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Photographs focus on Queens ’scapes

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:44 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

A series of 40 photographs show the beauty of some of Queens forgotten corners.

Sunnyside resident Michelle Cheikin’s richly colored photographs in the series “Queens Surface” will show at the Flushing Library in August.

“Elmhurst 2005” depicts rows of pastel- colored two- and three-story homes juxtaposed with a neglected warehouse targeted by many individuals armed with spray paint cans who might have seen the solid wall from the elevated subway track and thought it would make a perfect canvas for their bubbled letters.

Another piece, “Long Island City, 2012,” shows the glass TF Cornerstone luxury condominium buildings under construction with the Queensboro Bridge peeping out in between.

Cheikin, a digital photography and media design professor at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, received grants from the City University of New York’s Professional Staff Congress to produce the exhibition.

In May she showed indoor landscapes in an exhibition featured in the LIC Arts Open.

The photos were a different spin on the genre of portraits, because the audience never saw the subjects in the flesh; nevertheless, a lot can be inferred about them.

The picture of a bright pink hula hoop on a futon suggests a child and a photo of a storage room with old black-and-white photographs of movie stars suggests a collector, someone who perhaps spends his or her nights watching “Chinatown” and “Casablanca.”

Her photography has also been exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and in galleries nationwide.

An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Cheikin will answer questions and discuss the reasons she focused her lens on Queens.

‘Queens Surface’

When: Aug. 9 through Aug. 28

Where: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St.

Tickets: Free, (718) 661-1200

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