The Presence of Absence

A storefront installation on West Broadway between Park Pl. and Murray St. which was part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s exhibition Looking In.

Rather than focus on the devastation embodied by the nearby rubble of the former World Trade Center, this project draws attention to what is left – to spaces that were abandoned because of proximity to this site of structural, social and economic trauma.┬áThe windows of this and many other buildings in lower Manhattan were painted in an attempt to shield the public from the mess and implied trauma of reconstruction and renovation. An eye level strip of the paint has been removed from this window creating an aperture through which passers by can peer. A room, empty except for one desk and chair, is visible inside. On the desk is a surveillance monitor, which alternates views of deserted office spaces in the neighborhood.