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Entry to the North Brother Island

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Since 1963 the North Brother Island located between Queens and the Bronx has shut it's doors to the public. A previous detailed review that's on the projects tab, focused at the history of the Island along with future projects and plans to reopen despite the horrific events that took place until closed down by corruption, inhability. The Island with shut doors and visitors only by environmental organizations, hidden by trees and almost collapsed structures could hardly attract the eye of the locals which barely know the story of it.

On a recent trip not on the Island but off the coast in the Bronx and specific on 149 East Street till 1 Oak Point Avenue where North Brother Island sites in the Middle of the East River and closer to the Bronx, a short walking distance from the subway and the 6 train gets you to 1 Oak  Point Avenue and from there with a ferry for 5-10 minutes 
View from the coast 1
distance until to reach final destination makes the Island easy to get there. The 149 East Street and the surrounding neighborhood is underdeveloped and populated by middle to lower class family's, industrial factories, warehouses and auto repair shops behind and under  the massive Bruckner Expressway. The locals are friendly and very welcome. On my way i found an old Italian place where i seat and got a roll with sausage, onions and peppers, tasteful indeed. I asked the owner of the place information about the Island and he looked at me strange obviously he had no idea about it. Then i walked more to the auto repair shops and other retailers asking where i can rent a boat to get me to the Island, nobody knew about the Island or how to get there. When finally reached 1 Oak
  Avenue behind the Coca
View from the coast 2
Cola factory i was amused at first facing the tragedy took place long ago and simultaneously secluded the island is. The east side of the north felt more friendly than i was expecting and looks very beautiful from the outside, somehow ignoring the crimes and accidents. Maybe when i get closer it will be persuasive enough to describe a tragedy or chain of events in a period of depression and war. Arte prospective the Island attempt in space and time to host a manifest of ideas through the time capsule ontogeny otherwise "Modern Period" till augment. This implication involves periodical fractures in structures on ruins and or amalgamate with nature and off surrounding. Infinite and destructive in forms or shapes the Island setting distinctive mold avoiding exaggeration but rather a step towards reality?, distancing itself from complex motive or feel encompass by

My sojourn in Bronx was a first good contact with mixed feelings and i am set for the next on board experience to the Island anxious to find out more. Stay tuned!.



Mike Kelley At Hauser And Wirth


10 Sep - 24 Oct, Hauser & Wirth New York, 18th Street

Opening: Thursday 10 September 6 - 8 pm

New York... Beginning September 10th 2015,  Hauser & Wirth is proud to present 'Mike Kelley', the gallery's first exhibition devoted to one of the most ambitious and influential artists of our time. Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley foundation for the Arts, the exhibition is the first in New York to focus exclusively on one of the most significant of Kelley's later series, Kandors. These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures combine with videos and a sprawling installation never before exhibited in the United States, as the late Los Angeles artist reworks the imagery and mythology of the popular American comic book hero, Superman, into an extraordinary opus of nurture and loss, destruction, mourning and - possibly - redemption. 'Mike Kelley' will remain on view at Hauser & Wirth's downtown location at 511 West 18th Street through October 24, 2015.

Kelley's Kandors (1999, 2007, 2009, 2011) is named for Superman's birthplace, the capital of the planet Krypton. According to the comic book legend, Superman's father Jor-El sent his infant son to safety on Earth before Krypton's destruction, saving his life but inadvertently sentencing Superman to a future of displacement, loneliness, and longing. Superman grows up believing that Kandor was stolen by intergalactic archvillain Brainiac, prior to Krypton's demise, shrunken to a miniature metropolis, and left trapped inside a glass bottle. Superman ultimately wrestles Kandor away from Brainiac and hides it in his Fortress of Solitude, sustaining its citizens with tanks of Kryptonic atmosphere. As Kelley once explained, Kandor functions for Superman as 'a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape the past, and his alienated relationship to his present world.'

 Over the course of his four -decade career, Kelley (1954 - 2012) produced a provocative and rich oeuvre that include drawing, painting and sculpture, video and photography, performance, music, and a formidable body of critical writing. Kelley's art conflates the highest and lowest forms of popular culture in a relentless critical examination of social relations, cultural identity, and systems of belief. Mingling the sacred and profane, the banal and absurd, in the innocent and perverse, in the comic and the tragic, Kelley's art launches an assault on the purity of aesthetic convention, spearheaded by the artist's dark humor. Engaging themes as varied as adolescence, educational structures, sexuality, religion, post-punk politics, pop-psychology and repressed memory, Kelley works through the turbulent conditions of the American vernacular to reveal unexpected connections and expose the defaults, tensions and contradictions that make it up...

For more on the exhibition and the artist please click here