Project Announcement: Future Phenomena

Coming soon in spring 2010, the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is proud to present Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena. This large-scale, fabric public art sculpture will be temporarily affixed to the façade of an apartment building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where its psychedelic spectacle of bright colors and flowing shapes will be a representation of a group effort in a local community.

Greenpoint and Williamsburg are prime examples of the transformative effects of mass consumption and gentrification, with its ever more degraded earth and mass of abandoned construction sites. With these ill-effects come renewed community activism—embodied by North Brooklyn’s growing efforts to reuse, recycle, and to renew its neighborhoods. Greenpoint and Williamsburg are century-long experiments in the sustainability of urban life. Future Phenomena will not only be a fantastic work to behold, but its focus on recycled materials, public space, and community volunteerism will draw attention to local concerns such as gentrification, pollution, and urban migration.

As part of the conceptual nature of the piece, Browder and NbPac will host three Community Sewing Days and enlist the public‘s participation in the creation of the immense, sewn work (see Community Sewing Days). Volunteers will play an integral role in making Future Phenomena a reality by sewing the chevron shape, donating recycled materials, and transforming Browder’s project into a communal gesture. Through the artist’s and the community’s energy, discarded objects and materials will be transformed into an awe-inspiring work of abstract art.

Amanda Browder’s Future Phenomena is presented by North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. Future Phenomena is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

Community Sewing Days

To help bring Future Phenomena to life, NbPac is hosting three Community Sewing Days in Greenpoint and Bushwick.  We are asking for community participation in donating fabrics and supplies and cutting and sewing the fabric. The dates and locations are:

Saturday, March 27th

St. Cecilia’s Convent (with Round Robin)

21 Monitor Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Sunday, April 18th

Lutheran Church of the Messiah

129 Russell Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Saturday, May 1st

Gymnasium of Saints Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy

140 Montrose Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn


About the Artist

Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001, and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2001-07. She received a Chicago Community Arts Assistant Program Grant in 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Mixture Contemporary Gallery, Houston, TX; The Missoula Museum of the Arts, Missoula, MT; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. She is also a founder of the art-podcast and member of the the Round Robin Collective. For more information, please visit


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