This collection of new work was commissioned by Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, and is the first-ever artist commission by the gallery. The exhibition was also made possible with the support and assistance of the Museum of the City of New York, whose famed Wurts Brothers Collection served as the initial structure for Boserup’s unique series of large-scale collages.
Inspired by the Wurts Bros.’s novel technique of aligning ground level shots of skyscrapers with images taken from the upper levels of a nearby building, Boserup adds found images, drawing, geological images and her own photographs shot in the streets of New York to an enlarged digital print from the archive. Whereas Lionel Wurts chose his technique of combined images to compensate for the misleading perspective of the bystander’s view, Boserup crafts new visions of the historical document in order to add layers of meaning, mingling both the familiar and fantastical. In Lobby I, Boserup has thoughtfully arranged autumnal-toned lake views and sky-blue blocks of color within the sleek, modernist interior of the 1961 First National City Bank Building. Between the lobby’s silvery steel columns and marbled floors, beautifully illustrating the Wurts’ practice of using large glass plate negatives, Boserup also interjects a recent shot of snowy Central Park, offering a new perspective on historical and architectural archives and the information contained therein, and the cyclical nature of time.