Gowanus Wild by Miska Draskoczy

June 11, 2015 - September 25, 2015
Central Library, Grand Lobby
This exhibition aims to turn concepts of nature photography on their head by finding the beautiful in what most consider a man-made environmental catastrophe.

My vision for Gowanus Wild is to illustrate a personal exploration of nature and wilderness in the paradoxical setting of a contaminated industrial environment. As the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has been declared a federal Superfund cleanup site and seen over 150 years of continuous industrial use, one of my aims with the series is to show just how tenacious nature can be in the face of such grave environmental destruction. Set entirely at night when the area empties of people and activity, the mood is one of stillness, reflection, and discovery.

I’ve lived on the border of Gowanus and Park Slope since 2008, and walking home through the deserted streets, I was always struck by how odd and atmospheric the place felt. At first I photographed the area because it inspired interesting images. Later I started to ask myself more consciously what it was that drew me to it. While an indictment of man’s abuse of the environment is perhaps inevitable, my goal is to not just celebrate nature’s resilience but to also show how it is paralleled by the human ability to seek and find the balm of nature in the most unlikely of places. I believe wilderness and adventure are natural longings and that satisfying these urges is perhaps less about far flung travel and more about altering our perception and awakening to our surroundings, however ugly or distraught they may be.

Miska Draskoczy has a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. He fell in love with cameras at age 14 and has been behind them ever since. His photography has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, and is the recipient of numerous awards. Draskoczy was recently named a Photolucida Critical Mass finalist and his work has been featured in the press by The New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog, Time Out, PDN, Gizmodo, Featureshoot, Hyperallergic, Brokelyn and many others. He currently works as a director, editor, and animator through his production company snow23, and is an avid rock and ice climber.
E-mail: info@miskadraskoczy.com
Website: miskadraskoczy.com


Related workshops by Miska Draskoczy:
Marketing for Artists
Wed., Sept. 9 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Central Library, Info Commons Lab

Developing Long Term Photography Projects
Mon., Sept. 14 - 7:00 -8:30 pm
Central Library, Info Commons Lab

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