CHRISTY WHITNEY AND JAMES BARRICELLA AT URBAN CONSIGN & DESIGN
Come see up-cycled art and art with a cause at Urban Consign & Design, an ever-growing high-end furniture consignment gallery focusing on connecting buyers and sellers of quality furniture in a safe and convenient environment that that also features local artists. Need another reason to check out this great store? Urban Consign & Design now has FREE parking in front of the store on Sundays during the Gallery Walk! Located at 650 Newark Street, corner of Jackson Street, stop in to see great art in all forms and say hello to Paul and Cyndi Fitzgerald, Hobokenites who started this family run business in 2011.
"UNWANTED" BY CHRISTY WHITNEY
Christy was born in an undeveloped rural area of northern Maine. She grew up spending summers at her family farm stand and lake cabin. The calm and serenity during those months is something she often looks for in her subjects. She connects with that particular moment, or place, that feels like home.
Christy is genuinely concerned about social and environmental issues. Her wish is that her stories will spark a small change in her viewers, whether it inspires them to pick up a camera, to volunteer or to make a positive change in something as simple as a daily habit. She has been following rescued horses and their stories for 5 years now and is currently hard at work seeking imagery that unites the lives of horses and humans with her project titled, “Unwanted.” Her commitment and will to making the world a better place is the single most important factor in what drives her work.
About how she began, “Unwanted,” Christy says, “My father introduced me to Cracker Box Palace, a horse rescue in Alton, NY. It was snowing that day, allowing silence to envelope the hilltop pasture. I walked into the snowy field with my camera not knowing how they would react to me or the device in my hand. I found myself surrounded by giant yet gentle and curious creatures. Listening to them breathe, I innately knew that there was nothing to fear between us. I could feel a connection to them and a sense of belonging (perhaps because I had spent too many years walking the concrete jungle with no connection to nature –maybe I was having an extreme yin/yang reaction). Whether it was that or just a true spiritual connection, it brought me to a place of serenity that I needed. But I didn’t know it until I walked with them.”
A percentage of all sales photographs from "Unwanted" go back to saving these horses.
The argument by the US authorities is that there is an overpopulation of horses that need to be controlled. But really The Bureau of Land Management is removing thousands of wild horses from the western lands of Oregon, Montana, Utah and Idaho, so that more cattle can graze those lands and feed the US's demand for beef. The BLM says that the horse population needs to be controlled so that healthy herds can thrive on healthy range-lands. What they don't tell you is that at the heart of this is a near extinction of wild horses. And in doing so, a heinously inhumane act of starvation, abuse, and slaughter is committed. The BLM states that the wild horses are rounded up for adoption. Some of them are, but a large number of them are sold off to kill buyers and sent to slaughter houses. There are equine slaughterhouses re- opening in the US since the no-kill policy was revoked in 2011. This paves the way for more over breeding and more slaughtering.
You can read more about this issue here: http://hher.webs.com/horseslaughter.htm
Christy Whitney has worked extensively with the New York City Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She’s created content for their annual report and branding for their web presence. She has also worked with Nike, Thornberg and Forester, Poets and Writers, Arnold Worldwide and Mutual of America. Her pieces are in the Barclay’s Capital Collection. Christy’s work has been exhibited at the Visual Arts Gallery, JC Fridays Artist Studio, Club H Gallery, and she holds an award for Excellence in Photography from the Rhodes Family.