The Storefront Project: Hexagon Communitas by Edel Kelly

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August 16, 2014 through September 23, 2014


Pelham Art Center


All Ages


Event description: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." -Albert Einstein

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce the third Storefront Project, Hexagon Communitas by Edel Kelly, a pop-up, site-specific installation in downtown Pelham that transforms an empty restaurant facade into a rich, golden, reflective streetscape that engages in the matter of "The Bee."

Hexagon Communitas balances reflection and reveal, and interior and exterior, to bring attention to the importance of the bee. The window panes will be installed with gold reflective vinyl, creating a playful interaction where a viewer's image will be mirrored, and reflected-light will change with the weather. Six of the storefront panes will be filled with a light yellow transparent gel, which will reveal a table draped in yellow and set with a gold plate and abstract sculpture inside the former restaurant. Hovering above the table will be a luminous hexagon sculpture. Kelly's use of color and form creates a relationship to nature, specifically the use of yellow, gold, and the hexagon shape. The latter also serves as a metaphor for the North American Honey Bee and its hive.

The work of the bee is to pollinate crops, which brings food to our tables. Today the bee population is in serious decline from multiple factors, most prominently from the use of pesticides and insecticides like neonicotinoids used in Genetically Modified Organisms. This controversial practice might well have devastating environmental consequences in the near future. The artist's intent is to initiate a dialogue into the subject of CCD, colony collapse disorder of the bee, and whether we are better working with nature rather than against it.

Passersby can view this exhibition from street level 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the storefront windows of 156 Fifth Ave., across the street from The Pelham Art Center.

Hexagon Communitas will be on view through Sept. 23.

A Super Opening Reception will be held at Pelham Art Center on Sept. 12 from 6:30-8pm in conjunction with the fall gallery exhibition, "Natural Enemies," which will include a free hands-on sculpture workshop. A pre-opening event will take place at 6pm with an outdoor dance performance by Peg Moore-Maioriello from Metropolidance.

About Edel Kelly Edel Kelly, born in Ireland, is an artist based in New York City, whose practice involves photography, video, painting, sculpture, and installation. Kelly studied at Columbia College Chicago, ICP NY, and Hunter College, NY. Her work is inspired by nature, indigenous culture, and adventure.

Most recently Kelly has exhibited a short film, "Manifestation of a Tree" at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York in conjunction with the "Bodies in Balance" exhibition. Recent exhibitions of her sculptural work include: The Henry Salon pop up "Neon Hexa #1" and "Fugitive Day" at Hunter College. In 2010 and 2011 she exhibited work at the auction for SAWCC (South Asian Women's Creative Collective) at Saffron Art Gallery, NYC, and The Guild Art Gallery, NYC. She has also shown at the ICP NY, Digital Dimensions Group Show.

More about The Storefront Project Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project activates empty and underused storefronts in downtown Pelham, NY, by installing temporary "pop-up" art exhibitions by emerging artists. These street-level exhibitions serve to energize both the space and the streetscape, continuously refreshing the cultural environment of downtown Pelham. Exhibitions of painting, photography, and other two-dimensional work, along with sculpture and installations will each be shown for roughly one month. The Storefront Project is part of PAC's larger Public Art Program, which includes sculpture and installation exhibitions in the Pelham Art Center courtyard for enjoyment by the public. Free arts programming positively impacts the neighborhood, stimulates local businesses, and builds community by attracting residents and new visitors to an arts destination. PAC's first Storefront Project is located at 156 5th Avenue and was generously donated by neighboring business Annie's Nail & Spa.

An open call was published in April inviting artists to respond to one or more of the following criteria when submitting a proposal: site-specificity, community building, public engagement, interactivity, history of Pelham/Westchester County/New York, and/or the importance of creating and sustaining public spaces. For more information on how to apply, visit Pelham Art Center's website at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with 12 proposals accepted per year. All work is for sale and inquiries can be made through Pelham Art Center.

Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop

These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin’s Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

Storefront 156 is generously being provided free of charge by Annie's Nail & Spa, 158 Fifth Ave., Pelham, open 7 days a week. 914-738-8888/914-738-2221.

Address: 156 Fifth Ave.
(across the street from PAC)
Pelham, NY 10803
Phone: 914-738-2525

About Pelham Art Center

Standard hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5 pm; Saturday, 10–4 pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Stroller parking: Yes
Stroller check: No
Bring food: Yes
Buy food: No
Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
Changing tables in the women's room(s): No
Changing tables in the men's room(s): No
Family bathroom: Yes

Pelham Art Center's mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources, and the opportunity to see, study, and experience the arts in a community setting. Currently serving more than 16,000 adults and children in Westchester County and parts of the Bronx by offering high-quality free and affordable art programs for children and adults year round, high quality art exhibitions and event space for birthdays and more. Pelham Art Center is committed to the belief that the public’s access to and participation in the arts strengthens communities and fosters life long engagement in the arts.

Parking: Paid
Nearest public transportation stop: Pelham train station
Play area: Indoor and Outdoor
Party room: Yes

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