Washed Away

Washed Away | curated by Stephanie Young
October 6 - October 21, 2017
One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street)
(between Piers 5 and 6)
Brooklyn, NY
generously donated by a partnership of RAL Companies, Vanke US and Oliver's Realty Group
Nearest Trains: R, 4, 5, 2, 3
Ferry service to Pier 6: NYC Ferry South Brooklyn Route

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7th, 6 - 9pm
Open Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm
The destruction of our beaches due to global warming has reached alarming levels in recent years. Because of rapidly melting polar caps, sea levels have risen, causing bigger waves to erode the coastline. Beaches normally lose a few inches of coastline a year, but some areas deemed 'hot spots' have seen coastlines diminish by as much as 50 feet in a year. According to experts, one way to stop the erosion is by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. Other more reactive methods involve beach nourishment; the process of re-depositing sand from inland sources to save affected areas. Even more drastic measures have included the building of beach walls, which have long term effects that include displacement of natural beach formation and ruining nearby coastlines.

Washed Away looks at both the natural and man-made effects of beach erosion, and man's reaction to it, introducing the larger concern of land being eroded away and its ultimate demise due to these effects.

About the Curator

Stephanie Young is an independent Publisher/Curator working in New York City. She publishes Vellum Magazine and has curated shows throughout NYC and beyond.

About the Artists

With a background in continental philosophy, Amy Kao’s work speaks to the perceptual experience and experiences of nature as markers of history and culture. Her work has been exhibited at institutions as such MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library and Busan Bienniale, South Korea. Most recently, Kao has been working on a commission at Facebook, Inc. She also collaborated with fashion designer Jil Sander on a full season collection, along with large scale public commissions at Brookfield Place and the World Financial Center in New York. Solo exhibitions include Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NY and Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, NY. Kao is the recipient of residency fellowships at Yaddo, NY; MacDowell Colony, NH; Art Omi, NY and the Lower East Side Printshop, NY. Reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Financial Times and Art News. Born in Taiwan, Kao currently lives and works in Brooklyn. For Washed Away, Kao will create an amorphous installation using rubber.

Diana Wege is an environmental conceptual artist whose practice focuses on the part human negligence plays in the destruction of the environment, and how it can be corrected with education and awareness. She has exhibited her work widely in museums and galleries throughout the United States including CENTRAL BOOKING (New York, NY), Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT), Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI), Interior Museum (Washington, D.C.), Katonah Art Museum (Katonah, NY), Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Stamford, CT) and Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), She is founder of Woven, an organization which advocates all non-violent action.  For Washed Away, Wege will expand on her "Night Swimming" grid and show her "Waves" painting, which was originally inspired by the modernist novel To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.

Michael Zelehoski explores the relationship between mind and reality by collapsing found objects into (and out of) two-dimensional space. His work resides in private and public collections around the world, most notably in the Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, which acquired his 35 ft. piece "Open House" in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include Inner Space at Tang Contemporary in Hong Kong, Object Permanence at Backslash, Paris, France (2016) and New Order, Mike Weiss Gallery, NY (2015). Zelehoski has received numerous awards, from the Staten Island Museum and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, among others. He has been reviewed by The New York Times’ T Magazine, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, Design Milk, and World Sculpture News, among many others. He is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at Backslash (Paris, France) in Spring 2018.  For Washed Away, Zelehoski will create an installation addressing beach erosion from an aesthetically "man-made" point of view.

Washed Away has been made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Stephanie at stephvellum@gmail.com

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