DAVID BROOKS: DESERT ROOFTOPS
- Date: November 22, 2011 - February 05, 2012
- Sponsor: Sotheby's
- Location: Times Square, The Last Lot, 46th Street and 8th Avenue, NYC
- Artists: David Brooks
Art Production Fund is pleased to present Desert Rooftops by David Brooks, the first installation at The Last Lot project space, on 46th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City.
Desert Rooftops is a 5,000-square-foot sculpture that is an undulating configuration of multiple asphalt-shingled rooftops similar to those on suburban developments, McMansions and strip malls conjoined to resemble a rolling, dune-like landscape.
The piece examines issues of the natural and built landscape by comparing the monoculture that arises from unchecked suburban and urban sprawl with that of an over-cultivated landscape – creating a work that is “picturesque, familiar and simultaneously foreboding.” Brooks’ sculptural approach gives a nod to Robert Smithson’s earthworks and Gordon Matta-Clark’s building cuts while offering a much needed sense of humor to help digest today’s somber environmental issues.
As housing communities devour more and more land and resources each year the outcome is equivalent to the very process of desertification. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification defines desertification as: land degradation into arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including human activities and climatic variations derived from over-development, over-grazing and an overworked land. The result is often a depleted landscape inhospitable to other life.
The Last Lot is a generous short term donation to Art Production Fund from The Shubert Organization, and is part of the Times Square Alliance’s public art program that works to bring cutting-edge art to Times Square. “We feel fortunate to have access to such a unique public venue within proximity to Times Square,” say Art Production Fund Co-Founders Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen. “We will program the space through August 2012 with projects that focus on raising environmental consciousness.”
David Brooks (b. 1975) is an American sculptor and installation artist, whose work considers the relationship between the individual and the built and natural environment. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union in New York, and his MFA from Columbia University. Brooks has exhibited large-scale installations at Dallas Contemporary, Miami Art Museum, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Bold Tendencies London, as well as American Contemporary and the Sculpture Center in New York. Brooks was featured in the 2010 Greater New York at MoMA PS1 and lives and works in NYC. Brooks is represented by American Contemporary in New York.Download PDF