Subliminal Standard Exhibit at Cadman Plaza
February 20, 2020 - March 1, 2021
On May 1, Public Art Fund will present Subliminal Standard, a new commission by Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist Harold Ancart inspired by New York City’s ubiquitous handball courts, which have fascinated the artist for years.
For this exhibition, Ancart will construct a large-scale, playable painted concrete handball court in Downtown Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza Park. He will paint the walls and floor of this two-sided structure that modifies the proportions of a traditional handball court, forming a new site-responsive composition. The mural painting will reference the court’s playable boundary lines as well as the inadvertent abstract compositions created when other courts throughout the city are repaired and repainted to mask graffiti and weathering over time.
Popularized by early 20th century immigrants to the United States, handball is among the most democratic sports, requiring nothing more than a small ball and a wall to play. Ancart’s immersive painted sculpture brings a new context to this quintessential New York City game, merging contemporary art and recreational sport to create an engaging and inclusive experience. Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard will be on view May 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020 at the north end of Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn.