Razi Mizrahi’s work recaptures the singular beauty of discarded objects from the city streets, repurposed into a new industrial frame, and transfigured by the natural surroundings of New York’s urban landscape.
Fantastic Books & Where to Find Them
October 6 - 28 weekends 1 pm to 6 pm
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC.org) Second Floor
481 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
This exhibition examines our relationship with books--books as a physical presence in our homes and public libraries. What will happen to bound volumes when the contents are are digitized and exist only on the invisible shelves of the Internet? When characters and plotlines are reduced to computer code and the codex is no longer necessary to the experience of reading or the craft of writing, what will we do with all our books? As virtual reality overtakes physical reality, the public libraries that once served as cultural centers for Gutenberg ’s treasures may become urban dinosaurs; private libraries that once reflected the owner's breadth of intellectual engagement may collapse into blinking tablets like imploding stars; and the “shushing” librarians who steward these silent worlds of words are already adapting to our clamorous cyber scenery.
With an archway made of paperbacks, a pedestal of hardbacks, a "music box" of sheetmusic, and other bookish objets d'art, this installation creates a "safe space" for book-lovers in which the transcendent beauty of words on paper is the central visual experience. In the alcove near the southwest corner of the upper gallery, viewers will find a nature preserve for the waning bibliophile and further discussion of the implications of the exhibition.
Presented in collaboration with artists Tiziana Mazziotto, Ellie Winberg, and Mauricio Morillas.