Thursday, Aug 10, 2023
Arrivals and Departures: Public Art on Fishers Island, with Rachelle Dang, Carla Edwards, Antone Könst, and Gabriela Salazar, moderated by Jess Wilcox
Join us on Thursday, August 10 at the Ordnance for "Arrivals and Departures: Public Art on Fishers Island," a special conversation reflecting on ten years of Lighthouse Works' public art commission program on Silver Eel Cove.
We will be joined by current commission recipient Rachelle Dang , and past commissioned artists Carla Edwards , Antone Könst , and Gabriela Salazar  who will talk about making work on Fishers Island and how the experience influenced their later public work.
The conversation will be moderated by Jess Wilcox, independent curator and former Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Rachelle Dang  (b. Honolulu, HI) is a New York-based artist and educator. She is Critic at Yale School of Art, a current artist resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace (2022-23), and a recent artist fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design (2022). Dang's work has been exhibited at venues including Cornell University, Ithaca (2022); Someday, New York (2021 & 2022); Casey Kaplan, New York (2021); Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth and New York (2021 & 2019); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn (2020); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2019-2020); Lesley Heller, New York (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City (2019); Haverford College Art Galleries, Philadelphia (2019); Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe (2013) and the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii (2011 Biennial). Prior artist residencies include Yaddo, Shandaken: Storm King Art Center, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, and Cooper Union. Dang received her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, and her BA from Wellesley College.
Carla Edwards (b. Illinois) , lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Alumna of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a studio fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her work examines popular iconography and Americana vernacular in sculpture, performance, drawing, and video. Edwards’ has exhibited nationally and internationally most notably at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist Space, New York, Regina Rex, New York, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Volta5, Basel Switzerland, The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, District of Columbia, Redline Arts, Denver, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. She is a recipient of the Socrates Emerging Artist Fellowship and a current resident and recipient of the Smack Mellon Artist in Residence Fellowship.
Antone Könst  (b. 1987, New Haven, USA) received his BFA from CalArts, his MFA from Yale University School of Art, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited widely across the U.S. and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Tilton Gallery, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; Each Modern, Taipei; Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles; and the Fondation des Etats Unis, in Paris. Könst has won Public Art commissions from Lighthouse Works, NY and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; and has participated in group exhibitions with Anton Kern, NY; Beers Gallery, London; Mrs Gallery, NY; Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Brussels; and others. He is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Grant as well as the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship. He will have a show at Tilton Gallery, NY in September, 2023.
Gabriela Salazar (b. 1981, New York, NY)  has an MFA from RISD (2009), BFA from Yale University (2003), and participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2011). Solo shows include Eye of Palm at Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago; My Lands are Islands at NURTUREArt, Brooklyn; and In Advance of a Storm (for two) (for parents) (for Luis and Antonia) (for L and A), The Lighthouse Works’ Public Art Fellowship, Fishers Island. She has been included in group exhibitions at The Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Drawing Center, Abrons Art Center, and El Museo del Barrio; and has been in residence with Open Sessions, The Drawing Center; Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, and MacDowell. Gabriela lives, works, and teaches in NYC.
Jess Wilcox is an independent curator with a focus on ecocritical, socially engaged and public art. Most recently she curated On the Grounds with Anina Major and Sagarika Sundaram with River Valley Arts Collective at the Al Held Foundation, May 13 - October 14, 2023. From 2016 to 2022, she was Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park. There she curated several group and solo exhibitions including Helio Oiticica Subterranean Penetrable Projects: PN15, Sink or Swim: Climate Futures, Guadalupe Maravilla: Planeta Abuelx, MONUMENTS NOW, Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space; Virginia Overton: Built; Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again, and the Socrates Annual exhibitions. During her tenure, she organized the first single-artist exhibitions in the Park’s thirty-three year history, re-launched the Park’s publication program and initiated a program of traveling newly commissioned works to other venues. From 2011-2015 she worked at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum organizing public programs and public artworks and where she co-curated Agitprop!, an exhibition of historical and contemporary political art. She has curated shows at Abrons Art Center, ISCP and SculptureCenter, among other venues. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a Master’s degree from Bard Center for Curatorial Studies.