Comprised of a site specific work, publication and film, the project as a whole documents a decade-long engagement with a cavernous underground area constructed beneath Lower Manhattan. It is one of several tunnel segments built in the 1970’s by the New York City Transit Authority for the Second Avenue Subway, a convoluted and controversial subway line that was proposed as early as 1919, and partially realized in 2017. After the initial construction of the tunnel segment, the space was quickly overlooked, and prior to its discovery by Vegezzi, the phantom-like provisional enclosure lay in a state of non-use and deterioration. DMYCC is an initialism that encompasses the physical space itself, the desire to gain access to it, and a shifting roster of efforts to install and enact a private recreational domain within it.
The publication of DMYCC is also accompanied by the release of a collection of prints made available by the artist. Please find more information, including edition structure and a catalog of available works – below:
As a site-specific project, DMYCC took on many contours and guises, responding to the immediate contexts and external constraints imposed upon the space. This portfolio of prints is the result of one of those constraints. The photographs were initially selected and editioned in 2012 during the preparatory stages of an earlier iteration of DMYCC – a full-scale exhibition – which, immediately before completion, was unexpectedly halted and abandoned.
DMYCC was released at a special event and film screening on Sunday 24 September 2017, at the M.S. 131 school in Lower Manhattan.
Exhibitions & Events
DMYCC was screened at Now Instant in Los Angeles - 04 October, 2019.
DMYCC was presented in the talk The Future of Public Space by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) on 11 October, 2018 at London Review Bookshop. With panelists Elizabeth Rapoport (Urban Land Insitute), Victoria Wägner (Publica), and artist Sean Vegezzi and moderator Chris Michael (Guardian Cities), with an introduction by SOM Director Daniel Ringelstein.
DMYCC was exhibited at OUTPUT Gallery Liverpool - 27 – 30 September, 2018. DMYCC was used as an entry point to discuss art spaces in Liverpool today, in the context of the thriving art scene and the city’s high profile art institutions and international Biennial. More info here.
DMYCC was presented as an exhibition at Roaming Projects, an itinerant gallery for contemporary art housed in a railway arch in Hackney - 10 December, 2017 – 7 January 2018. More info here.