Bruce High Quality Foundation
(2012) shows a skyscraper-dense section of downtown Manhattan as filtered through chalky shades of pale green and black. If not for the presence of two figures, perched impossibly at the edge of the Hudson River, the city scene may be convincing in terms of scale. In the background,
one can make out
the faint tracings of the World Trade Center, which takes on an especially poignant meaning when viewed in relation to the group’s biographical narrative. Bruce High Quality Foundation represents the legacy of a fictional artist, Bruce High Quality, who supposedly died on September 11. The Brooklyn-based artist group, whose public programs and mixed-media pieces connect
“the interstices of machination, education, reform, and premonition,” points to 9/11 as a point of seminal cultural shift.