En Foco, Wallworks NYC, and Judith Escalona present Phantasmachina, an exhibition of works by Tricia McLaughlin, featuring a selection of drawings, paintings, and renditions of fabulous creatures in 3D animation, revealing the artist’s process. Phantasmachina is a companion exhibition to Life Forms, which is being presented by Times Square Arts: A Midnight Moment Program, one of the world’s largest and longest-running digital public art projects.

On view: April 6 – April 30, 2024
Opening Reception: April 6, 2024 | 1 PM – 4 PM
Link to RSVP: https://shorturl.at/nxKLX

WallWorks NY
15 Canal Place,
Bronx NY 10451


Venturing up to the Bronx, at WallWorks NYC, mutant phantasmachina are hard at work constructing a world within our own that is strange yet oddly familiar, a microcosm inside a bigger beast. A unique set of phantasmachina will be on view as physical art at WallWorks NYC Gallery in the Bronx, where visitors also have a chance to interact with the drawings and paintings through the QR codes that animate each work. Using their phones, visitors can experience the 3D animation of each phantasmachina that reveals their true nature through their actions. These are accidental or subconscious stories generated by the artist and visitors. We watch this phantasmachina as they watch us transform our environment, which continues to change us in ways similar to theirs. The cartoon-like creatures and bright Happyland colors deceptively betray the complexity of McLaughlin’s explorations that encourage viewers to think and experience art beyond its traditional boundaries. 

Phantasmachina is a companion exhibition to Life Forms which is being presented by Times Square Arts: A Midnight Moment Program, one of the world’s largest and longest-running digital public art projects.

Life Forms: On View April 1 – April 30, 2024  
A Midnight Moment presented by Times Square Arts. 

Tricia McLaughlin is a physical and digital media artist exploring the transformative effects of technology on nature with unexpected consequences. Mutant creations where function follows form rather than the other way around reveal McLaughlin’s intuitive repurposing of robotics, biotechnology, and aeronautics. Paintings are inserted into animation, and 3D-designed constructions inspire paintings. McLaughlin’s process extends beyond the works to how they are displayed.

Her artwork and animations have been internationally exhibited at museums and galleries, such as Palais de Tokyo, Stedelijk Museum; ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Art 42 Basel, Swiss Architecture Museum (SAM); International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; MediaNoche New Media Gallery, NY; and the Bronx Museum. Public art projects include her 3D animation “Virginia Beach Aquatecture,” commissioned for the Virginia Beach Conference Center, Virginia. Tricia McLaughlin is the recipient of grants and fellowships, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship for her 3D animation, two grants from the Jerome Foundation, and an Artist’s Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts.

Judith Escalona is a filmmaker, writer, and curator. Her latest film BX3M garnered awards at domestic and international film festivals. She recently screened BX3M at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C. Previously, Escalona wrote and directed The Krutch, featured in Revolving Door Life Writing: Literature and Cinema of Puerto Rican Women by Christin Freyer, Ph.D., Heidelberg University. A segment producer for CUNY-TV, Escalona is also the Founder of Puerto Rico and the American Dream (www.PRdream.com), the 26-year-old, award-winning website on the history, culture, and politics of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. The organization launched several new media initiatives, among them the PRdream Oral History Project, the PRdream Summer Film Fest, and the technology-based art gallery MediaNoche (http://www.medianoche.us), featuring local and international new media artists. Escalona served as Chief Curator. She taught filmmaking at The City College of New York for more than two decades and is currently writing a book on Nuyorican Cinema.

WALLWORKS NEW YORK is a contemporary art gallery in the South Bronx, dedicated to bringing art back uptown. In the vein of Fashion MODA, WALLWORKS is dedicated to showcasing new and exciting art from both emerging and established artists, mixing “downtown” sensibility with “uptown” style; a place for exploration. The passion project of legendary Graffiti pioneer CRASH and entrepreneur Robert Kantor, WALLWORKS seeks to remind people of the rich culture of the Bronx, and encourage everyone to take a trip Uptown!

Bronx Kreate Hub is a workspace and community incubator in Mott Haven that supports the growth and continued success of local artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Community members represent a diverse array of specialties, including animators, graffiti artists, photographers, designers, and community organizations like En Foco and the Mott Haven Film Festival among others. Studio spaces are available at an array of affordable price points, reaffirming Kreate Hub’s commitment to building community through access. 

En Foco is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, and individual donors.