Boston artist-designers Benjamin Gaydos + Karen Stein of goodgood, and Matthew Shanley have just completed installing their latest project "We will Imagine," Sunday October 10, 2010 in the Fort Point district.
The installation—comprised of multi-colored fluorescent tape woven into the A Street Fence near Melcher Street and covering the Summer Street Bridge over A Street—is currently on display and will be up until November 20, 2010. It is installed in conjunction with the Fort Point Open Studios running this weekend, October 15th through the 17th.
One can approach the two parts of the installation from several different directions along A Street, because it is both on the bridge as well as the fence, but it is best viewed approaching the bridge coming from Broadway towards the Fort Point. The intention was that Part I and Part II of the installation would work separately, but are best read together as a question and answer: “Who will imagine the future of all this? We will imagine.”
Because of the bright fluorescent materials used, the piece reads both during the day and at night. Particularly with the installation on the fence—because the material is transparent—as the sun shines through the material during the day, there is a wonderful luminescent quality which exists. As night falls, because of the fluorescence, the colors are also very magical. In large part, the work is material color. The brightness of the tape enlivens these urban surfaces. The material of the site led directly to the form of the installation. The shape of the letter forms woven into the A Street fence are defined by the pattern of chain link.
“We will imagine" is meant to call attention to the creative force that exists in the Fort Point. It is meant to remind everyone—artists, residents, passers-by—of their own agency in the world we live in; to remind them of their own power to effect change. This change starts with the possibility of seeing what is and what could be. This work is very directly a dialog. A question called out from one side is answered by the other. But we hope that there is another level of dialog as well. We are thinking deeply about our neighborhood and community, and hope that this display invokes discussion amongst viewers on these issues.
goodgood is a collaborative design studio in Boston creating art and design in and around the city. goodgood is interested in engaging communities through art and design. We try to find ways of using language and typography to pose questions and encourage discourse in our visual landscape. Matthew Shanley is a multimedia artist whose range of practice includes sound, installation, internet art, generative computer projects, video, and print.
The Fort Point Arts Community applied for and received funding for the public art series from The Fund for The Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible by generous support from anonymous donors. Without this, the installation would not have been possible.
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