No Longer Empty is pleased to announce its participation in the Dumbo Arts Festival. Continuing its practice of intervention in vacated urban spaces, No Longer Empty presents “Watch This Space” which consists of a site-specific exhibition and outside murals in scaffolds outside.
Acknowledging the complex histories of the neighborhood of Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, the works reference the former industrial site and its ongoing transformation. Taking many of the materials of construction such as metal, concrete and drills, the first part of the exhibition crafts them into visual oxymorons that shift function and meaning in highly poetic ways. In the sculptures of Alejandro Almanza Pereda, concrete blocks seem to float on light; Cal Lane converts rusted metal from car blasts into a lace-like pattern; Alexandre Arrechea crafts collapsible buildings that can presumably be unrolled when the economy improves; Michel de Broin creates a fountain from a drill, while Lincoln Shatz turns the viewing public into an alternative digital reality. Indoor exhibition is located at Suite 200 at 55 Washington Street.
The second portion of “Watch This Space” is composed of site-specific murals. Painting here acts as a mirror to reflect the gritty reality and disjointed landscape that is Dumbo in transition. Chris Stain´s bold graffiti stencils depict the weary workers from Dumbo’s past whose names and struggle have been forgotten by history. Helen Dennis’s drawings merge the actual and imagined shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge onto the walls of a Civil War era building. Jordan Seiler’s optical illusion expands our view of the ordinary rectangular patterns of construction by blurring the outside and the inside solidity of the building. Murals are located on Plymouth, Main and Washington Streets.