Artists Reconstruct Studio Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

Kenneth Ian Husband and Eddie Rehm pose at Conception Gallery in Long Island City with their installation Misappropriation of a Modern Artifact, created from the remains of their art studio, destroyed two years ago by Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Rachel Wilkins, courtesy DNA Info.

As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, two New York artists have recreated their flooded studio as part of a Long Island City art exhibition, reports DNAinfo.

The inaugural show at the new Conception Gallery, titled “BRINK,” features over 20 artists, each contributing work that draws inspiration from key events from their lives. “Just really being at the threshold of some kind of catastrophe or a critical point, where you either kind of survive or surrender, or sink or you swim,” explained curator Rachel Wilkins to DNAinfo.

For artists and longtime friends Eddie Rehm and Kenneth Ian Husband, the theme immediately brought to mind their experience during Sandy, when their Patchogue, Long Island, home was flooded, destroying their backyard studio.

“As soon as Hurricane Sandy had hit, it didn’t become about the art…it just became about the struggle and trying to survive,” Rehm told DNAinfo. “So many people are still affected by it; it’s not just us,” he added. “So many people had to walk away from their homes.”

For “BRINK,” the duo has created an installation from the remains of the former studio. They describe Misappropriation of a Modern Artifact as an “interactive reconstruction” that they hope will offer a message of “inspiration and hope.”

“It doesn’t matter how bad it gets. You can pull yourself out of some amazing situations,” said Rehm.

Conception Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. “BRINK” is on view through October 31, Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment other days.

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