Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle
February 5 – May 20, 2012
OPENING PARTY: Sunday, February 4, 6 – 10 pm
7:00 Brian Zegeer and Baby Copperhead’s Pull My Daisy video remix
8:30 Rachel Mason at the Unisphere
8 – 10 DJ Dan Fox
Snacks for sale by celebrated food trucks Mexicue, Rickshaw Dumplings, and Solber’s Papusas (Winner Vendy Cup 2011)
FASTEST ROUTE to QMA: E or F to 74th St/Roosevelt Ave in Queens and take Flushing-bound 7 to Mets/Willets Point. Please note: Due to track work, the 7 train is not running between Grand Central and Queensboro Plaza on weekends through March.
Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle is the fifth edition of the Queens Museum of Art’s biannual survey of artists living and working in the borough. The 31 artists featured this year are based in Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, and Ridgewood, and comprise a multi-national and cross-generational group.
We found many artists working in forms of abstraction and collage, while many others were telling fantastical stories that layer the here and now with other spaces and times. Together, they seemed to be combining the rational and the emotional, searching for worlds beyond our own, from the midst of a daily life permeated by information technology.
These ideas are woven throughout the museum’s first-floor galleries. One gallery focuses on humble materials, basic forms and energies, and their discovery in everyday life. Another suggests possible journeys into the future and past, deploying symbols from traditional cultures, science, and mathematics. A third contains artworks that turn inward towards home and the spiritual. In addition to the works on view, three artists’ workshops are scheduled to explore these ideas in real time.
The exhibition subtitle originates with French Surrealist René Daumal’s unfinished novel Mount Analogue (1944), in which eight explorers use scientific knowledge and metaphysical powers to search for a magical mountain invisible to the human eye. In this spirit, embark on your journey through the exhibition.
Karen Y. Chan
Jesse A. Greenberg
Claudia Peña Salinas
This exhibition was organized by Jamillah James (2010-11 Van Lier Fund Fellow), Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum of Art) and Manuela Moscoso (2011-12 Van Lier Fund Fellow), and will be accompanied by a publication designed by Common Name.
Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle has been supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, The Greenwall Foundation, and Target.
The Queens Museum of Art is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York. With the assistance of the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and the New York City Council, the Museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, generous foundation and corporate supporters, Queens Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, Members and friends.
Text and photos courtesy of QMA and the artists.