April 30–September 13, 2009
The act of transporting refrigerated Arctic ice to his childhood home is the artist’s response, in part, to his experiences as a child, when he found the idea of landscapes of snow and ice almost impossible to comprehend. The work suggests the interdependency of two extremes—the sun’s heat in a tropical climate keeps a piece of the frozen Arctic intact. At the same time, Arctic Ice Project alludes to a number of environmental and social issues, including the realities of climate change, our sense of what is valuable, and the immigrant’s experience of displacement. The path of the ice block—which went from the Bahamas to Miami to Brooklyn—parallels that of many new Americans of Caribbean origin.