The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program are pleased to announce Birds, a temporary art installation on the fence at Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Boulevard by artist Mohamed Sharkawy.
Sharkawy’s works employs a minimalist approach, using flat silhouettes and sharply defined forms to render images that have universal meaning. Each shape is reduced to its essence, evoking Egyptian wall painting. Sharkawy offers a set of whimsical images in Birds, showing interactions between these winged creatures and humans. In his work, Sharkawy considers the movement of birds as expressions of freedom.
Special thanks to Livia Alexander and Al-Riwaq Art Space.
Mohamed Sharkawy (born 1982 Naga Hamadi, Egypt) began painting in 2000. His exposure to a variety of artists’ styles and approaches led to the development of his own visual vocabulary. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Townhouse Gallery and Al-Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain. He was an artist in residence at ISCP in 2013. Sharkawy lives and works in Bahrain.
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.