Tracing Back the Radiance Alix AnkeleKaufman Arcade 132 West 36th Street
Cutting through the Kaufman Arcade can not only save you some time, but also expose you to a bit of zen, courtesy of the newest installation in our Space for Public Art program, Tracing Back the Radiance by artist Alix Ankele. Eight brilliantly colorful oil paintings line the walls of the mid-block passageway.
Having practiced Tibetan and Zen meditation for 30 years, Ankele draws upon her experiences and paints with an open mind, working through a spontaneous and intuitive process. Inspired by the founder of the Korean Zen tradition, Master Chinul, Ankele’s work depicts the process of Zen meditation and also encourages viewers to discover the radiance of life.
Ankele’s artistic career began in East Africa, where she resided with her husband and two children in 1974 and exhibited and sold painterly batiks at the Kenya Arts Society and the African Heritage Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon returning to the U.S. and moving to New York City in 1979, she took classes at Parsons, New School and the Art Students League, immersing herself in the city’s rich art scene. Born in Ely, Minnesota, Ankele grew up in Washington D.C. and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University, as well as a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work.
The Garment District is home to 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.