Tonight a crew of Brooklyn and Greenpoint “solo” artists are participating in a “regroup” show at Williamsburg hair salon HeadChop (86 Berry St) from 8-11pm. Ken Butler, Daniel Hodkinson, Amanda LaMarco, Chelsey Pettijohn, Paul Richard, Will Star, Clinton Van Gemert plus more will be exhibiting work. Plus you can bring your own vinyl to play.
Duke Riley’s Show See You At The Finish Line is opening tonight from 6-8pm at Magnan Metz Gallery (521 West 26th St) all the way in Manhattan – all the way between 10th and 11th St. The incredible journey documented in this solo show will make the measly trip across the East River and hike to the west side well worth it.
The US governement spends billions of tax payer dollars on high tech surveillance of the waters between the US and Cuba, but one thing their fancy balloons don’t detect – pigeons. As a sort of “FU” to the ridiculous “Trading with the Enemy Act,” Duke trained 50 homing pigeons in Key West to make the 100 mile journey from Cuba to smuggle cigars. Mission accomplished.
In a recent NY Times article Duke said, “I wanted to subvert this billions-of-dollars high-tech system with things that were being used in ancient Sumeria.”
Not only did 11 birds successfully return with cigars, others strapped with cameras filmed the journey. The shaky but unbelievable footage below will be shown in its entirety tonight, as well as the actual birds in their loft, their smuggling “bras,” the cigars and other objects. Plus, a pair of birds is for sale for $100,000 – live pigeons sold as artwork.
See You At The Finish Line is on view through January 14th, 2014.
What pictures would you pick of yourself for a “now and then” slideshow? Would the choices accurately depict progression or would they represent a cultivated presentation of how you’d like to be thought of?
Calico Brooklyn’s “Throwback Thursday” is an art show that compares old and new works from a kind of high school yearbook haircut stance (the title comes from the urban dictionary definition to this effect). Pairings by ten artists are hung with a newer piece on the right and an older piece to the left. Continue reading →
“The coolest neighborhood in the world” for the moment, Greenpoint has hurtled past stroller-friendly Willamsburg as the post cool, chic zeitgeist of jetline magazine meccas. This is a miss-if-you-blink minute to see a stretch of ground on the last phase of a makeover turned over faster than a dozen Missions and Wicker Parks. We’ve seen this before, but now is the time to witness an updated example of landslide gentrification, and with this particular hinge of blue-collar to creative class to expendable leisure, a mosaic on a pintip. Continue reading →
Locations: 106 Green, Booklyn Artist Alliance, Calico, Clayspace 1205, Fowler Project Space, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, G Spot, Greenpoint Gallery, Janet Kurnatowski, Laundry Lung, The One Well, Theceeflat, Ugly Art Room@The Yard, Yashar Gallery, and Yes Gallery
Visitors are invited to explore the diverse array of exhibition spaces in the neighborhood which is also home to hundreds of working artists. Art seekers can stroll down tree-lined streets, marvel at the amazing views of Manhattan across the East River, and sample local bars, restaurants, and shops as they visit each participating gallery in this unique part of North Brooklyn.
WEDNESDAY 8/14 ♥ The Neverending Story @ McCarren Park (Bedford & No. 12th) 6pm, FREE, Last SummerScreen of the season! Screening begins 8pm, Music by Aa (aka Big A Little A) / Ratking / Amen Dunes / Chota Madre. Need a reminder of how cool this movie is? Flash back to your childhood with this epic trailer. • Eating Your Feelings @ Word (126 Franklin St.) 7-8pm, FREE, Essayist, Mark Rosenberg, hosts real talk about body image in honor of his new collection, Eating My Feelings, covering his adventures from childhood fat camp to personal trainer flirtations. RSVP • Midweek Mayhem @ Boulevard Tavern (579 Meeker) 9pm-midnight, FREE, get over the hump with $6 cocktails. • Wetsuit @ Daddy’s (437 Graham Ave.) 10pm, FREE, Summer night party with DJ’s Paul and Jesse, RSVP
THURSDAY 8/15 ♦ Puppet Parade and Pageant @ McGolrick Park, 3:30-5pm, FREE, Join kid Greenpointers, as they parade their handmade puppets and masks through the neighborhood to McGolrick Park, culminating in an original performace about the story of Newton Creek, More Info • Sample Sale @ Swords-Smith (98 S. 4th St.) 4-9pm, FREE (through 8/18), Featuring clothes and jewelry from In God We Trust and other designers, with Brooklyn Brewery Beer and Thorny Rose wine, RSVP
♫ Kid Dynamite / Joyce Manor / Red Hare / Swearin’ @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St.), 6pm, FREE with RSVP ♫ Potion Presents: MAD CHEMISTRY @ The West (397 Union Ave.) 7-10:30pm, FREE, Featuring acoustic performances by Cody Swanson / Andrew Sellers / Workman Song • Chicken Premiere @ Bow Tie Cinemas a.k.a. Clearview Chelsea (260 West 23rd St.) 7pm, FREE, screening and after-party for a dark comedy about a Thai delivery man, shot in Greenpoint, Watch the teaser, More Info ☺ The Cause B Show: LIGHT IT UP @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave.) 8:30pm, FREE (+ free beer with donation!), Stand-up comedy show to benefit Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an organization that empowers youth to become politically active in the fight against Drug War policies, RSVP
FRIDAY 8/16 • Williamsburg Loves Dumont @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave.) 6pm-midnight, Fundraiser to support the family of Dumont owner, Colin Devlin, whose tragic death was strongly felt in the local community. Raffles, Tacos and performances by American Darlings / Dead Stars / Eastern Hollows SATURDAY 8/17 ♫ Out in the Streets Festival @ Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave, Ridgewood) thru Sunday (8/18) 1pm, $20 Saturday/$12 Sunday, set in the backyard of a historic Ridgewood home this weekend fest will feature 2 days of indie bands, installation art, pop-up shops, and food trucks, OPEN BAR both days from 2-3pm, RSVP
♫ Sleepies / EULA / Big Ups / Shark? / Low Fat Getting High @ Rippers @ (Rockaway Beach 86) 6pm, Free (Suggested donations go to Restore Rockaway) ♦ The Crest Hardware Art Show Closing Reception @ Crest Hardware (558 Metropolitan Ave.) 6-10pm, FREE, Celebrate the closing of Crest’s annual group show, with work from 150 artists, RSVP ♫ Britpop with The Common People @ TBD Brooklyn (24 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Nostalgic for 90′s indie faves like Oasis, Blur, and The Smiths? Dance the night away and pretend the year 2000 never happened.
SUNDAY 8/18 • Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Summer Party @ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St.) 2pm-1am, FREE, Celebrate Runway Passport‘s first online boutique with a fashion show, featuring the work of independent designers, drinks, and shopping, RSVP# Salo Tatlo @ The Mothership (252 Green St.) 6-10pm, $45, Enjoy a multi-course meal in a rooftop setting, featuring regional Philippino street food and grill fare from Greenpointers contributor and chef extraordinaire, Yana Gilbuena, RSVP, BUY TIX
♫ The Piggies / Threats / Hard Nips@ The Grand Victory (245 Grand St.), 8pm, FREE, featuring a backyard BBQ with cheap plates!
MONDAY 8/19 ♦ Potion Collective Open Mic Night @ Brooklyn Fire Proof (119 Ingraham St.) 7:30-11:30pm, FREE, Artists of all mediums welcome! To enter, email potioncollective [at] gmail.com. * Meeting on Crime @ Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St.) 6:30pm, FREE, Join the Greenpoint Neighrborhood Watch to discuss the recent spike in neighborhood crime with local police officers. TUESDAY 8/20 • WORD’s At the Waterfront with Atlas Review, Electric Literature, and Emily Books @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, FREE, Enjoy an evening of summer readings by Matt Donjny, Alex Morris, Helen Phillips, and Montana Ray, RSVP
♦ Good Vibrations Salon Series @ Java Studio Gallery (252 Java St, Suite 308) 7-10pm, FREE, 4th installment of the salon series built around Good Vibrations, a project that merges science and the sublime by artist, David Melrose, this week’s theme is Worship of the Sun (it’s all solar)
♥ Bad Movie Brooklyn Presents Suburban Commando @ Berry Park (4 Berry St.) 8pm, FREE, watch Hulk Hogan play intergalactic warrior, Shep Rampsey, who crashes on Earth and must learn to blend in, while avoiding deadly bounty hunters (this is a very serious art film, which you must watch un-ironically)
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About 30 or so young Greenpointers lazed around Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) last Thursday, drinking free craft beer from plastic cups and, time to time, gazing at pictures of cats and meme-inspired captions scrawled on canvases.
Artist Scott Chasse, creator of “OMG Webcats,” casually bearded, wearing a loose, unbuttoned shirt, popped around the room. Is there a hidden message to these trite, pop-culture images that have been art-ified?
Chasse says it’s more about the craft than any hard-to-discern message. ”It’s not trying to make anyone think too hard. Yet it took a lot of thought into it to make it that way,” he said. Chasse, who lives and works in Greenpoint (he runs the Calico gallery at 67 West Street), aims to create images that impress without challenging.
“I don’t want anybody to feel as though it’s inaccessible or that you can’t understand it,” he added. Continue reading →
Opening: Friday September 13, 2013, 7-9pm
Exhibition: 9/13/13 – 9/30/13
There is never a better time than now, but the moving target of “in the moment” is ever elusive. We are often told to “let go of the past” and “stop worrying about the future.” At the same time we are told that patience is a virtue and that we must wait for the “right time.”
But what about now? What is now? Right here. Right now.
Now is a time and place. We are all inspired by our time – the year 2013 – and our space, which is Greenpoint, Brooklyn, USA, the planet. This will be the loose connecting theme among the artwork chosen. Special considerations will be given to works that consider time and place.
All mediums accepted.
The show titled “NOW” will present the contemporary artwork of artists living or working in Greenpoint – work that has been created specifically for this show or within the last 6 mo, as well as work created on site during the opening reception on 9/13/13. Progressions of pieces: studies along with completed work will be accepted. Unfinished works will also be accepted. Artwork will be created on site during the opening.
The show will serve as a “snapshot” of the contemporary art community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn during the year of 2013.
Submission deadline: August 15, 2013
Email the following to greenpointers (at) gmail.com
Subject Line: “NOW” (Your Name)
In the email include the following information:
Attach small jpg(s) images of artwork(s) for consideration:
For all work submitted include: name of piece, size in inches, medium, price
Brief summary of work to make for the show and/or during the opening (if applicable):
If your work is chosen you will be notified and must be available to drop off your work during the week of Monday September 9th and pick-up your work on September 30, 2013.
Greenpoint art gallery Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) opened last August and tonight Monday August 29, 2013 from 6-10pm is their last show – aptly titled, “The End.”
A note on their website reads:
It’s been a great and satisfying run—so we’ve decided to stop. New mental, spiritual and geographic priorities have arisen—the gallery evaporates in waves of heat. Time does a cycle. Time does a flip … We’ll keep Beginnings — as a thing, continue to produce the video series and probably think up some other projects. It’s impossible to stop. How could you ever stop something called Beginnings —?