Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sidewalk Alchemy News

I wanted to give an update as to the current state of the Sidewalk Alchemy series that I had begun while in residence last year. I’ve continued to work on and develop this project for close to a year after the residency has ended and the images below show various large and smaller scale iterations of the project, which involves using photography to document random patterns created by chewing gum on Newark’s sidewalks, re-examining familiar and overlooked relationships between social interactions and physical spaces. Gold leaf has been applied by hand, to each print, bringing attention to the less visible chewing gum remnants—memorializing these varied and complex examples of collective mark-making.

Also I wanted to share a link to an art related radio show broadcast on WVKR, the radio station out of Vassar College. I had an opportunity to meet up The Dead Hare Radio Hour co-hosts Chris Albert and Matthew Slaats, during the taping of episodes 27 and 29, to discuss some of the ideas behind the Sidewalk Alchemy Project begun at Gallery Aferro. Podcast episodes can be accessed online at: http://deadhareradiohour.com/






Chewing gum patterns, horizontal sidewalk joints, and gold leaf. 5 feet x 10 feet




Chewing gum patterns, vertical sidewalk joints, and gold leaf. 5 feet x 10 feet




Chewing gum patterns, diagonal sidewalk joints, and gold leaf. 5 feet x 10 feet



Framed series with diagonals. 22 inches x 55 inches


Framed series with horizontals and verticals. 22 inches x 55 inches



An installation detail.



An installation shot from my studio in Beacon.


2 comments:

  1. Thanks Dahlia, hope things are going well with your projects!

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