urbanscapes, Isidro Blasco, Amanda C. Mathis, arts brookfield, urban art, recycled art, green art, green design, eco art, Joshua R. Marks, Pedro Cruz-Castro, erin sweeny, tom kotikWalk Dreamer by Isidro Blasco.

Urbanscapes brings together the work of six New York artists (Isidro Blasco, Pedro Cruz-Castro, Ian Jones, Joshua R. Marks, Amanda C. Mathis and Erin Sweeny) to reflect on the urban environment they call home,” explains the exhibition’s curator, Tom Kotik. “This exhibition, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, highlights the metropolis as a vast and exciting visual landscape in addition to the economic and cultural center we take for granted. While each artist in Urbanscapes utilizes a unique practice in creating their work, all share a common ability to absorb and visualize the ever-changing city around them.”

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While sustainability wasn’t one of the directives of the show, three of the six artists opted to use recycled and found materials in their pieces. Amanda MathisSemblance of Normality fuses together old linoleum, carpet and a piece of a rocking chair to create a 3-dimensional collage that seems to challenge the notions of how most people would describe New York City.

urbanscapes, Isidro Blasco, Amanda C. Mathis, arts brookfield, urban art, recycled art, green art, green design, eco art, Joshua R. Marks, Pedro Cruz-Castro, erin sweeny, tom kotikPhoto by Ryan Muir courtesy of Arts Brookfield

Cruz-Castro also used reclaimed furniture parts for his piece, entitled Andamio.

urbanscapes, Isidro Blasco, Amanda C. Mathis, arts brookfield, urban art, recycled art, green art, green design, eco art, Joshua R. Marks, Pedro Cruz-Castro, erin sweeny, tom kotikPhoto by Ryan Muir courtesy of Arts Brookfield

In Grit and Mother-Wit, Sweeny put a paperback edition of Invisible Man that she found one day in Brooklyn to an unusual use by pulping it and shaping it into an amorphous piece of art.

Urbanscapes is open to the public and can be viewed at 245 Park Avenue through September 30, after which it will be on display at One Liberty Plaza from October 3 – November 4.

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Photos by Ryan Muir courtesy of Arts Brookfield, and Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat