Yesterday, the interior and exterior of Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel was criss-crossed with hundreds of fuschia parachute cords for a two week site-specific installation by Brooklyn artist Aaron Asis. This is just one of many interventions Asis will be performing on the “lesser appreciated elements” of the National Historic Landmark cemetery over the course of nine months, in a project entitled “unSeen Green.” According to the Green-Wood Historic Fund, the aim is to celebrate these locations within the cemetery as “places of both memorialization and of public congregation” and to juxtapose the “seen and the un-seen.”
In the chapel, the parachute cords are arranged to highlight the geometry of the beautiful chapel, bringing attention to the Gothic ornamentation of the church from the structural details like door frames to the spectacular dome, and religious elements like the pipe organ. On the exterior, the cords criss cross in front of a stained glass window.
Tonight, there will be a kickoff performance inside the chapel beneath the unseen Green installation. Tonight musicians Owen Weaver and Dennis Sullivan will perform the piece Impermanent, an atmospheric work using tubular bells and two-channel 1-bit electronics by award-winning composer and sound artist Tristan Perich. Perich’s work has been featured at the World Science Festival, the Whitney Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
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