Open Call – Urban Public Art in NYC

Open Call - Urban Public Art in NYC

Art is integral to DOT’s goal of world class streets. Artists help to transform the landscape from ordinary to extraordinary with temporary, unexpected interventions – colorful murals, dynamic light projections, thought-provoking sculptures.

Public plazas, fences, barriers, footbridges, and sidewalks serve as canvases for temporary art in all five boroughs. DOT’s Urban Art initiatives rely on partnerships with community organizations and the creativity of artists to present site-responsive artwork. DOT Urban Art has presented over 100 inspiring projects since October 2008.

The Wassaic Project – Week One of My First Artist Residency.

On July 1st, I moved into what will be my new home for the next four months. Known as “The Lodge”, this little vinyl-sided, five-bedroom house is tucked between the tree-covered lanscape of Wassaic, NY. My studio is located in Luther Barn, a short walk through the back yard. Just beyond the barn is a greenhouse plus various farm animals including goats, horses and various feathered creatures such as geese and quail. After living and working in Brooklyn for the past 14 months, I feel like I am in another world: from concrete jungle to shooting star-filled nights, swimming holes and rolling hills of green.

In the past week I have settled into my new spaces, made new friends, created new work. Residency life is all that I hoped it would be: space and time to contemplate/make art and like-minded individuals to share it with.

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Studio space in Luther Barn.

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Studio space in Luther Barn.

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The “hallway” between studios.

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Maxon Mills: exhibition/gallery space and administrative offices.

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The Lodge: my home for the next four months.

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Luther Barn: location of studio spaces, wood shop, print shop and “auction ring” where presentations and artist talks are held.

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View from my kitchen window.