After a month of wandering SoHo and Tribeca with my little black notebook, I’ve decided to use the multitude of notes that I’ve taken. Starting with July, every month I’ll introduce a new gallery that I either loved or had some major issues with.
This month, I’d love to talk about The Wild Horses of Sable Island. A permanent exhibit comprised of a selection of Canadian fashion photographer Roberto Dutesco’s personal work. The building itself is light and welcoming, with incredible friendly staff that are clearly excited about the photographs and the history of the Island.
Sable Island is a narrow strip of sand off of Nova Scotia known historically as being the site of more than 475 shipwrecks. Due to it’s incredibly harsh environment and lack of any semblance of shelter, humans were unable to survive- however the horses they had with them thrived on the seagrass and ponds scattered around the island. Dutesco is one of very few who have gained the right to land on the island- which is mainly reserved for park rangers.
The photographs are mainly in black and white as well as sepia tones, some accompanied by drawings of the island within the mat board of the frame. The entire gallery seems touched by the same winds and sands that the horses endure day in and day out, with worn wooden and stone accents placed throughout the two rooms, and a lovely earthen color scheme chosen for the flooring, contrasted by the stark white walls. There are plenty of hand drawn maps and information placed throughout to explain what makes the island and these horses so special.
Overall I absolutely loved this little SoHo gallery, I’ve already gone back a second time and am absolutely planning on visiting again soon. The photos are well shot, the rooms fit the exhibit, and the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. I highly recommend checking this one out.
The Wild Horses of Sable Island 64 Grand Street New York, NY 10013 dutescoart.com 212.219.9622