2015 Artists

Selected Artists and Designers:


Drumreef Watercycle, 2015.

Drumreef Watercycle, 2015.

About the artists:
Founded and led by Carolina Cisneros and Mateo Pinto, Combo Colab has focused on creating design and public art projects since 2006. Their hybrid practice focuses on the design of spaces and products of variable scales and temporalities. Their public art projects include DrumReef for Paths to Pier 42 (2014); Floatlands, Floating wetlands developed as part of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Summer Program, Far Rockaway, New York (2013); Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Solar Kiosk, Far Rockaway, New York (2013); and Truck-a-Float Far Rockaway, New York (2012). Their upcoming public art project collaborations include an untitled temporary public installation for Paths to Pier 42 (2015) and a Floating Wetlands Workshop with TILL Design in collaboration with NYCHA Greening program and USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (2015). Combo Colab received a NYSCA grant for their New Marketplace for the Red Hook Food Vendors, NY (2012) and an NYC DOT grant, pARTners Urban Art Program, NY (2009). Their work has been featured in Unhabitat, featuring Truck-a-Float, New York City (2014); Gestalten, Cause and Effect: Visualizing Sustainability, featuring Mall-terations, Germany (2012); and Dwell Magazine, featuring Xtool, 6 Noteworthy Designs from Salone Satellite (2013).

Pinto graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidad Central de Venezuela (1998) and Cisneros graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism “Universidad Central de Venezuela (2004).

Motivated by active engagement with the public and their surrounding environment, Combo Colab’s work displays their interest in repurposing and recycling existing resources. Informed by site-specific conditions and work with surrounding communities, their installations materialize as effective high-impact, low cost projects.

Building upon their 2014 Paths to Pier 42 project, Drumreef, Combo Colab created Drumreef Watercycle: a new installation that explores the idea of topography on Pier 42. Made from multiple re-purposed rain barrels, Drumreef Watercycle will provide much needed shade and seating, and incorporate water features including rain water collection and a pedal-powered water pump for cooling and irrigation. Satellite structures in the form of independent rain collectors will be installed at the M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Photos courtesy of the artists.


The Pier Ambassadors

Stephanie Diamond, Eric Diaz, Jim Mattingly and the Pier Ambassadors

About the artist:
Stephanie Diamond (b.1975) is a New York-based artist born and raised in New York City. She is a social practice artist who has worked within museum, community, school, non-profit, and gallery settings for almost twenty years, where she has explored community as an artistic form. Her work ensures that humans take care of themselves as individuals within a public. Her projects explore self-care, personal practice and individual awareness as a catalyst for being of service to communities. Her solo exhibitions and project include This is What I Eat Santa Fe, Santa Fe Universtiy of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM (2014); Time Capsules for Our Grandchildren, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA (2013); and Community of Community, Queens Museum, NY (2012). Her group exhibitions Input/Output: Photography as Exchange, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA (2013); Prove it to Me, Reverse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014); and MoMA Studio: Breath With Me, Museum of Modern Art, NY (2014). She was an artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM (2014); Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL (2011); and LMCC’s Swing Space, New York, NY (2008). Diamond received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design (1997), an M.A. from New York University (2003) and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2000).

Pier Ambassadors is an art and education project created by artist Stephanie Diamond, who partnered with Vision Urbana, sound artist Jim Mattingly and youth leaders from the Lower East Side to develop audio and walking tours of the neighborhood leading to Pier 42. Over the course of ten weeks, participants in the project engaged in workshops that built their skills in storytelling, public speaking and audio recording. Examples of workshops include: sound editing, improv acting, history walking tours with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and more. Through these creative encounters, Pier Ambassadors became empowered in telling their personal stories, representing the community they live in while gaining the tools to bring awareness of the Pier to people in and outside the neighborhood. Tour participants will be exposed to exciting and unique narratives compiled by Pier Ambassadors about their personal, cultural, historical, and environmental surroundings.

Listen to audio tours of the neighborhood by the Pier Ambassadors
Follow their weekly activities on the blog series: Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors

Pier Ambassadors: Zion Quintero, Zachary Quintero, Ethan Justiniano, Dylan Rivera, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez
Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative

Photos courtesy of the artists.



Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens.


About the artists:
Collaborators Rachel Stevens and Meredith Drum have been working together since 2011 on a constellation of projects and events that draw attention to the relationship between urban life and marine ecology. Drum’s exhibitions include Living and Dreaming, Artist in the Marketplace 29th exhibition, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2009); Selected Films by Meredith Drum and Alison Ward ; ISSUE Project Room (2009); and Location, International Symposium of Electronic Arts; Al-Fahidi Historic District, Dubai, UAE (2014). Stevens exhibitions include LIC/NYC, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (2007). Stevens publications include Cinematic Time Replayed – two exhibitions: Hubbard and Birchler’s Méliès and Christian Marclay’s The Clock, Millennium Film Journal #54 (2011).

Stevens and Drum’s public art projects include Oyster City, an ongoing mobile media walking tour and game on Governors Island (2012-current). Steven’s upcoming group projects include Stream 2 (installation with curated video program), West Townshend, VT (2015) and Urban Backstage, group public engagement, for her iLAB East River residency, a project of iLAND and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2015). Drum’s upcoming group projects include Mar, Sea, Sol: Sensory Mapping, collaboration with Grisha Coleman and Estrella Payton, iLand, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY (2015); and Embodied Mapping, for her iLAB East River residency, a project of iLAND and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2015).

Stevens received a Production Grant, Socrates, Sculpture Park (2007) and a fellowship from National Arts Administration Mentorship Program (2001). Drum was an artist-in-residence at Artist in the Marketplace Residency, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2009) and received a grant from Finishing Funds Grant, Wave Farm Transmission Arts with support from NYFA (2012). Stevens and Drum were artists-in-residence at Swing Space, LMCC, New York City (2013). Stevens received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from UC San Diego. Drum received an M.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from UC Santa Cruz.

Fish Stories Community Cookbook is a collection of seafood recipes, local histories, stories and drawings alongside ecological information contributed by people who live and work in the Lower East Side. The book is being compiled by the Oyster City Project (artists Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens) for Paths to Pier 42 and will be distributed at the Paths to Pier 42 Fall Waterfront Celebration on October 25, 2015. Inspired by spiral bound community cookbooks, the name “Fish Stories” is meant to elicit playful contributions and is also an homage to Allan Sekula, an artist and theorist whose work interrogates the politics of labor and the flow of global capital in the maritime industry. Through recipe exchanges and workshops the artists are seeking useful and imaginative contributions to the cookbook to highlight relationships to waters near and far. As participants in the local ecology, food systems and economies, how can we be become better stewards of the environment? Fish Stories Community Cookbook celebrates cultural histories tied to New York City’s dynamic harbor and embraces cooking and eating as spaces through which we can envision a sustainable future for our city’s estuary.

Please contribute your recipes and stories!
EMAIL: oystercityproject@gmail.com
SNAIL MAIL: Fish Stories Community Cookbook, PO Box 117, New York, NY 10272

Photos courtesy of the artists.


Water's Edge Canopy, 2015

Water’s Edge Canopy, 2015

About the design team:
“The firm’s crisp, clean-lined houses smartly riff on traditional building types, often with innovative touches such as the wood louvers that clad a barn-style house on Long Island. Other hallmarks include incorporating open spaces that cut through structures and composing asymmetrical volumes and windows—bold gestures that animate the architecture and its relationship to the site.” – Architectural Digest, January 2014

Leroy Street Studio (LSS) is an architectural practice run by Morgan Hare, Marc Turkel, and Shawn Watts. LSS is inspired by innovation in design, the craft of construction, and a collaborative approach that places their clients’ needs at the center of the design process. With in-house expertise in construction management and interior design, LSS’s projects vary widely in scale, from a 10,000 sq. feet educational nature center in Queens to a four-foot-wide gate to a public school garden in the Lower East Side. Their public art projects include Pier 42 Shade Structure and Entrance Tunnel, Paths to Pier 42, New York, NY (2013, 2014); P.S. 134 Garden Gate 2008, Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, New York, NY (2008); and Robin Hood Libraries P.S. 31 and P.S. 110, Robin Hood Foundation (2008). LSS was awarded with Excellence in Design, NYC Public Design Commission, New York City (2014) and were featured speaker at the NY State AIA Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (2014).Their upcoming public art projects include Alley Pond Environmental Center, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens, NY (2015) and Greencroft, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Staten Island, NY (2016).  As a studio, their academic backgrounds include Architecture, Interior Design, Studio Arts, Construction Management, Graphic Design, and Urban Design under the leadership of Marc Turkel, Morgan Hare, and Shawn Watts, who all received their M. Arch. from Yale University.

As an artist group with Paths to Pier 42 this year, LSS will approach its work through a practice-wide collaborative design process, and explore community engagement in a way that will allow the studio and the community surrounding Pier 42 to work together and in create a vibrant public space.

Building on two years of past work as Pier 42 site advisors, the Leroy Street Studio (LSS) team is creating a space that captures the power of the park’s waterfront. This spring, conversations and meetings with local community organizations revealed a shared interest in creating an outdoor learning and gathering space near the water’s edge. Workshops at the Pier with Henry Street Settlement’s GED Class at the Boys and Girls Republic explored specific uses and how the sun, sound, wind and views can play a part in the design.

Incorporating shade and seating, the space is a great place to read a book or enjoy the sound of the water, and will also be used for classes workshops, poetry rehearsals and more. As the summer progresses, community collaborations and use will continue to contribute to the making of a place that is truly our own.

Partner: Henry Street Settlement

Photos courtesy of Leroy Street Studio.