FABnyc Awards Five Finalists of 'FABLES' 2014 Public Art Project
After a competitive jury process, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) has selected five finalists for the inaugural FABLES Public Art project. FABLES is a public art series produced by FABnyc to explore the Lower East Side's living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. The five finalist artist/teams are: Lexi Bella, Tamara Gayer, Theresa Loong & Laura Nova, Levan Mindiashvili, Miguel Trelles & Juan Fernando Morales-Nazario. Semi-finalists also included Paul Brainard, Scott Simon, Greg Spielberg & Rich Tu, and Margaret Inga Wiatrowski.
The first installation will open in April, with subsequent installations through August 2014, and will be a featured program of the inaugural Lower East Side History Month in May 2014. Each exhibition will be on view between one and three months at multiple locations in the neighborhood, including: Ideal Glass (East 2nd St, btw Bowery & 2nd Ave), First Street Green Park (corner of 2nd Ave & Houston St), Centre-Fuge (East 1st St, near 1st Avenue), and City Lore (56 East 1st Street).
Submissions were accepted through an open call process. The nine semi-finalists and five final projects were selected by a jury comprised of Legacy Russell, Ethan Vogt, John Bowman, and Molly Garfinkel. "It has been an honor to work with our four FABLES jurors." says Program Director Keith Schweitzer, "Each brought an individual perspective, given their diverse disciplines, with a high level of professionalism, thoughtful consideration and love for our shared Lower East Side neighborhood."
Artists of the final projects have lived, worked, or have deep roots to the Lower East Side (LES), and have proposed pieces that draw on the stories and history of the LES and its residents. "The Lower East Side has one of the most diverse and rich cultural histories in New York City," says Lexi Bella, an artist who will be focusing on notable, yet under recognized women of the LES. "It is my heart, my home, and the birthplace of my daughter. I am so excited to express, educate, and pay homage through my art to the great women who are the past and the future of my favorite part of NYC."