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.
From a series of paintings on pieces of found discarded wood, Sunroof juxtaposes views of old and new buildings in Brooklyn, as well as billboards and posters advertising new condos under construction, as seen through a skewed car sunroof. The borderline apocalyptic and sublime color palette is based on 19th Century Hudson River School and Western Frontier paintings, and the saturated hues of construction site tarps, ads, and scaffolds.