerator on the High Line, containing smoothies of unusual substances such as sneakers or squid ink, in order to point out the irony of the energy drink culture. Marianne Vitale will present a series of sculptural elements created from decommissioned steel railroad tracks, thus trying to reveal the anxiety toward progress in the contemporary culture.
All of the mentioned artists will be a part of questioning the relation between man and technology, on a symbolic spectrum spanning from optimistic idealism to extreme skepticism. At various locations on the High Line, during the period from April 17th 2014 and up until March 2015, High Line Art will host the artists and their work within a group outdoor exhibition called Archeo. It is during this exhibition when the public will be able to examine the fascination and the frustration with technology in the contemporary world.
Photos by Timothy Schenck.