IA&A at Hillyer | Roger Mokbel, Kenny Harris, and James Terrell

By East City Art Editorial Team on November 27, 2023

Fri, December 1 2023 — Fri, December 22 2023

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1 from 6-8pm
Roger Mokbel, “Dust in My Mouth, 1,” 2023, digital image on fine art paper, 24 × 36 × 2 in.

Roger Mokbel
Dust in My Mouth

The Qatar America Institute for Culture’s (QAIC) IMPART Artist Grant awards a cash prize to emerging and mid-career artists to support the creation of a new body of work around a selected yearly theme. Lebanese photographer Roger Mokbel was one of the artists selected in 2022 whose work best exemplified or explored the intersection between sustainability and the arts. In the exhibition “Dust in My Mouth,” Roger Mokbel explores the intersection of climate change and personal loss, while emphasizing the importance of sustainability as an ecological necessity. Robert Mokbel’s work was on display at QAIC from May – August, 2023, and is showcased here in partnership with IA&A at Hillyer, a program of International Arts & Artists.

Kenny Harris, Envisivivarium, installation at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY, 2023

Kenny Harris

In “Envisivivarium,” Kenny Harris presents a menagerie of meticulously crafted paper figures designed in harsh contrast of pure white and deep black. Each figure presented in the space represents a different mythological being, demonstrating the diversity and ingenuity of human imagination through overwhelming numbers. These figures welcome the viewer, engaging the audience in a conversation of imagination and creativity. The figures’ shadows present a unique frieze of ambiguous forms, providing the audience with an opportunity to create new figures, narratives, and interactions, engaging in the creative process that has inspired humans for millennia. Each installation of “Envisivivarium” is unique, responding to the space, location, history, and community in which the work is installed.

James Terrell, Lady Celastrina, 40in x 34in, collage, paper, fabric paint, 2022

James Terrell
Transcendence: Beyond the Terrestrial Plane

As humans we are more than what we see on the surface. We are more than just flesh, blood and bone. There are multiple planes of existence. There are multiple layers within our physicality and mental capacity. Within and around us are unseen but immensely felt dreamlike realms that intertwine our mind and body and guide our day-to-day existence. We are not just humans that solely exist on the planet, we also exist and are connected to the cosmos. We are simultaneously and figuratively existing within unearthly interstellar planes. In “Transcendence: Beyond the Terrestrial Plane,” Terrell incorporates line, shape and pattern immersed and fused together with fabric, paint and paper using the style of collage.

A&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct NW.