‘a social experiment on community‘ is the current installation at SALT:
Built in 2 days, with 2 projects, 4 carts and 200 balloons, it will continue to evolve over the span of the next 2 months.
As SALT continues to define its identity as a contemporary community art space, we solicited drawings and photographs from the streets and squares of New York for a ‘community exhibition’. An initial 349 drawings and 293 photographs were collected from this unusual call for proposals asking different communities in NYC for their participation and response to:
• ‘what would you draw if you had one second for every year you’ve been alive?’
• find and photograph ‘purity in the city’
The installation was collaboratively designed and built in three days by a team of volunteers, incorporating a hanging system of twine weighted by water balloons.
Viewers are encouraged to become participants by arranging images or contributing responses of their own.
Together we are organizing and defining communities as temporal, fluid, dynamic, interconnected; based on but not limited to demographics, experiences, memories, needs…
Come to public hours on Mondays from 6 – 8pm (or email saltartspace(at) gmail.com and suggest a time you want to come). We’ll introduce different materials and see the installation change over the course of 2 months.
more about the projects:
Modified granny carts-turned-art carts loaded with luscious Rives printmaking paper, charcoal pencils, stopwatches, and a can of fixative galavanted about Central Park, Washington Square, Tompkins Square, (and 4 other locations) with speakers blaring a playlist to provoke curiosity if not downright disarm NY-ers from their 9 to 5 workday.
Asking people to sketch one second for the amount of years they’ve been alive was inspired by an idea Noah Ramey had as he turned 12 this year and calls it, appropriately: “the 12-second sketch“.
‘Purity in the City’ was initially a personal photo project of Neil Brown‘s that he graciously let us appropriate on a larger scale, taking balloons from Riverside Park to The Highline to Coney Island. Some additional photos uploaded on our flickr.