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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“#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.
Last Friday afternoon, after we went down to city hall and became official domestic partners, Jon asked, “What do you want to do?” Given the wealth of options in North Brooklyn, this isn’t always easy to answer, but that day I knew after a celebratory brunch, we were going to check out art and meet some cool folks at the Northside Senior Center Art Show.
I was excited to see that the Northside Senior Center (179 N 6th St) is run by Catholic Charities, an old photography client of my Dad’s, whom I’d helped to shoot countless events around Brooklyn and Queens as a younger person. During those jobs, Rocco showed me his love for photographing people and I immediately felt connected to the place as we walked into the door. Continue reading →
Sing For Hope, a public art installation, has scattered artist-designed pianos around NYC parks – including our own McCarren Park near the Lorimer and Driggs entrance. This project’s “art for all” message invite everyone and anyone to play.
Artist Scott Michael Ackerman who painted our piano, calls it “More” and explains that, it’s been “an underlying thought in [his] head for awhile. To just do more with your time alive..listen more, love more, play more.. And just enjoy what surrounds you. Because it doesn’t stop.”
The piano will be in McCarren Park until June 16th, 2013.