is pleased to announce a new Hallway Project by Steed Taylor. This is
a continuation of Hallway Projects organized alternately by Winkleman
Gallery and Schroeder Romero.
What are road
tattoos? If you consider a road the skin of a community, then the relationship of a road to the public
body is similar to the relationship of skin to a private body. People mark their skin
to commemorate and communicate. A road can be marked for the same reasons. Road
tattoos are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin. Once the
design is drawn on the road, names or other specific information is painted within the
design (in this case, names of mentored York College students), a prayer is said and the
design is painted in, covering over the information. Subtle, usually close in color to
asphalt, road tattoos are made with high-gloss latex causing them to appear and disappear
with passing light. Within a few years, traffic and weather dissolve them into the road.