In her new batch of canvases for the Barbara Davis Gallery, Danish artist Mie Olise sets her sights on the Gowanus Canal — that notorious Brooklyn inlet known more for its Superfund designation that the thriving maritime culture it supported in the late 19th century.
Only blocks from her current studio in Red Hook, the aging waterway is a perfect backdrop for Olise’s fantastical wooden ships and twisting metal architecture, visual elements largely inspired by her childhood in a shipbuilding town three hours north of Copenhagen.
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