42nd Street-6th Avenue
Nature comes inside the subway station and forms a panorama in the current lightbox exhibit below Bryant Park. The work is part of a series, Transitory Space, which deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and human imprint. Oates captures these conditions through techniques which reveal movement, change and shifts form frame to frame. It is an engaging respite for those traversing the city underground and the exhibit forms its own transitional space from underground to the park above. Oates feels that these transitory spaces are marked by the presence of human energy that is continually changing.
The images were taken from photographs at outer-borough parks where nature overcomes the urban grid and environmental obstacles and thrives. Oates manipulates the film to keep the frame visible in the image to underscore the sense of the unspooling of time. Her angles provide a sense of being there and here they open a window to another world, as they spread across the width of the lightboxes. The early spring blustery day and radiantly lit sky provides a window to nature and will be on view through mid-2017.
Oates studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She has exhibited her work widely in NY and the US. She is NY based.
The exhibit was generously sponsored by Kodak alaris and Duggal.
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