It's A New Life For Me
Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance Partners With The Port Authority and Chashama To Curate Art Exhibition In Project Find Space
The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK), in partnership with the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Chashama, has curated a temporary solo exhibition of paintings by Hunter Potter in the “Project Find” space located at 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. From April 22, 2019 – June 17, 2019, Potter’s exhibit It’s A New Life For Me will be on view 24 hours a day.
Hunter Potter, originally from Upstate New York, creates work that pays homage to the characters and lifestyles for which he continuously yearns. Though undeniably exaggerated and fantastical, his paintings are a direct result of the small-town, blue-collar, Americana environment where he grew up, and remains so strongly connected to. Similar to the folklore that is passed around in such settings, the paintings are neither past nor present, fact nor fiction, right nor wrong, but a combination of it all. In It’s A New Life For Me, four acrylic paintings of birds flirt with color and interpretation, inviting a feeling of freedom into the window space.
On a technical level, Potter is interested in the distortion of space and narrative via the endless possibilities of painterly mark making. Through the juxtaposition of style, technique, medium, and the intentional abandonment of perspective, scale, and focus, Potter’s work begs the viewer to slow down and analyze the image piece by piece, bit by bit, in order to fully appreciate or understand the whole. Like individual sentences coming together to form a flowing paragraph, so to can the marks of the airbrush, paint roller, spatula, and collage coexist on canvas in the creation of a single narrative.
Hunter Potter was born in Syracuse, NY in 1990. Despite having formally studied studio art at the University of Vermont and graduating in 2013, Potter accredits much of his artistic knowledge and education to the time spent working as a studio assistant for various New York artists and apprenticing for Colossal Media as a traditional billboard painter from 2015 to 2018. Potter currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. More of Hunter Potter’s work can be found on Instagram, online at hunterpotter.com, or by contacting him directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance Business Improvement District (HYHK) is a not-for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the diverse population who lives, works and visits the district. The BID covers an area broadly bound by West 42nd Street to the north, 11th Avenue to the west, West 30th Street to the south and 9th Avenue to the east. Our work involves streetscape improvements, supplemental sanitation services, neighborhood horticulture and beautification projects, and technical and professional services for small businesses. HYHK is the official NYC Department of Parks and Recreation maintenance and operations partner for Hudson Blvd Park. You can learn more about our work and future projects at hyhkalliance.org and Instagram.
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov