In conjunction with the 10th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week, Owen James Gallery is holding an exhibition on Manila-based artist Dex Fernandez. The Southeast Asian artist is known for his eccentric expression through mixed media collages, murals, and sticker art. I had a chance to visit Owen and Isabel, the couple running the gallery to talk about Dex’s work and what drives them to the artists they seek.
GP: What is the story behind the gallery? Owen: I studied art history as an undergraduate, working for several galleries shortly after moving to New York. At a certain point I wanted to go back to emerging art and younger artists that I had personal interest in, as opposed to what other galleries were showing. At the same time, Isabel moved here and we got married. She’s a children’s illustrator and we have this back and forth relationship between New York and Manila, which is partly what this gallery’s about.Continue reading →
Why a group show? Just Friends at Greenpoint’s M. Carter space (141 Engert Ave) is a mix of small works by fifteen artists showing the shape-shifting looseness of group shows at a time when the white cube no longer distinguishes from the bricolage of the street. A poster on the window lists all of the brain storming suggestions for titles before circling the final name at the bottom – an invitation to enter the gallery before the actual art inside demonstrates the real interaction of variety more than a statement ever can. Continue reading →
Our very own talented Libby VanderPloeg is having an art show titled “Hard To Get” that is opening TONIGHT December 11, 2014 at 7pm at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave). This will be a great show with great people! See you tonight, Greenpoint!
Last year around this time Jon (my fiancé) and I got domestic partnered, then had a boozy brunch then went to the Northside Senior Center Art Show – which ruled! It was some of the loveliest people around town making art for arts sake and selling it at affordable prices. Well it’s that time of year again…
Northside Senior Citizen Center will be hosting its annual Art Exhibit and Sale on Friday, June 13th, 12 noon to 3:00p.m. Continue reading →
On a recent Friday night I visited two art shows that both opened on Greenpoint Ave. Both artists, Maj Anya DeBear and Roxanne Palmer mentioned that honesty was one driving force behind their recent artworks. While being true to oneself creatively in a hard to please art world is difficult to attain, the resulting satisfaction and confidence that came through made for two stand-out openings on either side of McGuinness Blvd. Continue reading →
I’d heard the name but admittedly didn’t know who Taylor Swift is and somehow managed not to knowingly listen to her music. Are you a fan? Aside from Lena Dunham, main stream pop culture isn’t on Greenpoint’s map, but a show on view at Fowler Project Space titled “Who’s Taylor Swift Anyway?” seeks “to explore our relationship to celebrity through embodiments of the pop-fictional character, Taylor Swift.” Now I know.
At the opening there were paintings and interactive art installations. I instagrammed “D” the dog with a donut (#iamtaylorswift) while cruelly not letting her eat the art. The catchy tunes on repeat were familiar and got stuck in my head. I hate that! The night was capped off with this performance by Chris Tyler, who doesn’t need an introduction. Just watch.
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 →
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 →
Last night, I met with Pastor Amy Kienzle at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) mid installation of an art show that opens tonight at 7pm. For all you heathens, today is also Ash Wednesday.
The show titled Via Delorosa: Meditation on Mortality is a “sacred exhibit” – a take on The Stations of the Cross, which are different scenes of Jesus’ crucifixion from his arrest and conviction through his entombment.
Half of the show takes place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg (334 So. 5th St) and was co-curated by the Pastor there – Ben McKelahan, along with Pastor Amy and Baxter Alexander – a local musician and artist.