David Kutz

“Machines in the Garden”
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2021
Location: Park Slope

My project, “Machines in the Garden” is a nod to the 1964 book by Leo Marx with the same title. This influential text analyzes how 19th century American literature considered the psychological effects on Americans as the country transitioned from a bucolic pastoral ideal to an industrial powerhouse. The mid-19th century transition to industrial utopianism had a profound impact on the physical fabric of the Brooklyn landscape.

With support from the Brooklyn Arts Council, I am exploring with my camera rooftops and other places in Brooklyn where green infrastructure is transforming the contemporary urban landscape.

The pictures will be presented outdoors as large photographic prints in a public park hosted by the Old Stone House in October-November 2021.