new works by Jessica Cannon
Sept. 15 - Dec. 15, 2012
The Art Lot, 206 Columbia St. (Corner of Sackett St.), Brooklyn
Opening Reception: Sept. 15, 3-5pm, *Raindate: Sept. 16, 3-5pm
Psychic Excavation is a series of large-scale multi-layered paintings on paper that explore time passing within a waterfront city. The works will be installed outside at The Art Lot in Red Hook, Brooklyn through the end of 2012. As the works weather Cannon will return to the site several times a week to patch the worn parts with new pieces of painted paper. Over time, the patches will accumulate, transforming the paintings as the original images recede into the background.
The works in Psychic Excavation loosely draw on the complex history of the Brooklyn waterfront – from its role as a cargo and manufacturing center to its more recent days as leisure destination and departure point for cruise ships. In each of the works these territories are pieced together to create landscapes that hover between competing forces. A spiraling waterfall encircles masses on the water; industrial architecture collapses to reveal a distant uninhabited land; an island city is encroached on by live plants growing on the wall.
Psychic Excavation is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). Additional thanks to Crescent Paper and Cardboard who generously donated the rolls of Graffiti Paper used in Psychic Excavation.