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Kite flying demonstration at Socrates Sculpture Park tomorrow

Accidental Flight

Feb. 24, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

An art exhibition is taking flight in Long Island City tomorrow.

Artist Dylan Gauthier, whose work titled Accidental Flight involving many kites tethered together that is on display at Socrates Sculpture Park, will be hosting a kite flying demonstration at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the park.

The sculpture displayed in the park through March is based on the kites flown by Alexander Graham Bell, and Gauthier publishes new kite patterns to the public each month to go with the exhibition.

To accompany the art piece, Gauthier is hosting several kite flying performances, each one displaying new techniques to go with his published patterns. Due to a rescheduling last month, the demonstration tomorrow will show two new kite patterns.

The title for the art piece, Accidental Flight, came from a writing project Gauthier and his wife worked on in 2011.

“Our writing was focused on histories of artists who tried to fly, quite literally, but also this precarious place that artists traditionally occupy in society: what does it mean to devote our lives to art, what is expected of us as artists and what do we expect in return, how do we live, and what is or should be our role be in the world?” Gauthier explained.

After the demonstration tomorrow, the next two exhibitions will be on February 25 and March 4 and are free and open to the public.

Gauthier is one of Socrates Sculpture Park’s 2016 Emerging Artists, a fellowship program that fosters young artistic talent by offering 15 artists an open studio, monetary support, and institutional guidance for the year.

All Emerging Artist pieces will be on display until March 13.

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Socrates Sculpture Park is an embarrassment to the arts. The grounds are a mess, the grass is half dead and the “sculptures” are lame. I love art and I love parks and museums. This place needs some love, big time. Appears to be poorly run.


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