On Location

On Location

Artist: Dave McKenzie

On Location, 2008
Photocopies on paper
Courtesy the artist

In On Location, the artist scouts locations around the Lower East Side as sites for a movie that will never be made. As location scout, McKenzie explores the neighborhood, and instead of imposing a narrative, is inspired by those who inhabit the spaces in daily life: a couple on a bench on the corner of Ludlow and Stanton may inspire a love story. Referencing notices announcing filming in a neighborhood, often an inconvenience to residents, McKenzie places his own “Dear Neighbor” letters on signposts, businesses, and residences. Hoping to cause no infringement upon the local community in a neighborhood where he is neither resident nor complete outsider, McKenzie uses his letter to justify his presence and assure the anonymous reader of the sincerity of his work as an artist. Framing his view of the neighborhood in this context and inspired by what he sees, McKenzie overlays stories and situations to craft a never-told narrative through observation.