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Interview With Dan Witz—Pioneer Street Artist

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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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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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A New Perspective on Art in Greenpoint with Local Artist Eleanor Curran

Eleanor Curran and Paul Kang at Imagic on Manhattan Ave

With an influx of second wave of blockbuster artists ( M. D. Jackson and the like ) on the heels of first wave young hip artists, it’s easy to forget that there have been local people making work in the neighborhood since well before the first plaid clad types ventured in to a then “scary” area.

Eleanor Curran grew up in Greenpoint “when there was only one Chinese restaurant.” The lively Mrs. Curran grew up on Eckford St before moving to a house on Leonard St that still connected with her Dad’s old house.

“There was always the question of whether I lived in his backyard, or he in mine!” Continue reading

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Greenpoint Library Mural Unveiling!

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Mural on Greenpoint Library by Leslie Wood

Last Spring I noticed a photocopied “Call For Mural Artists” for the Greenpoint Library. I couldn’t find anything online about it and I really thought every artist in Greenpoint should have a shot at this amazing opportunity so I transcribed the entire document and posted it on the blog. There were many amazing entries and after a final round of community votes, Leslie Wood won!

Now her mural is complete and she wrote in to tell us about it. Take a stroll down Norman and see it for yourself. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Alabaster

Illustrious Alabaster

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Our featured Holiday Market vendor Alabaster wanted to be a cartoonist and a crafter. Now that she is all grown up she says, “I never wanted to compromise, so here I am, still doing it!” Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Hollydoodles

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Couples Map by Hollydoodles

Can you pinpoint the exact moment you decided what you wanted to do with your life? Illustrator and Greenpointer Holly Graham, whose shop Hollydoodles is a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, recalls a childhood memory that has impacted her entire life’s work:

“My grandpa once drew a dog from memory for me on this tiny piece of paper. I think I’ve been on a mission my whole life to really perfect a craft in that way.” Continue reading

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Recap: Michal Geva’s Land Scope Exhibit at Java Studios Gallery

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michal Geva, a painter currently taking a residency in Greenpoint, where she is further exploring the intersection of art and nature – a theme interwoven throughout her work and illuminated in different ways with each series. The neighborhood is a relevant setting for such topics, with the proposed development that might be taking place over the next few years, both on the waterfront and deeper into Greenpoint proper.

Michal, a citizen of Israel and honorary one in Greenpoint, had some great things to say about the neighborhood and the inspiration behind her latest collection, “Land Scope,” which opened at Java Studios this past weekend.  Continue reading

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Art Survival Tips with Greenpoint Artist Kate Nielsen

Greenpoint based artist Kate Nielsen bases much of her work on “survival tips” in the wild. As the sole individual successfully selling artwork on Amazon, she is also an example of a new type of artist’s preservation. Greenpointers had a chance to talk with the survivor on the eve of her inclusion in Calico Gallery’s Crowd Control. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gallery Night Tonight! THE MAP! (9/13)


The weather is perfect to stroll around our lovely neighborhood this evening and check out local art scene. 16 galleries in total are participating in Greenpoint Gallery Night.

Hyperallergic created this easy guide to help you along your way.

Need a map? Print one yourself or download it onto your smart phone. We are trying to be earth friendly here!

Afterparty is at Coco 66 at 9pm (66 Greenpoint Ave)

See you tonight!

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Call For Artwork: “#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday” (Deadline: 8/5)

Call For Artwork

“#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday” will open at Calico Gallery (67 West St #206) in September as part of the next Greenpoint Gallery Night. The exhibit will consider the theme of “nostalgia” as it pertains to the artist regarding his/her former works. Please read the “call for work” below if you’d like to submit. There is no submission fee.

Jurors for this exhibit are:
Scott Chasse, founder/director of Calico
Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief & co-founder of Hyperallergic

Throwback Thursday: When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites. -Urban Dictionary

Instagram and other social medias are flooded at the end of each week with “nostalgic” images featuring the hashtag notations “#throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday”. These pics of our former selves sporting bad hair, tacky prom dresses, sitting on dad’s lap, or playing the oboe in high school band used to hide under the bed in an old shoe box. Their weekly resurrection has become money-in-the-bank in our online economy of “likes” and “shares”.

As artists, are we as willing to share images from our potentially cringeworthy artistic pasts? Or, could the older work be a “younger, hotter” version of its modern incarnation? Perhaps there is an outright cohesiveness in your work that has withstood the test of time? Calico invites you to dig deep into your portfolio and submit your artwork from yesteryear for consideration in the upcoming juried exhibition “#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday”.

Selected artists will exhibit one current piece (for perspective) and one piece from the past – the longer ago, the better. Space is limited and submissions will only be accepted in the following format:

send one email to calicosubmit (at) gmail.com

subject line: “throwback”

• Submissions due by Mon, Aug 5 – midnight
• Selected artists announced Fri, Aug 16
• Exhibition dates: Sept 13 – Oct 4, 2013

include in your submission:

-1-3 images of OLD work that you currently have available

-2 images of CURRENT work that is currently available

( web-friendly 72dpi images preferred)

-title, medium, dimensions, and year produced for each image

-your website or comparable link

Selection will be based on how interesting the relationship is between current and former works.

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