New York

Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe

A repository of vague memories and unrelated activities, the still majestic Battery Maritime Building not only provides offices for several New York City agencies, housing for stray cats, and a berth for the Governor’s Island Ferry, it serves as the site for Martha Fleming and Lyne LaPointe’s month-long installation entitled The Wilds and the Deep.

The anxious process of describing and categorizing the past is the central theme of the installation; in response to the active but deteriorated building and the nautical and social history of the harbor location, the artists explore the complex and seldom disinterested practices of classification, and the alterability of the relic.

Fleming and LaPointe’s interventions were modest, fleeting, almost ethereal; they chose to quietly exploit events rather than aggressively dominate the space. They did not battle the building with art of size and scale,

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