From The Gateway Project:
“You Are Now Here” is a public art exhibition that calls for artists to produce work based on their interactions with a city’s current character and culture. The work prompts artists to publicaly actualize dialogue on the city among the diverse constituents that travel Newark’s Gateway Center concourse.
By orchestrating a hypothetical global roundtable, the 30,000 people that walk through the concourse each day are asked to consider “Now” and “Here” while making their way through the mile-long exhibition. The world created by You Are Now Here presents a variety of issues and questions from different perspectives. Its purpose is to embrace the diversity that makes the city of Newark so unique. Consequently, this show, which is a public art exhibition, is meant to embrace and explore the idea of “publicness” in all of its forms.
The Gateway Center concourse, an indoor street attached to Newark Pennsylvania Station, serves as a resting area for commuters on their travels throughout the The Northeast Corridor, nationally and internationally. Several questions should be considered for this installation: how can we relay the ideas of local visionaries, leaders, and creatives? How can we address a city’s history, visually highlighting both struggles and successes in the short walk from one end of the concourse to the other, in a manner that mirrors the moment in history that we are living in? How does the city’s current culture compare to that of other cities? Is there a sense of nostalgia that is transcends all city-spaces? Is there room for chimera; moreover, is there space to make our dreams for and about a cityscape into a visual reality? Where does the whimsy of our personal interpretations, sentimentalities, and wishes situate itself within the context of ‘here’ and ‘now’?
Deadline February 1, 2015
The Gateway Center; Newark NJ
Bi – Annual Public Art Exhibition
Curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol