Jaimie Walker

81 Pearl Street, Basement

What do the Brooklyn Bridge, humming birds, the Manhattan skyline, discarded lottery tickets, and New York City subway signage share in common? These are the stock images that populate the hand-torn collage multi-media art made by Jaimie Walker.

After graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design, Walker was swiftly one of the pioneering artists who made the derelict and rather dangerous neighborhood DUMBO her home.

Packs of wild dogs roamed the streets at night on the abandoned warehouse waterfront. Artists displaced by rising rents in Manhattan pitched in together to secure entire floors of empty buildings. What followed was a crash course in how to build kitchens, bathrooms, and group effort to shore up rotting fire escapes. On a Summer night you had three or four roof top parties to choose from. Word went round before the Internet or cell phones, about impromptu BBQ cook outs on on old docks. Concrete landings had been left to fall into the river brick by brick.

Walker was at the heart of a new generation re-inventing and re-instituting the hard earned ‘Live/Work’ way of life that followed in the footsteps of revolutionary artists in 70’s SOHO.

Much like that pioneer community, Walker’s collage designs and their imperfections embrace lost property, re-purposed landscapes, and objects found unwanted by the wayside. The leading roles are naturally reserved for the majestic industrial power of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

We are invited into the larger works in particular to view the panorama reserved only for the riverfront. This is where Walker’s vision evolved as she created and connected with others. This is where Walker went from student to woman to established ground breaker. A journey whose snapshots and mapping of the neighborhood continue to encapsulate the ever changing skyline down by the riverside.

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