Art + Culture

UPI’s Personal Mythologies Wraps Around Anchorage

Part of the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program, Creative Director Sam Barzilay, of DUMBO-based United Photo Industries, has curated a 350 ft. photographic fence that showcases work by seven artists who employ, interpret, and manipulate mythological motifs as their vehicle for self-expression. Installed on a fence beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this photo installation takes visitors on a voyage through childhood dreams and fears, unbridled imagination, and the artists’ ability to see the world not as it is, but as it could—and perhaps should—be. The installation was printed by DUGGAL Visual Solutions, with additional support by Two Trees Management. It is on view through September 2015.
Featuring work by:Ivan Forde (New York, NY)
Judy Haberl (Boston, MA)
Klaus Enrique (New York, NY)
Mara Trachtenberg (Kingston, RI)
Mariya Kozhanova (Kaliningrad, RU)
Tereza Vlcková (Czech Republic)
Viktor Koen (New York, NY)
This is UPI’s third project with the Urban Art program. In 2012, UPI unveiled “(super)Heroes,” a fence project that approached the concept of superheroes as an allegorical exploration of social issues. The following year, visitors were treated to an outdoor exhibition entitled “New York (Outer Borough) Stories,” a series of images captured by New York-based artists residing in the four “outer” boroughs.
About United Photo Industries
Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos launched United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn-based, photographic art-presenting cooperative in 2011. From a burgeoning gallery headquarters at 111 Front Street in DUMBO, they have been working with the ambition and energy of an idealist start-up to identify, harness, and conjure unexpected exhibition opportunities, champion new directions in photography and cultivate ties within an ever-expanding, globe-trotting community of photographers. Their work has been featured in Brooklyn throughout DUMBO, Manhattan’s Financial District, Boston (MA), Athens (Greece), Sydney (Australia), Shanghai (China), Cambridge (UK), and Lodz (Poland) with exciting plans for Tokyo in 2015. For more information, visit www.unitedphotoindustries.com