Urban Zoom
The new york inception


David Molander
opened up his solo show at Storefront for Art and Architecture at the beginning of  August. Molander, a native of Stockholm Sweden, introduces his month-long presentation of an international metropolitan journey with support from the Swedish General Consulate and Arts Council.

At first glance of the feature, your first question is, “Where is the door?” Viewers enter the show through a puzzle-like wall display jutting out onto the sidewalk. The large facade panels hold images from the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011 and can be seen from both sides of the streets. The gallery physically tells the story of political unrest and the ever-changing state of New York streets, culture, and life, with the city itself as a backdrop.

“We wanted the images on the walls, so when you turn the panels you could see them from the sidewalk," Molander told us. “The images represent a scene in the city that I tried to capture at that specific site and specific moment with both journalists, activists, police presence, and onlookers. I just wanted to get everything all into one image.”

Molander’s photographs suggest that urban life can be used as a tool to construct complex art landscapes. Visual layers are portrayed in all aspects of city life with re-surfacing, modifications, and infrastructure happening everyday. Urban Zoom’s basis in reality goes beyond the elements of a photograph from within a single space.

“Messages constantly appear and then they are erased--there are different layers to the city. I’m interested in the traits that are left, from when they paint over graffiti or take away posters and all the abstract patterns that are created when they do that.” Molander said.

Events like Occupy Wall Street in NYC go beyond simple expressionistic mediums. The images lean toward a hyper-realist perspective with it’s innovative manipulations and advanced design aesthetic. The design of the gallery, coupled with the use of multiple images on display, at once creates a dialogue among viewers and critics alike.

Molander draws inspiration from a host of sources, such as comic books, videogames, people, and city life in general. He attributes his passion for art to his genuine enjoyment of working with images.

‘It’s just about making a beautiful image that I like. It comes from a gut feeling and speaks to me in a spiritual way.” Molander said. 

Check out Urban Zoom at the Storefront of Art and Architecture from now until Saturday, September 7 2013. More info here.