The exhibition is anchored by artists who make work with water as site or material. They include:
TRYST (Clarinda Mac Low, Carolyn Hall and Paul Benney),
Sarah Cameron Sunde and
Floating Studios for Dark Ecologies (Marina Zurkow, with Nicholas Hubbard and Rebecca Lieberman),
many of whom are defining the field through longtime commitments to New York City waterways and urban ecology.
Artists who work with water are responding to the urgency of a changing climate, increasing urban density and a burgeoning public awareness of ecological concerns. Their works, made in, on or in direct response to the water connect to current economic, political and global issues, and reference Land Art, Public Art, and Performance Art. The cross-disciplinary nature of this event is intended to spark dialogue about the various approaches of visual and performing arts, environmental and social sciences and urban planning to engaging with the water on an individual, community, and global scale.
The exhibition is produced by Emily Blumenfeld, and the exhibition space is design by Louisa Thompson.
Torkwase Dyson Though working through multiple forms Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses the language of architecture and minimal geometric abstraction to generate descriptive fragments of space. The works are distilled deconstructions of natural and built environments and consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systemic orders that impact environmental justice. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson is the recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors award, Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by The Drawing Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art. torkwasedyson.com
Mare Liberum is a collective of visual artists, designers, and writers who formed around a shared engagement with New York’s waterways in 2007. As part of a mobile, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical practice, the collective has designed and built boats, published broadsides, essays, and books, invented water-related art and educational forums, and collaborated with diverse institutions in order to produce public talks, collaborative exhibitions, participatory works, and voyages. Mare Liberum has presented work at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Parrish Art Museum, MASS MoCA, Maker Faire, among others. Mare Liberum = Jean Barberis, Dylan Gauthier, Ben Cohen, Stephan von Muehlen, Arthur Poisson, Sunita Prasad, Kendra Sullivan. thefreeseas.org
Marie Lorenz was born in Twentynine Palms, California and grew up traveling with her military family. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally, from High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, and Jack Hanley Gallery, among others. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. In 2005, she started her Tide and Current Taxi project, an exploration of the coastline in New York City that continues every summer. marielorenz.com
Mary Mattingly is an artist based in New York. Swale is a public floating food forest where people can pick food for free. Built on a 130′ x 40’ barge, it is in its second year and is currently docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. Swale follows a project called WetLand, a partly submerged house in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. WetLand is currently being used as a Classroom for the Anthropocene by the University of Pennsylvania and Bartram’s Garden. Mattingly’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Kitchen, International Center of Photography, the Seoul Art Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York Public Library, deCordova Museum, and the Palais de Tokyo. marymattingly.com
Paloma McGregor (Director, Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black) is a New York-based, Caribbean-born choreographer whose work focuses on centering Black voices through collaborative, process-based art-making, teaching, and organizing. A deeply rooted practitioner of intersectionality, she creates projects in which communities of geography, practice, and values can vision their roles in enacting a more equitable and joyful future. She has worked with grandparents, children, environmental educators, academics and other artists to create a wide range of work, including a dance through a makeshift fishnet on a Brooklyn rooftop, a structured improvisation for a floating platform in the Bronx River and a devised a multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with three dozen community members and students at UC Berkeley. Residencies include: 2016-17 NYLA Live Feed; 2014-16 BAX Artist in Residence; 2014 LMCC Process Space; 2013-14 NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Artist in Residence; 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace; Grants include: Surdna Foundation and the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; MAP Fund. angelaspulse.org/project/follow-the-water-walks
Eve Mosher is an artist, interventionist and playworker-in-training, living and working in New York City. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues on the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our understanding of the urban ecosystem. Her work has been profiled in international media including the The New Yorker, New York Times, ARTnews, American Scientist, L’uomo Vogue, and Le Monde. Her public and community artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council, and The City Parks Foundation. Collaborative works with Heidi Quante (Creative Catalysts) have received support from The Kresge Foundation, The Compton Foundation, The Whitman Foundation, and Invoking the Pause. She has a serious interest in urban ecologies and sustainable development. evemosher.com
Nancy Nowacek makes art engaged with power and politics of the body in late-capital, post-industrial culture. Embodying latent or invisible systems—bureaucracy, infrastructure, computer coding—she intervenes into the designed environment with sculpture, performance and installations that challenge and shift assumptions of the social and body schema. Often situated between speculation and reality, Nowacek’s work brings conceptual environments and uses of the body into concrete, tactile sensory experience through the transformation of found objects and readymades. Fueled by contemporary issues, her work is inspired by minimalism, land art, conceptual art, and Fluxus. Her projects are often socially-engaged and process-driven, involving the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of participants in their realization, that often transform spectators into actors. Nowacek was most recently a fellow at Eyebeam, and has previously been supported by residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Recess, Signal Fire and the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program. She will be teaching at the Stevens Institute of Technology beginning fall 2017 and organizes panels and events devoted to waterways and climate change. She has exhibited and presented works in New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Canada, South America and Europe. nancynowacek.com
Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program. sarahcameronsunde.com
TRYST: Clarinda Mac Low started out working in dance and molecular biology in the late 1980s and now works in performance and installation, creating participatory installations and events that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience, presented around NYC and elsewhere. Mac Low is co-founder and Executive Director of Culture Push, an experimental organization that links artistic practice and civic engagement. She received a BAX Award in 2004, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, 2007 and a 2010 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant. Paul Benney is a Brooklyn-based movement and visual artist, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he co-directed OnSite Dance Company with Jessica Lutes for 12 years. Their work was presented in the Bay Area at Theater Artaud, The SF Museum of Modern Art, and others, and in New York at P.S.122 and University Settlement. He was a 2003-04 Artist-in-Resident at Movement Research and a 2017 Teacher Fellow with the Academy for Teachers New York. Paul teaches dance and Recreational Arts at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. Carolyn Hall is a historical marine ecologist, professional contemporary dancer, and an iLAND board member. As a freelance ecologist she has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape Program. She is the research assistant for the best selling author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish, American Catch), and an instructor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As a dancer she has worked with numerous choreographers nationally and internationally and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award in 2002.
The Floating Studio for Dark Ecologies (FSDE) – Marina Zurkow, Nicholas Hubbard, Rebecca Lieberman is a collective of media artists designing experiences that activate “ways of knowing” which differ from those in informative pamphlets or science-based lectures, in order to facilitate alternative means for citizens to engage with urban waterways. We seek to foster intimacy and understanding for non-experts, and cultivate community advocacy with a long-term view towards policy and social changes. These could take the form of implementing green infrastructure, and addressing ecological justice, climate change, and human health factors.