Whattoseesottahw, installation in Tompkins Sq Park, NYC
by Eirini Linardaki on View August 15, 2015 – April 30, 2016
NYC Parks is pleased to announce Eirini Linardaki’s public art installation Whattoseesottahw in Tompkins Square Park. The project is inspired by children’s drawings created during artist-led workshops in the park and is on view along the fence in the Slocum Memorial Fountain Plaza from August 15, 2015 through April 30, 2016.
Eirini Linardaki’s work often concentrates on creating beautiful, unexpected moments within urban and abandoned spaces. As a resident of the East Village, she continues this exploration in her installation Whattoseesottahw, where she embraces the often ambiguous nature of children’s drawings. In her workshops, children and families visiting Tompkins Square were encouraged to create images of familiar wildlife that they encountered in the park. These drawings and paintings may appear indecipherable at a first glance, similar to a Rorschach test; however, when children are asked to elaborate they create joyful stories about the natural elements they observed.
Several of these drawings were collected and then mixed up to create drawings that were transferred onto wood panels and either cut out of the panel, revealing glances of the park, or partially removed with half of the drawing still visible. and views of the park peek through the holes. Some of the cutouts are made in a way to be completed with chalk by children. The panels are placed low on the fence in order to maintain the relationship with children’s eye level. Linardaki will continue to periodically conduct workshops throughout the exhibition in the sitting area behind the park house.
Eirini Linardaki is an artist who primarily works in public installations, murals and videography. She is interested in creating projects in situ and examining the transformative power of art on communities. She has studied at the Marseille's School of Fine Arts in France, Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and the Limerick Institute of Technology and Fine Art in Ireland. She has attended residency programs at the city of Montrouge, the Domaine de Kerguehennec, and City of Marseille in France, as well as Künstler zu gast in Harburg, Hamburg. Her work exists in the public collections of Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the City of Marseille’s art collection and in the Handicap International in France. Linardaki currently lives and works between New York and Crete. Additional information can be found at http://linardakiparisot.wix.com/linardaki-parisot#
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.