FLOW.12: Gabriela Bertiller

The Project: Glamourous Picnic

Bertiller’s intention was to honor and celebrate the ritual that encompasses a picnic. Using the traditional red and white picnic tablecloth pattern, she covered a group of concrete picnic tables with red and white iridescent glass tiles, creating a conceptual, colorful, and engaging setting. The visitor had the opportunity to enjoy a different outdoor experience within an artistic environment. Because Randall’s Island is surrounded by the three boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, it serves as a common ground for all New Yorkers to gather and rejoice, and therefore, the idea of a beautified picnic space seemed fitting for the island.

The Artist: Gabriela Bertiller

Gabriela Bertiller brings attention to the decorative and visual elements hidden in the overlooked or overshadowed aspects of society.  These isolated findings become blueprints for her multimedia work and are illuminated through display in order to give longer exposure and a collective witnessing to the often unseen.  She studied at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires, Argentina (BFA,1993) and School of Visual Arts, New York, New York (MFA, 2001).

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