September 27th  October 22nd, 2016

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY


#workinprogress     #WIP     #LL47     @storefrontnyc


New York City is experiencing a booming construction phase. Real estate has become one the most powerful driving forces in the social and urban development of the city. Constrained by laws, policies and codes, market forces and financial structures, and limited architectural responses, the city is being homogenized and transformed into a space for the financial elite, affecting individuals and communities throughout the five boroughs, and changing the social and cultural fabric of the city.


Green construction fences, with their illustrated LL47 “Work in Progress” signs, often present the first visual cues of this process, and of its underlying economic and legislative causes.


This fall, a green construction fence will close Storefront for Art and Architecture and a LL47 sign will illustrate its future development. On these new walls, over 25 LL47 signs commissioned to artists, designers, and architects will depict alternative visions of ongoing construction sites throughout New York City, offering a space of reflection and critique of current development practices and the architectures that build them. A photographic survey of works in progress throughout the city, will depict this new naturalized green New York landscape, inviting us to think about the city that is growing with our times.


Work in Progress is curated by POWERHOUSE in collaboration with Storefront for Art and Architecture, with photographs by Naho Kubota and design by PARA Project. Individuals interested in contributing ideas and additional LL47 signs can download the submission template (available in the documents section above), and send their work to workinprogress@storefrontnews.org Contributors can also tag their photos with #workinprogress and #storefrontnyc.
AGENCY: Ersela Kripa + Stephen Mueller; Al-Hamad Design; Daisy Ames; Antoine Catala; Nick DeMarco; DSGN AGNC: Quilian Riano; Aaron Gemmill, Marc Handelman, and Prem Krishnamurthy;The Living; LOT-EK; MEGA CORP. (Michael Tingen); Michael Sorkin Studio; MOS Architects; OOF (Tom Hancocks and Carrie Smith); Paloma Powers; Lisa Park; Alan Paukman; PLAYLAB, INC.; POWERHOUSE, William Green, Anton Cromas, and Olga Boltuts; PUCON; Martha Rosler; Jesse Seegers; Miriam Simun; Andrew Strasser; SYC 
POWERHOUSE and Storefront for Art and Architecture
Naho Kubota
Exhibition Design and Installation:
PARA Project
Graphic Design and Identity:
Bryant Wells
Sound Design:
POWERHOUSE and Josh Padarathsingh

Gregory Ketant and Nanu Al-Hamad are POWERHOUSE, an artist duo that explores the practice of architecture and design as a vehicle for transformation.


Nanu Al-Hamad is a designer and artist living and working in New York. Al-Hamad’s fearless attitude toward design challenges the boundaries for creating objects under a philosophy of conceptual functionalism. As a solo artist and a founding member of the artist collective GCC, Al-Hamad’s work has been exhibited at the Swiss Institute, NY; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; New Museum, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Project Native Informant, London; and design fairs ICFF, Downtown Design Dubai, and Salone del Mobile.


Gregory Ketant is an interdisciplinary artist and designer and the creative director of MEGA. Originally from South Florida, Ketant moved to New York to pursue a law degree at Hofstra University. After graduating, he decided to forgo a career in law to explore the interchange of technology, subcultures, ecosystems, mythology and modernity. He has since curated a living exhibition private condominium, directed a music video using motion tracking technology, debuted a furniture collection in Kuwait, and most recently unveiled his pentalogy ROSES. His work has been shown or featured at Sultan Gallery, AC Institute, Jack Chiles Gallery, Superchief Gallery, and YUME Gallery.


About PARA Project:

PARA Project is an office for architecture based in New York City, directed by Jon Lott.  
PARA is recipient of the 2016 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York; the 2014 New Practices New York Award from the American Institute of Architects; the 2013 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record; a 2009 finalist for the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program; the 2007 Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York; and was recently a Mies Crown Hall America Prize finalist for the project: Haffenden House. 



This exhibition is supported by Peter Guggenheimer. Construction services are provided by IA Construction Management, Inc. Fabrication assistance is provided by Grey Wartinger.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Roger Ferris + Partners; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.