Against the Brooklyn Sky

November 29, 2005 - January 29, 2006
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Against the Brooklyn Sky

Paintings by Robert Goldstrom and Dylan Williams

BPL Exhibition, Robert GoldstromArtist Statement
Paintings by Robert Goldstrom

 The Williamsburg Savings Bank, a landmark, a relic of a downtown that never happened, loved and ignored, stands down the street from my house. I have been fascinated by the building for years, especially the way it is affected by changes of light and weather, and have painted it as part of the Brooklyn landscape in my series The Bank Paintings.

Sometimes the Bank is the star of the picture; more often it's in the background, or obscured or cropped. This allows me to focus on the scene-the light, color, forms and mood-on what Brooklyn was, is and will become. I like to paint beautiful pictures and I find them here, in the construction zones and backyards.

--Robert Goldstrom


Robert Goldstrom lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. After working as an illustrator for many years and winning a Gold and Silver Medal from The Society of Illustrators, he now spends most of his time painting. He is represented by Galleria Artemisia in Provincetown, MA, and has work showing at Underbridge Pictures in Dumbo from December 2 through January 14.

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BPL Exhibition, Dylan WilliamsArtist Statement
Paintings by Dylan Williams

 Water tanks are an integral, iconic part of Brooklyn and New York City, yet we hardly notice them. They are like forgotten people in forgotten places. Each is unique and duels with the boundaries and context in which it stands. Each has a distinct personality and tells a different story.

The beauty of these tanks surpasses their functionality. I focus on the position of each tank in the landscape and the interplay of light and shadow. As the hour, season and weather change, so do the tanks in relation to their surroundings. They become unique creatures in a landscape of rooftops and facades within this vast metropolis.

--Dylan Williams

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Dylan Williams studied art and moved to New York in 1991. Once in New York he studied at The Art Students League and became fascinated with the city's urban landscape. This led him to focus on the iconic Rosenwach water tanks and create the water tank series for which he is best known.

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Robert Goldstrom photo credit David Sokosh
Dylan Williams photo credit: Matthew Karas