Last Thursday, Brooklyn-based conceptual and activist artist Ann Lewis also known as GILF! hosted an unusual event in DUMBO entitled Shattering. She invited guests into a private space in the gallery and gave them the opportunity to individually shatter glasses and dishes that she provided. She will be using the ceramic remnants to create artwork for an upcoming show at Joseph Gross Gallery in Chelsea this spring.

The piece will become part of a public works project that will benefit neighborhoods such as Brownsville and East New York. When asked about the project GILF! answered: “I’m interested in transforming rage and destruction into beauty and public good. I want to rethink how we function as a society. I think it’s important to recognize we have the creativity to evolve past the failed systems with which we struggle. It’s worth shattering something, using the pieces that serve us and discarding the dysfunction.”

Photos thanks to Dan Albanese.