On Saturday June 24th, the Newtown Creek Center for Visual Research opened with an exhibition of my recent prints from the Newtown Creek and a musical performance dedicated to the Creek that asked forgiveness for the past 100 years of pollution and abuse.
The Center was erected as a sculptural intervention at an abandoned site on the Creek where I have kept my boat for the past 2 years. Collaborating with artist R. Nicholas Kuszyk, we created the building to provide a site-specific public venue for my work as well as for events and exhibitions geared towards the preservation of the Creek and local environmental research in general.
The opening was a magnificent day with artist Ed Bear using a “modular 16 station FM transmission system built from trash” to power a pirate radio station that broadcasted the event all day. I performed with musicians Mike Colin, Laura Ortman, Pat Noecker, and Kate Henderson – drums, violin and my wireless electronics transmitted from my boat. Cassette DJ Tapeheads provided the afternoon soundtrack as the public enjoyed the Creek’s wild surroundings and the beautiful weather.
I look forward to hosting more events at the center all summer. For more info about the next event, drop me a line: stoishere at gmail.com
Here are some great photos by Walter Wlodarczyk