Eirini Linardaki Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Talks to TNH

Artist Eirini Linardaki working with the girls on their art project at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan. (Photo: Courtesy of Eirini Linardaki)

NEW YORK – The Lower Eastside Girls Club has had some very famous visitors throughout the years, including Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama, so when Greek artist Eirini Linardaki was invited to be the club’s Artist-In-Residence and participate in a project with the girls, she accepted.

Linardaki told The National Herald, “I was invited by the director as a guest artist to do a project with the girls through February 10th.”

She continued, “I have two workshops per week with the girls to produce the artworks.”

Of the girls participating in the project, Linardaki told TNH, “They are great and I love working with them, they are very prolific.”

On Friday, February 15, 5-8 PM, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, 402 East 8th Street in Manhattan, will celebrate Artist-In-Residence Linardaki with a special event and presentation of “What is to Come,” an installation created by the Girls Club and Linardaki. The event is free and open to the community.

Linardaki is a Greek artist who works between New York and the island of Crete. As noted on the Girls Club website, “During her stay from January to February 2019, she worked with the girls to create colorful prints of explosions and a magnetic, interactive installation that places the viewer as both an actor and performer of that piece.

Artist Eirini Linardaki at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan leading the workshop with the girls. Photo: Courtesy of Eirini Linardaki

“The drawing installation is made with magnetic, fluorescent surfaces that are interchangeable and guests are invited to create their own composition. Working with different textile patterns, inspired by the diversity of the girls, they also created digital collages which celebrate power, joy and potential for change. Together we are the power of change.”

More information is available online: girlsclub.org/event/eirini-linardaki-what-is-to-come/.

Linardaki’s work will also be on display in the exhibition Apocalypse: The and Now, curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos at The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 860 11th Avenue in Manhattan, February 13-April 5. Artists Terry Ownby, Goro Nakamura, Jessie Boylan, Panos Charalambides, Mary Chairetaki, Elin O’Hara-Slavick, David McMillan, Takashi Arai, Isao Hashimoto, Vincent Parisot, Hiroshi Sunari, Kazuma Obara, Nick Moore, Dominick Lombardi, and Michael McKeown will also have works on display in the exhibition.

The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:30-8 PM. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM.

One of the works created by the Girls Club and Eirini Linardaki. Photo: Courtesy of Eirini Linardaki
One of the works created by the Girls Club and Eirini Linardaki. Photo: Courtesy of Eirini Linardaki

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available