For Residents of New York Andres Serrano engaged with 85 homeless individuals in New York City, creating a series of portraits aiming to take poverty out of the realm of abstraction and present it in its candid and human dimension. The portraits will be exhibited in the West 4th Street subway station and various other locations around Washington Square Park.
An Album: Hudson Guild was a video project created in collaboration with a multi-cultural community of senior citizens. The artist spent several days asking residents about their lives, backgrounds, families, and memories before filming them. The final video is a silent and poignant testament to their lives and struggles.
The Mysterious House of Colors was a curatorial project realized in collaboration with students from the Clinton middle school in Chelsea. After visiting art galleries, Berry asked students to come up with ideas for a show of their own. He then assembled a number of pieces in order to put together an exhibition that took place at the Chelsea Art Museum.
Neighborhood was a photographic project addressing Chelsea’s storied past. Anthony Giocolea took pictures of current residents and digitally integrated them into turn of the century photographs of Chelsea. The resulting images were displayed in the public space, pasted on the walls of Chelsea construction sites.
AWGTHTGTWTA addressed the technological habits of contemporary youth. Working with a group of middle school students, Tony Oursler created a video featuring the students singing a song they created and with which the audience could interact via text messaging. This video was projected on the wall of a playground in Chelsea.
Enemy kitchen was a collaborative project addressing the Iraq war through cooking. Over the course of several weeks, the artists met with a group of middle school students and taught them how to cook Iraqi food, thereby opening the door for students to both discuss the war and learn about Iraq from a new perspective. Documentation for this project was shown at Art Basel Miami Beach.
Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance) was a multi-media installation with video projection, mirrors and sound. A video helmet, devised by the artist as the equivalent of 48 live surveillance cameras, examined every detail of New York teenagers’ faces as they told stories about their lives and attempted to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” This project was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum and Art Basel Miami Beach.
Soundless Pounding of Accelerated Dreams was a photography project centered on a group of New York City Teenagers. Bradley photographed each participant individually in the place they found the most inspiring. Bradley adapted his photographic technic for each image so as to best convey their individual experience of the city. This project was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum.
Collective Portrait was an investigation of the art of drawing. Gary Simmons helped a group of middle school students to fabricated erasers boards before asking them to draw on it. The drawing act was completed by a radical act of erasure. This project was exhibited on a billboard in Chelsea.