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Window Study: 264 East 7th Street I and II (detail)
Window Study: 264 East 7th Street I and II (detail)
Whitewashed lath, C-clamps, scraped paint, plaster, graphite, brads
2017

This installation was inspired by two East Village NYC buildings. 292 East 3rd Street where the gallery is located, was inhabited by a group of squatters in the 1980s and transformed into livable housing. After a battle with the city, the squatters finally gained ownership of the building, which now stands as a victory for this community. Four blocks away at 264 East 7th Street is a townhouse that is part of a stretch of rowhouses built in 1843, and is slated for demolition. Efforts by local preservationists to gain historic district designation have been unsuccessful. The rehabilitation of a failing structure by squatters at 292 East 3rd St., and the blatant disregard of developers to preserve an historic structure, at 264 East 7th St., present diametric circumstances in the cyclical process of New York City’s development.