A little pre-viewing of the rotating eyes at the opening reception:
Imagery inspired by old maps and signs, the Greenport coastline, local cherry blossom branches and the sextant in the collection of the East End Seaport Museum.
Over the few short months I have been working on this project I have been the recipient of so much kindness and enthusiasm from the Greenport community. When I first discussed the project with Poppy Johnson and Mayor Nyce, one suggestion led to another as I met with many members of this wonderful village. Each person I talked to about the project had something to contribute- a connection, a story, a memory. How many people I met with at Aldo’s for coffee! Everyone seems to know each other in this close-knit town and the family connections go far back. There is a real reverence for its history, and after spending hours around town by the waterfront, the old cemeteries, the ferry, in the archive room at the library, and in people’s homes, I hope that I can bring that out in the project.
I would like to thank and acknowledge the following people so far:
Poppy Johnson, David Nyce, Joyce Beckenstein, Arden Scott, Caroline Waloski, Michael Combs, Gail Horton, Dan Horton, Marilyn Corwin, Bob White, Lillian White, Jo Watkins, John Costello, Jane Costello, Bob Mills, Robert Staples, Arthur Tasker, Michael Verde, Pierre Cote and Joe Stauber
In addition I have to gratefully recognize Eric Winston of SFDS Fabrication and Design in Brooklyn who took on collaborating on the design and production of the sculpture and Wayne Sapper of King Displays who beautifully printed and cut the wheel. I am proud to have them as sponsors of the project.
Thank you also to Michelle Carollo, the Grants Coordinator at the Huntington Arts Council who has advised me on the project as it progressed.
Last night I was very excited to be present for The Village of Greenport‘s Board of Trustees approval of the new site for the sculpture on the Observation Deck in Mitchell Park. I am honored.
“Village Approves New Location for ‘A Port of Views’ Art Project” The Suffolk Times
Also this past week I met with the Greenport Business Improvement District members who were enthusiastic about the project and eager to collaborate on joint events. I look forward to seeing how all these potential partnerships evolve.
Floyd Memorial Library is proud to present an exhibition by Andrea Cote from Dec 28, 2014 – Feb 7, 2015
The exhibit will open with a reception on Dec. 28, 2014 at 3 pm.
“A Port of Views” is a site-specific art project for the Village of Greenport, NY. This show will include an interactive sculpture proposed for Mitchell Park in the summer of 2015, as well as related photography and a series of silkscreens. Imagery includes the eyes and stories of Greenport families who have resided here for several generations. A video screening will be presented in January, date to be announced.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
In October, Arthur Tasker contacted me after seeing my call for participants in the paper. We met at Aldo’s where he told me about his family’s migration to Greenport from the New York City. The Taskers had a business in leather goods in the 19th Century and later Arthur came to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps as a lawyer. We met a few days later at his Sandy Beach house, where Arthur has memories of growing up and now grows oysters. I interviewed him on film and then he showed me pictures from his family history. Arthur is an avid genealogist and has records of his family going back over 200 years. (More to come in the video, so stay tuned.)
With each family I feature, I am looking to photograph eyes of ancestors and descendants, to create a family lineage. This is a photo of Arthur Middleton Tasker (1880-1938), Arthur’s grandfather for whom he is named.
I isolated and adjusted Arthur’s eyes in photoshop, exaggerating the contrast to bring out as much detail as possible.
This image I turned into a negative for printing on the pleixglass wheel on the sculpture. The whites will ultimately be transparent, such that the viewer can see right through the pupils, to the landscape beyond.
I am also creating a series of silkscreen prints for the project, so here are Arthur’s eyes translated into a bitmap pattern in a graphic image that, once shot onto a screen, can be transferred with ink onto another surface.