Rendering appears for office conversion at 43-10 23rd Street

A rendering has appeared and construction is underway at 43-10 23rd Street, which is in the midst of converting from a warehouse to an office building. Prior tenants of the building included furniture makers, art restorers and antique sellers, most of whom have left the building.1 The rebuilding is likely to cater more toward tech, advertising and media companies.

As you can see in the photo below, scaffolding is up as construction crews have started to work on the facade. Construction is set to complete in spring, 2020.

The Real Deal wrote about the conversion back in 2017:2

Normandy Real Estate Partners picked up a stake in a Long Island City warehouse it is planning to reposition and expand into a 195,000-square-foot office building, the firm told The Real Deal. The New Jersey-based investment firm closed earlier this week on the $54 million purchase of a stake in the six-story, 130,000-square-foot industrial property at 43-10 23rd Street. Normandy will now redevelop it with the owner, Leon Kassabian’s Kassabian Realty, into a Class A, loft-style creative office property.

Rendering for 43-10 23rd Street

43-10 23rd Street

A view of 43-10 23rd Street


Opening Reception: Jean-Luc Moulène and Fiona Connor, Apr 28, 2019, 5-7pm

Jean-Luc Moulène, Study for More or Less Bone (Formal Topological Optimization) (Paris-NY, 2018-19), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Naples.

Opening Reception: Jean-Luc Moulène and Fiona Connor
Sun, Apr 28, 2019, 5-7pm
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

SculptureCenter is pleased to premiere More or Less Bone (Formal Topological Optimization) (Paris-NY, 2018-19), a monumental new work in fiberglass and epoxy paint by Jean-Luc Moulène. The exhibition marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in North America since 2011.

Moulène insists that no work of art exists “without conditions and constraints…without material, economic, historic, and bodily conditions.” For More or Less Bone, Moulène pragmatically centers the production of his work on these conditions, generating form through the exploitation of advanced engineering procedures, or, as the artist describes, making “a piece that is nothing but its own condition of existence.”

Moulène has collaborated closely with engineers from Aerospace Valley (France’s Silicon Valley) with advanced expertise in formal optimization, wherein the form of an object is defined through a process that identifies the best (most efficient, least wasteful) solution given a set of discrete variables. The “problem” devised by the artist is to produce an optimized form connecting three generic objects: a sphere (an abstract form), a spiral staircase (a constructed form), and a knucklebone (an organic form). Modeling these conditions in CATIA and other software, Moulène and the engineers introduced further constraints, manipulating the form of this “object of juncture” to account for a set volume, scale, terrestrial gravity, the material properties of fiberglass, and environmental conditions like wind and earthquakes.

The result of this optimization, a process often employed to increase efficiency and profitability in manufacturing, is an object that looks remarkably like a bone. If a work of art as such exists alongside the social/material matrix of a certain moment in time, which could otherwise be called politics, then Moulène’s More or Less Bone posits that the conditions of optimized production drive all form toward the skeletal: fleshless, scraped clean, hard, and without waste; the absolute minimum necessary.

Initially known for his enigmatic photographic endeavors, Moulène’s more recent projects have investigated the intersections of advanced technology and contemporary material culture. In consideration of current advances in 3D modeling and fabrication, Moulène compares this moment in the history of object making to the advent of photography and its total transformation of human experience. While photography reproduced the world as an image, we are now about to print it in 3D. His art takes part in the rapid advancement of such technologies that re/produce the world, making palpable the social and historical dimensions that are absent in its conventional objects and commodities.

Born in 1955, Jean-Luc Moulène studied Aesthetics and Sciences of Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he currently lives and works. He participated in the Taipei Biennial (2016 and 2004), the Sharjah Biennial (2010), the First International Biennial of the Image (Laos, 2007), the Venice Bienniale (2003), the São Paulo Biennial (2002), and Documenta X (1997). Among the institutions that have dedicated solo exhibitions to his work are the Secession, Vienna (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016-17); Villa Medici, Rome (2015); Kunstverein Hannover (2015); Dia:Beacon, New York (2011-12); Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2009); Culturgest, Lisbon (2007); Musée du Louvre, Paris (2005); and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2003).

Engineering for More or Less Bone by GDTech Engineering (Europe): Benoit Gicquel, Michael Bruyneel, Sebastien Gohy, Chiara Grappasonni, Ismael Juhoor. Fabrication by Digital Atelier (Mercerville, NJ) and Seal Reinforced Fiberglass (Copiague, NY).

Jean-Luc Moulène: More or Less Bone is curated by Mary Ceruti, Executive Director, Walker Art Center (formerly SculptureCenter Executive Director and Chief Curator) with Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator, SculptureCenter. The project is organized by Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs, SculptureCenter.


Signage appears for 40-05 Crescent Street

We last stopped in at 40-05 Crescent Street back in February when we saw that construction crews had done a full reveal on the building.1

Signage for the project went up recently, with the building called “Crescent Iron House.” The rentals are being handled by Modern Spaces, and their website is

Availability is expected later in spring.

New York YIMBY was the first to snag a copy of the renderings, and has more details about the project:2

[T]he project […] will include 32 apartments spread across 25,018 square feet of space. With roughly 781 square feet per apartment, we’re expecting rentals. Two cellar levels will house 48 parking spots and bike storage space, and there will be 11,415 square feet of “manufacturing space” on the first two floors. The Schedule A filing reveals a contractor’s business will occupy those first two floors, as well as retail space. Apartments will fill part of the second floor and the remaining three floors within the 67-foot-tall development.

40-05 Crescent Street

A view of 40-05 Crescent Street

40-05 Crescent Street

Signage for Crescent Iron House has appeared

40-05 Crescent Street

Rendering for 40-05 Crescent Street


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