August 24 - 30, 2017
New York summers are hot. In the shadows of our architecture atop a flat griddle we’re cooked, sandwiched between roofing tar and concrete. Between street asphalt and roof asphalt. Burning up. We’re like paper, flimsy and faint, waiting desperately for a wind to turn our page.
The installation Asphalt Paper is a portrait of a New York summer. The walls have been clad in black roofing paper, onto which a hundred Born to Kill zines have been nailed. Their photocopied pages, both literary and photographic, reveal clandestine scenes of pigeon keeping, street vending, and romance. Pages are also printed onto porcelain slabs, these are the immortalized moments of a given summer, moments so personally powerful the artist has burned them into stone. Asphalt Paper celebrates a marriage between temporary and eternal experiences, woven together by the humid, smelly August haze.
The gallery’s air conditioner will be removed for the duration of the exhibit. The window will be open to 3rd Street. An opening reception will be held Thursday evening, free rum punch will be served.
On view Aug 24-30. Open Saturday Aug 26, 2-5pm, or by appointment.