I am Jaydee and I am fifteen years of age. I also happen to be an art major at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Art has always been a big part of my life, even before I left the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts for the Big Apple. Here in New York City, the center of art and fashion, I intend to receive a great art education and to have a profession in the world of art. I am a very diverse person and I want to learn as many mediums of art that I can. My favorite artists range from Georgia O’Keeffe to Lucian Freud to Eugène Delacroix. I believe there is no one definition for art. Art can be just about anything, from the recycled paper on the floor to the clothes on your back. I enjoy art because it is versatile, and so am I.
I am planning to halfway submerge this bridge into a shallow body of water or a port out into the Hudson River. The bridge would serve as a huge spectacle. It completely defeats its purpose as a bridge and thus will allow people to view it and ask themselves “Why?...” and consider whether it is art. But whether they hate it or love it, it must make one think, that is the purpose of art – to engage the viewer.
This project strongly relates to the Situationists because we are taking an object and placing it in a new context with a new meaning. This piece would be considered a “deceptive” détournement because we are taking an already significant element and restructuring it and creating a new concept or meaning for it.
Sherrie Levine’s work is very much embedded in this project as we are taking already significant objects and reusing them in a new context. Our project is one that may cause resentment in society due to its absurdity or become well-known and loved.