This work was selected from over 700 entries globally for the 2013 Lumen Prize Exhibition. The world’s pre-eminent digital art competition, the Lumen Prize selects just 50 works annually for its global tour. "Station 01" is a collage of nineteen individual still photographs taken at the 1 Line's 125th Street Station (New York, USA) taken within a eleven minute period in 2011.
This piece is one in a series of images (digital collages) of New York urban squares called "Collage (No) City." The artist visited various local plazas, take dozens of still photos as people circulate through, and then collage the “empty” parts of each image into a final landscape -- of an utterly empty urban spaces. The resulting image is just public space, without people.
The series intends to reveal each space in an otherwise unattainable state; though perfect, these are not ideal. The series creates identity issues for architecture and urban planning by calling into question their materiality, presence, and aspect.
Jason Van Nest, a licensed architest, is a professor at NYIT and a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture.