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Elle Pérez: from sun to sun

Elle Pérez: from sun to sun

About the Exhibition

On August 13, Public Art Fund launched from sun to sun, a multi-work, 100-site exhibition by New York-based photographer Elle Pérez. The suite of 16 new photographic works by Pérez are displayed on bus shelters in over 13 neighborhoods citywide, and inaugurate Public Art Fund’s new partnership with JCDecaux. from sun to sun weaves together images that collectively form a meditation on daily life through the exploration of places and communities in New York where Pérez grew up and lives. Alternating the focus between figures and environments, Pérez creates a kind of rhythm that builds within the series that is at once distinct, familiar, and unassuming. from sun to sun offers the public a moment to engage with photography at larger-than-life scale and to encounter works during their daily routines, becoming a part of the pulse of the city’s cycles and infrastructure. from sun to sun is Pérez’s first public art commission and will be on view from August 13 through November 24, 2019.

This new series by Pérez threads together imagery of their friends and family who are impacting their communities; signs and languages of communication; topics of identity and heritage; and detailed surfaces that make up the urban landscape of New York City. The friends and family members captured in Pérez’s photographs illustrate their impactful relationships – many extending over 15 years. In one photograph, a student and an outdoor education teacher are shown planting evergreen shrubs and raspberries in the garden of their public school in the Bronx. In another, an activist educator at a school in East Harlem poses in a classroom where he helps shape the curriculum. A sequence of hand gestures in one series of black and white images illustrates the steps for the Flight, a handshake popular in the punk scene of the Bronx that their friend Jay P Fury created. Pérez has deliberately chosen to present imagery of Puerto Rico’s national flag in black and white as a sign of mourning and resistance towards the U.S. government-imposed oversight board. In other works, Pérez meditates on familiar details that may typically go unnoticed: crevices in the street pavement, entangled bicycles, and worn subway car interiors. By focusing on the facets of New York’s urban landscape that are a product of time, they draw attention to the subtle histories woven into the city’s fabric.

Bus shelters housing Pérez’s work will dot the landscapes of Northern Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Upper Manhattan, and the Bronx. Locations will span Parkchester in the eastern Bronx, to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunnyside, Queens to St. George, Staten Island, and East Harlem, Manhattan. Displayed on platforms traditionally used for advertising, sixteen photographs repeat six to seven times each across one hundred bus shelters. Works will be sited in clusters to give the public an opportunity to see multiple photographs within walking or bus route distance. Encountered fortuitously during people’s commutes and day-to-day routines, the photographs will become a part of the city. Presented at a larger than life format, from sun to sun continues Pérez’s exploration of scale, allowing for the elevation and examination of the details of daily life. It will also offer an opportunity for all to reflect on how these different spaces can hold traces of people and offer a different kind of historical record.

“Elle Pérez observes the beauty of their surroundings and captures the humanity of these places, cumulatively revealing a kind of meditative self-portrait,” says Public Art Fund Assistant Curator Katerina Stathopoulou. “Pérez’s new body of work creates a powerful synergy between familiarity and abstraction, achieved through photography’s precision in describing surfaces. We are excited for the public to experience these large-scale works whether on their daily commute or while exploring neighborhoods, and hope they inspire points of connection and conversation.”

This collaboration between Public Art Fund and JCDecaux establishes a new exhibition platform for the non-profit, bringing two, 14-week solo exhibitions a year to 100 of JCDecaux’s advertising spaces on bus shelters across all five boroughs. The exhibition series will create a continuously evolving platform to present artistic voices at street-level for all New Yorkers. For the initial iterations, one hundred bus shelters will serve as spaces to showcase the work of photographers, enabling artists to create topical new bodies of work in New York City. This collaboration builds on Public Art Fund’s rich history of transforming the city’s ubiquitous advertising spaces, including the seminal exhibition series Messages to the Public (1982-90), which brought art to Times Square’s first digital billboard with 80+ artists including Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Lorna Simpson, and David Wojnarowicz; the group exhibition Commercial Break (2017), which featured digital works by 23 artists on advertising platforms across the city; and most recently Ai Weiwei’s citywide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (2017), for which Public Art Fund presented works on 100 JCDecaux bus shelters across all five boroughs, among other traditional advertising platforms, for the first time.

“JCDecaux is excited to continue to use our street furniture in innovative ways, now providing a framework for street level art for New Yorkers through our partnership with Public Art Fund. We look forward to seeing our bus shelters host the striking work of Elle Pérez.  We hope that from sun to sun encourages viewers to engage with these depictions of our shared community,” says Gabrielle Brussel, JCDecaux Executive Vice President of Business Development & Properties.

Elle Pérez: from sun to sun is curated by Public Art Fund Assistant Curator Katerina Stathopoulou.

Image Gallery

About the Artist

Elle Pérez (b. 1989, Bronx, NY) has held solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York (2018) and 47 Canal, New York (2018). Currently their work is included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at the Brooklyn Museum. They are currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and a Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Pérez is represented by 47 Canal.

"Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)"

Atlantic Ave between Court St and Boerum Pl, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca" | "How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)"

Cadman Plaza between Clark St and Tillary St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Sidewalk"

Myrtle Ave between Delphi St and Carlton Ave, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)"

Court Street between Remsem St and Montague St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)"

Myrtle Ave and North Portland Ave, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Door" | "Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden"

Graham Ave between Evalton Ave and Seigel St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White" | "Brandon T., Activist Educator"

Graham Ave between Cook St and Varet St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Subway"

Graham Ave between Grand St and Powers St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Mi Orgullo (Stephen)"

Graham Ave between Johnson Ave and Boerum St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White" | "Mi Orgullo (Stephen"

Fulton St and Bond St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY" | "Roses"

Myrtle Ave and Navy St, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

"Entrance" | "Bikes"

Bedford Ave and Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Sidewalk”

Madison Ave between E 103 St and E 104 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Door” | “Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden”

Madison Ave between E 105 St and E 106 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

E 116 St between Lexington Ave and Park Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Brandon T., Activist Educator”

E 1st Ave between 111 St and 112 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Entrance” | “Bikes”

E 116 St between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave, Manhattan “Entrance” (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Subway” | “How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

E 116 St between 3rd Ave and 2nd Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White” | “Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca”

E 106 St between Lexington Ave and 3rd Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

W 116 St and 5th Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)” | “Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

E 116 St and Madison Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Grand Concourse between E 167 St and Tudor Pl, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Door” | “Brandon T., Activist Educator”

Morris Ave between 161 St and 163 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Entrance” | “Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden”

Grand Concourse between E 173 St and E 175 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Grand Concourse between E 159 St and E 161 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Grand Concourse between E 163 St and E 164 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Sidewalk”

Grand Concourse between Morris Ave and Clifford Pl, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Grand Concourse between E 163 St and E 164 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Grand Concourse and McClellan St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Roses” | “Mi Orgullo (Stephen)”

Melrose Ave and E 162 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca”

E 161 St and Melrose Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Bikes”

Melrose Ave and E 160 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Entrance”

Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 125 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Brandon T., Activist Educator”

W 125 St and Malcolm X Blvd, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Mi Orgullo (Stephen)”

W 125 St and St Nicholas Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden”

W 125 St between Amsterdam Ave and Hancock Pl, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca”

W 125 St between Hancock Pl and Morningside Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

W 125 St between Lenox Ave and A.C. Powell Jr Blvd, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

A.C. Powell Jr Blvd between W 126 St and W 125 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

W 125 St between A.C. Powell Jr Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Sidewalk” | “Roses”

W 125 St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and A.C. Powell Jr Blvd, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Door”

W 125 St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and St Nicholas Ave, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Unionport Rd between Metropolitan Ave and Starling Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Metropolitan Oval and Metropolitan Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Metropolitan Ave and Metropolitan Oval, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

White Plain Rd between Van Nest Ave and Morris Park Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

White Plain Rd between Van Nest Ave and Mead St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Subway”

Bay St between Minthorne St and Victory Blvd, Staten Island (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Roses”

Victory Blvd between Bay St and St Marks Pl, Staten Island (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Brandon T., Activist Educator”

Richmond Terrace between Schuyler St and Bay St, Staten Island (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Bikes”

Richmond Terrace between Jersey St and Westervelt Ave, Staten Island (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White”

Bay St between Clinton St and St Julian Pl, Staten Island (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Sidewalk” | “Subway”

Queens Blvd between 45 St and 44 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Brandon T., Activist Educator” | “Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden”

Queens Blvd between 41 St and 40 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White” | “Mi Orgullo (Stephen)”

48th Ave between 41 St and 40 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Door” | “Roses”

48th Ave between 44 St and 43 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Queens Blvd and 41 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca” | “How to Flight, Five (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Greenpoint Ave between 30 Ave and 39 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Entrance” |“Bikes”

Queens Blvd and 38 St, Queens (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)” | “Flight, Three (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Broadway and W 97 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Adam and Adriana preparing a new plot for their school garden”

Broadway between W 101 St and W 102 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca”

Broadway between W 92 St and W 91 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Subway” | “Mi Orgullo (Stephen)”

Broadway between W 91 St and W 92 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Roses”

Amsterdam Ave between W 93 St and W 94 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Bikes”

Amsterdam Ave between W 91 St and W 92 St, Manhattan (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“How to Flight, Four (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

University Ave between 184 St and Fordham Rd, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, Two (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

Fordham Rd between Grand Concourse and E 190 St, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Arroz con pollo asado, platano maduros, y yuca”

Fordham Rd between 3rd Ave and Washington Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Mi Orgullo (Stephen)”

Fordham Rd between Loring Pl and Sedgwick Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Door”

Fordham Rd between Grand Concourse and Valentine Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Sidewalk” | “Subway”

Fordham Rd between Southern Blvd and Boston Rd, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Brandon T., Activist Educator”

Fordham Rd between Boston Rd and Southern Blvd, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Roses”

W Fordham Rd and University Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Flight, One (Flight created by Jay P Fury in the Bronx, NY)”

W Fordham Rd and Sedgwick Ave, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York

“Entrance” | “Puerto Rican Flags in Black and White”

Valentine Ave between E 192 St and Fordham Rd, The Bronx (Directions)

Elle Pérez, 2019. Courtesy the artist and 47 Canal, New York