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BBP Welcomes Earth Line, A New Art Installation at 99 Plymouth


Made from recycled materials, Earth Line is a 3D representation of the NYC skyline as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is pleased to welcome Earth Line, a new, site-specific installation by artist Claudia Bitran. Created using ordinary household refuse, the installation consists of a 3D representation of the New York City skyline as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as a series of photographs highlighting the intricate detail of the work. The New York-based artist’s installation reveals the impact of the city landscape, and the objects the same city discards. Earth Line will open to the public on Sunday, December 10th.

In Earth Line, Bitran reimagines a city that uses discarded objects as potential building materials, literally constructing a more eco-conscious city through the practice of recycling. After carefully selecting the materials and building the model, Bitran lightly applied acrylic paint to give a sense of perspective. Reflective materials and lights are used throughout the piece to mimic the illuminated cityscape across the River. Bitran has used this technique in the past to create similar works such as a 7-foot sized model of the Titanic, a 9-foot iceberg and 20 replicas of sets from Britney Spears’ music videos. She wants her audience to think about the mass produced spectacles that we discard on a daily basis and see them as materials to be used in a creative way. She proposes dynamic pieces made through the collage of a wide range of products and their lables which can metaphorically create a sense of awareness of what our city is really made of.

As a multidisciplinary artist, Bitran works through video, painting, performance, installation, animation and sound. In a do-it-yourself effort to emulate, remake, and rewrite the hyperbolic world of pop production, Bitran assumes multiple roles (painter, director, actress, editor). Her obsessive act of remaking is always accompanied by an examination of the component parts used to construct products of mass consumption.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 10th at 4pm inside the Community Room at 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Earth Line will be on view from December 10th, 2017 through February 17, 2018. The space will be open 8am-11pm daily.

Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen. For more information, please visit brooklynbridgepark.org.

Claudia Bitran was born in Boston (1986) and lived in Chile for half of her life. In 2009, she graduated from the BFA program at the P. Universidad Catolica de Chile and in 2013 she graduated from the MFA painting program at Rhode Island School of Design.

Claudia works through video, painting, performance, installation, animation and sound. Solo shows include Profundo at Museum of Visual Arts in Chile, Titanic: A deep Emotion at Roswell Museum and Art Center, and A deep Emotion at This Friday or Next Friday Gallery in Dumbo NY. She has exhibited in group shows and screenings at Museum of Contemporary Arts Quinta Normal, Santiago, Matucana 100 Art Space, Santiago, Projekt 722, Brooklyn, White Box, New York, Y Gallery, New York, the Saha Hadid IMAX theater in Chelsea, NY, among others. She was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant for Emerging Filmmakers (2015), an Emergency Grant for Artists (2016), and a Hammersley grant (2016-2017).

In 2014, she was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting Sculpture and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. In 2016 was an artist in residence at Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in New Mexico, and is currently a resident at Smack Mellon Residency Program in Brooklyn, New York, where she has been working on her epic shot-for-shot remake of Titanic by James Cameron, and other projects, among those Earth Line.

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