Urban Plant Research’s first New York exhibition and residency began last Saturday at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn! It kicked off with an opening party filled with friends, neighbors, fellow artists and plant lovers, pizza and beer.
The opening went by in a blur; I was barely able to take any pictures of it! Above, Leslie and guests talk into the night.
48 hours before, Leslie and I had begun cleaning the space and installing the show. Here I am with the cool super-vac.
We have transformed the gallery into a temporary community research center with an installation of photographs on the walls (tethered to corresponding locations on maps of Berlin and Brooklyn), a reading corner, a worktable, a tiny (but growing) population of plants, and a calendar of events that includes a guided plant walk, kids’ activities, an acoustic jam, and visits to nearby green sites. If you’re in the area, we hope you can stop by and check it out!
It will be exciting to watch the show grow as we work in residence during the rest of August. We invite plant-watchers to send us (or bring to us) your own photographs, drawings or other artifacts related to urban plants, along with the location (doesn’t have to be Berlin/Brooklyn), and we will incorporate them into our installation.
We’ll be recording our adventures right here on our website (as much as we can!), so if you’re not in the area, you can follow what’s going on from afar.
Next event is this Saturday at 6pm: “A Walk Around the Block,” an urban nature walk led by Leslie and me, followed by a happy hour featuring local mint mojitos.
Leslie and I hope to see you soon… at Open Source or online!