Blue Elegy, 2016
Mirrored stainless steel, ghungroos bells, plastic broom handles, steel rods
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Elegy for planet earth
Elegy for Harlem
Elegy for the souls that hang out in Markus Garvey Park
Blue Elegy is a sculpture installation comprised of mirror flags supported by 9 metal poles. The installation is on the west side of of Marcus Garvey Park facing Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church. Vertical broom handles support the installation. The triangular mirror flags made from bent stainless steel have small bells attached. The mirrors symbolize the ongoing eternal present – the current moment of time, while also referring to the eternity of time.
Jackson Pollock’s haunting painting Blue Poles informs the color and composition choices. Blue Elegy is additionally influenced by Zoroastrian, Uighur and pre-islamic religious sites in Central Asia which mark a location and provide affirmation of spiritual and cultural beliefs. They have enormous presence and feeling. These sites are sometimes integrated into the community and are part of the every day living experience. Occasionally the shrines include mirrors and colored flags.
Blue Elegy is a subtle installation that brings attention not only to the site’s already present beauty, but also to the people living within this fluid cultural landscape. A seismic economic and social shift is occurring in Harlem that affects the living conditions for many. Markus Garvey Park neighborhood is a microcosmic view of the various overlapping landscapes occurring in all Harlem neighborhoods. Blue Elegy reflects the social, political, and historic aspects of this setting in a quiet work that emits a hopeful energy going forward.
Michael Pribich grew up in Northern California and currently lives in New York City. He is interested in the artist role in advancing ideas that lead to continual growth and change. His projects are multidisciplinary. He believes that art can reveal the interconnectedness of social and political systems. Travel and study are part of his working process.
In 2015-2016 his works were included in exhibitions at Taller Boricua, Cuchifritos Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx Art Space, The Bronx Museum in New York; MOCAD, Detroit; Orange County Art Center in California; Webb School, Knoxville, Tennessee; and 360 Xochil Quetzal, Chapala, Mexico. Pamir is a self produced video filmed in Badakshan, Tajikistan in 2015. He has completed projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California.