Harlem Damask

Harlem Damask, variation I, is an artwork commissioned by L+M Development Partners for the lobby of PS90 Condominiums in Harlem.  I developed the painting from a segment of an eighteenth century topographical map of Manhattan that was labeled "New Haarlem"(roughly comprising the northern Manhattan communities of Harlem and Washington Heights).  The repeated mirroring of this segment causes "New Haarlem" to literally face itself, even while backwards and upside down. The resulting gilded, damask-like pattern is a metaphor for how Harlem has evolved to be a sort of decorative, yet distorted, mirror of itself.  It also questions what and who defines the image of a "new" Harlem.