“A Port of Views” is a site-specific art project for the Village of Greenport, comprised of a public sculpture, a series of Video Portraits, a website/blog, a series of mixed media prints, and several local events.
The sculpture will be sited in downtown Mitchell Park on the Observation Deck in the Summer of 2015, from May 30 through September 27. The viewer can rotate between the 16 pairs of eyes belonging to successive generations of five long-time resident families, looking through their pupils to the vista of the port, the Peconic Bay and Shelter Island to the south, with the Village of Greenport reflected in the wheel from behind. It evokes the timeless landscape as witnessed by the continuity of a human presence. A series of short Video Portraits feature members from the five families recounting their genealogies form a collective portrait of Greenport’s history from a personal perspective. These can be viewed at select screenings and online here on this site and on a YouTube Playlist. In addition to the sculpture is a series of photographs and prints incorporating imagery from Greenport: the celebrated cherry blossom trees, old village maps and the current coastline, and gravestones from the Stirling and Greenview Cemeteries. These can be viewed in exhibitions, (Floyd Memorial Library and Siren’s Song Gallery in Greenport) and online in a Fickr Album. To learn more about upcoming events subscribe and follow this website and blog.
About The Artist:
Andrea Cote is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Flanders, New York. She has an active studio practice and a history of using her own body as a subject. Since having a child and setting roots in one place, she has become increasingly interested community-based projects that explore the collective identity of a place through the bodies and histories of individuals. Many of her recent projects involve a public installation or performance that acts as a portal to a private experience, and combine the material with an online presence. Throughout all her work she is interested in evoking empathy in the viewer – an understanding of the stories we tell our selves and each other.
Andrea has exhibited her work in North and South America at venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Rotunda Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, The Print Center, The Moore Gallery, and PanAmerican Art Projects. Her performances have been presented at The Neuberger Museum, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Peekskill Project, Chashama, Scope Art Fairs, The Dumbo Arts Festival, and Photo Buenos Aires. In the spring of 2012 she had a 13-year survey of her work, “Body of Evidence,” at Dowling College.
Since moving to Eastern Long Island eight years ago she has shown and performed her work throughout the North and South Forks, including art sites gallery, Neoteric Gallery, and the Jackson Pollock Centennial Celebration. She has given talks on her public interactive and participatory work at Guild Hall and East End Arts and produces the seasonal “Gesture Jam” series, a theatrical drawing event at The Parrish Museum. As an educator she teaches photography, video and collaborative performance at The Watermill Center and other institutions.
In the summer of 2013 she presented “Eyes on Main Street,” a large-scale multimedia community public project for downtown Riverhead that comprised a public installation, a website, videos, and several public events. She was encouraged by friends in the North Fork art community to take Greenport as her next source and site, where she found inspiration in the history and lansdcape of this city, and rich material in the lineage of families that have resided here for generations, whose perspectives are incorporated into “A Port of Views”.
Her website is www.andreacote.com.