about the project.

For this project, Goicolea documented families living in the Chelsea area in the tradition of black and white portraiture from the early 20th Century. The artist digitally manipulated a series of Chelsea turn-of-the-century photographs from the Columbia University archives by seamlessly inserting modern-day portraits of current Chelsea residents of all ages, in a fashion that is both engaging and surprising. The images were printed as 24″ x 36″ posters and pasted on construction site partition-boards and scaffolding, mimicking propaganda posters, wanted ads, and missing person bulletins.

about the artist.

Anthony Goicolea was born in 1971 in Brooklyn, NY, where he continues to live and work. He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad and is currently represented by Postmasters Gallery. Goicolea’s work is held in numerous public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY. He is interested in how people shed their sense of individuality to become part of a larger homogenized group; or conversely, how they rebel against the larger whole to assert their individuality.

For more information visit the artist’s website.