Sunroom Project Space 2017
Sunroom Project Space 2017 | April 8–May 21
Pictured above: Be(e) Sanctuary, 2017; Debris netting, plastic bags and caution tape; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen
Inspired by the materials that we consume and discard, Borinquen Gallo’s installations incorporate ordinary items, such as recycled textiles, cardboard packaging and plastic bags, which she reconfigures into unexpected combinations. For the Sunroom Project Space, Gallo creates an imaginary hive interior informed by Wave Hill’s beehives, using yellow, recycled, plastic bags and caution tape woven through debris netting. The installation lines the walls of the room and portions of the ceiling with textured, woven black and yellow surfaces, as well as cascading flowers made of plastic. Beehive-shaped objects of varying dimensions hang from the ceiling like lanterns, containing dangling house plants.
The project highlights the need for sustainable care of the natural environment, ultimately pointing to the apiary as a symbol of community and collaboration. Crafted out of debris netting, repurposed plastic bags and caution tape, Gallo’s installation issues a warning about the need to recycle, while blurring the lines between inside and outside, artifice and nature.
Gallo is a Bronx-based artist and educator born in Rome, Italy. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Scope Miami Beach, South Beach, FL; Governors Island Art Fair; National Academy Museum, New York, NY; the Queens Museum of Art; and Jamaica Art Center, Jamaica, NY. In 2015, she participated in the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program and exhibited in Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial. She is currently an assistant professor of art and design education at Pratt Institute and sculpture instructor at the National Academy School and Museum. Recent awards include a Percent for Art Program commission, the Sol Shaviro Award from the Bronx Museum, and a BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Gallo earned a BFA from the Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College. Her exhibition in the Sunroom Project Space will be her first solo show in a public arts institution.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.