PROJECT: For Tidal Voyage, artist Nathaniel Lieb will install three large, reflective floating sculptures in the cove on the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Shaped as a golden water lily, a disco ball and a satellite, their reflective surfaces ricochet ambient light and mirror themselves, the water and the people on shore. The sculptures remain throughout the three days.
On Friday night at 8pm, the artists from The Newtown Creek Armada — Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright — will arrive with one of their 3-ft-long, remote-control model boats for an interactive performance with the floating sculpture garden. The Newtown Creek Armada is a public model boat pond at an NYC superfund site, launching every weekend in September. Each boat has a wirelessly transmitting video camera. For Tidal Voyage, the artists will navigate a boat from The Armada around the sculptures, illuminating them and triggering a reactive light display. Simultaneously, the boat will film the changing view from the water. Visitors are invited to draw paths for the artists to trace.
ABOUT: Laura Chipley uses video, sculpture and public interventions to scratch away at the surface of the ordinary and investigate the fantastical, spiritual and subversive qualities of everyday objects, places and human interactions. She is the creator of Deep Black Sea, an experimental documentary series that chronicles the aftermath of oil spills around the world. Her installations, sculptures and videos have been exhibited in festivals and galleries across the country. laurachipley.com
Nathan Kensinger is a filmmaker, photographer and curator. His work explores hidden urban landscapes, off-limits structures, and other liminal spaces. Kensinger’s photographs have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and in recent solo shows at the Brooklyn Library and UnionDocs. His recent video installation, The Forgotten City, was included in Bring To Light 2011, and his films have screened widely at film festivals, including Slamdance, Black Maria, Rooftop Films, SF IndieFest, and the Boston Underground. He is currently the Director of Programming at the Brooklyn Film Festival. nathankensinger.com
Nathaniel Lieb is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His work covers a broad range of expressions, from interactive public events such as Floating Sculpture Flotillas, Tissue Paper Hot air Balloons, and Costumed Marching Parades, through to more intimate performative sculptures and video humbly exploring what it is to be human. He has worked with the NYC Queens Parks Department the United Nations Art for Peace and AZ High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA. Some of his videos can be found on YouTube.
Sarah Nelson Wright is an interdisciplinary media artist whose work poetically investigates the changing urban landscape and seeks opportunities for public dialog and participation. In 2009, she created Brooklyn Makes, a site-specific video installation on manufacturing in North Brooklyn. She has exhibited in diverse New York venues, including CONFLUX, The Center, PowerHouse ArtSpace and Bring To Light, as well as in Mostra de Artes in San Paulo, Brazil, and ACVic in Vic, Spain. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. She teaches video and media studies at NYU Polytechnic and Hunter College. sarahnelsonwright.com