Steel, acrylic, mixed media
May 3, 2016 – August 1, 2016
“Golem” is a metal sculpture that stands 10’x4’x4’ and resembles a large abstracted face made of colorful scraps of metal. “Golem,” pays homage to the people and history of the neighborhood, while embodying the present spirit of growth. Its patchwork look is representative of the different cultures and peoples of the neighborhood, some of which who donated scrap metal to the piece. The use of color in the piece is reminiscent of the work of Piet Mondrian, and like his iconic work “Broadway Boogie-Woogie,” Golem similarly draws inspiration from the energy of the city itself. Golem is composed primarily of recycled car parts, all of which were locally sourced from the city. The pieces include parts of New York Taxi’s, Chinese Food Woks, trucks and vans. Golem exemplifies the idea of building on the past and moving forward, toward something greater. Golem will stand like a beacon; a reminder of the potential for growth and possibility that is steeped in the neighborhood. Harlem has supported some of the world’s most iconic figures as they found their way. Artists like Norman Rockwell, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and Maya Angelou have all called Harlem their home. Like these visionaries who were able to actualize their dreams, Golem serves as a reminder to believe in our own potential, and that of the surrounding community. For many people Marcus Garvey Park is synonymous with the Harlem experience. It is a nexus point where countless travelers cross paths each day. Here, Golem will stand like a lighthouse, welcoming people as they journey onwards and serve as a daily reminder to imagine greater, and reach for the impossible.
Jordan Baker-Caldwell was born and raised in New York City. He attended Alfred University, where he received his BFA in 2005. He is a sculptor, working in metals such as steel, bronze and found materials. He explores the usage of shapes, symbols and iconography, bringing together contemporary cultural references and classical ideals of form and balance. His current works are a mixture of figurative, organic forms, juxtaposed against modern, neo-cubic abstraction. This year his 9-ft tall steel sculpture, “Ascension” will become a permanent outdoor installation in the new neighborhood of Hudson Yards in Midtown Manhattan, and he will present a public work, “Golem” in the May 2016 FLUX Art Fair Public Art Projects. “Golem” will be sited on the East Side of Marcus Garvey Park near 121st Street, May 3-31, 2016.