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Harlem Roots


January 4th, 2014 - January 31st, 2014


The 115th Street Library will bring in a little Green for the month of January
During the month of January, 2014 Environmental Installation Artist and recent Harlem resident Michele Brody will exhibit a unique series of handmade paper books based on the architecture of Harlem’s Historic Brownstones. 
The books, which will be installed within the 115th Street Library’s first floor display cases are made up of handmade sheets of paper in the form of accordion books embedded with uniquely formed watermarks that correspond to each the row houses located on 119th Street between Lenox and Five  Avenues. The books were first exhibited on this block at the Casa Frela Gallery. Composed of multiple layers of paper and sprouted seeds, these ghost-like images of the surrounding architecture represent the complex history of Harlem within which Ms. Brody lived for the past 6 years.
During the exhibition community members will be invited to create their own handmade sheets of recycled paper during a community workshop on the second floor on January 14th from 3:30 to 5:00pm.
Michele Brody’s practice is based on a careful investigative method involving the gathering of regional materials, native plants, local stories, architectural landmarks and historic research, which focuses on the creation of site-generated works of art that illuminate the unobserved in our day to day surroundings and the challenges facing our environment.
She has developed an interdisciplinary practice that incorporates a wide spectrum of resources and techniques. She is intrigued with the process of creating a controlled environment where the work organically develops and changes over time. This form of artistic creation represents the constant state of entropy we live in, and how the delicate characteristics of memory and time can both erode and enhance our interpretations of experience.
What: Harlem Roots at the 115th Street Library
Where: 203 West 115th Street
When: January 3 to January 31