Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is an Australian-American installation artist based in Brooklyn who makes large-scale architectural responses to small fantastical blueprint drawings that abstract and compress representations of family systems. The resulting installations turn discarded housing materials into environmental outgrowths, collaging together the expansive feeling triggered by vast landscapes and the intimacy felt in discovered nooks.
"Remnants", shown above, is a piece constructed from remnants of a boat installation in The Rockaways and used in the Stilt City renderings. Fels will be creating siding for the completed bungalow that combines art installation with reclaimed materials and a porous design that will aid with natural drainage.
Alyssa Dennis works with the modularity of spaces advocating a kind of 'lowbrow' architecture; one which speaks more about habitual places and the integration of living systems that demonstrate a bricolage approach to material usage within the construction process. Her work represents the fine line between the loss and renewal of a much needed connection to the materials and inner workings of our built environment.
With the many layers of process and history shown in her drawings, her work is relevant to the Rockaways in this critical transitional moment. When constructed, Stilt City hopes to support her in creating Rockaway specific work.
Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas. Hayuk weaves visual information from her immediate surroundings into her elaborate abstractions, creating an engaging mix of referents from popular culture and advanced painting practices alike while connecting to the ongoing pursuit of psychedelic experience in visual form. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn.
"Chem Trails", shown above, is featured in the rendering, and is a placeholder for a site-specific work she will create after the bungalow is constructed.
J McDonald works in the space between art and architecture. Space, tactility, environment, context and material inspire unique constructions which effect our perception and experience of the world, ourselves, and the relationship between the two.
"Monolith" is a rammed earth sculpture created to slowly erode over time. It's actually sited in the desert surrounding Taliesin West, and featured on the front lawn of the bungalow rendering. McDonald will create a site-specifc installation for the outdoor exhibition space that may include earth and a roving bungalow annex.
Duke Riley addresses the prospect of residual but forgotten unclaimed frontiers on the edge and inside overdeveloped urban areas, and their unsuspected autonomy. He is interested in the struggle of marginal peoples to sustain independent spaces within all-encompassing societies, the tension between individual and collective behavior, the conflict with institutional power. He pursues an alternative view of hidden borderlands and their inhabitants through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations.
Riley created the logo for Stilt City, which helps to tell the story of a fantastical future Rockaway where the whole island is raised above the ocean on stilts.