Who Lives in Greenwich Village

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On September 10, 2009, "Who Lives in Greenwich Village?", a ceramic tile installation created by Ayumi Horie with Andy Brayman, will open at Greenwich House Pottery in New York. The debut of the exhibition will coincide with a kickoff soiree that begins a year-long celebration of Greenwich House Pottery’s Centennial. The installation, which has been almost a year in the making, is comprised of 86 unique tiles, each 3/4" thick, representing city blocks and Washington Square park. Each tile is fired five times (instead of the usual two) due to the layers of imagery on the surface. A total of twelve ecosystems and twenty-six animals are represented. Interestingly, the 1909 map does not match a 2009 map exactly.

“Who Lives in Greenwich Village” draws inspiration from the much-discussed Mannahatta Project.
Working out of the Bronx Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Project depicts New York as it was ecologically in 1609, aiming to raise public awareness by showcasing the interconnectedness of all the species and ecosystems that still exist—to varying degrees—in the area. It also provides a window as to what has been lost.

“Our hope for this show is that besides being visually gorgeous, [the Project] will broaden the ceramic audience and be informative for the residents of Greenwich Village and the Pottery,” says artist Ayumi Horie. Three maps will be layered into one ceramic depiction: an ecological map from 1609, a street map of Greenwich Village from 1909, and a sampling of fauna that roamed the area in 1609 (several of which are now endangered in the Northeast).

“By focusing on the area,” continues Horie, “we hope to tap into the local residents' sense of pride,
ownership, and curiosity about their own community, celebrate the tradition of Greenwich House as a cultural landmark, and draw attention to the existing ecosystems in danger.” As an added incentive to support conservation efforts, Horie and Brayman are donating a percent of proceeds to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“We are honored to have two luminaries in the field help us celebrate 100 years of clay in New York,” says Sarah Archer, Director of Greenwich House Pottery. “There is hardly a better way to tie in past and present, celebrating the history not only of Greenwich House but its surrounding environs.”

Ayumi Horie has taught workshops and given lectures at many universities, art centers and residencies in the U.S. and abroad, including the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Greenwich House Pottery. Since 2004, she has been on the board of directors at the Archie Bray Foundation. Her work is in various collections throughout the US. Read an inverview with Ayumi in American Craft Magazine.

Andy Brayman’s work has appeared nationally—a combination of traditional craft, industrial processes, and contemporary art strategies. In 2005, Andy founded The Matter Factory in Kansas City: part artist studio, part laboratory, and part factory. Prior to founding thet Matter Factory, Andy was the Studio Manager at Greenwich House Pottery. Read an interview with Andy in American Craft Magazine.

This exhibition is generously supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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