Jo Q. Nelson
Private in Public:
work based on five conversations about public space

I asked 5 people to meet in a public space, chosen by them.  I asked for referrals from friends or approached people I didn't know well but had met before.

We had conversations about their definitions of public; their positive encounters, the problems they saw, their anecdotes, their observations about other uses of the spaces, and their comparisons between New York and other major cities.  For this exhibit, I made pieces that borrow the metaphors and insights of the people I spoke with.

If you are interested in telling me about a space you love or hate, please email me:

jo “at” joqnelson.com.