Personal Cities by Beatrice Coron

August 16, 2005 - October 2, 2005
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Personal Cities by Béatrice Coron

Béatrice Coron began working on her series of CityEscapes paper-cuttings in 1999, of which Personal Cities is a part. In these personal spaces, she portrays a multiplicity of possible narratives out of the proximity and juxtaposition of countless human activities.

Personal Cities began with the idea of imagining a city that would contain the essential elements of one single person's life. Coron asked friends to describe the kind of city they would like to call home. She then made a paper-cut image of each person's wishes, developing the concepts to their visual potential.

Béatrice Coron explores the connection between ideas, drawings and cuttings, rendering concepts in space. Her paper-cuttings and artist books can be found in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Her public art commissions include the creation of a sculpture for the New York City Fire Department on Staten Island and designing stainless steel fences for the Chicago Transit Authority. Coron's latest commission is "Bronx Literature," which consists of faceted glass windows at the Burke Avenue Subway Station in the Bronx.