CFW & Rebecca
Locke Public Art
and we all came
Rebecca Locke and Center for Faith & Work to unveil public art installation and we all came in together
and we all came in together
Artist: Rebecca Locke
Commissioned by the Center for Faith & Work
December 13: 1:00PM-9:00PM (Opening Reception from 6:00PM-8:00PM)
December 14: 12:00PM-6:00PM
For the last hour of the exhibition on December 14, attendees will be invited to search for micro stories on the gallery walls, with a limited edition of microscope slides, signed by the artist and containing one of twelve stories, to be given to attendees to take away.
481 Broadway, 4th Floor (between Broome and Grand)
New York, NY 10013
The Center for Faith & Work (CFW) is proud to host the premiere NY solo exhibition of visual artist Rebecca Locke. The exhibition and we all came in together, includes an immersive installation which explores themes of celebration. The work will premiere December 13-14, at Soho gallery Four81 at 481 Broadway, 4th Floor in New York City.
The commissioned installation and we all came in together utilizes new digital media, analogue technologies, video, objects, found images and discovered stories to reflect New Yorkers’ ongoing relationship with the city, exploring celebration as memory and its meaning defined through the interaction of people. With the artist’s appropriation of micro-text printing (more commonly seen as a security feature on twenty dollar bills), the core component is a microscope-based installation with twelve micro-text stories and projections, as the work vies between scale and perspective through which participants discover miniscule elements.
The piece is inspired by memories collected from New Yorkers who have known the city for five decades or more, memories then transformed by the artist into twelve New York City stories. These include travelling from New York for The March on Washington, the spontaneous Times Square celebration on VE day as news travelled across Manhattan that war in Europe was over, of going AWOL to visit loved ones in Brooklyn, the accolade of an ‘untouchable’, and the story of an old lady forever mistaken for ‘Katherine Hepburn on a bike’. Through these memories the work explores themes of migration, celebrity, tradition, the communal element of this city, and the city as a place of sanctuary.
“We are proud and excited to have an accomplished artist like Rebecca to be CFW’s inaugural artist-in-residence,” says CFW Director David Kim. “Her ability to draw our attention to see the veiled beauty of the mundane and discarded is a gift to be celebrated and shared.”
The Center for Faith & Work’s inaugural artist-in-residence program was created to integrate and celebrate the intrinsic value of the arts as a vital piece of the fabric of the city. CFW plans to extend the artist residency program into 2014, providing opportunity, resources, financing, and support to mid-career and established artists of all mediums, faiths, and backgrounds, working in New York City.
About Rebecca Locke:
Born in the UK, Rebecca Locke is based in New York City, which has proved formative in the development of her installation art, film, photographic, sound, music, and performance-based artwork. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London and a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths’ Center for Urban and Community Research. Her ongoing project, City to Sea recently collaborated with Magnum Photos for a workshop, and exhibition screening at the Urban Encounters festival at Tate Britain. Rebecca exhibits internationally and recent exhibitions include the Lab Film Festival, London; Visual Urbanism, The British Library, London; Festival de la Imagen, Columbia and the first Bienal de Fotografía, Lima, Peru.