About the Exhibition
Sponsored by the Public Art Fund, a non-profit arts organization supported in part with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and through generous contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals.
James Angus, Basketball Dropped from 35,000 Feet at Moment of Impact
James Angus (b.1970, Perth, WA) created Basketball Dropped from 35,000 Feet at Moment of Impact as part of the Public Art Fund’s New Urban Sculpture group show at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, New York. The sculpture consists of a partially deflated basketball squashed against the concrete floor—presumably because it was dropped from 35,000 feet. The solidity of the bronze sculpture contrasts with the mental vision of the basketball falling conjured by the work’s title.
James Carl, Dupes
James Carl’s Dupes seamlessly blends in with the corporate environs of One MetroTech Center’s lobby. In her New York Times review (July 28,2000), Roberta Smith described the work’s components as “crisp cardboard actual-size facsimiles of an A.T.M., a baggage X-ray machine and Fedex deposit box,” and further noted that such “invisibility all but carries the day” throughout the whole of the exhibition. While the objects that make up Dupes can nearly be overlooked, the discovery of the piece enhances the intrigue of the work.
Sharon Louden, Tangled Tips
Sharon Louden (b.1964, Philadelphia, PA) created Tangled Tips as part of the Public Art Fund’s New Urban Sculpture group show at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, New York. Louden’s Tangled Tips—which New York Times critic Roberta Smith described as “little drawinglike flourishes…installed high in the trees on the Common (July 28,2000)—are made of electro-luminescent wires, steel wires, and mirrors.
Jason Middlebrook, Grand Entrance at the Commons
Jason Middlebrook (b.1966, Jackson, MI) has created Grand Entrance at the Commons, a site-specific work for MetroTech in Brooklyn New York as part of the Public Art Fund’s New Urban Sculpture group exhibition. Roberta Smith described Grand Entrance at the Commons as a “realistic, full-scale rendition, in Styrofoam, of the kind of rough-hewn stone gates that announced the public spaces of the 19th century. Out of place and isolated, it evokes a certain lost grandeur until you get close” (The New York Times, July 28, 2000).
Kirsten Mosher, Local Park Express
Kirsten Mosher (b.1963, La Jolla, CA) created Local Park Express for the lobby of One MetroTech Center. Local Park Express features a bench and a planter that roll back and forth along a railroad-like track.