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Studio visit & interview with artist Michael Hambouz

Michael Hambouz in his element, the studio ©Markus Weaver

(A version of this interview appeared for boygirl Magazine)

Late in his life, Henri Matisse would turn to creating cutouts, which eventually covered the walls of his lofty studios from floor to ceiling inside the Hotel Excelsior Regina Palace at Cimiez in France. Matisse would direct his numerous assistants and his Russian mistress, Lydia Delektorskaya, with a 12-foot long bamboo cane from his bed, and they would all rush to adjust his colored paper compositions. Echoing Matisse in his own way, and paying homage to the beauty of industrial America, multimedia artist Michael Hambouz has created a series of 18 large-scale, cut-paper collage works called Factory Made using paper stock from the mill located in his hometown of Niles, Michigan. We met in front of The Richardson, and walked to his studio a few doors down, where his cat, Pickles, was waiting. Continue reading

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Marlow Goods at Wythe Hotel

Marlow Goods is the latest pop-up shop featured at the Wythe Hotel. From now until the new year, shoppers can find simple and unique goods with a sustainability minded influence. Designers Kate Huling and Andrew Tarlow manufacture goods made from the hides of the animals served in their restaurants: Marlow and Sons, Diner, Roman’s, Reynard, and Achilles Heel. Besides offering leather classic pieces such as totes and wallets, the pop-up has glorious Icelandic wool sweaters, cotton basics, ceramics, and skincare products. Click through for more goodies and products.

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #3: Eckford & Calyer Streets

©Greenpointers IG by @thedarkenergist

There’s some cool art to see today, right in your own backyard. If Eckford & Calyer Streets are your domain, then you’re in luck—Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #3 has you covered. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #2: Green Street

Green Street is filled with adventures that await

It’s still raining, but you don’t care. You want art and you want it now. We feel the same way—just follow our Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #2 for a surefire adventure. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #1: The Rain Game

Rain, rain go away ©Greenpointers IG takeover by @carahowephoto

It’s raining, and then it’s not. You don’t have shoes for this and your umbrella kind of half works, but you still want to hit the streets and see some art. We got you—just follow our Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #1. Continue reading

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NY Times Featured Greenpoint Open Studios!

Tooting our own horn is in order Greenpoint! The one and only NY Times featured Greenpoint Open Studios in the Spare Times section today! I mean like almost an entire page dedicated to this weekend’s event! How many more exclamation points can I use?! See you tonight at the Kick-Off party at Dirck’s tonight folks! It’s going to be a stellar weekend! More info on GOS here.

Now for some personal horn tooting. In the printed version the Times used a photo that I took of Greenpoint Open Studios 2010 – of my friend Martin’s butt! I always knew that one day I would be published in the NY Times and it would be an ass photo. Notice it features my newly married name Jen G. Pywell. And they featured the original cute smiley face logo we had that year which was designed by Stephanie Wenzel.

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Nitehawk Cinema October 2014 Preview

Nitehawk Cinema’s October 2014 slate is unsurprisingly full of the spooky and scary. But that’s not all they’ve got going on this month. Here’s a look at what will be playing in October. Continue reading

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8pm TONIGHT: Kick Off the Weekend Party @Dirck the Norseman

Hit the party scene tonight! ©Brian Hoffman

Greenpoint Open Studios kicks off tonight from 8pm-11pm at Dirck the Norseman (7 North 15th Street) and it’s going to be legendary. Scoop up your friends and head on over—participating artists get an open bar from 8-9pm + y’all get hors d’oeuvres. Mad beatz provided by DJOMGWEBCATS.

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Immerse Yourself in Crystal Jukebox Hymn – Tonight Thru Sunday (10/2-10/5)

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Photo : Virginia Rupert

“escaping into the who goes there? & now’s not the time to act silly, so wear your big boots & jump on the garbage clowns, the hourly rate & the enema men &…”

Crystal Jukebox Hymn, composed of text from Bob Dylan’s experimental poetry prose collection Tarantula, is an immersive experience for the audience who are beckoned to follow an eclectically eccentric group of characters which have been ripped from the confines of a social hierarchy and woven together in a multi-media performance traversing through a crime scene, a bar, a forest, an asylum, a cave and everywhere in between, always with an inherent call for the road and noise on the street. Their every move is captured and splayed against the back wall by the watchful eye of The Narrator, who likes to disguise himself as the Chief of Police. Issues of prejudice, minority, propaganda, corruption, war and privacy that exist within are all unravelled through the rhythmic stream of conscious flow of Bob Dylan’s imaginative words. Continue reading

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