Art in Windows 2022: An Art & Business Community Engagement

Posted March 24, 2023

Duhirwe Rushemeza, Intore (Warrior Dancer), 2022. Hand painted linocut transfer 8 x 10 in.
Brandon Green, Self Portrait with Lily, 2022. Digital painting.
Medi Matin (One Sun), Sunflower Mandala #8, 2022 (Synthesis Series), acrylic on board. 10 x 10 in.
Tom Sanford, Stefan in the Studio, 2016. Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 22 in.
Kisha Batista, Batey 106, 2015. Photo wood transfer with paint and wood burning. 18 x 19 in.
Adrian Kondratowicz, Lato, 2018, Acrylic skin on panel, 24 x 36 in

Harlem One Stop, a community non-profit, launched a West Harlem Development Corporation funded art project for summer 2022 called "Art in Windows" to display artwork in empty spaces and storefronts on Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. "This summer, we will turn the gallery inside out and transform window space along Broadway and Amsterdam as we continue investing and promoting the Arts in Harlem. This initiative aims to revitalize the commercial corridors. At once the public is engaged with images while attention is paid to West Harlem’s diverse eateries and services," said Yuien Chin, executive director of Harlem One Stop. 

6 Artists, 15 pieces of art
Community League of the Heights, 2601 Broadway, Burgers and Shake,1625 Amsterdam Avenue, City College Center for the Arts, Amsterdam @ 137th, Home Sweet Harlem, 1528 Amsterdam Ave

Artists Bios

Brandon Green
  Born in 2005 and residing in Harlem, Brandon has always had a special passion for the arts. His current work focuses on concept art and character design and draws inspiration from Video Game and Japanese Anime subcultures. He is a laureate of numerous art contests at the MoMA and local Harlem Arts Organizations. We are excited to see what comes next from the young Harlem artist. 

Duhirwe Rushemeza 
 Duhirwe Rushemeza is an artist originally from Rwanda, based in Harlem, NewYork. She makes linocut prints and abstract geometric sculptural paintings that are neither entirely postmodern or postcolonial, but consciously borrow from the Imigongo Cow Dung Paintings, a unique Rwandan art form that dates back to the 18th century. The work has been described as present day fragments of ancient historic walls made 400 years ago by a time traveler from the future. She also does live performances of her painting directly on her face and using the face as the matrix to create wall prints/ impressions in black light. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S.A, Europe, and Africa including at the California African American Museum, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry,Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, Museum of the African Diaspora SF, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery, NY. Her work is in numerous collections including that of The Studio Museum of Harlem. Rushemeza holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. 

Kisha Batista
 Kisha Batista was born on July 26, 1978 in The Bronx, New York and now resides in Harlem. She is the oldest daughter of a family of four, first-generation Americans who trace their roots to both Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic. After an iconic modeling career, Kisha Batista has fallen in love with being on the other side of the camera. She describes her camera as a paint brush and effortlessly picks up and paint’s away at the moment of inspiration capturing photos of people, architecture, food & culture inspired by her travels. Her intimate images make you feel as if you're there at that moment in real time. As a mix media artist she has combined her love for wood with a Raushenberg style image transfer process in what she calls a “mash up” of materials and techniques that she’s endlessly in love with. While working as a messenger in NYC she was discovered by a casting director and soon found herself at the cutting edge of fashion magazines. Kisha has been featured in campaigns for companies like Benetton, Stussy and Nike. And graced the pages of Jane, Vibe, Japanese Vogue, The Fader, Trace, Vogue Homme International, The Source, Honey, V Mag, and many other print publications. She has been shot by style gurus Jamel Shabazz, Ellen von Unwerth and she even peppers the pages of both Ben Watts’ and Marc Baptiste’s coffee-table book “Big Ups” and “Beautiful”, respectively. 

Tom Sanford
Born in 1975, Tom Sanford is an artist who has lived and worked in Harlem since 1994. Over a career that spans the 21 century, the artist has often focused his attention on his home city and its culture and characters. Primarily a painter, Sanford has frequently depicted friends and neighbors in Harlem, as well as more notable New Yorkers, all of whom help define his very New York experience. Sanford has exhibited widely in galleries and museums all over the globe, including many solo exhibitions in New York, London, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Los Angles, Rome and other cities around the world. 

Medi Matin aka One Sun
Born in Bushehr, Iran in 1978 and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1993. He is the protege of Dorothea Baer Tyler, a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of the Uranian Phalanstery. Mehdi is currently working primarily as a painter, however his most recent work includes sculptures, art books and also clothing embellishment. Mehdi is Artist in Residence and Director of the Phalanstery, a spiritually minded organization of artists, whose headquarters resides on Convent Ave. around 147th St. Each year the Phalanstery hosts an open house and exhibitions that focus on artists that follow the mystic traditions of the Phalanstery and its artists. 

Adrian Kondratowicz
 Adrian Kondratowicz is an artist and activist based in Harlem, NYC. He was born in Augustow, Poland and emigrated with his parents to the USA in 1993. Taking a multidimensional approach to his art, Adrian likes to invite the viewers into a world of imaginary and engaging experiences that explore the form and distribution of culture. His multidisciplinary studio practice incorporates painting, installation, events, and new media that center on a sustainable approach to traditional and contemporary art materials. He is the founder of the Harlem based internationally acclaimed and pioneering TRASH project, an ongoing artwork for urban beautification and environmental awareness. In 2016, along with Friends of St. Nicholas Park, Adrian initiated an annual TRASH project clean up season at St. Nicholas Park. Launched in 2008, the TRASH project has been organizing environmental awareness campaigns around the world supporting local groups and individuals with the same circular economy ethos. He has exhibited and presented his work and projects in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Warsaw, Utrecht, Napoli, New Delhi, and Bangkok. He has spoken at Barnard College, Columbia University, Dayton University, and the Shri Ram Academy in India; and has developed programs for Bronx Works, Children’s Aid, and Friends of the Children NY as well as corporations such as Volvo, Hermes, Thousand Fell, and LVMH. Adrian’s work has been published by the NY Times, Surface, NHK, RAI TV, TVN Poland, Discovery News, Vogue, and Thames and Hudson.

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