We here at the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition are pysched to present the most recent vision of Greenpoint-based artist Amanda Browder!!! That vision, Future Phenomena, combines public art and community in the most practical way:
The installation is a collaborative effort that utilizes recycled fabric materials - such as t-shirts, table clothes, curtains and denim jeans - all sewn together piece-by-piece by volunteers. After three public sewing sessions, we will unveil the end-result in Spring 2010. Future Phenomena will be a bold spectacle - a large scale artwork affixed to the entire façade of a two-story apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to draw attention to the negative transformative effects of gentrification of North Brooklyn.
Greenpoint and Williamsburg have gained national attention due to urbanization without focus on community sustainability resulting in an unprecedented number of abandoned construction sites.
With these ill-effects come renewed community activism—embodied by North Brooklyn’s growing efforts to reuse, recycle, and to renew its neighborhoods. Our hope is that Future Phenomena will be not just be a spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes, but that its focus on recycled materials, public space, and community volunteerism will cast a spotlight on local concerns such as gentrification, development, and urban migration.
On the following three days, volunteers will partcipate in the creation of the piece. All are welcome to donate the materials, sew the chevron shape, and transform Browder’s project into a prominent public gesture of the community's unified commitment to social responsibility:
Saturday, March 27th
St. Cecilia's Convent (with Round Robin)
21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 18th
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 1st
Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy
140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn
And JOIN US in making Future Phenomena a reality.
About the Artist
Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. She received a Chicago Community Arts Assistant Program Grant in 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She is also a founder of the art-podcast www.badatsports.com and member of the the Round Robin Collective.
For more information on the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, visit http://nbpac.wordpress.com.
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