Art + Culture

Light Year 19: “Advances and Retreats”

Single channel videos projected onto the Manhattan Bridge
Thursday, November 3
Dusk – 10pm
In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Curated by Sarah Walko and John Ensor Parker

Artists: Heather O’Brien, Hamra Abbas, Jaanika Peerna, Andrew Thomas Huang and Monika Bravo

Advances and Retreats is a one night, public art video exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage that focuses on works that ask the viewer to bear witness. In these either obvious or subtle experiences, the collision of our external and our internal worlds meet. The works have us look straight at visual experiences, whether it’s the slow movement of algae on water, or the intense destruction of a bridge, with the awareness of how both connected and disconnected our individual perception is to external factors. Artist Monika Bravo states “I wanted to create a visual notation of what it feels like when I listen to specific pieces of music” and this is what all of these artists are doing – creating works about what it feels like to live in a surveillance society or how it feels when trying to hold onto something concrete when we are in a time when nothing is static. The works focus on this ebb and flow between tension and release, structure and disintegration, alienation and connection. And it is this awareness of our feelings between these varying states that pull out a deeply shared human experience.


LIGHT YEAR is an ongoing project presented by 3_Search (Leo Kuelbs Collection, Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker) in collaboration with the DUMBO Improvement District and NYC DOT. Originally created in celebration of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Art, LIGHT YEAR has hosted the work of over 100 artists and curators from around the world.