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 →
We are so excited to announce that Greenpoint Open Studios is BACK and better than ever! During the weekend of October 3-5th, 2014 – 265 artists are opening their doors to the public in Greenpoint in order to build, sustain, and support a thriving creative community in North Brooklyn. Get ready for a HUGE weekend for art in the neighborhood!
• Fri. 10/3, 8-11pm - GOS Launch Party @ Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th St.) Open bar for participating artists 8-9pm, plus Hors d’oeuvres, DJOMGWEBCATS, RSVP
• Sat. & Sun. 10/4-10/5, 12-6pm- Greenpoint Open Studios – All Over Greenpoint!
WEDNESDAY 3/19 ♦ BiblioCraft Book Launch Party @ Brooklyn Craft Company (61 Greenpoint Ave) 7–8:30pm, FREE, Celebrate the launch of BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza, with craft projects and pink sugar cookies, RSVP ☺ The Cause B Show VII: Bushwick Bound @ Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Ave) 8–10:30pm, FREE (plus free beer with donation), this monthly comedy series raises money and awareness for Make The Road, a Bushwick organization that serves and engages New York communities facing shared hardships and injustices, RSVP Continue reading →
One of the most thought-provoking art shows I’ve seen this season is Wangechi Mutu’s “A Fantastic Journey,” housed in the phenomenal Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Sunday March 9th, is the last day to see it, so get moving!
Mutu’s swarming, contorted collages create alien female forms from found images, magazine cutouts, and paint. Mutu was born in Nairobi and her concern with transnationalism has a strong presence in her collages, as does her view of American culture and mass consumerism from a place of outsiderness. There is a definite ode to African dance in the work, fused with American gender-based images like polished lips from fashion magazines, body parts from porn stills, and even war photographs. The result are post-apocalyptic portraits of mutilation, consumerism, rebirth, and womanhood that are shocking and fascinating to see up close. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 2/12 ♫ Karlie Bruce / Tom Brosseau / Christy & Emily @ The Paper Box (17 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8 adv/ $10 dos, More Info
☺ Stand Up Comedy,The Cause B Show VII @ Greenpoint Heights (278 Nassau Aveune) 8:30 pm, FREE, free beer with donation, This night of stand-up created by comic Kerryn Feehand and local community organizer Victoria Varney gets comedians together to give a voice to underrepresented causes – this one being the Northside Townhall. RSVP ♫ Q-Tip / Natasha Diggs @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10 pm, $15 adv/ Buy Tix
THURSDAY 2/13 ♥ Valentine’s Fete @ People of 2morrow (65 Franklin Street) 6 pm, FREE, Say I love you to yourself at this social gathering/artisan meet up, with floral arrangements by Fox and Fodder, nails by Joe Shep and 25% off Malaya Organics Bath and Body Products
♦ Art Opening: Recover Projects Launch with Tristan Fitch @ Rekover Projects (77 Franklin Street) 7 pm, FREE, See “Before Intersections,” a collection of 50 new paintings with more than 150 geometric shapes assembled on wood by Tristan Fitch, MORE INFO ☺ Comedy Night with Seth Olenick and Friends @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, FREE, Join Seth Olenick / Jeaneane Garolfalo / Dave Hill for a night in honor of Olenick’s newly published collection, Funny Business, RSVP ♫ Exploding in Sound & Ipsum Present: Grass is Green / Slonk Donkerson / Heeney / Please / Washer @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP Continue reading →
♦ People and Places @ Evil and Love Tattoo (211 Franklin St) 7-10pm, Friday 2/7 FREE, Check out this photo exhibit featuring works by Czech skateboard photographer, Hona Zima, a 25-year-old born in a small city near Prague, see his images here, RSVP
* Picture Farm Film Fest @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 2-7pm, FREE, First ever PF Film Fest running Saturday 2/8 through Sunday 2/9, opening & closing receptions, Q&As w/directors and writers, a Sat. afternoon shorts, Sat. night documentaries, & Sunday Brunch. All Screenings FREE! Check the website for the full schedule & film details, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 2/5 • 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting @ Church of the Ascension (122 Java St) 7-8pm, FREE, ask questions & chat with local police officers & community members ♥ Save Room For Dessert! @ Brooklyn Brewery (8-10pm) $5, Join an expert panel curated by Edible Brooklyn for demos, tips, samples, and a Q&A covering everything you need to know about sweets just in time for V-Day, More Info ♫ Young Yeller (LP Release Party) / Moon Bounce / Kazimier / AIMES (DJ Set) @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8:30pm, $10, RSVP Continue reading →
Greenpoint Gallery Night is this Friday 2/7 from 6-9pm. While in the past this map has only been available online for download, the Gallery Night HQ Galleries at 67 West St will have printed maps available for those of you still using flip phones.
The first Greenpoint Gallery Night of 2014 is taking place on Friday, February 7th from 6-9pm and there is a lot of great artwork to see in the neighborhood. As an influx of new restaurants and shops seems to be taking center stage and giving us endless food and fashion options – lots of art galleries are also opening under the radar with works from talented local artists. And they are cool specifically because they are not listed in Vogue’s Girls Guide to Greenpoint. Continue reading →