Fugitive Topography: Jelly NYC

Jelly NYC is a series of photographs exploring the vulnerability of Lower Manhattan: the skyline, the downtown buildings and the Statue of Liberty. The photographs evolved from a sculptural installation created for the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in 2011. Jelly NYC continues the themes and processes explored in my earlier Fugitive Topography: Cityscapes in Jell-O series, featuring urban landmarks of San Francisco.

Working with Jell-O and other gelatinous materials enabled me to play the role of architect and reimagine New York City. The material took unexpected turns as it bent, glistened and melted, revealing the hidden fragility of the familiar city grid. The buildings in Jelly NYC assume a human quality as they lean on one another for support.

The uncertainties of the urban landscape have inspired me to explore the ephemeral nature of various materials, whose traces can only be represented through documentary means. These processes also shift the perspective and scale of the constructed environments, inviting viewers to examine the iconic city of New York at an unfamiliar, yet intimate level.

Check out photos of the installation here!

Statue of Liberty, Portrait #1
Statue of Liberty, Portrait #1

Photograph, C-print 16"x24"; 30"x45" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Battery Place and Washington Street
Battery Place and Washington Street

Photograph, C-print 16"x30"; 30"x60" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Statue of Liberty, Portrait #2
Statue of Liberty, Portrait #2

Photograph, C-print 24"x16"; 45"x30" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Installation View
Installation View

De Santos Gallery, Houston, Texas

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One Broadway
One Broadway

Photograph, C-print 16"x24"; 30"x45" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Downtown Buildings
Downtown Buildings

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Statue of Liberty, Portrait #3
Statue of Liberty, Portrait #3

Photograph, C-print 24"x16"; 45"x30" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan

Photograph, C-print 16"x24"; 30"x45" editions of 12 in each size Contact me for purchase details.

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Installation View
Installation View

Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC. Photographs in this series are based on this sculpture.

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