Six New York City artists asked one another a simple question: What does New York City mean to you? Their responses are the inspiration behind Urbanscapes; a traveling art installation moving throughout NYC this autumn.
Sponsored by Arts Brookfield (an art commission dedicated to bringing free cultural experiences to urban centers around the world) the exhibition is about New York as a home.
A sampling of the artworks are as follows.
Semblance of Normality: Amanda Mathis
A collection of cast-aside home objects including: old flooring, a broken chair, and scruffy old paint. The assemblage embraces a model of an old house using a three-dimensional collage.
Andamio: Pedro Cruz-Castro
Reclaimed furniture and recycled timbers make a compact, geometrical shape that evokes a building under construction or destruction, somehow both stable and frail, both new and decomposing.
Grit and Mother-Wit: Erin Sweeny
Sweeny found a paperback copy of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells on the sidewalk in Brooklyn one day. She put it to unusual use by pulping the water-damaged pages, making a dark red paper clay that she sculpted into an enclosing amorphous form.
Walk Dreamer: Isidro Blasco
This sculpture is like an image out of a dream—panoramic photos of New York street scenes merge and meld with wooden sculpture into an inverted hourglass of surreal shapes in which buildings are mirrored and distorted.
All of the pieces involve spatial distortion in some way—a scene or object twisted out of its normal form, forced into new perspectives; warped, blown apart, destroyed and reformed into something entirely new. Is this, too, a comment on life in New York city?
The exhibition’s curator, Tom Kotik, says that all six artists “share a common ability to absorb and visualize the ever-changing city around them.”
Urbanscapes is free for the public to view and will be on exhibition at 245 Park Avenue through the end of September. Afterward, it will move to the One Liberty Plaza from October 3 – November 4.