Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
By Jeremy Nadel
Urban Miniatures serves as a visual travelogue of New York City with a special leaning towards cultural and historic Brooklyn landmarks. These landmarks are expressed in architecture, figures and neighborhood icons. Some of the sculptures refer to specific sites, such as the Williamsburg Savings Bank and the Coney Island boardwalk. In others, like Tank Man and Flight, I describe the passion and risk of travel and adventure through metaphor. To achieve this I employ familiar urban icons, such as the countless water towers that dot our skyline.
Brooklyn is adorned with beauty and decay. Sometimes the two blend well since our city is constantly rebuilding itself. I am nostalgic for the history of old edifices and places. I imagine floating down on the long closed Parachute Jump in Coney Island. This is where my work takes on a whimsical and surreal nature: Hopes and dreams fed by imagination help to transcend the gritty town we inhabit. I am fascinated by how we "escape" while reading a good book, waiting for the train or admiring the view from the ride over the Manhattan Bridge. There is much territory to cover in Brooklyn. Like an archaeologist or "The Coin Master," I continue my search for artistic treasures.
Jeremy Nadel, a native New Yorker, has frequently exhibited his work in New York City and around the country. His national tour of The Synagogue Series, a series of paintings depicting former synagogues, culminated into an exhibit at the National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C. His award-winning artwork and poster Night Game was on view this past summer in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Along The Way exhibition.
Photo credit: Katherine Newbegin