Thirty Years of Gowanus premieres at GOS 2018

Thirty Years of Gowanus returns to Movers, Not Shakers! pop up gallery on October 20 to 21, 2018, during the Gowanus Open Studios weekend

Thirty Years of Gowanus premieres at GOS 2018

"Thirty Years of Gowanus" returns to Movers, Not Shakers! pop up Green Gallery on October 20 to 21, 2018, during the Gowanus Open Studios weekend.

Mark D Phillips' photographic collection documents his generational view of the Gowanus Canal from abandoned, industrial filth to the beginning of gentrification and the EPA's start to cleaning the Superfund site.

Movers, Not Shakers!, New York's #1 green moving company, is located next to Brooklyn's "Lavender Lake," which the EPA calls "one of the nation's most extensively contaminated water bodies." Bringing attention to the cleanup and the possibilities of the green revolution is one of Mark Ehrhardt's missions as owner of Movers, Not Shakers!

“The photography that Mark has captured over the years of the Gowanus Canal and surrounding areas is captivating, filled with images that create that sense of Deja Vu of looking back to Brooklyn’s past, and allows one to reflect on how much has changed here over the last 30 years. Our team is excited to create a space within our warehouse that will be a unique way to view our friend Mark’s photographs in a (quickly disappearing) industrial setting,“ said Ehrhardt.

Panorama of the Green Gallery in Movers, Not Shakers! at 131 Third Street right beside the bridge over the Gowanus Canal

This will be the second year that Mark D Phillips' images will be on display in the unique gallery created in the warehouse at 131 3rd Street right beside the canal. Mark Ehrhardt started Movers, Not Shakers! to change the way moving is done, using eco-friendly methods to reduce the carbon footprint of every move they make. Once more, the walls of the space will be built from reusable packing bins that highlight the green aspect of Movers, Not Shakers!. Last year's exhibit drew incredible crowds to the urban gallery that provides a fitting showcase for the urban decay and rebirth of the Gowanus Canal. This year's exhibit will include many new photographs from the 1.6 mile waterway.


"30 Years of Gowanus" by Mark D Phillips, a coffee-table sized companion book is available for pre-order and a limited number of copies will be available during the show weekend.


All the images displayed at the show are included in the book. "30 Years of Gowanus" contains images ranging from 1989 to 2018. One of Phillips' earliest images presents a view where nearly everything is now gone, including the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center peeking over buildings that have been replaced by new residential megaplexes. A photograph of a jellyfish floating along the surface of the water contained "eyes" that gave it a mutant appearance. His photographs of shapes within the oil slicks are captivating, with the pollution forming Africa, the foot of a Greek God, and an obvious woman's body.

Place your order for the holidays at the Gowanus Open Studio Tour weekend show for the special show price of $49, reduced from $59 at the event.

Page One of "30 Years of Gowanus" by Mark D Phillips


Need to find our gallery? Look for the giant words "YOU SHOULD MOVE TO BROOKLYN." next to the Movers, NotShakers! logo on Third Street across the canal from Whole Foods.




Movers, Not Shakers!, South Brooklyn Internet Inc., and Mark D Phillips are proud to be a part of the 22nd year of the Gowanus Open Studios weekend joining a record number of participating artists and specially curated shows like "Thirty Years of Gowanus."

Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is a free annual weekend event that takes place in October. Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists. This year’s GOS 2018 is the weekend of October 20 - 21, 2018.

GOS is an amazing art exhibit and so much more. It is an important opportunity for the Gowanus community to rally around the artists and creativity and energy that makes this area so vibrant.

Over the past 20 years, the GOS event has grown to over 350 artists with studios from Atlantic Ave to 21st Street, and from Court Street to 6th Avenue.


The OLD, the GENTRIFYING, and the NEW on the Gowanus Canal. ©Mark D Phillips
The OLD, the GENTRIFYING, and the NEW on the Gowanus Canal. ©Mark D Phillips