Tehniyet Masood: Project For Empty Space
East Village / Lower East Side
September 1 - September 30, 2010
Reception: Friday, September 17, 6 - 8:30 PM

Jasmine Wahi (Jasmine Wahi Contemporary Art Advisory) and Meenakshi Thirukode (MT Productions) are pleased to present an experimental curatorial adventure Project For Empty Space, by Tehniyet Masood.

The evolution of Project For Empty Space’s installation will be executed by local artist Tehniyet Masood. Every day she will add to a sculpture made out of reclaimed wood from different parts of New York City. Using the recycled wood as a metaphor for New York City’s history, Masood will erect a work that draws inspiration from the existing intersections and overlaps of the urban landscape of New York. By bringing together different elements of architecture and design, the structure will take on a life of its own.

Project for Empty Space is an exhibition that investigates the dialog between artist, environment, and community. The relationship of these three subjects has taken on interesting overtones and layers given the current economic climate. Project for Empty Space brings together artists influenced by the environment of the Lower East Side to create thought-provoking and inspiring installations in a vacant outdoor space. Like many public art endeavors,

Project for Empty Space was originally born out of the need to bring contemporary art out of traditionally “high-brow” neighborhoods to the everyday people of New York. Due to the curators’ convictions regarding art education and appreciation, the Project has been strategically crafted to encourage the public to interact with the work in a variety of ways. It is the belief of the curators that witnessing the process and evolution of a work of art from concept to completion will spark a sense of curiosity and interest in all who are exposed. The behind-the-scene’s evolutionary experience of the artwork is both unique and engaging for the viewers.

Masood, who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, studied Painting and Sculpture at Bennington College and the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Throughout the duration of the Project, curators Wahi and Thirukode will invite a number of guest speakers and artists to speak with the public about how New York City’s diverse community and cityscape serves as their muse. More details on the presentations will be available closer to the dates.

Project For Empty Space has been made possible by generous donations from Bulldog Gin, Build It Green NYC, Pink Brick House, and numerous donations from private supporters across the globe.