Artport 2019 – Selected artists
Session 1 – April – June 2019
Holger Keifel – Photographer, Astoria
Holger plans to transform the ArtPort space into a photo studio. During his residency, the artist will invite travelers to have their portraits taken. At the photo session, Holger will speak with the visitor about their flight plans, encouraging a deeper conversation about thoughts on traveling in general. Holger will display his portraits in the studio space, and the portraits and quotes from his interviews will later be compiled into a photo book documenting the entire project.
Session 2 – July – September 2019
Davi Leventhal – Visual Artist, Astoria
Davi will create fuxicos, a traditional Brazilian decoration created from fabric scraps. With the goal of filling the entire space with these colorful, flowerlike objects, Davi will spend his residency fabricating fuxicos in-studio. He will invite visitors to the studio space to learn this simple technique and create fuxicos with him. Davi aims to have the crafting process foster conversation between himself and visitors while working on this social art project.
Session 3 – October – December 2019
Linda Ganjian – Visual Artist, Jackson Heights
Linda will design and print original postcards that will feature abstracted illustrations of Queens landmarks as well as spaces and locations at LaGuardia Airport. Old and new postcard designs will cover the studio space, creating a visually engaging site-specific installation. Travelers will also be invited to visit the studio space to engage with the artist and take a postcard as a souvenir.
Session 4 – January – March 2020
Haksul Lee & Natsuki Takauji
Flushing & Astoria
This duo will create a 5-to-6-foot-tall sculpture that will consist of a white airplane and a blue airplane, positioned together as mirror images. Visitors to the studio will be asked to write their names in their own language, as well as be recorded pronouncing their name. On the white plane, the artists will transcribe the original signatures, showcasing the different handwriting styles, languages, and alphabets of the visitors. The blue plane will have the same names as the white one, but they will be transcribed in the standardized International Phonetic Alphabet based on the visitor’s pronunciation of their own names. Displaying the names both in the original language on the white plane and in a uniform style on the blue, the sculpture celebrates the cultural diversity of the visitors and New York as a whole.