Gowanus Progressions

Gowanus Progressions is an exhibit about the changing landscape of the Gowanus Canal

Gowanus Progressions

Gowanus Progressions is an exhibit about the changing landscape of the Gowanus Canal, with works by photographer Clayton Price, who has been documenting the Gowanus since 1973, and by artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright, from their public art project Gowanus Voyage. The Gowanus Dredgers will present the exhibit at the boathouse on 2nd Street and the Gowanus Canal beginning with an opening reception on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Five years ago, the Gowanus Canal community was invited to a public art installation titled Gowanus Voyage, which set sail from the Gowanus Dredgers boat launch at the end of 2nd Street. Visitors piloted a fleet of remote control boats and robots, amidst a landscape of community gardens, wild plants, street art, abandoned trucks, historic cobblestones, and collapsed piers. The installation was created by artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, Sarah Nelson Wright, the creators of The Newtown Creek Armada, in collaboration with Jeffrey Laut, the creator of Brooklyn Atlantis, and in collaboration with the Gowanus Dredgers, Proteus Gowanus, and The NYU Dynamical Systems Laboratory.

Gowanus Voyager, 2013

 

In the ensuing five years, much of this landscape has been completely changed, as the Gowanus has been transformed by development and gentrification. The warehouses and cobblestones are gone, the street art has been washed away, and even Proteus Gowanus has closed down.

The end of 2nd Street on the Gowanus Canal on the morning after Hurricane Sandy, 2012

 

In a new installation, the artists of Gowanus Voyage pay tribute to the lost streetscape of 2nd Street, with both a documentation and reclamation, taking the form of a time capsule which has been filled with 40 unique images and documents from Gowanus Voyage, telling the story of this public art event and the unique space it occurred in.

At the conclusion of this exhibit, this time capsule, The Gowanus Voyager, will be buried at the end of 2nd Street and the Gowanus Canal, permanently marking the site of these vanishing neighborhood landmarks.

 

Between the Barges on Gowanus Canal

 

The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing waterfront access and education to the public. Our headquarters are on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn but our Activity Committee programs also provide free paddling on the shorelines of Long Island City, Red Hook, Staten Island and our winter pool training program in Riverbank State Park. The boathouse is located at 2nd Street and the Gowanus Canal.