Fluid at Newhouse Center For Contemporary Art


From May 3rd to December 14th, 2014, the Newhouse Center For Contemporary Art will be exhibiting video and sculpture from The Newtown Creek Armada as part of the group exhibit Fluid – Essential For Life. The exhibit, located at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island, was "inspired by the symbiotic relationship of Snug Harbor with water – from its location directly across from New York Harbor to its 10 acres of wetlands to the Koi pond at the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden to the fountains of the Tuscan Garden and all the way back to its beginnings as a home for retired sailors."

More information on Fluid can be seen here.

Combined Overflow at Proteus Gowanus


From April 26th to May 24th, 2014, the exhibit "Combined Overflow" was on view at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn.  Combined Overflow was a group exhibition of creative responses to the Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal, two New York City waterways with similar histories of industry, pollution and neglect. Both of these salt-water inlets were designated as federal Superfund sites in 2010, and are currently undergoing remediation, even as new residents are lured to their shorelines. Both have also inspired dedicated communities of artists, innovators and explorers, who have been working to collectively recalibrate these bodies of water as fertile sites of collaboration, invention and public engagement.

Combined Overflow included 20 different projects created by artists including Wendy Andringa, Liz Barry, Sarah Christman, Willis Elkins, Eymund Diegel, Jose Gaytan, Jan Mun, Leif Percifield, George Trakas, Mitch Waxman and Jenifer Wightman, and groups including Brooklyn Atlantis, The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, The Newtown Creek Alliance, The Newtown Creek Armada, The North Brooklyn Boat Club, and Urban Omnibus.

Combined Overflow was curated by Nathan Kensinger, Laura Chipley and Sarah Nelson Wright of The Newtown Creek Armada. The triptych image above includes work by Jose Gaytan, Willis Elkins and Jenifer Wightman. For more information on Combined Overflow, please visit Proteus Gowanus and read this review of the exhibit at Untapped Cities.

Remote Voyages


From November 7th to 23rd, 2013, the video installation "Remote Voyages" was on view at the 111 Front Street Galleries in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Remote Voyages was an exhibit created from video shot during The Newtown Creek Armada, a 2012 public art installation that was created in a collaboration between Nathan Kensinger, Laura Chipley and Sarah Nelson Wright.  The Armada invited the public to a engage in a remote-control boat pond built on the Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States.  Remote Voyages presented immersive voyages created during that boat pond, projected onto the gallery walls from boats floating in water.

For more information on Remote Voyages, please visit www.newtowncreekarmada.org

Rising Waters and Documenting Sandy


October 29, 2013 -

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, two new exhibits will include selections of my photographs from the aftermath of the storm. The first is titled "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy" and will be open at the Museum of the City of New York from October 29th, 2013 through March 2, 2014. The second is titled "Documenting Sandy" and will be open at the Brooklyn Historical Society from October 30th to Spring, 2014. 

For the past year, I have been documenting the post-Sandy recovery efforts, tracing the progress made in Staten Island, the Rockaways, and several Brooklyn neighborhoods. These photographs have been published in a series of photo essays at "Camera Obscura" - my column for Curbed - and have also been exhibited at "Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront." This ongoing documentation revisits numerous neighborhoods that had been photographed for this website, before the storm. 

The above photograph, taken in Midland Beach, Staten Island in April 2013,  is included in "Rising Waters," an exhibit of 200 photographs selected by a jury from work submitted by over a thousand photographers.

Gowanus Voyage at Proteus Gowanus


On September 15th, 2013, Proteus Gowanus opened an exhibit featuring underwater video and scientific data collected during Gowanus Voyage, a public art installation staged on the Gowanus Canal in July 2013 by The Newtown Creek Armada and Brooklyn Atlantis.  This exhibit is a part of the Hall of the Gowanus, "a mini-museum and gallery of art, artifacts, maps, documents and books" dedicated to the history of the Gowanus Canal, and will be on view into 2014.

Gowanus Voyage's public art installation was initially created as part of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Day with the support of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, and the participation of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Proteus Gowanus. It was created in a collaboration between Jeffrey Laut of Brooklyn Atlantis, and Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright of The Newtown Creek Armada.
 

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront


From September 3rd to November 9th, 2013, St. John's University featured my photographs of New York's waterfront in a group exhibit titled "Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront." This exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Albert, was "an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring waterfront areas that are remote, neglected, or little known to the general public and which have experienced long and sometimes tumultuous relationships with New York City’s changing needs."  The exhibit included a wide selection of my photographs from the past seven years, alongside the work of eight other artists, including Marie Lorenz of the Tide and Current Taxi and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

An opening reception for "Silent Beaches, Untold Stories" took place on September 19th, 2013 at the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery at Sun Yat Sen Hall on the St. John's University campus in Queens, New York. An artists panel took place on October 10th, 2013.  For more information on the exhibit and events, please visit the exhibit's homepage

Gowanus Voyage


On July 20th, 2013, "Gowanus Voyage" was launched from the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Gowanus Voyage was an interactive public boat pond created in a collaboration between The Newtown Creek Armada and Brooklyn Atlantis. This public art installation invited visitors to explore above and below the surface of this historic waterway by piloting miniature remote control boats and aquatic robots from the shoreline. These watercraft were equipped with video cameras and environmental sensors, and the footage and data collected at this daylong event will be presented at a later exhibit.
Gowanus Voyage was presented as part of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Day with the support of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, and the participation of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Proteus Gowanus. The event included public presentations by these groups, including an aerial observation balloon. Gowanus Voyage set sail from the Gowanus Dredgers boat launch near Bond Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn.