It's mid-week and we're craving fresh air and some fine inspiration.
Look no further than Long Island City's Socrates Sculpture Park and the 2012 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, an exploration of art in the public sphere. The annual exhibition runs from September to March, featuring outdoor pieces (and in some cases performances) described as 'subtly mysterious, visually compelling, and, at times, provocative', by renown emerging artists.
Selected annually by a committee of curators with a strong knowledge of contemporary art, the 2012 Emerging Artists are awarded a grant, unique residency in the Park's outdoor studio, and technical support to facilitate their projects, which, are developed on-site during the summer. All this allows visitors the rare opportunity to experience the creation of these works. In addition to the sculptures, the Socrates Sculpture Park, an abandoned landfill and dumpsite until 1986, sits on a peaceful waterfront area of Queens with views of the Manhattan skyline.
The 2012 Emerging Artists include Jarrod Beck, Melissa Calderon, Cui Fei, Brent Dickinson, Sarah Dornner, Tamar Ettun, Jessica Feldman, Ben Hall, Charles Harlan, Hugh Hayden, Chang-Jin Lee, Fernando Mastrangelo, Bundith Phunsombatlert, Jeff Williams, and Seldon Yuan.
* If you're planning a visit in the near future (like we are!), be sure to pick up some farm-fresh fruits and veggies at the GrowNYC Greenmarket , every Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm (ends November 17th).
For directions and hours, visit the Garden's website at http://www.socratessculpturepark.org/