Friday, April 22, 2011
During the New School’s Water Week, in March 2011, students in Waterlogged and Restoration Ecology classes lead tours tracing the paths of three buried streams: Minetta Brook, Sun Fish Pond and Collect Pond and Stream. Along the way, the students presented their research on the history of the waterways, the impacts these streams and the surrounding geography have had on urban forms, and restoration case studies.
A PDF of the booklet they created for the tours is available to download here.
Sun Fish Pond Tour
Minetta Brook Tour
Collect Pond and Stream Tour
The tours ended where each stream once connected to the river.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
.......The location this series is inspired by is the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn......
I would like to experiment with a series of three small plates arranged horizontally but with space between. These will be registered off one another and printed on single pass through the press as one image. The spaces between the plates can serve as a metaphor for the passing of time, and of hidden elements that get forgotten with history, as well as a reference to the physical, as bridges spanning a body of water separating it into sections.The printing process is similar to geological time, layers corrosion and wear make a complete image after the many steps of process line up on top of eachother. This series focuses the concepts of Wear, Erosion, Accumulation, Trapping and Scraping, because of the endless flow and motion over a surface of water through time.
Below are three prints from my process of printmaking based on my sketch of what I observed in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Erase [the peace from the first printing phase]
Thursday, March 17, 2011
BROAD ST. CANAL
Broad Street has a strong slope downwards to the river. Above is a ceiling of randomly lighted windows. Out to the East River is the only real opening to the sky and is where people disappear into and where cars appear out of. Upon approaching the water, the street hits a horizontal of traffic. The various layers include both cars on South St. and those entering the South St. Viaduct, bikes and pedestrians, and even helicopters flying in over the East River.
Much of my process in printmaking revolved around setting down hard-ground, and then either using sugar lift, or gamsol to soften, break apart, and manipulate the surface. With gamsol on hard-ground, I was able to work with various gravities — manipulating ‘water’ flow by either turning and tilting the plate or by setting up constraints that directed flower more specifically. This process left the determining gravity (the orientation of the print) open to interpretation. Eventually through my process I was able to return to the site of Broad St. A strong diagonal composition was created through my process and I did various etchings with the needle to bring the abstract closer to a representational view of the site. At the bottom I saw forms of water (either East River or underground stream) so placed a shadow of the grating over this area. I observed this at the site; through gratings I could see the water of the stream. The middle-ground of the plate for me acted as an in-between, the space underneath the wedge of the hill. The upper part of the plate would act as the little bit of space for the ‘sky.’
It was interesting that the process went from the representational (observations of the site) to abstract (process of printmaking) and then back to the representational.
Words: (from list of vocabulary)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Interested in exploring relations between separate yet similar paths ways outside of my window I chose to symbolically pattern the paths I had previously observed. These path makers were: people tromping through snowy sidewalks, cars sleepily parked and the birds that draped themselves through the cluster of apartment buildings.
These drawings stem from a space I've been passing frequently, a lot in lower Manhattan overgrown with weeds. This particular day was quite windy, and what I saw was the motion that took place. The first drawing was an observation of ground movement. I saw flowing patterns in the topography of the snow, and I tried to explore that.