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Posted by The Center on March 5, 2010

(Photo Credit: Dust Storm at Catfish Sink by Karen Glaser)

Working as an Artist-in-Residence at Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades National Park in Florida, Karen Glaser has been “documenting and interpreting the primitive grandeur of the Greater Everglades ecosystem and its primordial swamps [since 1992].” Her photographs—most of which are shot under or looking down upon a surface of water—demonstrate the visual filtration and refraction of water, light and colors. Her photograph, Dust Storm at Catfish Sink, was selected for the Center’s “Elements of Water” exhibition. The image examines the flow of an underwater ecosystem as it comes in contact with the chaotic, windblown conditions that exist above water.

The following is an excerpt from Glaser’s artist statement:

“Dust Storm at Catfish Sink was shot beneath the water’s surface in a geographical location that is both seductive and sickening. This place is Florida; home to some of the most unique and breathtaking ecosystems in the world, but a home that must live alongside unceasing development … We all know what post Disney strip malls, towering condominiums and McMansions look like. I want to show you what you haven’t seen. I bring you unique views of rare landscapes.”

More of Karen’s work can be found at:

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Posted by The Center on March 4, 2010

(Photo Credit: Concrete Forms in Water Tunnel  by Gina LeVay)

Concrete Forms in Water Tunnel, a photograph from Gina LeVay’s Sandhog Project, was selected for the Director’s Honorable Mention in the Center’s “Elements of Water” exhibition. LeVay’s series had a large-scale installation at Grand Central Terminal in 2006 and was published last fall by powerHouse Books as a book entitled Sandhogs

What are Sandhogs, you ask?

LeVay describes them as the following in her artist statement:

“Sandhogs are miners who are 800 feet below the streets of Manhattan, tunneling bedrock to create the largest capital project in NYC’s history–the 60 mile long City Water Tunnel #3. The future of Gotham depends on the efforts of these unseen miners. This new water channel will supplement the two existing, decrepit tunnels and prevent a catastrophic water shortage in the city. Their imminent completion of the tunnel will ensure that fresh, clean water continues to flow to every resident of the city. Soon, 1.5 billion gallons of water will flow through the channel daily, delivering water to the entire city. My project not only sparks the public’s imagination and interest of the subterranean and sandhogs but celebrates this historic and monumental feat of engineering.”

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