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.