Sea Worthy: An Exhibition, Workshops & Excursions

June 10 – July 29, 2011


Opening Reception: June 10, 2011, 6 - 8 pm

At EFA Project Space, Flux Factory, and the Gowanus Studio Space 

Artists: Michael Arcega, Rachel Bacon, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, George Boorujy, Matt Bua, Adriane Colburn, Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Thomas Dexter, Amze Emmons, Jason Gandy, Richard Haley, Haley Hughes, Sarah Julig, Jonathan Kaiser, Marie Lorenz, Orien McNeill, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Anne Percoco, Natalia Porter, Duke Riley, Tod Seelie, Reid Stowe, Swimming Cities, and Swoon.

Curatorial by: Jean Barberis, Benjamin Cohen, Dylan Gauthier,

Michelle Levy, Georgia Muenster, Kendra Sullivan, and Sally Szwed.

EFA Project Space presents an exhibition featuring artists who approach water navigation as subject, pushing its potential as a mutable open platform for social experimentation as well as metaphor for personal, artistic, and collective freedom. The show includes installations, models, prints, drawings, photos, videos, and various other musings by artist-seafarers who generously impart their experience of the sea in order to refresh our perception of the land.

Some highlights include:

  • documentation of Anne Percoco’s intricate Kilmer Shrines, monuments constructed to honor the sites of some of the under-appreciateddrainage systems of New Jersey;
  • a full-scale print by artist/ boat-builder, and Tide and Current Taxi creator Marie Lorenz, who combs the shores of NYC for an abandoned, washed-up boat to commemorate by inking and printing in the style of Japanese fish prints;
  • illustrated plans of Amze Emmons’s fantasy purchase of the de-commissioned British aircraft carrier that he proposes to convert to a community for climate refugees;
  • and Jonathan Kaiser’s Janet II, a personal, portable vessel crafted from refuse including disassembled chairs and hundreds of plastic grocery bags that has transported the artist along foreign waterways, and exists in the exhibition as a visual artifact of the artist’s travels as well as of the existing potential in everyday refuse.




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