|Medium: Mixed Media
44-02 23rd St, LIC - Studio# 321
Linda Cunningham is a Bronx based artist with a long New York and international exhibition career. Her 24 ft wide "South Bronx Waterfront Sagas" was exhibited in the Bronx Museum lobby Nov. 2016-Feb. 2017. ODETTA Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn featured her work in KIOSK, a Nov. 2015 exhibition and will host her one-person exhbit of an installation opening early July 2017. Her one-person exhibition at the American University, Paris just concluded in March 2017. Her work was included in FLUX, Harlem Art Fairs 2015 & 2016 and featured in "No Longer Empty's "Intersections", 2015, and "This Side of Paradise" at the Andrew Freedman House, Bronx, NY 2013. Her installation was then installed in the Bronx Museum in an exhibition sponsored by the Alliance of Bronx Arts Organizations.
Cunningham's sculptural installation of stone and steel, "Urban Regeneration" was installed for a year in Westchester Square, Bronx, NY, 2014 and was originally installed on the terrace of the Bronx Museum, 2009-10. Exhibiting in Germany began with an extensive installation in an Alternative documenta, 1992 and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship year in Berlin at the Hochschule der Kunste. Her monumental public sculpture installations/ alternative memorials are permanently sited in Kassel, Bad Hersfeld and Cornberg, Germany, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ and City of Sculpture, Hamilton Ohio. Alternative Memorials were sited at the CUNY Graduate Center, 42nd St across from Bryant Park, 1989-1995, in Tribecca and UN Plaza, NY 1997-98, and are currently sited in Cologne Germany.
Bifurcated sheets of canvas with torn edges suggest the beautifully open vistas now inaccessible to the residents of the South Bronx, abandoned and dominated by deteriorating remains, rotting remnants of piers, power stations and City Waste transfer stations. The unusual materials and torn canvas edges convey with tactile sensibility the contradictions documented with photo-transferred images. Materials layered with acrylic and pastel, reveal a broken South Bronx history, an urban renewal tragedy in an area once know as a retreat for fresh air and greenery. The shards of information and vistas evoke the former Port Morris harbor, named for Gov. Morris, one of the original signers of the constitution.
Cunningham's work centers n time, transience and contradictions, shown through images of the shifting urban present.. Compelling environmental concerns juxtaposed against industry, urban blight and the lost natural environment drive her work.
All images and text copyright Linda Cunningham