Philip Moise

 

The Young Photographers of "Crossing Paths"
September 28 - October 21, 2000

Reception: Friday, October 6, 7 - 10 pm
Artists' Talk: October 12 @ 7 pm at the Gallery @ Green Street

A juried group exhibit of photographs produced by High School aged participants of workshops held during the creation of "Crossing Paths", a public art project created by Corey Tatarczuk and Denise Marika

The photos on exhibit @ Green Street were selected from work produced by "Crossing Paths" workshop participants from: Bikes Not Bombs and New Mission High School

Boston Herald, Monday, October 16th, 2000

Young adults, Hub artists have enjoyed `Crossing Paths'
Visual arts/by Mary Sherman

Monday, October 16, 2000

Mention public art and most people take a hike.

That's because for years public art amounted to what derisively became known as
``Plop Art.'' That was followed in the '80s by works spouting politically correct
slogans.

Now a middle ground finally has been reached, and public art, thankfully, has again
become both public and art, as revealed in a new projection installation on
Columbus Avenue and a related exhibit at the Gallery @ Green Street.

Taking advantage of concrete buttresses posited along the Southwest Corridor,
between Roxbury Crossing and Jackson Square, celebrated video artist Denise
Marika and artist/community activist Corey Tatarczuk have created a stunning,
eye-catching portrait of the area's young people. At dusk, the blank chunks come
alive. They become projection screens for a series of black-and-white stills of
young people from the breakdance group Floor Lords. Caught in energetic poses,
the Lords push out against the spaces' confines, a metaphor for what these youths
face every day.

The project is titled ``Crossing Paths.'' Sponsored by Visible Republic, an
organization dedicated to placing temporary artwork in the public sphere, the two
artists also worked with students from New Mission High School and Bikes Not
Bombs, an activist organization that channels goodwill through bikes. They set up
photography workshops at Roxbury Community College, during which 16 young
artists photographed their world in ways that conveyed their hopes, fears and
dreams.

The teens then submitted their photos to James Hull, curator at Gallery @ Green
Street, who selected pieces for exhibition. The results are a moving look at how
these youths see themselves and their surroundings; often the depictions are of
emptiness, as in Brigitte Hunt's photograph of a Laundromat and Luis Santiago's of
a desolate alley.

In other cases, the imagery is bleak, as in Ronni Armstead's picture of a
disintegrating car submerged in leaves, or touching, as in Philip Moise's portrait of
a sleeping teen and Shari Roberts' image of a young woman. Lashonda Jemmot's
photo of kids playing ball (they look more like pawns on a chessboard) is just plain
memorable.

From their work with these young people and numerous neighborhood groups,
Marika and Tatarczuk decided to project images of energy and limits to portray
these youths' lives. And, they report, the breakdance group seemed like the ideal
vehicle. Both agreed that this was one of the hardest projects they've done. They
had to secure numerous permits and community approvals as well as deal with
generators and electrical problems.

Two and half years later, the project has finally come to fruition and, given the
public response, it seems to be a huge success. The day that the projections went
up, the artists heard a scream from a car, ``Hey, that's me!'' and then a screech;
next they saw a woman proudly looking at herself. Likewise, the opening at Green
Street was jammed.

Everywhere, people were pointing out pieces they wanted to buy. And, if that wasn't
enough of an impact on the community and the participating youths, there's the
fact that a number of the teens have gone on to photography-related endeavors,
including working for Artists for Humanity, a photo lab and the school yearbook.



 

Alejandro Flores

 

 

Bridgette Hunt

 

 

Lashonda Jemont

 

 

Jose Santiago


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