If You Build It

Opening June in Sugar Hill, Harlem! No Longer Empty has been working closely with community partners, artists, and schools to collaboratively stage a site-specific exhibition in this rich, tight-knit neighborhood.

How and Nosm

www.howandnosm.com

Reflections, 2012

Spraypaint, mirror, cardboard, lightbulbs

With floor-to-ceiling greyscale honeycomb textures, reminiscent of a soundproofed hip-hop recording studio, artist duo How & Nosm present a visual remix of the Andrew Freedman Home’s history and former residents. Repeating diamond and pyramid shapes, symbolic of wealth and impressive architectural structures respectively, are here constructed with hollow cardboard; referencing the illusionary nature of the building’s original purpose and the facade of opulence once enjoyed by the building’s occupants. These shapes also represent the former residents, grouped into a homogeneous community above reflections of themselves in a mirrored floor. The artist duo’s signature split-face emerges from the room’s center, one part life and one part death, illustrating well justified concerns of mortality in an old age home.

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