43–35 10TH STREET
This medium-sized but weighty artist’s book with a brown cardboard fold-out cover and Swiss binding presents a multifaceted photographic essay on urban planning, building sites and gentrification by the American Daniel Shea. Images from the area around Shea’s studio address at 43–35 10th Street in Long Island City, New York – a neighbourhood increasingly dominated by new luxury high-rises – are combined with photos including Oscar Niemeyer’s planned city of Brasilia and Searles Valley, California. A series of image sections arranged by topic feature between one and eight images of differing size and layout per double page without commentary. Two of these sections contain pictures framed as actual works of art, superimposing a second, curatorial level over the documentary photographic work. The sequencing of the images is exceptional and creates a narrative that is both meaningful and mysterious. An additional effect of layering is generated through the use of individual inlaid pages of tracing paper containing abstracted plan drawings and projections of buildings. The cover design, with an uncaptioned black-and-white image on the front and another on the back, is very appealing.