The Queens Museum, in partnership with ArtBuilt and NYC Parks, is proud to launch Studio in the Park: The Queens Museum-ArtBuilt Mobile Studio Residency Program. Operating in conjunction with the Museum’s artist services and community engagement initiatives, the pair of month-long residencies provides visual artists the chance to work in a 150 square foot purpose-built mobile studio situated adjacent to the Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and near a gateway park entrance with maximum public accessibility. Artists Patrick Rowe and Matthew Jensen have been selected through an open call to participate in this uniquely embedded residency.
The first residency, running from June 15 through July 15, has been awarded to the People’s Design Laboratory, a project by artist Patrick Rowe in collaboration with members of Mobile Print Power. The project will function as a research center for the development of unique navigational signage, a pressing challenge for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, using collaborative and participatory design strategies. The signage concepts developed at the People’s Design Laboratory will capture the spirit of the park and will be created by the park community through a series of participatory events and open studio hours. The signs will highlight the unique vernacular aesthetics that thrive in a place as culturally diverse as Queens. The concept for the project is based on a methodology for collaborative artmaking and design in public space that Rowe developed through Mobile Print Power, a multigenerational printmaking collective project that he initiated in 2013, and Rowe will be assisted by World’s Park community advisors, a group of local park advocates that coalesced through an ongoing partnership between the Queens Museum, NYC Parks, and Design Trust for Public Space.
The second residency, from July 16 through August 16, has been awarded to A Collection of Walks, a project by Matthew Jensen. The project will incubate a new body of work that brings Jensen’s process of walking, collecting, and documenting to explore the landscapes and neighborhoods in and around Flushing Meadows Corona Park. New York City parks have been a source of inspiration for Jensen over the past ten years. Here in Queens, Jensen’s walks through Flushing Meadows Corona Park will yield a collection of objects, ephemera and natural detritus that will be carefully arranged inside the mobile studio as a cabinet of curiosities, where park-goers will be invited to experience the varied collections culled from local landscapes. In the weeks following the residency Jensen will create a map or “walker’s guide” that the public can use as inspiration and guidance for reexamining their neighborhood and seeing the familiar in a new light.
Mobile Studio Public Programming
Beginning on June 18, the People’s Design Laboratory will invite park-goers to engage in activities in and around the Mobile Studio. The open hours for the studio are Wednesday through Friday, 3pm to 7pm, and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. On Sunday, June 28, and Saturday July 11, the People’s Design Laboratory will host public events featuring drawing activities, printmaking, and live music and performances.
Additional information, including specific dates for project events and open studio hours for A Collection of Walks, will be posted here.
About the Artists
Patrick Rowe is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Through his long-term community-based projects, Patrick co-creates spaces for collaboration, active participation, and the exchange of cultural knowledge. In 2013 Patrick started Mobile Print Power, a multigenerational printmaking collective based out of Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens. Mobile Print Power uses screen printing to engage communities and explore social and cultural situations. Patrick lives in the Bronx.
Artist Matthew Jensen uses walking, history, photography and collecting to create work about public landscapes and about how technology has expanded the meaning of accessible landscape. New York City’s landscapes have been a particular focus for Jensen with multidisciplinary projects like Nowhere in Manhattan, Cleaning a Glacial Pothole, East Coast-West Coast-The Bronx-The Bronx, Searching for Something Previously Unknown or Forgotten on Governors Island, Walking Flatbush and numerous others.
ArtBuilt Mobile Studios are small mobile workspaces that let artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses work in new ways and in new places. ArtBuilt is a collaborative partnership between ArtBuilding and ArtHome, two non-profit organizations which work to support the creative sector by helping individual creative workers. They focus on financial literacy and business training, home-ownership and other forms of asset-building, access to credit, economic self-sufficiency and micro-enterprise support. They provide innovative solutions by leveraging existing solutions and expertise from other sectors to benefit their arts constituency.
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