Footprints on Montague: Artist Talk
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About the Event
Join us for a lunchtime artist talk with Ann Rosen, Jess Frederick, Tatiana Arocha. The artists will speak about their work in Footprints on Montague, an outdoor exhibition curated by FiveMyles and KODA on the fence surrounding St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. Exhibiting artists include Jess Frederick, Madi Dangerously, Ann Rosen, Nina Meledandri, Tatiana Arocha, and Hidemi Takagi.
This collaboration with FiveMyles and KODA represents a shift from indoor to outdoor events for the Forum @ St. Ann’s and was the first new project in its arts and culture series since the pandemic. The exhibit enhances the neighborhood landscape and engage community members and passersby on a busy commercial street in Downtown Brooklyn.
Exhibition on view until January 7, 2021 at 157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Tatiana Arocha is a visual artist from Bogotá, Colombia based in Brooklyn, NY. Arocha grew up in the midst of nature, camping since childhood with her family across the diverse ecological regions of Colombia. Her art practice involves creating layered detail, graphic compositions, and application of digital techniques learned in her earlier professional career as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has exhibited in the U.S., U.K., Italy, and Colombia, with solo shows at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum for Arts & Storytelling, Yale University, and Queens Botanical Gardens, group exhibitions at Wave Hill, BRIC, The Wassaic Project, and in the NYC subway via MTA. In 2019, she received the Sustainable Arts Foundation individual award for mixed media. Residencies include LABverde in the Brazilian Amazon, Centro Selva in the Peruvian Amazon, Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico, The Wassaic Project, NY, and Zea Mays, MA.
Perpetual Flight is a site-specific installation inspired by the phenomenon of vagrancy among migratory birds, which occurs when they are blown off course and come to land in places far from their natural flight paths. Increasingly erratic weather patterns caused by global warming contribute to the number of vagrants. Perpetual Flight intends to highlight this predicament and convey a sense of urgency to viewers by bringing to the streets of New York City a vast flock of foreign birds, which would never be seen were it not for their getting lost, blown away by climate change.
Ann Rosen graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a BFA and the Visual Studies Workshop with an MFA, studying with Nathan Lyons, Joan Lyons and John Wood. She studied printmaking, photography and alternative photographic processes.
She has received residencies to Artpark, NY and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, as well as a residency at the Henry Street Settlement, NYC. In 2004, Rosen received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to develop her project, In the Presence of Family and, in 2010, received an additional one to continue this project, creating a historic document of the families. She has published several books in connection with this project, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, 2009, and Revisiting in the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, 2018. In 2016, she received a grant from the Puffin Foundation to expand her work teaching digital photography to women living in shelter.
Jess Frederick is a New York City based visual artist exploring the moments found in every day observation. Her sensitivity and partial lack of depth perception leads her to interpret and express the world of characters around her with a “nervous” line, a vivid palette. She is in every painting with my subjects.
"What if a work of art could capture the atomic intensity of “being” at the same time it renders an emotional likeness of the, people, pets, and objects that inhabit our lives? Jess Frederick’s work does exactly this. Whether it is a “portrait” of an old fashioned typewriter, or a beloved family pet, the electrifying lines and vibrant color of her work draw you into this dual level of existence. Squiggly lines in motion define the image while color amplifies the subject’s energy and presence in wide dramatic stokes—the result: a likeness to her subject that is both endearing and astonishing."
Located in Crown Heights, FiveMyles is an exhibition and performance space where art and community connect. The organization was founded and incorporated as a non-profit in 1999. Its mission is to advance public interest in innovative experimental work; to identify and exhibit the work of under-represented artists, and to engage the community through participation in the arts.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
House of workshop and a community commons in Brooklyn Heights. The Forum @ St. Ann’s seeks to engage the wider community through civic discourse, music and the arts and welcome diverse audiences from New York City and beyond through thoughtful and timely programming. Organized by the staff and volunteers at St. Ann’s, the Forum has mounted a series of successful art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry and book readings, panel discussions, and recitals that have drawn significant interest and attendance. Forum programs have attracted a number of individuals and non-profit groups, from Brooklyn and beyond, with which St. Ann’s has partnered on presentations.
KODA Arts Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization based in New York dedicated to mid-career artists of diverse backgrounds. KODA grants residencies to allow for experimentation and facilitates creative projects through strategic partnerships with socially engaged businesses. KODA is the go-to thinking spot and serves the community through exhibitions of contemporary art, events and outreach to strengthen art education. KODA’s projects and strategy are artist-centered and aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. KODA is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).