Andrew Bordwin
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Andrew Bordwin gives us a glimpse into the Art Deco era of New York City, as seen at the Chanin Building in the heart of the metropolis. His artworks are testaments to Bordwin's great love for New York City and his fascination with its unique architecture. The artist exposes how urban history is captured within the city’s architecture, in large and small formats, with tales of success and failure, values and conflicts. His work reflects upon how Art Deco era urban design linked belief in progress with luxury. His depictions of metal and stone elements embody extravagant, somewhat futuristic aesthetics, and the visions from that historic period that became reality.

Art Deco became the defining style of New York in the 1920s and 30s. Public buildings, such as libraries and administrative offices, were decorated with luxurious, ornamental designs, and so were the new neighboring skyscrapers. One of the most iconic symbols of this stylistic movement is the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, which is one of New York's landmarks and a prominent part of the skyline. The term Art Deco was used at the 1925 World Exhibition in Paris, which made the style accessible to a large audience for the first time and spread its popularity worldwide.

Andrew Bordwin gained recognition in the late 90s as a member in the New York artist group Type A. They used a variety of media, including photography, video, drawing and sculpture, to address issues of masculinity, competition and cooperation in contemporary society. Today, Bordwin is sought after for his videography and photography. He has filmed videos with legendary stars from the New York music scene, such as Questlove, and his photography series about the Art Deco era in New York is exhibited and collected in several museums and galleries within the USA and beyond.
1964 Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA
1987 BA/BFA Double Major in Classical Civilization and Photography, New York University, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

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