Of the ten artists nominated by visitors to GO open studios, Museum curators selected these artists to feature in the group exhibition opening December 1, 2012, at the Brooklyn Museum.
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- Wheelchair Accessible: No
- Child-Friendly Art: Yes
- Pet-Friendly Building: No
- Strollers Welcome: No
Please enter through the garden apartment (ground level). Proceed through the hall. Take the stairs down to the cellar. (See photo for help.)
"Picturesque" once described an aesthetic of deterioration. In the 18th century, Ruskin defined the picturesque object as a worn building that had inherited the characteristics of rocks: "complex light and shade, varied colour, undulatory form." Of course, the connotation of this word has evolved considerably. Today, the term suggests idylllic or even mawkish imagery.
I transplant this paradox of the picturesque to the American urban setting. My paintings examine an anthropology of neglect and constructed nostalgia. I probe the ambiguities of gentrification and the poetical bourgeois craving for cosmetic "authenticity."