Art Show 10-20-12 “OBJECT OF LAND SEA CLOUDS: HOVER ON THE LINE” by Columbia Fiero

FRIENDS OF BROOK PARK Arts Committee presents:
by Columbia Fiero
an Art Installation in BROOK PARK, BRONX
Opening reception Oct. 20, 2pm – 6:30pm
Special performance 2:30 to 4pm by theatre troupe
Concrete Justice
of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Also on view every Wednesday from 3PM till Sundown. and other days and hours weather depending,
contact us for more information or to arrange a visit. On view October 27th from 11AM on.

Contact about artwork: Columbia Fiero 917-710-3253
Contact about theatricals: Katy Rubin 646-504-4582

Amongst the green-grey trees in Brook Park are objects
created by installation artist, painter, and photographer
Columbia Fiero. Encrypted in fabric, both sail and parachute
cloth, and paint–a vision of earth’s cycle which not only
includes consciousness of climate change, the shifting geologic
time, but also the objectification of land, sea, and clouds as
commodities, undermining what we must protect, entities with
rights. The vision is, at once, the community life process
(images: laundry–hanging cloths on a line, spirits).

The installation is there to catalyze dialogue. There are three parts
to the work, “Vivid celebration,” “Degradation,” and “Thirst.”
The last speaks to the presence of the underground Mill Brook
beneath the western half of the park. The Friends of Brook
Park hope to “daylight” this brook, in time, creating a wetland
Travel, with the intent to observe, the attempt to absorb the
occasion of the human condition–seeing how people live in
relation to the earth, has been a critical influence on Ms.
Fiero’s work. Inspired by sculptor and mentor Bradford Graves
(who told her that to know the earth she had to walk the
earth), she has been to China, VietNam, Korea, India, South
America (including many indigenous villages), the Galapagos,
Europe, Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution, and has
made extensive and detailed journeys throughout the United
Ms. Fiero is a graduate of Parsons-The New School for Design.
She has exhibited in North Miami during the Art Basel Miami
Festival, 55 Mercer Gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Apexart,
Asian American Art Centre, Brooklyn Museum, Theater for the
New City, and at other venues. She is the photographer for the
Environmental Justice Initiative for Haiti. She’s been awarded
fellowships with residency at the Vermont Studio Center, The
Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, the Scottish Sculpture
Workshop, and the Hanoi Fine Arts University, with support of
the Indochina Arts Partnership. For more on Columbia Fiero,
please see
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC brings CONCRETE JUSTICE, an
ensemble of homeless and formerly actors, to perform “Park
Bench Prophet: Beggar with a Cause” at the art opening.
TONYC partners with communities facing discrimination to
inspire transformative action through theater. Katy Rubin,
Director, will lead the Brook Park audience in theatrical
brainstorming or “forum theater,” in which the audience
becomes involved as “spect-actors” to offer alternative
solutions to problems onstage. Learn more about TONYC
Brook Park, the site of the art installation, is the home base
of the environmental organization, Friends of Brook Park.
FoBP, a community-based 501c3 organization, is a coalition
of residents, parents, educators, workers, and home and/or
business owners dedicated to managing and revitalizing
green spaces. For an overview, please see our website at
(High Resolution images are available upon request.)
Above, COLUMBIA FIERO’S Vermont Installation at TNC, a past
art installation at Theater for the New City which foreshadows
the work now being installed at Brook Park.
Above image, from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
photo credit: Will O’Hare

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