Meryl Meisler @ Soho Photo

Here I Am: Bushwick in the 1980s

Exhibition: December 7 – 31, 2011
Reception: December 8, 6 – 8pm

Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce that Meryl Meisler is December’s guest exhibitor. Her show is entitled, Here I Am: Bushwick in the 1980s. When Meisler began teaching art in Bushwick in the early 1980s, she wondered, “Was the other art teacher killed?” Meisler explains, “Bushwick resembled a ghost town war zone. Scorched and seemingly forgotten since the ’77 blackout, Bushwick hit the skids. To me, Bushwick’s natural light was beautiful; kids were kids, vacant buildings whispered: Here I am, take my picture before I collapse. Using a plastic point and shoot and color slide film, I photographed walking from subway to school, through classroom windows, and back again. The images I’m showing, many forgotten in boxes for nearly 30 years, are a wink, quick sketches of the neighborhood’s people and places during a disparate decade. Revisiting Bushwick, I feel like Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey coming home to Pottersville in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ There’s been a paradigm shift.”

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