Teardrop sculpture (detail) by Susan Benarcik
Green Spaces New York, a wonderful organization that helps green entrepreneurs thrive by offering inexpensive office space and other services, just launched its Manhattan office. As part of the celebration, they asked New York artist, Susan Benarcik, to curate an exhibit in their space consisting of artwork that tackles environmental issues.
Susan’s own work is nature-based using recycled materials to create large-scale sculptures that she can barely fit through her studio door. Susan is a recipient of a Pollak-Krasner grant and has shown her work at the Brooklyn Botantical Gardens as well as many other galleries and spaces in the United States. From her website: “Deeply rooted in horticulture and design, her concern for the environment is made evident in her 3-dimensional sculptural installations, and surface designs. Her compositions provoke the viewer to observe and reflect on human experiences including individual, social, and environmental.”
Susan chose three artists to show with her at Green Spaces: Julie Anne Mann, Liz Burow and Samantha Levin. The work that these four artists put on view truly compliments the space well and attracted a lot of attention. Each of them explored environmental issues in very unique ways by utilizing recycled objects, exploring the human attitude towards the earth and how we treat it and exploring our love for nature and its beauty. You can visit Green Spaces to check out the artwork until mid-December when Susan will change it out for another exhibit. If you are starting your own green business, you can also stop by to check out their services.
If you or someone you know is an artist whose work tackles issues about the environment, please contact Samantha through Anagnorisis’ Brooklyn Art Project profile.