art in odd places

Oct 5th, 2008 | By | Category: Artworks

Thanks to Urban Prankster for pointing me to Art in Odd places, an event on 14th Street, Manhatten scheduled for October.

Projects will explore connections between public spaces, pedestrian traffic, and ephemeral transient disruptions. Like a scavenger hunt, New Yorkers will use a map to discover art in unexpected places along this amazing street.

Some of my favourites:

  1. GLITZ by Terry S. Hardy.

    The project uses one thousand mirror tiles to pay homage to an area of 14th Street known for its speakeasies, dance clubs, and a seedier side of life. In this time of gentrification and ordinariness this installation will strive to bring a little “glitz” back to this popular thoroughfare.

  2. PERSONAL SPACE by Illegal Art.

    “Personal Space” tape is used to cordon off areas in which pedestrians may claim their own space. Installed on 14th Street, people can use and interpret the personal space designated by the tape any way that fits their needs. The tape will also be handed out so that anyone may create his or her own personal space.

  3. ITINERANT ARTIFACTS by Michael Knierim.

    Litter gathered from 14th Street tree wells is cleaned, documented and placed in scientific display boxes. Affixed to its corresponding parkway tree in a display case, the objects become an archeological record of the immediate past.

  4. ROAD KILL STUFFED ANIMALS by L. Mylott Manning

    Mutilated stuffed animals soaked in dirty water are placed at 14th Street locations. The fabric carcasses resemble the aftermath of real animals that have been hit by a vehicle but delve further into psychological symbolism as the viewers realize the uncannily realistic animals are made out of cloth.

  5. FRAME THE PEDESTRIAN by Elena Stojanova

    Paper picture frames placed around everyday objects construct an atmosphere and establish a context for understanding and interpreting the artistic nature of an object. In this case, the ordinary and unremarkable are given the importance of a work of art, and pedestrians are offered something to reflect on as they go about their daily lives.

  6. CULTURAL CROSSING GUARD by Sara Holwerda and Nick Tobier

    An interactive performance inspired by the regalia of school crossing guards as fashion police. The goal is to have pedestrians to “fit” their neighborhood stylistically: Guards will tuck or un-tuck a shirt, improvise a Mohawk, apply eyeliner, affix designer labels, roll or unroll hems of pants, etc. These actions will illuminate the drastic cultural shifts of the area, while also questioning the authenticity of personal expression and challenging the pedestrians’ personal space.

  7. ARTARCHY by Jesse La Flair

    A mime performance of a continuous wall tagging, the projection of a stop motion film by a hidden projector mimics spray paint markings. As the video is projected, the artist appears to repeatedly write on the wall “It’s ok, it’s only art,” followed by a red circle encompassing an “A”. This symbol normally represents anarchy however in this performance the artist shifts the meaning of the symbol to Artarchy.

  8. DANCE WITH DEATH by Yoonhye Park (pictured above)

    While wearing a white Korean funeral dress, the artist wanders 14th Street carrying a skeleton. The physicality and appearance of the girl and skeleton moving from place to place intends to provoke the sentiment of the city to confront death resulting from the brutality of the current political situation, revealing the overlooked truth that death is ever-present in our contemporary society.

  9. MEANING CLEANING by Hayley Severns and Angela Rose Voulgarelis Illgen

    Volunteer teams sweep the sidewalks starting from the extreme ends of 14th Street. Using brooms and wearing cleaning gloves the artists push the debris from East or West continuously until they reach Union Square, where the dirt and grime will be carted away. Intending to “activate the space,” the project plays with the expected roles and unsaid rules that come along with partitioning the “high brow” and “low brow” of public spaces.

  10. SWINGING UNDERGROUND by Caroline Woolard

    The artist rides the L train on a swing that doubles as a bag. In a refusal to use her eyes to identify or condemn others, the project encourages collective imagination, taking the monotonous commute to the playground with an innocent game.

There’s plenty more pix on their website but if you’re on that side of the world in October, take a few for yourself (and post me a link 🙂

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