"Fulton Flow" by Ezra Wube
About the project
"Fulton Flow" is a site-specific, stop-motion animation created by Brooklyn artist Ezra Wube and commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Wube is a painter who creates digital animations from his paintings. After painting a scene, Wube takes a picture of the painting and then continues to paint his next frame as a new layer of that same painting. To create the final digital artworks, Wube then combines the sequential photographs.
For "Fulton Flow," Wube took meandering walks around Fulton Center and lower Manhattan, tracing the original path of the IRT Lexington line extension from the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station to the Wall Street station. These walks formed the inspiration for "Fulton Flow," generating memories and impressions that incorporate movement, architecture, street signs, colors, sounds, and shapes into a visual rhythm that resonated with the placement and dynamic compositional settings of Fulton Center’s digital display monitors. Wube referenced his visual impressions of lower Manhattan and Fulton Center to paint a single, wall-sized canvas, from which the myriad digital animations that comprise Fulton Flow were adapted. The color palette throughout "Fulton Flow" references the various New York City Transit subway lines that arrive into and depart from the Fulton Center transit hub.
"Fulton Flow" considers both the original development of lower Manhattan’s subway service alongside present-day Fulton Center, highlighting the neighborhood’s unique locations while connecting its historical past to contemporary everyday life.
"Fulton Flow" was presented by MTA Arts & Design with technical support from Westfield Properties and ANC Sports.
About the artist
Ezra Wube is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tensions between "here" and "there." His exhibitions include the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil, Brazil; the second edition of the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, France; "Gwangju Biennale," Gwangju, South Korea; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Art in General, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; "Dak’Art Biennale," Dakar, Senegal; and Time Square Arts Midnight Moment, New York.