This is How You Disappear

(This is how you disappear/Grid) Case Study V 2014

an installation by Wolfgang Berkowski
April 8 to May 31, 2014
Reception for the artist April 8, 2014 6-8pm

St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 3rd Avenue, NY, NY 10003
212 260 7583

(This is how you disappear/Grid) Case Study V 2014, the latest in this series by artist Wolfgang Berkowski is a site-specific work that annexes the empty shelves in St. Marks Bookshop. Berkowski’s minimal work not only insinuates itself directly into the existing architecture of this iconic bookstore but also marks off the devastation produced by late capitalism. The spectacle of Berkowski’s blank shelves, on the verge of engulfing the shelves filled with books, prompts the viewer to consider the complex financial processes that bite away at the city, one real estate parcel at a time. St. Mark’s Bookshop is one point among innumerable others of the flattening and obliteration of cultural difference and cultural possibility wrought by our global, hyper-dominant market economy. The loss of local culture, not only this bookstore, radiates outward via rezoning and gentrification throughout the East Village community, the intellectual and artistic communities of the city, and finally the whole of New York City. Berkowski’s work also functions both as a monument to St. Mark’s Bookshop’s memorable past as well as an anti-monument to capital. There is some hope for the future silently embedded in this minimalist intervention because it offers the possibility of is own self-annihilation as an artwork when the shelves fill up again with books–if not at this location then at St. Mark’s Bookshop’s new location. To keep St. Mark’s Bookshop open and to resist the devastation to our city requires action that obliterates the real and perceived limits imposed on us.

*And…. Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise money to renovate the new space and pay for moving costs. The campaign ends April 26. Please contribute now to igg.me/at/Stmarksbookshopmoves

 

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