May 4 - 7, 2012
Times Square Visitor Center
1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets
Screening Premier and Reception during Frieze Art Fair: May 4, 2012, 8.30pm
The Times Square Alliance, with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Cuban Artist Fund are pleased to announce a public video art installation by Cuban artist Leslie Sardiñas. The exhibition will include a video art installation on the billboards of Times Square as well as a selection of drawings by the artist. Both the video and the drawings will be on view at the Times Square Visitor Center, at 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets in New York City between May 4 - 7, 2012.
Watching You! is a 30-second animation of a pair of eyes looking down onto Times Square. Created from over 600 drawings made by the artist himself, Watching You! marks the first time that the artist is exhibiting animated works in the public realm. The artist cleverly inverts the relationship of the observer to that of the observed. Sardiñas pays tribute to the enigmatic character Cheshire from Alice in Wonderland, whose eyes hypnotize and enchant the viewers.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1974, Leslie Sardiñias obtained his studies in art at the National Academy of Visual Arts in Havana Cuba and later furthered his studies with a Masters degree in Design and Animation. After living for several years in Europe, Leslie returned to New York to continue his investigative work in painting animation and design.
His work is part of important private collections such as the Spanish Royal Collection, Melia Cohiba Collection, Alexander Rosenberg, Arte Viva Foundation, to name a few. Sardiñias has also shown in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, Angel Museum in Segovia, Spain, the Casa Lamm Collection in Mexico, the Bagagli Deposit Museum in the Piazzoni Palace in Italy, among others.
Leslie Sardiñas has participated in a number of collective and solo exhibitions. Among the most remarkable is the VII Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy where he was honored with the Lorenzo Medici Award in 2001.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.
The Cuban Artists Fund was established in 1998 to foster the vitality and spirit of Cuban artists in the United States, Cuba and throughout the Diaspora community, to raise global awareness and understanding of Cuban cultural achievements, to build an international network of support and partnerships for the Cuban arts community, and to play a leadership role in promoting better understanding among American, Cuban and Cuban Diaspora artists, art professionals, academics and communities.