Crystal Blue Persuasion, 2018
Laminated glass artwork by Maureen McQuillan for the 36 Ave station features vibrantly hued and mysteriously suspended forms. Fabricated in laminated glass by Queens-based glass studio Depp Glass, McQuillan’s artwork references both the diverse social fabric of Astoria and the daily commutes of riders within the 36 Av station.
After the music composition by Tommy James, the artwork is titled Crystal Blue Persuasion, and is located in mezzanine windows of the station. The simple forms, such as stripes and diamonds, become dynamic patterns when repeated, suggesting everything from ancient textiles, tapestry to fractals and microscope photography.
Maureen McQuillan makes abstract, geometric forms and patterns in her paintings and drawings. She applies ink lines in layers of acrylic polymer with museum board which are subsequently manipulated to fold and bend in undulating ripples. The geometric patterns in Crystal Blue Persuasion reflect the repetitive nature of commuting, that is at once familiar and yet, each day, always different.
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