Summer Residency in the Main Gallery: July 13 - August 2, 2019

Terry Boddie & Michael Lee Poy

Exhibition: August 3 - August 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 3, 6-8pm


Over the past several years the color blue has been a central component in the creative process of both Terry Boddie and Michael Lee Poy. Boddie uses the 19th century cyanotype process, originally used for making blueprints to examine the ways in which systems of social control are planned and executed for financial process. Lee Poy explores the West African derived use of blue in Trinidad and Tobago as an element of power and protection.

In this collaborative residency both artists will explore the cultural and aesthetic significance of the blue as it relates to social constructs.  Using a combination of media and imagery that relates to their mutual interests in blue, they will investigate and present this unique colour as the main design character of the art they produce during the residency. The colour blue will inform the images, materials and ideas, the raw materials that will be the basis to explore the transformative and redemptive possibilities of this hue.

About the Artists

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization. The images often blur the distinctions between photography, drawing and painting. Boddie received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA from Hunter College in 1997. Recently his work has been exhibited in “KREYOL Factory” at the Parc La Villette in Paris, France and in the show “Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum.  His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum, The Museum of the Americas, among other venues. Awards and honors include the Studio Museum of Harlem Artist In Residence, Center for Photography at Woodstock Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Center for Book Arts Artist in Residence, and Marie Sharpe Walsh Artist in Residence. Terry Boddie received a 2009 NJ print fellowship from the Brodsky Center, a 2009 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a 2011/2012 photography grant from the George and Helen Segal Foundation. He lives and work in Orange, NJ.

Michael Lee Poy earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute of Technology in 1995 and a Masters in Environmental Design (M.E.D.) from Yale School of Architecture in 2004. While in New York, he established himself as an emerging installation artist in several group shows and designed/fabricated masquerade costumes for Trinidad’s Carnival. Born and raised in Montreal Canada, Michael is now a registered architect in his ancestral home of Trinidad and Tobago. Formerly Atelier Lee Poy Ltd. (2007-2017), he is director of Lee Poy Design - a multi-disciplinary design practice comprising projects in architecture, interiors, natural building, urban design, furniture, contemporary Caribbean based masquerade, design policy, architectural brand innovation and art installation. The success of the diverse projects is based on a multi disciplinary collaborative ethos that enables a rich design aesthetic to occur. Michael is currently immersed in developing the afro Caribbean traditional Carnival stilt dancer character – Moko Jumbie. Several local publications over the last 2 years have featured Lee Poy’s work – in particular Caribbean Airlines in-flight magazine (Caribbean Beat #149). The author recognizes Lee Poy’s contribution to the contemporary Moko Jumbie movement. Recently, Michael was the artist in residence for the Cleveland Museum of Art yearly Parade the Circle event in 2018 where he trained African American teenagers in the ancient Caribbean practice. Lee Poy Design is currently updating the standard ‘peg stilt’ design to incorporate more Caribbean derived themes and materials.

GALLERY HOURS:

Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment. 

DIRECTIONS:

Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.