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Wilder LIC Group Exhibition

May 5 - June 17

Wilder LIC Group Exhibition

Flux Factory is opening the very first group exhibition across the street at the Windmill Community Garden, which Flux co-founded with neighborhood partners in 2016

New artworks will be on view May 5 – June 17 dawn to dusk every day, with special performances throughout the month. 

It all takes place at 39-22 29th St, Long Island City!

Schedule of Events
May 5th, 3p-7p – Opening reception, catered by Juquila Kitchen
May 10, 7p – Flux Thursday potluck and artist talks
May 12, 1p-5p – “Good Vibrations Acoustic Cartography Tour”
May 13, 6p – “Party Noire”, part of Open Engagement conference
May 26, 2p-3p – “Weedy Nomad: A Performative Field Study”
May 27, 2p-3p – “Weedy Nomad: A Walking Tour of LIC’s Forgotten Landscapes”
May 27, 4p-7pAmirtha Kidambi and Jessica Pavone (solo and duo sets) with supper from Flux Iron Chefs
June 3, 4p-7pRichard Garet (solo) and Andrea Haenggi’s “DON’T TOUCH ME: A Participatory Fieldwork Performance”, with supper from Flux Iron Chefs
June 17, 6pClosing Reception with Artist Talks

Participating artists and performers include Amirtha Kidambi, Andrea Haenggi, Alex Nathanson, Christopher Kennedy & Thomas Choinacky, Next Epoch Seed Library (Ellie Irons & Anne Percoco), Jessica Pavone, Johann Diedrick, Katya Khan, Kristyna & Marek Milde, Moira Williams, Richard Garet, Valeria Haedo…and Flux Iron Chefs!!!

Wilder LIC is curated by Lorissa Rinehart and Nat Roe.

Preview works on view throughout Exhibition

Preview performers throughout Wilder LIC

Curatorial Prompt 
In his recent book Feral, George Monboit discusses his theory of ecological boredom that posits much of the existential ennui experienced by urban denizens is a result of our self-distancing from the wild in favor of more homogeneous landscapes. To advance this idea further, one might postulate that our evolutionary biology seeks and yearns for biodiversity, recognizing this as the keystone of a sustainable environment. Simultaneously, our contrary desire is to find safety in the controlled and understood leads us to create places where the other is wholly absent.

Thus we find ourselves increasingly migrating to megacities devoid of any contact with what one might call nature as even city parks are highly regulated spaces where an errant leaf is cause for a gas powered blower. Outside the city is hardly better as agribusiness monoculture creates unbroken seas of Roundup-ready cash crops. By banishing any hope of the aleatory, these barren spaces inhibit imagination and creativity.

This exhibition seeks to channel what is wild through familiar media and technologies in order to create an accessible platform for new ideas about ecological and cultural diversity. It suggests the wild can be understood as a complicated system necessary for the perpetuation of life as we know it, rather than chaos that should be simplified and abolished. Finally, this exhibition encourages artists, scientists, programmers, and designers to work together and borrow from each other to create new lenses through which we might see and experience our wilder nature.

About the Windmill Community Garden
Located across the street from Flux Factory, the Windmill Community Garden was founded in 2016 and is a permanent GreenThumb NYC Park.  The Garden is led by three neighborhood nonprofits including Flux Factory, The Growing Up Green Charter School, and the Dutch Kills Civic Association, in addition to local community members.  To keep up with Windmill, follow us on Facebook or become a Windmill member by emailing nat@fluxfactory.org

Support for Wilder LIC is provided by Friends of Flux, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature; and generous support is provided by the Partnership for Parks Capacity Fund Grant.  Do consider donating to make more free public programs like this possible!

Details

Start:
May 5
End:
June 17

Venue

Windmill Community Garden
39-22 29th St
Long Island City, NY 11101 United States
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