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The Culver Viaduct – Katie Raffa

Katie Raffa transposes the ride over Gowanus, Brooklyn from one of the highest tracks in the subway system in a unique dual video exhibit entitled “Untitled 01 – The Culver Viaduct“. We’ve taken this ride many time and it has never been illustrated in such an artful way.

Artist Statement (taken from vimeo video posting)

“Using art as my way to explore New York City and urban life, I have chosen to observe Brooklyn from the Culver Viaduct on the G and F trains as they go back and forth between Fourth Avenue 9th Street station and the Carroll Street station. From this view, one can observe the complexities of the city, and how multifaceted it is. Thousands of people ride the subway everyday. And because of the monotony of the task and its function as transportation, the beauty in the subway is overlooked. For me, this experience is beautiful and have decided to recreate it as I see it. By projecting left and right, the viewer is fully encompassed as if the location is transformed. By using digital video as the main medium, I am able to capture exactly what I see, further exploring what exists in reality.

In “Untitled 01 – The Culver Viaduct”, I am specifically studying urban life, it’s implications, and natural juxtapositions found all over the city. The video explores a microcosm of urban life as seen from the Culver Viaduct. Out the window one can see the Gowanus Industrial area of Brooklyn, but beyond that to “Brownstone Brooklyn” and the new developments that coexist with the traditional in the every changing face of Brooklyn. The ride examines the layers of complexity that exist in the city. By projecting both left and right, the viewer is clearly engaged in the ride. Although many can find views similar to the one shown, they tend to be fleeting (e.g a subway ride, driving on the highway). This re-creation and simulation of the experience is also a timepiece in it’s own, as Brooklyn rapidly changes and develops.”

Unfortunately the exhibit featured in the video was at Project Studio, Peter Fingesten Gallery NYC from April 16, 2012 – May 3, 2012, so it seems to be no longer available. But if we hear that the exhibit gets put up somewhere else we will let you know.

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