The West Harlem Art Fund is spearheading a public art initiative for the communities of West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. Communities along the Hudson River, want to enhance their open public spaces and attract artist locally, regionally and beyond. Northern Manhattan neighborhoods understand the benefits of the “arts” and that it can improve quality of life, local tourism, safety as well as bring beautification.
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.”
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.