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Lost Lectures Finds Its Way to NYC (4/25)

Can you keep a secret? The Lost Lectures will be in New York City next Friday, April 25th. No, The Lost Lectures isn’t the Indiana Jones film that George Lucas left on the cutting room floor. It’s an emergent series of cutting edge speakers, performances, interactive demos and art installations. Originally from London, The Lost Lectures’s have partnered with Hyperallergic for its New York City debut. Continue reading

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Interview With Dan Witz—Pioneer Street Artist

© Dan Witz
We recently had the unique opportunity to chat with street artist and realist painter Dan Witz at his studio in Greenpoint. Active since the late 1970s, Dan is considered one of the pioneers of the now ubiquitous street art movement. His work has been shown in galleries throughout the US and Europe and was featured in the 2010 Banksy documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Dan’s upcoming show, NY Hardcore: New Paintings runs from April 5th to May 3rd at Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea.

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Brooklyn Collage Collective Recap at Brooklyn Fire Proof

Daniel Greer explains his technique to fellow artist, Joseph Karwacki

Meet – Brooklyn Collage Collective, a group of 14 local collage artists who utilize the cut and paste medium to convey their own aesthetic. With a wide range of approaches and techniques from paintings on wood to creating a gigantic collage building comprised of smaller buildings.

“Episode 1” was hosted at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick. They eventually ran out of mac n’ cheese, but the event wasn’t short on interesting artwork and great vibes. Continue reading

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Interview with Greg Frederick – Vinyl Pop Art

I didn’t realize it, but Williamsburg Cinemas (217 Grand Street) occasionally hosts art shows. They have a really good one going on through the end of April. If you go catch a flick there, you can also see the Vinyl Pop Art by Greg Frederick. His work depicts famous celebrity and cultural icons (the pop art) and he utilizes actual vinyl records reshaped and re-textured as his medium (the vinyl). Wow! Continue reading

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“Trip” An Art Show in an Elevator (During Spring Market!)

Art piece in an elevator by David B. Smith

The team behind Ugly Art Room is excited to host an art piece by Greenpoint artist David B. Smith in the elevator on the way up to our Spring Market on 4/13/14! The show will be up all day, but there will be a proper “opening reception” from 4-6pm. Make sure to swing by – or up or down! RSVP on Facebook

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It All Depends On How You Look At It – “New Typography” by Harsh Patel at Cleopatra’s

Harsh Patel's "New Typography" at Cleopatra

White gallery walls can be sterile and uninviting, not to mention downright distracting. The first thing you will notice at the current show on view at Cleopatra’s is the unique installation of images on a long and low platform in the middle of the gallery. Presented this way, the series of eight black and white prints by Harsh Patel titled “New Typography,” invites the viewer to turn their back on the walls closing in. The aerial panoramic arrangement unites each work in an uninterrupted visual experience rather than dispersed between dull blank pauses bringing to mind the common phrase ”it all depends on how you look at it.” Continue reading

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Um. Yeah. Cats + Arts + Crafts

BK Craft Company Mascot - Fifi

Not sure if you’ve noticed but cats are everywhere! Big cats, little cats – they are the new spirit animal of this here Brooklyn life. It’s because they are the coolest – even cooler than hipsters. It’s nothing new; Ancient Egyptians sweat the shit out of cats, too.

16th Century Cat Art

Maybe we idolize them because we know if they had a choice they wouldn’t participate in our fur ball schemes. Did you see this? 500 Years ago cats were depicted wearing futuristic jetpacks in old drawings. I know my cat would NOT like a jetpack, or a tiara.

Artwork by Scott Chasse

What about beards?

Tomorrow night (3/12) as part of Scott Chasse’s OMG Webcats art show opening at Dandelion Wine, cats are taking the shape of siamese beardos.

Another glorious cat events around town worthy of your attention (even though your cat would definitely be like, “no thanks loser – I’d rather stay home and puke on your computer cables “) – is Brooklyn Craft Company’s “Cat Lady Craft Night” on 4/5.

We chatted with Brett Bara of Bk Craft Co. about why cats are just too cool for school and everything else. Continue reading

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‘Geometry Poems’ on view at Janet Kurnatowski

Geometry Poems
"Geometry Poems" at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery

Like songs on a layered and atmospheric record album, the paintings at Janet Kurnatowski shimmer and dance along the gallery walls. “Geometry Poems” presents paintings by seven contemporary artists working in various modes of abstraction. Ranging from the soft and lyrical to the sharp and solid, the grouping offers plenty of formal and emotional contrast. Continue reading

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