The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program are pleased to announce Aquatic Random, a temporary art installation on Richmond Terrace at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal by artist Gabriela Galván.
Since the Staten Island Ferry Terminal is a place of transition both physically and mentally for workers, tourists and commuters, Galván used boat parts and navigation accessories as sculptural elements to generate contemplation about the ways people interact with water. The artist further examined and reflected upon issues of global warming, varying cultural uses of water, and individual spectator’s personal involvement with water. Referencing the migration of people and birds through these ever changing waterways, Aquatic Random is evocative of the interactions between man made landscape and nature.
Gabriela Galván’s work is crossdisciplinary and includes installation, video, drawing, sculpture, design and performance. She works in public spaces, interacting with diverse communities. Her work has been shown internationally with exhibitions at On Gallery/ Mediations Poznan Art Biennale, Poznan; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Awangarda Contemporary Art Gallery, Wroclaw; Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien; Berlin; Isola Art Center, Milan; Apeejay Media Gallery, Delhi; Umeda Sky Building, Osaka; and White Columns, New York. Galván has also exhibited at the Museo Tamayo, Museo de Arte Moderno and Sala de Arte Púlblico Siqueiros in her native Mexico City.
The New York City Department of Transportation launched the Art Program in October 2008 to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections, and performances on public property such as plazas, fences, barriers, footbridges, and sidewalks.
Special thanks to Boston Family Boating, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Neo Cabinetry LLC, Polyform U.S. and Aimée and Roberto De Servitje for their support.