New York Dreaming
New York Dreaming
"New York Dreaming" by Anne Spalter
About the project
Created by Brooklyn-based digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter, "New York Dreaming" is a meditation on the city and the constant self-realization of its physical and psychic existence. Filmed and transformed high-resolution footage of iconic New York skyline imagery morphs into psychedelic, algorithmic kaleidoscopes digitally developed using custom software. Opened in time for the 2016 holiday season, "New York Dreaming" brought a sense of meditative wonder deriving from the sky-high perspective of the work's source footage to commuters' daily journeys.
For Spalter, New York is a city like no other, a combination of man-made and natural formations, perpetually evolving and reinventing itself, turning from one year to the next, constantly unfolding. Its citizens, similarly, are dreamers, driven to bring their visions to life. With a longstanding incorporation of transportation and the Modern Landscape in Spalter’s artistic process, Fulton Center was an apt backdrop for "New York Dreaming."
The work was presented by MTA Arts & Design with technical support from Westfield Properties and ANC Sports.
About the artist
Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts courses at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1990s and authored the internationally taught textbook, "The Computer in the Visual Arts" (Addison-Wesley, 1999). Her artistic process combines a consistent set of personal symbols with a hybrid arsenal of traditional mark-making methods and innovative digital tools. Spalter’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London); the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York); the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, Rhode Island); and The Museum of CryptoArt, and others. Alongside her studio practice, Spalter continues to lecture on digital art practice and theory.