On Display Through February 28th!
Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is committed to bringing the arts to the Yonkers community, whether it’s through exhibiting local artists at the Riverfront Art Gallery or providing the county’s most extensive fine arts collection at the Grinton I. Will Library.
During the pandemic, the library has worked to offer innovative services safely. Its latest arts offering turns the Riverfront Library building itself into a projection screen for video art that can be enjoyed from outdoors or even from a passing Metro-North train.
Video by Dave Steck
Working in partnership with artist Dave Steck, and with help from the local audiovisual firm Sounds Associates, YPL is turning the windows of Riverfront Library’s fourth floor Yonkers Room into a projection booth. Starting around sunset, and running for several hours every night, the south-facing windows come alive with Steck’s video projection piece “Carnival Split.”
View from inside the Riverfront Library’s fourth floor Yonkers Room
In his “Split” series, Steck films objects in close-ups so you don’t immediately know what they are, and then edits the images to highlight the movement of shapes and patterns, turning them into something new. “There is something thrilling about a carnival at night,” says Steck, “The lights are like an endless maze that you weave through as you go from ride to ride.”
“YPL is dedicated to showcasing the artistry and ingenuity of Yonkers residents,” says YPL Director Jesse Montero. “When Dave Steck proposed using the library to project video we couldn’t resist. It turns the library into a literal beacon for something curious and beautiful, brightening up these dark, cold winter nights.”
“It’s cool to have such a unique space to show my work,” added Steck, “The library has been a great partner in making this happen.”
Riverfront Library is open to limited services and occupancy, but this exhibit is best viewed from outside in the evenings. It is a great way to enjoy something unique that the library has to offer, while still maintaining safe social distancing. The Carnival Split installation is easily visible from the Van der Donck Park at Larkin Plaza, across the street from the library and the Yonkers Metro-North Station, and will be on display every night through February 28th, starting at dusk.
Photo by Dave Steck
This project is made possible in part from funding from the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library.