July, 2022

Harbor Library is a condensed version of a library in my domestic art studio in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and its shelves reflect the ways in which my neighborhood inspires me, as well as my dual needs for solitude and activism. 


The pattern covering the books is based on a free QR code (4KB), I downloaded as a link to my petition that asks for a bike/pedestrian path on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (the bridge is located close to where I live, by the Narrows tidal strait and New York Harbor). In addition to the books I’m repurposing as pattern canvases, the library also contains books I’ve self-published, not covered in QRC prints - as well as The Questions We Ask Together, published by Open Engagement, for which I wrote an essay. 


The artworks by the library books consist of my drawings, photos and paintings - some draw on the QRC and Google maps for inspiration, some are straightforward harbor scapes, and others are collages made from my photos in a local campaign office (I describe the project in the book, Political Office, that comes with a DIY User Manual for this type of residency). Finally, the library also includes my found objects from New York Harbor. 

Threshold Space at Stand4 Gallery

Left: Gardens of Gravel And Sand by Leonard Koren, inside my QRC book cover.

Right: Playground LXXIX in Bay Ridge, inspired my QRC and Google maps.

July, 2022
One Leg Out
79 pages, ed. 50

My essay is a response to a question I was given by Open Engagement: who determines what is beneficial? It is part of a collection of 100 essays by 100 artists responding to questions on art and social engagement.

Left: Office Plant
acrylic, watercolor and repurposed photograph, mounted on plexi

Office Plant next to book covered in QRC inkjet print. I made the Office Plant series from my photographs that were part of a local campaign office (and subsequently damaged during deinstall - see Political Office book).

Office Plant and QRC book
Office Plant
Office Plant

QRC books, paintings and fragment of my text from Trying (exhibition at Stand4 Gallery, 2020).

Indifferent Sun Over The Narrows
2022
watercolor and acrylic on panel
6" x 6"
My framed Trying text + pencil
8.5" x 11"
2020



Hills Across The Narrows
watercolor and acrylic on paper, mounted on plexi
Each 12" x 18"

My landscapes and found NY harbor object with craspedia.

QRC tablecloth
Stand 4 Gallery Garden
archival inkjet print, 44" x 88"

Harbor Library chair (shown at #QRCforVZ, 2021).

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton, NY
February, 2022

I am showing Plant Library as part of this exhibition

Plant Library
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton
2022

I made a selection of plant books for this space, as well as plant collages made from my repurposed photographs (that were part of Political Office, 2018-2019, and damaged during deinstall). I also introduced my own book, self-published: Political Office 2018-2019.

Office Plant
acrylic, watercolor, repurposed photograph
12" x 12"
Office Plant

QRC books and Office Plants

Title for diptych book covers (posted on Instagram on April 9, 2021): Early Cherry Blossoms Blew From Parks Across The Strait (hashtag #QRCforVZ).

Left: my book, Political Office, 2018-2019

Book inside QRC cover

Book inside QRC cover