June 18 - July 16, 2017
Opening Reception: SUNDAY, June 18, 4 - 7pm

Heartbeat

Columbia Fiero


Painted and printed lines transverse the inner universe of the gallery space, where a 7-foot painting and mixed media small works come off the wall.

Solar-powered fans and lights unsettle and illuminate trails of tapestries. Celebratory brilliant yellows, greens, reds of life, of human existence, and of the natural world, at entrance, stretch arms into the gallery.  Visual and experiential, the exhibit speaks to earth for what it has become, and what it confronts at this time of climate change.

Fluid, transformational and sustainable, an interplay of colors that is Earth concerned…A heartbeat, the ripping of earth’s heart is at stake, a beating of the light and the air in this space, with red, orange, purple in lines that extend through space, and blue of life, river water, the ephemeral breath, blue, the seeing/non-seeing in society with our environmental care and non-care.

Environmental degradation causes disconnection and breaks not only the ability to commune and community, but forces mass migration. These conditions bring a breakdown in the stability, cohesion, and sustainability of a community and ecosystems, and the inability to comprehend our own precarious survival.   - Columbia Fiero

Artist Statement

"Travel has been extremely critical and essential.  Voyages to Asia (Viet Nam, China, Korea, Hong Kong); to India; to South America (Ecuador--Amazonian, indigenous villages, as well as Galapagos); Czechoslovakia in 1990: the Velvet Revolution; extensively through Europe, and United States, had a strong effect --learning, seeing humanity and why we create: knowing oneself, as an American, as well as human being…how we are in relation to earth, and to each other.  How we differ and yet how we are capable of comprehending each other's condition through feeling and intelligence: elements of depth of our capacity to know, relates to what is the earth and who are we to the earth. Social consciousness with the components of art, are able to intertwine in making art: utilizing installation, photography, painting, and 3-d sculptural art.

Important to show art in places that are interested in the community and environment, places that participate in the humanity of our society not a non-relational isolation. It has become increasingly important to have consciousness about societal conditions from which the work is coming and speaking to. To create more dialogue with one another: creating art while realizing and forming one’s community, within the public realm, neighborhood, and city, as well as the studio arena."

GALLERY HOURS:

Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment. 

DIRECTIONS:

Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and Humanities NY.