Joanne Dugan, View from a bicycle, Irving Place, Study #02, 11:58pm, New York City

September 1, 2020
Joanne Dugan
View from a bicycle, Irving Place, Study #02, 11:58pm, New York City, 2013
Silver gelatin print mounted to archival board and framed in a handmade white box frame with UV Perspex glazing
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 inches)
Edition of 20
£ 2,880 framed inclusive of VAT 


10% of all sales will be donated to Hospital Rooms, a charity bringing art and arts programmes to mental health facilities within the UK.


Turning Point was created during the blackout in New York City in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy when Joanne Dugan spent five nights in darkness on the edge of the blackout grid. Walking under the glow of a generator-powered Empire State Building, the artist remembered the rich legacy of photographer's renderings that depicted various states of urban darkness - Bill Brandt's iconic images of wartime Britain during WWII and Alfred Steiglitz's early renderings of city scenes, created when manmade light was still a novelty.


During the blackout, Dugan marveled at the newfound geometry of the darkened buildings powerfully silhouetted against the night sky. The city, for that brief time, was redefined visually and Dugan's practice was inspired in this turning point moment. When the lights came back on, she saw her surroundings in a completely new way. 


Turning Point was inspired by a city cloaked by darkness, where the sparse light in the black created new shapes and forms. Through her photographic works, Dugan explores the light, shape and movement found after this quiet and muted moment in the iconic city that never sleeps - but for this fleeting moment it inspired, resting under a cloak of darkness.



10% of all Black Box Projects sales will be donated to Hospital Rooms, a London-based charity championing the healing power of art by commissioning world-class artists to create permanent site-specific art installations and art programmes for secure mental health facilities in the NHS service.