A Papa. 1999
Video, Black and White, Sound, 4’09”
Many folks are familiar with the “Burning Man” Festival in Nevada. For years, in Black Rock, a community is created where fire and light is the focal point. People come from thousands of miles to come. Participants think it’s an amazing experience. Well, right in Harlem, West Harlem to be exact, the 12th Avenue viaduct will be the inspiration of art, design, technology and LIGHTS. A “real” art scene that is contemporary and 21st century is budding in West Harlem. Artists and restaurant owners will be working together to make 12th Avenue hip and cool. And Harlem artists will join this intervention series too. Get to know the artists below.
DIANNE SMITH is an abstract painter, sculptor, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York City’s Soho and Chelsea art districts as well as, numerous galleries and institutions throughout the United States. She is an educator in the field of Aesthetic Education at Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), which is part of New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Since the invitation to join the Institute over six years ago she has taught k-12 in public schools throughout the Tri-State area. Her work as a teaching artist also extends to undergraduate and graduate courses in various colleges and universities such as: Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Columbia University Teachers College, City College, and St. John’s University. Dianne is a Bronx native of Belizean descent. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the Otis Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Smith recently completed her MFA at Transart Institute in Berlin. She currently lives and works in Harlem, NY.
EDUARDO DIFARNECIO was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1962 and raised in the United States and Colombia by his Colombian parents. He is a conceptual artist and curator who works in different mediums including video, photography and drawing. He completed postgraduate diploma in fine art at Goldsmith College, London in 1996 and his BFA at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn in 1986. Difarnecio has had solo shows and has participated in group shows internationally in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Mexico and New York City. He currently lives and works in Harlem, New York.
ERIK SANNER is a visual artist, living and working in Harlem, NYC. He has recently exhibited at Tria Gallery (NYC), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), LICHT FELD (Basel), the Danforth Museum (Massachusetts), and Carmichael Gallery (LA). Sanner’s overarching goals include expanding our experience of painting by utilizing technology, promoting awareness of traffic cone aesthetics, and collaborating with artists and non-artists alike to realize projects no individual would have imagined or executed without sharing their visions and cooperating together. Erik currently lives in Harlem.
Stranding Memory, 2009 by Erik Sanner and K Staelin, on Vimeo, symmetry/growth series,
digital media 2009, dna, time. K staelin, sim-me-try, 2009