Katherine Gressel
Nostalgia
2009
Acrylic on found wood
14" X 22"
Originally displayed in the Brooklyn Utopias exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society, a group show I curated in which contemporary artists address differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn.

I am interested in the presence of real estate ads in Brooklyn’s public spaces, which commodify a privatized lifestyle in contrast to their diverse, fluctuating public surroundings. In these paintings, my use of car interiors as framing devices suggests the rapid pace of development and a resulting feeling of detachment from the surrounding environment. It also suggests parallels with suburban car culture. The black and white images in Nostalgia are appropriated from early 20th century Brooklyn Heights real estate ads in the Brooklyn Historical Society real estate collection.

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