May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
“Lotus” is a yarn sculpture applied to the fence. Chain-link fences are ubiquitous. Naomi Lawrence uses these places to frame color and texture in surprising ways for passersby, creating interaction between fiber, color, fence, sidewalk, and passing pedestrians who glance up, or even stop and stare. Naomi extends the tradition of her East Harlem neighborhood which has multiple clues to its identity, on its fences, walls, store names, and faded painting on brick facias above stores advertizing another era’s consumables. All these signs of ethnic, cultural, linguistic rootedness are partially replenishing our current imagination and linking us with the colors, flavors and sounds of previous generations that are sometimes lost or hidden. Naomi believes that the small artistic gestures of intensively worked and laboriously installed pieces of colorful crochet can lead people into a new imagination about their own home environment. It is a way of saying in as loving a way that this street, this corner, this part of the sidewalk matters. It’s about valuing the under-recognized and unappreciated corners of our neighborhood.
Naomi RAG (the “Rag” stands for “Random Acts of Generosity”) is a New York-based artist who’s mastered the art of “yarnbombing,” where colourful yarns are spread out in a public space not unlike painted graffiti to form certain shapes and looks. Except where paint has only a limited set of places it can go, yarnbombs can end up almost anywhere, from chainlink fences to light posts. She started doing it back in England a few years ago before moving to New York, where she has now set up shop and puts up a new piece every couple of months. The process is long and time-consuming, by the looks of her scope and vision, which take a long time to crochet into the right shapes. However the results are universally spectacular.
Orange Daylily was recently exhibited in a group show at Walls Ortiz Gallery in Harlem Sept 2015 – Jan 2016 “Who is my neighbor”.