Exposure keeps real estate • Brooklyn Paper
Gentrification is not so bad!
A Sunset Park art exhibit will use the visual techniques and language of real estate to tackle the effects of rapid development on urban communities. The aim is to explore the highs and lows of development – without becoming too judgmental, the show’s curator said.
“It’s not really meant to take on a very overt political tone,” said Katherine Gressel, who will unveil the “Artistic Developments” exhibit at the New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation on March 11. “But I think most artists in their work are critical of the latest developments going on and the way they’re being marketed. Artists’ studios and living spaces are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
Eight artists have contributed paintings, sketches and other visual pieces that reflect the housing development boom that looks likely to put a tower the size of the Chrysler Building downtown.
A contributing artist has documented the changes to his native Greenpoint over the past decade, snapping photos of the changing skyline to keep tabs on the transformation.
“Tearing down the old and making new has become a theme in everything I do,” said Cheryl Molnar.
For the show, Molnar has created a brochure that explains the changes, as well as a digital piece that overlays the current Greenpoint streetscape with the projected, much taller developments that will soon take over.
While she laments the rise of the skyline blocking sunlight and destroying the nabe’s low charm, there are benefits to the changes, Molnar says. Development often brings new places to relax, including green spaces like East River State Park in Williamsburg.
“I remember on North Seventh Street there was a hole in the chain link fence that you could crawl through and out to the docks by the river,” she said. “It was good, but having a formal park is good too.”
Molnar says his work traces changes without making value judgments.
“I’m just documenting what I see happening in front of me,” she said.
“Artistic Developments: Artists and the Language of Real Estate” at NARS Gallery [201 46th St. at Second Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 768–2765, www.narsf