OUT FRONT 24/7
Out Front 24/7 presents works by Queens based artists whose work reflects on life during the pandemic. During this crisis, city dwellers long for the lost ability to connect, whether with family, friends, or even with strangers. Out Front 24/7 encourages a sense of community and healing through visual art, inviting reflection, discussion, and public feedback.
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This is your Project description. Provide a brief summary to help visitors understand the context and background of your work. Click on "Edit Text" or double click on the text box to start.All I See is an ongoing, multi-media body of work that includes sound, text, and image with the intention of amplifying our relationship to nature as public space. This project contains photographs I took in Forest Park, Queens during the first months of the COVID pandemic lockdown. With those photographs, I designed postcards captioned with “538 acres once inhabited by the Rockaway, Delaware, and Lenape indigenous people” to remind us of the origins of Forest Park lands and the value of acknowledging the past in general. This banner is one of those postcards.
The collage, Gardens was created during the pandemic using my photographs of figures, landscapes and plants. These images were affixed to canvas using acrylic medium. The collage depicts a gathering at a community garden regarding it’s closing.
During the pandemic I made an updated dream number book, in Kreyol and English, so readers could look up images related to Covid19 from the anxiety dreams so many of us reported having. “Glow/Emerge” is a digital collage incorporating text from that dream book, with imagery meant to serve as a reminder that we were never alone despite the isolation of the lock-down period.
Baule Missy– African Diva (Missy Elliott) is a rare horizonal painting in Side B of the African Diva Project where wood African masks are directly affixed to the canvas. Missy Elliott is an unapologetically Afropunk lesbian entertainer with a flair for avant-garde fashion and in-your-face lyrics. In the gold background are the lyrics of “4 My People”, the title of the LP from which the image was taken, hand-scripted by the artist.
The Day No One Showed Up is a life-sized cyanotype (measuring 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft) that was made using sunlight out in my garden located in Bellerose, Queens during quarantine. In my work, I use shadows of physical objects to create photograms. This is my way of making something ephemeral and intangible, such as shadows, more tangible and permanent. This piece was inspired by the shelter-in period during the pandemic. While making this piece, I thought about the emptiness of the parks in NYC, that otherwise would be filled with people and how all the benches and seats would be vacant.
Blue(s)Prints is a series of digital text art pieces inspired by the story of Henry "Box" Brown, who mailed himself to freedom from slavery; "The Fantasy in the Hold" essay from Stefano Harney and Fred Moten's The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study; Lewis Latimer’s work as a draftsman; and reflecting on the possibilities of freedom, movement and life even in confined spaces and rigid structures. The banner is the merging of two pieces, “Blue(s)Print 1: Driving A Mantic Box (Kontainer UN/Kontained),” and “ Blue(s)Print 4: The Art of Escape (Breaking Down the Box),” which face each other as if they are speaking to one another. This influenced the title of the banner, Henry Brown’s Speakerboxxxez, which references Big Boi of Outkast’s album.
The method of watercolor painting serves as instant emotion recorders for specific
locations, events, people or emotional memories. This image printed for the SEQAA
banner is from the most recent painting series “New Phase.” It’s a daily ritual and humble
meditation to communicate the feeling of comfort, sorrow, hope, or calmness during the
2020 coronavirus pandemic. The painting practice helps keep me centered during the
crisis, and not stress over how long it will last and all the associated outcomes there might
My YouTube Algorithm Says I Can Be Self-Sufficient is a digital collage of screenshots from YouTube videos that have been my companions through the pandemic. The technologies that determine which videos are suggested on that platform probably sensed a collective need for escape and control, so I ended up watching many videos about tiny houses, gardening, and off-grid living. However, they often painted idealistic, even glamorous, pictures of living alone without showing the need for interdependency in and care of community. Therefore, in the collage composting worms eat away at simplistic solutions and self-preserving fantasy with the hope of transforming them into something more life-giving.
Shervone Neckles & José Miguel Ortiz
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For Those We Have Lost depicts part of an installation created at Wave Hill in the Bronx during a residency right before the mandated shelter-in-place in NYC.
The installation is an offering to ancestors and the spirit realm. Comprised of a series of sculptural pieces made of hypertufa, the piece uses soil and the surrounding landscape to take form. Hypertufa is often used in gardening and is a mixture made of cement, vermiculite and peat moss.
The image, For Those We Have Lost, is a remembrance of those we have lost. “We” meaning humanity and the ones lost are the hundreds of thousands of people lost due to covid and covid related complications.