The No Longer Empty project, in collaboration with Australian artists Leslie Eastman and Natasha Johns Messenger, have taken over a vacant storefront at 10 Downing Street for an exhibition lasting through December. The exhibition, entitled XYZ:NYC, is a collaborative effort using mirrors, reflective surfaces, and other objects that play with the perception of space and light.
The exhibition at 10 Downing Street features works such as a corridor designed by Ms. Johns Messenger which features various mirrors that reflect off of each other. Another work by Mr. Eastman uses a camera obscura lens to project the images of Sixth Avenue into the building. This piece is shown in conjunction with a 24-hour feed of Melbourne, Australia, where both artists are from and where Mr. Eastman continues to work.
The real centerpiece of the exhibition at 10 Downing Street, though, is the collaborative work entitled Synoptic 3. An interactive piece, Synoptic 3 requires two participants to put on video headsets and explore the space around them. However, each headset shows what its counterpart is viewing, so the viewer never really sees what’s actually in front of them. Mr. Eastman said that he and Ms. Johns Messenger considered this piece to be wholly interactive to the point that the audience participated in the work, so there are a number of set places where onlookers can view the work in action.
XYZ:NYC will be hosting a number of events before it closes down. On December 10th, a scavenger hunt will be held at the gallery. On December 14th, the gallery will host a panel discussion featuring both artists as well as Emily Balcetis, assistant professor of psychology at NYU, and Randy Cohen, former writer of “The Ethicist” column in The New York Times. There will also be events held for students of P.S. 3 and The Little Red Schoolhouse, as well as a collaboration with The Children’s Museum.
The exhibition is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1pm-8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-8pm. Synoptic 3 viewings start at 6pm, or you can make an appointment. The exhibition runs until December 22nd.