The city's artistic community took a hard hit during Hurricane Sandy, as not only were many gallery and art spaces flooded, countless artists lost some or even all of their work. Now, a new exhibit marks the storm's anniversary and also shares some new feelings about making art. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Brooklyn artist Diana Cooper created a new work of art for the exhibit "Coming Together: Survivng Sandy," taking place at Industry City. The water pipe is an unusual choice of material because, as she says, water is not her friend. Cooper lost most of her life's work when her storage facility in Lower Manhattan flooded.
"It's amazing to think that it's been a year already and I feel that I can actually talk about it," Cooper says. "At the time, I was pretty devastated because I lost a span of 20 years of work.
Looking ahead, Cooper will choose heartier materials, including wood instead of foam core. She adds, "I will never put something irreplaceable in a basement ever again in my life."
More than 300 New York artists are showing works in the new exhibit, including G.T. Pellizzi. For him, post-Hurricane Sandy means trying to rebuild a series of works he lost and taking on issues like global warming.
Part of his exhibit is actually remnants of a previous installation.
"It's such a fragmented and distributed, you know, like all this, it's like the remnants of the exhibition in a sense," Pellizzi says. "So it kind of like has this quality of remains.
This isn't the first time Industry City has opened its doors to artists impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In the days after the storm, a triage of sorts was set up there so that artists could bring their water-damaged works to be looked at by conservators who had set up shop here.
The exhibit's title "Coming Together" reflects the many ways artists and friends helped out after the storm.
Phong Bui is the curator of the show.
"Myself have 80 percent, 90 percent of my works in the last 25 years were destroyed," says Phong Bui, the curator of the show.
Bui says this show is celebrates the communities strength but also is an attempt to recreate the huge part of our artistic and cultural history that was lost.
The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. through December 15. Industry City is located at 220 36th Street in Brooklyn.
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