Nestled on a residential block on the Upper East Side, Gallery 221 might easily be missed by passersby, but take a closer look. Artist Michael Brod has recently revitalized the space. The storefront windows lead into a small, 100 sq. ft. room. Brod's own installation "Whoever Emerges" is currently on view and open to the public. Step inside.
Our feelings close down when the numbers get too big. Strangers passing on the street in big cities avoid each other’s eyes not to show disdain but to keep from being overwhelmed by excessive human contact. When we speak of communities developed and maintained through an emotional commerce like that of gifts, we are therefore speaking of something of limited size. It remains an unsolved dilemma of the modern world, one to which anarchists have repeatedly addressed themselves, as to how we are to preserve true community in a mass society, one whose dominant value is exchange value and whose morality has been codified into law.