The Garment District Alliance announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing a mixed-media installation consisting of 10 works crafted by New York-based artist Allen Thomas Ball.
Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through April 22nd. The installation by Ball is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 16 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.
“We’re proud to present Allen’s fascinating exhibit as part of our series of public art installations this spring,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance. “This exhibition features wonderful pieces that encourage viewers to think deeply about our planet, and we hope all enjoy the installation when visiting the Garment District.”
Borrowing raw materials from the earth, Ball crafted these newly created works of the installation by utilizing natural materials including dust, clay, iron, charcoal, ash, asphalt, insect nests, discarded materials, and found objects. His mixed-media works are intended to contemplate deep time, anthropology, and the current trajectory of our climate.
The New York City-based multidisciplinary artist Allen Thomas Ball received two simultaneous degrees from Florida School of the Arts and Saint Johns River State College prior to attending the University of North Florida where he double-majored in Fine Art and Art History. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 2017 from the University of North Florida and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2019. He is currently a Member Artist at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program. Follow the artist on Instagram.
The Garment District is home to diverse business sectors from technology to hospitality and includes thousands of people working in the creative economy, including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.