NEWBURGH COMMUNITY LAND BANK
ARTIST IN VACANCY
north of broadway neighborhood
Friday, September 27, 2019 4-6pm
Window & Neighborhood on view 24/7:
September 19th - October 6th
In Newburgh, where reconstruction and abandonment are ubiquitous, space is always changing. Sites are simultaneously signified and delineated with caution tape, sending an obscure message of transformation; one can't tell what is coming or going. Taking the old adage 'throwing caution to the wind', Hanny Ahern approaches the question of vacancy symbolically and site specifically within the Newburgh Community Land Bank’s properties headed for restoration. Going Gone is an assemblage of tattered aphorisms—cut and reconfigured from Caution/Cuidado/Danger/Peligro/Soften tapes–which re-contextualize the tapes' letters and message into emblems of their transitional environment. The work provokes us to question the multiplicity of meaning and misinterpretation inherent in a site’s abandonment, and nudges us to pay attention to the ways in which the red tape releases space for re-imagination and opens dialogue between people and place.
Hanny Ahern is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. Her work explores human interaction by capturing and creating loopholes for connection, which leads to a deeper understanding of the self. Ahern's practice is a poetic restructuring of visual landscapes, physical experience, and immersive environments. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bennington College and masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Hanny was the inaugural artist-educator for Dia Art Foundation’s Teen Program in Beacon, exhibited with Strongroom in Newburgh, and most recently was artist-in-residence at IDEA Lab in New Rochelle.