Laura Napier’s solo exhibition, Spontaneous Formations, simulates an extension of her own artistic patterns and interests which since 2003 have focused on photographing and filming visually perceptible patterns of pedestrian behavior, such as the spontaneous formation of lines, circles, and clusters in New York City. A cluster of unframed photographs from the series Crowd Formation / Street Architecture (2003–present) are arranged amidst an assortment of newspaper clippings that the artist has collected over the years. Giveaway brochures are on a nearby school desk; they map out specific locations (and ideal times) to witness ad hoc crowd formations in New York City. A large-scale video projection, Intersection (2006), channels a scattered, downbeat procession of pedestrians and transit vehicles stripped from their urban infrastructure and architecture. During the course of the exhibition, elements from the initial installation will be altered and augmented from week to week.
Curated by José Ruiz