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Einat’s sculpture was elegantly constructed and sited, on the historic railroad tracks on Plymouth Street. Kids & adults seemed to love the novelty of being able to touch, push, and roll a sculpture.

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 Mayday by Einat Imber

 

Martha Clippinger colors the Brooklyn Bridge’s archways.

 

 

Installing Mayday in pouring rain

I went to the Adirondacks on Labor Day weekend in search of a tree trunk I could use as the flag-pole for “Mayday”.

I was recently reading about Bill Bollinger’s work* when I came across a description of his 8-mm film from 1970 titled “Movie”. For 9 minutes Bollinger interacts with a 13 foot long wooden beam. Time and again he lifts it from one end, pushes it until it is vertical and tries to balance it on its other end. He lets go, the beam falls to the ground and Bollinger repeats his action, this time approaching the beam from the opposite end. In this minimalist film, the oscillation of Bollinger’s “pendulum” parallels the movement of the flag-pole in my piece “Mayday” – rising with the power of an individual pushing it up, and falling back as the person lets go. Repeat.

*Bollinger Art On The Fly, by Anne Rochette and Wade Saunders, Art In America, June 2011.

“Mayday” is a site specific flag-cart, mounted on the abandoned train tracks in Dumbo, where viewers have the power to raise up a flag.

A flag pole waving a generic flag will be mounted on a pair of wheels, rolling on the abandoned train tracks in Dumbo.

The flag pole will be made of a 10 foot long cedar tree trunk, stripped of branches and bark. Without a flag bearer the flag pole will be weighed down, laying on the ground, and the structure would resemble a canon. People passing by will have a chance to temporarily raise the flag. The action of erecting the flag pole, repeatedly performed by the audience, will call to mind the iconic World War II image from Iwo Jima. The two wheeled vehicle will be propelled back and forth on the once active tracks. Its range of motion will be limited, coming to a standstill every time the flag  pole hits the ground.

Press-Release PDF

BROOKLYN, NY September 2011 – A.I.R. Gallery, the DUMBO Arts Festival, the Puffin Foundation, and 2010-2011 A.I.R. Fellowship Artist Anne Percoco invite the public to Perimeters, an upcoming event presenting site-specific works by three women artists. The works will be on view during the annual DUMBO Arts Festival: Friday, September 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturday, September 24, from 12:00 to 8:00 PM, and Sunday, September 25, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public, free of charge. For project updates, visit perimeterdumbo.wordpress.com. Stop by A.I.R. Gallery to pick up a map of the works.

Martha Clippinger’s project will fill the negative spaces of the Brooklyn Bridge’s iconic arches with color. Pairs of cardboard shapes will hang from street signs, scaffolding, and other locations throughout DUMBO. Viewers will be asked to align their bodies with the hued shapes and the bridge in order to “color-in” the voids of the Brooklyn Bridge’s arches. The material reminds us of DUMBO’s earlier nickname, Gairville, after Robert Gair, the man credited with the invention of corrugated cardboard.

Einat Imber’s Mayday is a site-specific flag-cart, rolling on the abandoned train tracks in DUMBO. When at rest, the flag pole will be weighed down, laying on the ground, and the structure will resemble a canon. People passing by will have a chance to roll the sculpture on the tracks, temporarily raising the flag.

Lily Mooney’s Wandering Directions is a self-guided audio tour that leads listeners through an intimate and tactile experience of DUMBO. Narrated by a self-proclaimed “expert” on the area, the tour weaves together storytelling, instruction, and observation, drawing tour-takers’ attention to large city-scapes and smaller, often overlooked details. Wander Directions plays upon different experiences of isolation and immersion, direction and displacement often felt when moving through the city, heightening listeners’ awareness of their surroundings as the guide illuminates local culture and history.

Anne Percoco has exhibited and presented public projects both nationally and internationally, and will have a solo show in Brooklyn’s NURTUREart Gallery in 2012. She lives and works in Jersey City. Martha Clippinger’s concept opf painting as “color in space” leads her to create colorful abstraction that often respond to surrounding architecture. She is the founder and director of The Dirty Dirty, an alternative art space in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and in 2010 received a studio space in DUMBO through The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s The Space Program. She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Einat Imber, born in Israel, received her BFA from the Cooper Union and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a 2011 -12 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow, and her solo show Continental Drift will be on view at the gallery in 2012. Lily Mooney is a writer and performer whose work has been produced in Boston, Seattle, Chicago and New York. Working both traditionally and experimentally, with found and original material, she uses language and storytelling media to re-imagine familiar notions of identity and community.

A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For directions, please visit http://www.airgallery.org. For more information, please contact Gallery Director, Julie Lohnes at 212-255-6651 or jlohnes@airgallery.org.

The A.I.R. Fellowship Program is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, a state-agency, JP Morgan Chase through a re-grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, as well as generous support from Louise McCragg, The Bernheim Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Elizabeth A. Sackler, Golden Artists Colors, The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, and The Estate of Theo Westenberger.