42ND STREET, 42 x 96 in / 107 x 177 cm
It's New York City post 9/11 and in its pre-teens after the millennium. It's been shaped by three terms of Mayor/businessman Mike Bloomberg.
Foreign capital is flooding the city like never before. The Chinese bought The Waldorf Astoria, the Saudis the Chrysler Building, and the Russians Trump Tower. Wall Street is marching on as if the collapse of 2008 never happened. The government is pumping 85 billion dollars into the US economy every month while cheering its "recovery."The attempt to ban monster-sized sugary beverage bottles from being sold throughout the city to counter obesity was rejected by Supreme Court.
This is where my story takes place. I'm an artist from Germany, a place that felt dominated by screw factories and filing cabinets In New York, I was finally living somewhere that felt less regulated and was bursting with energy. In one word, I felt home.
So, everything should have been great…if my girlfriend hadn't dumped me six months prior.
UNDER THE HAMMER, 42 x 96 in / 107 x 177 cm
Everyone in New York has a purpose. Whether they want to make money on Wall Street, or they want to be an artist, or whatever their dream, they have a definite goal and are willing to make sacrifices to get it.
The city is expensive, it's loud and it's dirty. People don’t live in New York unless they really want to, and there is something about that determination, that energy, that gets you. All sorts of different, driven people feeding off each other, creating this magic New York City vibe.
JAY WALKERS, 20.5 x 30.5 in / 52 x 77 cm
The Native Americans called it “Manna-hata-Island of Many Hills where our people will live happily ever after forever.”
In 1625, a group of Dutch businessmen came along and claimed it for a handful of bric-a-brac and renamed it New Amsterdam. Forty years later, the British arrived, waving guns, taking over, and changing the name to New York. Poets and superheroes sometimes call it Gotham, musicians in the 20’s referred to it as “The Big Apple,” and the United States Postal Services’ stamp officially states New York, New York. The locals charmingly call it Nooyowk. People of the future will call the island “ManRATtan” after a harrowing loss in the Great Rat Battle of 2032. For those who are seeking adventure and don't fear sailing on unsure waters, the nautical coordinates are: 40˚42”46’ North, 74˚00”21’ West.
FASHION STRIP 57TH STREET, 42 x 96 in / 107 x 177 cm
71 BLOCKS, Exhibition:
50 images, printed on fine art paper, mounted on individual boards, signed and numbered:
Ranging from 42 x 96 in / 107 x 177 cm to 8.5 x 11 in / 21 x 28 cm
Narration (pre-recorded), from the book 71 BLOCKS