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PERCENT FOR ART INTERVIEW | MARY MATTINGLY

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Mary Mattingly’s work explores economic, social, political and ecological issues through art. In 2012, Percent for Art commissioned Mattingly for a project based on her temporary installations of Flock House, a group of self-contained ecosystems that have been exhibited around New York City. Her Percent commission - a permanent adaptation of this idea - is due to be completed in 2015. Percent for Art interviewed Mattingly to discuss Flock House, her current project Wetland, and the partially-submerged house in Philadelphia she plans to move into with her two cats.  

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Percent for Art Interview | Tattfoo Tan

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Tattfoo Tan’s work explores the intersection of art, ecology, sustainability, and social practice. In 2010, Percent for Art commissioned Tan for S.O.S. Pledge at PS971 in Brooklyn. A monumental marble wall with gold-painted lettering, the artwork is an artistic appropriation of the Pledge of Allegiance,with a greener mission. Percent for Art met with Mr. Tan to discuss S.O.S Pledge, along with his current projects, his uniform, and what it is he likes about worms.  

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Next Monday evening, Mayor de Blasio will present 2013 Awards for Excellence in Design to two Percent for Art projects selected for recognition by the City’s Public Design Commission

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In honor of our first official #ThrowbackThursday post, we are highlighting Donna Dennis's 1988 Percent for Art commission, Dreaming of Far Away Places, which incorporates the rich history of the New York harbor and the Washington Market at P.S. 234 in Tribeca.

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All Together Now, located in the lobby of PS IS 78 in Queens, is a four-panel ceramic tile installation by Ohad Meromi completed in summer 2013. Inspired by the work of choreographer Noa Eshkol, vibrant figures and abstract forms set against a dark backdrop evoke a performance that spans the entire lobby wall that leads to the school’s auditorium.

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Percent for Art commissions artists whose work is shown around the world. Click through for a few of the exhibitions currently on view around New York City that feature work by Percent artists, including  Xu Bing’s installation at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. 

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Behind the Scenes 

In addition to temporary art, the DOT Art Program collaborates with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art program to commission permanent artwork throughout the City. Here is a behind the scenes look at the fabrication of a sculpture by Brian Tolle which will be installed on the Flatbush Avenue median in Brooklyn later this year. 

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PERCENT FOR ART INTERVIEW | ALISON SAAR

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Alison Saar is a Los Angeles native whose work explores themes of African cultural diaspora and spirituality. In November of 2008, Saar was commissioned for Swing Low, a powerful two-tone bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in a traffic island at West 122nd Street, St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Below, Saar discusses her inspiration for the piece and how community input was integrated into this bold work of art. 

Percent for Art: How did you come up with the imagery of Harriet Tubman on locomotive tracks?

Alison Saar: When I was first invited to come in and develop an idea for this piece, I started doing research on Harriet Tubman.  I grew up in the 60’s when we were first learning about her and it was pretty superficial. I thought it was really important to see how she continued to put her own safety at risk, how she continued to put her own finances toward teaching other people in so many ways. I wanted to bring all those things to life in her story. 

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Located just outside the school cafeteria on the 5th floor terrace of the new FXFOWLE-designed Hunter’s Point campus in Queens , Natasha Johns-Messenger’s Percent for Art commission, Alterview, creates dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline.

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Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg touted the progress that has been made on Staten Island since 2001. Among the accomplishments are 11 new permanent public art installations commissioned through Percent for Art, including Michael Falco’s Where Marsh Meets the Sea, a glass mural installed in the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal in 2007. Falco’s piece greets ferry passengers with hundreds of images interwoven to depict the borough’s maritime history.

 

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Sunrise Curtain, part of Russian-born artist Peter Rostovsky’s 2012 Percent for Art commission for IS/HS Spring Creek in Brooklyn, greets visitors with a large, pixilated sunrise above the school’s main entrance. The Percent installation also includes Sunrise Band—twelve adjacent oil paintings of different sunrises — in the school auditorium. Using the metaphor of the sunrise to allude to the dawn of knowledge, these two works welcome the viewer into the school, and back into the world as they leave the building. “I am particularly interested in how painting, as a traditional medium interfaces with new technologies,” says Rostovsky. His work brings an optimistic motif to the school while also casting a speculative eye to the technology that increasingly acts as a filter between us and the everyday. 

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Hardly apparent as an artwork during the day, the magic of Jim Conti’s light tower installation Assent Ascent fully reveals itself at night. image

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For two days every year, Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend gives the public a chance to engage more deeply with the built environment and learn about aspects of our city that are hidden in plain sight. This year Percent for Art commissions in two boroughs will be featured in the weekend’s activities on October 12 &13, located in New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center, and Queens Public Library’s branches in Long Island City and Flushing. The pieces, pictured above, range from architectural elements like Yong Soon Min’s etched glass wall to interior features like Iñigo Manglano Ovalle’s exploration of DNA as a catalog, reflecting the diverse ways permanent art can enhance our public spaces.

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Earlier this week, Percent artist Carrie Mae Weems was named a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for her work “examining the complex and contradictory legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in the United States.”

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Congratulations to the 2013 MacArthur Fellows - especially 1988 Public Art Fund artist Carrie Mae Weems! See the rest of the extraordinary fellows here. 

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On September 10, local officials and community leaders gathered to unveil a new plaza in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Marcy Plaza, located near the intersection of Marcy Avenue and Fulton Street, provides the neighborhood with brand new space for farmers markets, arts programming, people watching, and the myriad other uses New Yorkers find for public space. At the north end of the plaza, an intricate mosaic artwork is inlaid on the ground—Mathematical Star, a recently completed Percent for Art commission by Ellen Harvey.

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