Witness/Downtown Rising is an exhibition of
sixty Todd Stone watercolors and oil paintings of Lower Manhattan from
2001-2011. The series documents the evolution of the downtown skyline over
the past decade.
This work was exhibited on the 48th floor of Seven World Trade Center,
from July 27 - December 31, 2011. The venue of the recent exhibition offers
panoramic views of Manhattan and a unique perspective over-looking the
Memorial fountains and World Trade Center reconstruction. The artist had
been painting on the 48th floor as a guest of Silverstein Properties, who
hosted the event.
Witness/ Downtown Rising reflects the
emotional journey that our community has taken as the city rebuilds in the
wake of 9/11 attack. The goal of the project was to create a space for
viewers to contemplate the impact of the attack on the city and how far we
have traveled, since that day. The exhibition provided a unique opportunity
for people to remember and look forward at this special place and time.
“My Tribeca painting studio borders the World Trade Center site and this
work documents the changing Lower Manhattan skyline over the last ten years.
I witnessed the September 11th attack from my studio window and drew and
painted throughout the day on my rooftop until I was evacuated.
Witness brings forth my thirty-year painting practice on what I saw from
my home and workplace. The twenty watercolors depict the succession of
events of the day and its aftermath. Downtown Rising is a series of
paintings chronicling the changes in the Downtown streetscape and skyline
with a particular focus on the rebuilding of Seven World Trade Center.
The most recent paintings depict the view from the 48th floor of Seven
World Trade Center looking Downtown over the Memorial site construction. The
paintings foster a dialogue about how the external face of a city’s skyline
reflects its peoples shared inner life. “ says Stone.
Witness/Downtown Rising is a fiscally
sponsored project by The New York Foundation for the Arts.
Essays by Jan S. Ramirez Chief Curator of the National September 11
Memorial Museum and Nancy Princenthal are in the catalogue. The catalogue is
available for purchase at the Visitor Center at the National 9/11 Memorial
and at ToddStone.com.
For information on booking the exhibit contact the
Studio of Todd Stone.