Thursday, September 17, 2009

Free up your weekend: Art Under the Bridge Fest coming

The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) announces the free 13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, September 25-27.

The three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event is a one-of-a-kind art happening: where serendipity meets the haphazard and where the unpredictable, spontaneous and downright weird thrive (see images from last year's here).

The Festival presents touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art.

Art Under the Bridge is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on-the-spot everywhere and anywhere, completely transforming the Dumbo section of Brooklyn into a vibrant platform for self-expression.

In addition to the 80 projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video_dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.

The immediacy of the event means many artists reflect on current issues: among others, the rise of technology, recession blues, homelessness and environmental concerns. For example, there is “Brooklyn Suite,” Molly Dilworth’s large-scale painting on the rooftop of a building to be viewed via Google Earth; “Tent City,” Montana Torrey addresses homelessness by constructing a tent city of hand-sewn and hand-painted tents; “Watershed,” Marc S. Levitt’s statement about recycling and excess use of plastic water bottles through sculpture and “Oyster Carpet,” John Monteith’s block-length carpet of discarded oyster shells recreates New York City’s first pathways made by Native Americans.

For more, call 718-694-0831.


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