2010 Preface / S. Zuri McKie

Greetings from Jamaica Queens! I am very proud to introduce the catalogue for Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows 2010; the third iteration of this pioneering public art exhibition series. Every three years, Jamaica Flux transforms the streets of Jamaica Avenue with a display of stimulating site-specific installations of contemporary art and cutting-edge performance art. For several months, Jamaica Flux captivates the community with art that is provocative, enticing, engaging and inspirational.

Jamaica Flux 2010 brought together the talents of over 45 artists including reknown international artists: Robert Morris, Freddy Rodriguez, Lia Perjovschi, and Jongil Ma. This year’s project featured a new component, Video Slam, a showcase of video works by 25 artists who presented their interpretation of this year’s theme, Art as Action. The concept of Art as Action aimed to capture the influence of artists like Jackson Pollack and the Abstract Expressionism movemen;t. Many artists offered the following interpretation “as the freedom of action is not unlimited as it signals the idea of human’s free will.” The result was an array of eclectic and stirring works and performances.

Jamaica Flux is a testament to the great potential of partnerships between cultural organizations and the public and private sectors of a community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of our key partners for Jamaica Flux 2010; we are grateful for the unwavering support:

National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Council Korea
Romanian Cultural Institute of New York
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
NYS Council on the Arts
Councilman Leroy Comrie
Senate President Malcolm Smith

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
NYC Department of Transportation
103rd Precinct
Julio Villa and Desmond Gillings, 161st Street Block Association
Chashama Jamaica Studios
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Jamaica Business Improvement District
Community Board 12
Conway Stores Inc
Department of Parks and Recreation
Rufus King Park

I must acknowledge the vision and passion of Heng-Gil Han, JCAL’s Curator, who strives to bring new and exciting elements to every project he oversees. My deepest gratitude to the JCAL staff, board and volunteers whose help made this project a success. A special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing support of innovative projects in our communities. Finally, we are indebted to the more than 45 artists for sharing their incredible talents with the Queens community; we are all transformed by the experience.
President John F. Kennedy once said: “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.” This is the role JCAL has played for the past 38 years; transforming communities through the eyes of the artist. We hope you will join us in 2013 for another amazing journey through Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows.
 

S. Zuri McKie

Executive Director, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning