REPURPOSE Light Shows under the West Harlem Viaduct tonight

The West Harlem Art Fund is presenting an event called “REPURPOSE Public Art Intervention” under the West Harlem Viaduct at along 12th Avenue tonight, where several lighting artists will do their thing for the public with the participation of a few Hotspots on this strip from 125th – 133rd streets.  This is a FREE event aimed at bringing attention to this lively, yet sometimes dark area of West Harlem.  According to curator, Savona Bailey-McClain, “we can make West Harlem along the Hudson River and underneath the viaduct, a destination for art, food and lifestyle. Artists have been contacted like Vicki DaSilva to work on collaborative or individual projects. We can have a real art scene that’s contemporary and speaks to the issues and concerns of today.”


Public Art Intervention
A North River Arts! Production/Curated By Savona Bailey-McClain
Public Display on Saturday, May 10, 2014; 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Vicki DaSilva is a light graffiti and painting pioneer. Since 1980, she has been making single frame time exposure photographs, at night. Vicki is credited with the term “light graffiti” as well as being the first artist to make deliberate text light graffiti photographs. Vicki was influenced by video and performance artist Joan Jonas and then Richard Serra whom she worked with for ten years. Her work with Jonas and Serra, along with the birth of Hip Hop and the fusion of graffiti with fine art was extremely influential in her art. Vicki, along with her husband Antonio, use 4 and 8-foot fluorescent bulbs attached to a complex system of tracks and pulleys to create her work. Using a camera that allows a ‘bulb’ setting for an extended time while on a tripod, the light source is directed at the camera and then the camera documents the movement of the light.

North River Arts first intervention will be displayed on Saturday, May 10th in partnership with curator Linda Griggs, Center for Holographic Arts, Sweet Spot Festival and a host of artists underneath the 12th Avenue viaduct from 125th Street to 135th Street. REPURPOSE is an official event during NYCxDesign and Frieze Week NY. Projections begin at 8:30 p.m.