A few years back I noticed changes on the typical New York City construction site. The ever-present plywood barricades stenciled with the iconic “Post No Bills” have mostly vanished, now replaced by metal fencing festooned with some sort of synthetic plastic mesh. Instead of the diamond-shaped cut-outs of yore that allowed the curious pedestrian to observe the work going on beyond these structures, a sandwich of slashed webbing and chain-link now took its place alongside graffiti tags.

For me, these little makeshift portals create a unique and interesting abstraction. But regardless of what I saw, at no time is it meant to give its viewer anything other than their own permission to see.

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