On the heels of its very first exhibition, which debuted in April, Garage Art Center opened its latest expo “Wave Forms” by Queens-based artist Tina Seligman last week.
The mixed media showcase explores Seligman’s fascination with the ability for patterns and cycles in nature to connect people across oceans. Focusing on water in particular, the exhibit uses shells, stones, sea fossils and cyanotypes gathered during the artist’s walks along a beloved sandbar in Truro, Massachusetts.
“I began thinking about how ancient the ocean is and the beauty of water molecules, which evaporate and condense into clouds that eventually return to the ocean through precipitation,” Seligman explains. “Listening to the often soothing, sometimes thundering sounds of the waves and varying rhythms of rain reminds me of the excitement I felt the first time I saw an audio waveform visually expressing sound.”
With an art degree from Queens College, Seligman is an artist, composer, writer, and curator, as well as a longtime teaching artist-in-residence at Flushing Town Hall.
The final display in “Wave Forms” is a mosaic of paintings, photography, assemblage, video, musical composition and poetry inspired by the sandbar and other bodies of water.
The exhibition also features collaborative works with jazz artist Iga Mrozek, photographer Dan Rubin and filmmaker Hyonok Kim.
Designed in the Bayside garage of Korean folk artist Stephanie Lee, the Garage Art Center is intended to be a rent-free space that allows local artists to promote their work and engage with the community. Even in the face of COVID-19, the venue is doing just that.
“The message of hope from nature through Tina's exhibition speaks to us, particularly in these times,” says Lee. “She shows nature and art as a way to connect people and build bridges, and we see the relevance in the coming months as the world recovers from the pandemic.”
Due to public health and social distancing concerns, the Garage Art Center will not host an opening reception for “Wave Forms.” Videos of the exhibition and an accompanying artist workshop will soon be featured on the venue’s website (garageartcenter.org) for remote viewing.
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