2013-07-17 / Features

Sunnyside Photographer To Exhibit At Flushing Library


“Elmhurst, 2005” “Elmhurst, 2005” “Queens Surface”, a photographic documentary series by Michelle Cheikin, will be on exhibit at the Queens Library, Flushing at 41-17 Main Street from August 9 to 28. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; at 4:30 p.m. Cheikin will answer questions and discuss the reasons she focused her lens on Queens.

Queens Surface is a montage of 40 photographs that capture the subtle details in the quality of light and architectural forms of the Queens of yesterday and today. She depicts a reverence for a borough of New York City that is under-represented in the arts. Cheikin said she concentrated on “images from various neighborhoods that depict serene moments and initiate a feeling of a lost time”.

With her attention to subdued color, vacant spaces, and reflections, Cheikin observes the Queens of yesterday, as it disappears in renovation and development. Over the past 10 years, she has taken medium-format, color negative images that trace a layering of forms. In “Elmhurst, 2005”, charming residences juxtapose a wall of graffiti and industrial warehouses. In “Queens Plaza, 2007”, a heavenly light-blue sculpture of the icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, slants precariously in front of a concrete parking garage. Reflective windows, orange netting, and cement pilings of a new condominium appear to engulf the Queensboro Bridge in “Long Island City, 2012”.


“Queens Plaza, 2007” “Queens Plaza, 2007” Cheikin received professional development funds from CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress to produce this exhibition of “Queens Surface”. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Hostos Community College in The Bronx, where she teaches courses in digital photography and media design.


“Long Island City, 2012” “Long Island City, 2012” Michelle Cheikin lives in Sunnyside and her photography has been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Arts and in galleries nationwide. She holds an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Arts.

For more information, visit www.michellecheikin.com.

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