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A major exhibition, under the interstate

 

A man views one of 231 photographs exhibited under the interstate by Zoe Strauss.

Zoe Strauss Under I-95 PHILADELPHIA

Sunday May 4th-Sunday May 4th (one day only)

Photographer Zoe Strauss has mounted a major exhibition on the support beams under Interstate 95 for the past 8 years. Though she was a part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial and has a book coming out she still considers her annual public installation to be the most important work she does. This was the first year I was able to make it out to the event, even though I’ve lived in Philadelphia (also Ms. Strauss city of residence) for five-ish some years, and I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted such bitter regret; I should have made it a point to be going all this time. 

231 (67 never-before-seen by the public unless you count her blog) were hung in a very professional manner, if you didn’t know that you were under an interstate you might imagine you were in an actual art-space. . .perhaps some hip industrial warehouse gallery in London or New York. The photographs rose their humble surroundings to their level, structures created to skateboard on became little sculptures, beer and water bottle trash looked like art, and shelters created by the homeless could have been art installation.

There is also the wonderful concept of taking photos of a community (the majority of Zoe’s photography is of Philadelphia) and giving them back to the community you took them from. It doesn’t get any more public then under the interstate, audience members perused the photography with their bikes in one hand, on roller blades, or while skateboarding. Each print was available at a price anyone could scramble to afford; $5. It was beautiful, totally wonderful, and probably the best thing I have ever seen. 

 

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4 Comments »

  1. May 23, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    Lenny Said,

    Zoe Strauss is absolutely one of my favorite artists around… and she sells images of her work for as low as $5 each… a helluva deal for a Whitney Biennial level artist! Buy Zoe Strauss now!

  2. May 23, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    BradyDale Said,

    I totally agree. It was a heckuva show. I got a little star struck a couple weeks later when I ran into Zoe outside of Connie’s Ric Rac at the Italian Market Festival. I didn’t hold her up by gushing too long, but my sentiments then expressed much the same as yours.

  3. May 24, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    sean Said,

    this is such a wonderful idea!

  4. June 22, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    Anonymous Said,

    Thanks for the shout out, Annette! And I’m so happy that you’re up here Lenny.

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