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Phillip Lopate describes the shape of Manhattan Island as‘a luxury liner, permanently docked, going nowhere’. This feeling of being tethered to the land, unable to get to sea, was a feature of New York life for much of the twentieth century. New York was an island without a coast. The West Side piers that once welcomed the Lusitania spent most of the twentieth century crumbling or behind barbed wire, while the East Side’s coves and points were cut off from pedestrians by six lanes of the Robert Moses-designed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive. It wasn’t much easier to reach the shores of Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx, either: with a few exceptions, they were largely reserved for municipal or industrial use, and easiest to see from the Staten Island Ferry (en route to the borough with the most beaches). Now, slowly, the city is reclaiming its shoreline, with some spectacular results.

Color Studies, Orange by David Andree

This work was created during the WoW/UNY Governors Island Residency. David Andree was in residence on Governors Island from June 25-July 8, 2018.


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Dimensions: Photograph dimensions variable & 10 x 10 inches aluminum on panel
Materials: Aluminum on panel

Artist Statement: Originating from the desire to explore the effects of water on color, this project begins by creating a color-field painting which is then submerged under water in order to observe the color change that the given body of water produces. While the painting is submerged, the resulting color that is observed from the surface is mixed to produce a new color-field painting. This process is then continued with the newly mixed color to create a series of color gradations until the color no longer changes or the painting disappears when submerged. At each step the submerged painting is photographically documented and reproduced as a photographic print to be displayed alongside the original physical painting as a completed piece.


David Andree is an artist whose work spans painting, drawing, sculpture and sound. David holds a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York (SUNY), received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at the School of Art in Fayetteville, AR. He has had work exhibited at Gallery MC and BWAC Gallery in New York City, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Hallwalls, the Big Orbit Gallery, Exhibit-A and the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in upstate New York, The Masur Museum of Art, and at numerous venues around Minneapolis, Minnesota, including SooVac and the Rochester Art Center. He is the recipient of a 2014 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His work is collected by Target Corporation and included in private collections in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, and the United Kingdom.