by John Fekner
John Hekner is a street and multimedia artist, who created hundreds of environmental, social, political, and conceptual works consisting of stenciled words, symbols, dates, and icons painted outdoors around the world.
This mini-retrospective encapsulates and showcases John Fekner’s paintings, mixed media sculpture, and ephemera. Although some of the work is decades old, their relevance resonates today, maybe with even greater urgency.
In this exhibition, we hope to continue a dialogue with the public willing to reflect, reexamine, relearn, and redefine, both past and present issues, for a better future for everyone in our communities.
Happily Ever After?
by Linda Rettich
We grew up with fairy tales that helped us understand human behavior. The fairy tales have a moral message. Read at different ages, they offer new insights into human frailties and consequences. Different from what we’ve read in most fairy tales, in reality, we realize not everyone lives ‘Happily ever after’. The sculptures inspired by well-known fairy tales presented in this show reveal alternate endings regenerated by artist Linda Rettich’s meticulous beaded touches. Understanding different narratives will help the viewers expand the perspective on life and to become open-minded.
Artist’s editions of Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood will be presented along with beautifully designed wearable beaded art pieces.
The Shape and Line of Home
by Frances Hynes
In the 1970s and early 1980s, artist Frances Hynes made paintings of the simple, wood-frame houses of her neighborhood: New England, cape cod style and Tudor style homes. During these years she also found upstate NY barns to be an inspiration. And some paintings referenced the functional and plain factory buildings and sheds she saw in Long Island City, the location of her studio for 40 years (1976 - 2016). This place too was home to her.
In this exhibition, Frances showcases 12 earlier paintings depicting houses and homes. All architectural imagery was painted in a greatly simplified manner - intensified with color, separated from the image and transformed to something more fundamental, distant and abstract - but with the building image remaining clear and recognizable.
by Margie Neuhaus
Margie Neuhaus is an artist based in Brooklyn, whose work is inspired by the study of natural and manmade systems. She explores the quotidian details and mysteries of life with structures inspired by architecture, natural structures, and biological systems.
Margie often integrates and expands various spatial concepts to create works that explore dissonance, harmony, vulnerability and ephemeral states. She explores notions of emptiness, linear disruptions, ideas of chance and impermanence.
With her interests in things that are fragile, spontaneous, and feel humble, Margie creates works with a certain tone of lightness, to evoke a sense of contemplation and to slow viewers down so that they might perceive space, air, and structure in new ways. Her works also investigate various spatial phenomena and textures and contrast the ethereal with the constructed.
by Katy Martin
Katy Martin is a visual artist whose work combines painting, photography and performance. She also makes film and video. Katy’s art, paint on skin, is about the fluidity of borders, and skin itself as a porous boundary that continually shifts and changes.
Her work has been exhibited at Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre and Light Cone, The Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, Saint Peter’s Church, The Clemente, PPOW Gallery, The Tribeca Film Festival, Alexander/Heath Contemporary, The Harvard Art Museums, GalerieForum Am Meer, Green Dog Arts, The Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art and The Art Museum of Shanghai University.
Long-term collaborations include performance projects with three Paris artists, a weekly photo exchange with a Berlin artist, and curatorial projects with a Shanghai film curator.
by Yu-Whuan Wang
Yu-Whuan’s wide-ranging art explores the relationship between nature and culture in her sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, and installations. Her work, while bold and direct, includes mystery, gentle humor, and a philosophical aspect.
ZERO is like an element in nature, nothing but the key to everything. This project is about standing in or dancing with that element, taking it all and writing it down, recalling it, showing and existing. What we see here as the installation is an encounter with touches of time, suggestions, grafts of time. We see the mind at work with the visuality of deep surfaces, the specific branches (literally, in this case) of action and presence which creatively arise, one way or another, in our encounters with zero.
by Dong Kyu Kim
Dong Kyu Kim is an artist and fashion designer whose mixed media works are constructed of paper receipts and tickets collected over the past 10 years and sewn by hand. His work is inspired by Jogakbo, the traditional Korean craft of patching together scraps of fabric.His work asks questions about the impact of American capitalism on one’s values, and what motivates a person to want more and more. It is an examination of the roots of our desires, and how we determine value.
Kim has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and in Korea. Born and raised in South Korea, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Design and has worked for nearly 20 years as a fashion designer in Korea, China, Mexico, and the United States.
by Dan Rubin
Photographer Dan Rubin began working with black and white 35mm film and is currently focused on digital photography including infrared. With New York as his palette, Dan’s rich range of subjects and themes has been exhibited in Manhattan and Queens. Some of his images can be seen at his website, www.danrubinphoto.com and through his video collaborations with Tina Seligman.
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What our visitors saying about their experience
Your philosophy is wonderful, we need more people to think as you do. I think the Garage Art Center is an important project and much needed in the neighborhood.Anonymous, Bayside
I agree it's wonderful to be able to support other artists. At the Garage Art Center, we could have a talk for the community about the joy of not only collecting art but giving it as a special gift. Not about commercialism, but about how it can affect your life.Anonymous, Jackson Heights
I'm thrilled to be part of what you are doing. I have for years, wished for a local community for artists.Anonymous, Bayside
This is what I always dreamed about. I used to think about the artists, writers, and musicians would gather and discuss, share, and collaborate. Thank you so much for making this happen with your special vision!Anonymous