A greenhouse was relocated from a lot in Bed-Stuy that for the past twenty years has been used by the surrounding residents to grow produce to supplement the rare vegetable to be found in that particular food desert to PS1 for the Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair. We learned a month before the fair that the lot had been repossessed and the greenhouse we’d built there 5 years ago was slated to be demolished by the owners of the condo development pushing its way through the block. We saved the shed from the bulldozers and carried it in parts up to the book fair, where it was rebuilt in the museum’s courtyard.
During the fair, the shed served as cover for the collective’s bookmaking equipment / bindery as well as a pop-up shop for Red76 books, some extra special goods, and other contributions (publications, ephemera) by friends engaged in the fight for housing, shared control of public space – right to the city fights, occupations and re-imaginings of our experience(s) of the urban fabric.
After the fair the bookshed was moved to the lot of Frank Traynor, who was working as an art handler at the fair and expressed interest in it. It was eventually incorporated into The Perfect Nothing Catalog, Traynor’s backyard art shanty/gallery located behind Signal Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.