Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Series of Reveals, Now Open, Unfolds Over 10 Weeks at One New York Plaza

photo by Starboard Photos
Arts Brookfield presents
Zach Morris
Third Rail Projects
A Series of Reveals
, an evolving art installation
inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass
One New York Plaza Art Space, Concourse Level
Project Webpage
Exhibit: January 10–March 18, 2011;
on view Mondays through Fridays 7am – 7pm

Open Studio: Through March 11: Fridays 12pm–6pm
March 14 – 18: 12pm – 6pm Daily

A tiny window display in an empty storefront in the Financial District is slowly expanding into a lush dream world that will continue to evolve before visitors’ eyes through the middle of March.

A Series of Reveals, an art installation from the arts collective behind last fall’s Halloween sensation
Steampunk Haunted House, will animate the windows of the One New York Plaza Art Space through March 18th. Created by site-specific artist Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects, the evolving piece evokes the dense, mysterious Victorian dreamscapes that are a hallmark of Morris’s artwork.

Tucked in between fast food eateries Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway, the work will unfold before viewers’ eyes in weekly increments with each new layer drawing passersby deeper and deeper into an increasingly detailed world. Partly inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, A Series of Reveals began as a small, sparsely furnished “rabbit hole” and is slowly expanding to include plants, portraits, strange Victorian machines, mannequins, and other intriguing oddities.

A new stage of the piece will be unveiled each Monday and remain in place throughout the week. Each Friday, Morris will begin work on the next stage in full view of the public, who is invited to come into the art space to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the process and learn more about the project.

The project will culminate with its final reveal during the week of March 14th when the art space will be fully opened to the public. Visitors will be able to explore the space’s interior, see a cross-section of the completed installation, and meet Morris who will be present from 12-6pm each day.

Third Rail Projects is dedicated to creating work in the public sphere that engages local communities. Known for its immersive, site-specific art and performance projects, the group has received popular and critical acclaim for its Steampunk Haunted House, “a lavish delight for the senses,” as described by The Village Voice. A Series of Reveals marks the company’s third partnership with Arts Brookfield.

“Zach Morris and Third Rail Projects have an unparalleled talent for drawing audiences into their distinctive world, one enthralling step at a time,” said Debra Simon, Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “We’re thrilled to partner with them once again on a journey that will bring whimsy and surprise to the daily lives of everyone passing through the concourse at One New York Plaza.”

Zach Morris and Third Rail Projects acknowledge Caroline Williams and The Fund for The Drifting Encyclopedia for making this project possible. “A Series of Reveals” is also made possible in part by Materials for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Sanitation, The Lucky Star Foundation, and support from individual and institutional donors.
About Third Rail ProjectsThird Rail Projects, led by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett, is dedicated to reframing dance and performance and bringing art to the public through an array of media and within a variety of contexts including site-specific performances, dance theater, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments. Collectively, Third Rail artists have been granted commissions, support, and residencies from presenters, organizations, and foundations including: Arts Brookfield, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama ETC, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The American Music Center, The Lucky Star Foundation, and Materials for the Arts, among many others. Third Rail artists have also received numerous awards including two 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards for Vanishing Point, a 2001 New York International Fringe Festival Award for Choreography from the Present Company, and others.

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