Street Projects

OWS Bat Signal

OWS Bat Signal on the Verizon Building in Lower Manhattan 2011
Collaborative site specific video projection
Digital C-Print of installation
20 x 30 inches

I am a member of the collective that produced the Occupy Wall Street Bat Signal, projected onto the Verizon Building on November 17th, 2011.  Occurring two days after the eviction of Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan, the projection capped off a day of action when 10,000 union workers and activists marched across the Brooklyn Bridge.  The resulting video documenting the spectacle achieved more than 150,000 views on Youtube within a week.  Having scouted my camera location beforehand, I was able to capture this image, which has since been published in the New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Geez Magazine and the Critical Quarterly.  The event was deemed one of the most important artworks of 2011 by ARTINFO‘s editor, Ben Davis.  The success of the project led directly to a longer term projection project known as the Illuminator.

 

Never Forget

2009
Single channel slide projection
Digital C-Print of installation
20 x 30 inches

Over the period of two years I took photographs of construction cranes obsessively.  In the midst of the real estate boom of 2007 and 2008 they were ubiquitous in New York City, across the country and the world.  Following two crane accidents within the same month the lax regulatory atmosphere in which this construction occurred became a major news story in the Tri-State Area.  In response, I began placing my crane portraits throughout the city with the simple phrase, "Never Forget" printed in white.  Given my fascination with place-specific history and the politics of selective-cultural memory this project grew into a larger collaboration with the BoomCrash collective.  Check out their website for a more complete exposition of the project.

 

Resolve

2009
Found photograph, text, inkjet print on adhesive vinyl
4 1/3 x 6 1/2 inches

I made these stickers on June 16th, 2009 the day after the first large protest in Iran following the stolen election.  I placed them throughout New York City and Cambridge over the following days and weeks as the protests escalated and were eventually violently suppressed by the ruling party that still maintains power.  Their Green Revolution went on to inspire the "Arab Spring" two years later.

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