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July 25, 2016

New Rochelle BID and RU are pleased to announce the opening of Art at 5 Anderson main exhibition

Beneath Our Feet on and the Surface of Things
Curated by Livia Alexander

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30, 2106, 12-4 p.m. Through August 20, 2016

5 Anderson Street, New Rochelle, NY


Graciela Cassel, Labyrinth, Glass- sand, cardboard, 32 x 26 inches, 2016

Drawn to the disparate potentials engrained in the deception of seeing and vision, the works in this exhibit aim to unearth, excavate and bring into focus the complex dynamics of power defining what is un/willingly hidden from plain sight. As buildings are built, landscapes transformed, and populations shift and move, in/visibility comes into sharp focus as an integral trope of urban re-development. Which plants rise to the surface and what soil brews beneath it? Whose hands are pressuring to strike roots and what kind of communities do we strive to nourish and sustain?

Seeking to thoughtfully explore how initiatives of urban planning can align with pressing concerns for the lived environment, the exhibition brings together works which link the sustainability of earth, soil, air, and water with the related dynamics of social and political power, shaping the lives of the communities inhabiting the space, materially as well as culturally.

Participating artists include a two-person exhibit by Ellie Irons and Graciela Cassel on view at Apartment 101, juxtaposing Iron's focus on the wild weeds and plants that are vital to sustain urban paved soil and Cassel's exploration of our mediatized and mediated experiences of the environment around us. Cassel will further unveil, for the first time, her new installation, Project Intrinsic on the rooftop of 5 Anderson.

Video works by Jaret Vadera, Silvia Giambrone, Itziar Barrio, Gustavo Prado, Youmna Chlala, and Larissa Sansuor will be on view at various locations throughout 5 Anderson building. Also opening at 5 Anderson this week is Kanako Hayashi's installation, Practice for Water Dance, drawn from her experiences training as a competitive swimmer to observe the world from a singular perspective.

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