The city so nice they named it twice is about to get a bit brighter thanks to new neon artwork by local artist Jordan Baker-Caldwell.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal, Chashama and the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation will present new work by Jordan Baker-Caldwell at the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s “Project Find” space on 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. The work, entitled Rush Hour, will be viewable starting Monday, July 9th and will run through September 4th, 2018.
Rush Hour is an elaborate site specific installation made up of a series of painted wooden figures and shapes, illuminated from behind with neon lights. Rush Hour is a stylized representation of the busiest time of day with a spotlight on the people and energy that make this city great. The use of primary colors reference those of MTA subway lines, as well as those of the crowds, cars, and busses, leaving trails of light in their path as they traverse the landscape. Rush Hour is part of Jordan’s ongoing Surelo Collection. Surelo, a term coined by the artist, is a movement that exists at the cross-section of commodification, culture, dreams and reality. Surelo works challenge the ways in which we classify the things we see, in an effort to reconnect us to the truths behind those imaginary lines.
Jordan’s work has been described as figurative, organic forms juxtaposed with modern neo-cubic abstraction, often combining found and fabricated objects to create an enlivened visual narrative. His work evokes a sense of meditative reverence, inviting viewers to stop and consider the boundless possibilities that exist before them at any given moment, if they can just slow down long enough to see them.
Jordan’s art has been exhibited around the world at venues including the National Metal Museum, MoMA, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Currently, his 15 foot sculpture Golem is on permanent loan at the historic Harlem Hospital, on view in the Mural Pavilion. In 2016 Jordan made history with the installation of his sculpture Ascension in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, making him the youngest artist ever to have a permanent public sculpture in New York City. Ascension is located at the corner of 36th Street and 9th Avenue.
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