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Born Again: Buildmore, Maletz & Wilkin Survive & Reinvent (Closing Reception 3/1)

Charles Wilkin "Untitled (fawn)" (pigment stain on postcard, C-Print) 18" x 24"

When I previewed Calico Brooklyn’s show titled Born Again, featuring the works of Thomas BuildmoreAllison Maletz, and Charles Wilkin, it was easy to find the theme of reuse and reinvention in collage artist Wilkin’s enlarged pigment stained postcard prints and Buildmore’s drippy spraypaint floral still lifes, but Maletz’s sound installation called Utility Purgatory, outfitted with a telephone and surrounded by her watercolor mold paintings was harder to discern. That is, unless we consider the post-Mayan apocalyptic experience referenced by Curator Scott Chasse, which he described as “very similar to the pre-Mayan apocalypse, only we are able to celebrate the afterlife in real-time.”

When I asked Chasse what inspired Born Again he said, “I understand that appropriation and reuse of images, ideas, materials, etc is nothing new, but I think that looking at the works by these three artists as a form of “rebirth” gives a fresh, slightly different way of experiencing what is being presented.”

Allison Maletz "Utility Purgatory" Audio Installation

Sitting on a rotary phone on hold with the telephone company for so long that mold grows on the walls would leave anyone dreaming of the apocalypse, or at least the reinvention of customer service tactics.

Maletz explained that, “these services exist in theory to improve our lives, yet are rendered useless as all the various “please hold” messages loop endlessly, leaving the audience completely impotent.” But Maletz doesn’t take “hold” for an answer and presents this experience in a new way with “a new meaning, so that we might all step back as outsiders looking in, to observe and perhaps even enjoy this well known and frustrating experience.” She went on to say that she made “the Mold Paintings specifically to go with Utility Purgatory. At their core, both works are about what can grow out of neglect.” Continue reading

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Born Again Opens @ Calico Brooklyn Tonight (2/8)

Yes, there is a stupid blizzard, but a walk in the snow if fun, and so is a walk in the snow to an art show with amazing work, friends and drinks to warm you up!

I recommend this show for tonight, Friday February 8, 2013:

Born Again is opening tonight at Calico Brooklyn (67 West St) from 7-9pm and features the artwork of Thomas Buildmore, Allison Maletz & Charles Wilkin. The show follows the theme of reuse and recontextualization in the work itself but also in the new techniques and styles presented by artists.

It will be so moving that you might begin trembling and speaking in tongues.

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What’s happening? (9/15-9/21)

Veronica People's Club
© Veronica People's Club

TONIGHT 9/15/2011

1 Year AnniversaryVeronica People’s Club  (105 Franklin) 7pm – Mama’s Food, DJs, 10-10:30 Open Vodka Bar, FUN! RSVP

• Heliotropes, Dead Stars, Chumps @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan) 8pm – RSVP

 

 

© Allison Maletz

 FRIDAY 9/16/2011

• Greenpoint artist Allison Maletz shows at Paint Works @ Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th Street) Opening Reception 6pm RSVP

First Fall Salon Show @ Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness)  Opening Reception 8pm  RSVP

• Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2012 @ Windmill Studios (287 Kent)  8pm thru Sunday,  $10  Runway, Music  RSVP

 

SATURDAY 9/17/2011

• 3rd Annual Greenpoint Lyons Soapbox Race (McGolrick Park) Noon

• Town Square’s School Fest  @Harry Van Arsdale (257 N. 6th) noon-4pm, 50 Schools, student performances, workshops.

196 Guernsey © Greenpoint Gazette

• 196 Guernsey Closing Reception 4-7pm  Greenpoint Gazette Review  RSVP

• Greenpoint’s Ugly Art Room shows Head Space in Clinton Hill for Paper Garden Records’ Multiverse Playground Part III (104 Emerson Pl.) 11am-midnight $8, music, comedy, art RSVP

• An Evening With Craig Thompson @ WORD (126 Franklin) cocktail party, $40 Buy Tix

 

 

SUNDAY 9/18/2011

• Children’s Art Day @ The GIFT Garden at Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble) 12:30-4pm, arts & crafts, gardening & raffles More info

Brew n’ Chew © The Diamond Brooklyn

• Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint (No.11 betw. Kent & Water) 1-6pm, 40 local restaurants, breweries, winerie, music, $35-150, benefits Northside Town Hall - Buy Tix

• Brew n’ Chew Chew IV @ The Diamond (43 Franklin)  3-5pm, taste beer & food pairings from 7 teams, $30, proceeds donated to The MARK Project to support hurricane relief in the Catskills  Buy Tix 

 

©Kings of Karaoke

MONDAY – 9/19

• Friends of McGolrick Park Organizing Meeting @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell) 7-9pm RSVP

• Kings of Karaoke @ Onyx (278 Nassau) 9pm-1am – ongoing

 

 

 

Email me if you have anything to add: greenpointers (at) gmail.com

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