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Weekend Art Roundup: May 20-22

 

 Work by Karen Marston exhibited in Demeter's Wrath

Work by Karen Marston exhibited in Demeter’s Wrath

Karen Marston – Demeter’s Wrath
at Owen James Gallery

Karen Marston is a painter focused on the fundamental contradiction of natural phenomena, the pairing of powerful terror with majestic beauty. Her large-scale oil paintings portray this strength at its extremes: tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions. While many of these events have occurred naturally throughout the history of the Earth, they have also been exacerbated by the influence humans have on the environment.

Opening Reception: Friday May 20th, 6-8 PM
at Owen James Gallery
61 Greenpoint Ave, #315 Continue reading

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First Weekend of April: Exhibitions and Openings

Need something to do this weekend? We’ve got a couple of shows at a few galleries this weekend for you to check out with your friends and family to celebrate the first weekend of April. From Owen James Gallery to Secret Project Robot, be sure to mark your calendars for some of their special receptions the next couple of nights!

Photo source The Village

1. The Village Art Installation
Secret Project Robot
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st 7-10pm
The Game by Allison Maletz

2. Allison Maletz, “Game”
Calico Gallery
Friday, April 1st (opening reception 7-9pm) to Saturday, May 7th
Men at Work by Paola Citterio

3. Paola Citterio, “Men at Work”
Picture Farm Gallery
Friday, April 8th at 6-9pm
Bather by Walter Robinson

4. Charles Bukowski & Walter Robinson
Owen James Gallery
Friday, April 8th to Saturday (opening reception 6-8pm), May 14th
Young and Innocent by Amy Hill
5. Amy Hill, “Young and Innocent”
Front Room Gallery
Friday, April 15th (opening reception 7-9pm) to Sunday, May 22nd

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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Harriet Salmon

Lindsay Lohan by Harriet Salmon

With a BFA at the California College of Arts & Crafts and a concentration in sculpture at Yale University School of Art, Harriet Salmon successfully found herself in the East Coast art world in the year 2006, making a name for herself as an illustrator, fabricator, and artist. Her roles in the past have included working as the Production Assistant at Pixar for the film Ratatouille and former Senior Photo Editor at Artforum Magazine, with much of her artwork revolving around body movement within landscapes. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Josh Cochran

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

When he’s not working from his studio in Greenpoint, teaching at the School of Visual Arts, or filling in as art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page, Josh Cochran holds his annual Get Nude. Get Drawn exhibitions with fellow artist and friend Mike Perry. This year will be their fifth. The project consists of getting together some of Brooklyn’s most talented illustrators and dedicated day sessions of drawing nude models in their respective styles. The exhibition will show drawings made by the two originators themselves, along with artists Chrissy Angliker, Jon Burgerman, Mario Hugo, Julia Rothman, Edward Ubiera, and Joo Hee Yoon. Anticipating tonight’s show I asked Josh to share a few words about the playful collaboration and what it’s like to delve into the world of nude art.

Exhibition:
Thursday, January 28th
Tictail Market
90 Orchard St
7 – 11 pm

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

GP: Can you introduce yourself?
I’m an illustrator for magazines, newspapers and advertising. Sometimes I make murals as well.

GP: I hear you have a studio here at the Pencil Factory. What is your history with the space and what is a typical day in the studio like for you?
I’ve been here off and on for about seven years. It’s this big building with a bunch of other creative people working in various studios. Sort of feels like school, in a good way! Sometimes if I’m working on a project, it’s really nice to lean over and get an opinion of one of my studio mates. I come in around 10am and leave around dinnertime. I try to get my commissioned work out of the way so I have some time to work on personal projects. I try to work during daylight hours but of course if I have a deadline, this gets shifted around a little.

GP: How did the idea for this exhibition come along? How did you and Mike meet?
Mike and I met at the ADC Young Guns awards party. We were both getting an award, and just started talking. The idea for the project came about when we were both talking about how we wished we could draw nudes again but maybe approach it from a different perspective. In art school, drawing the nude was really academic and I wanted to find a fresh, spontaneous way to work. Drawing from normal, non-professional people really changes how you approach drawing. There is a certain amount of awkwardness and honesty that I hope to capture.

GP: Have you worked with any of tonight’s artists before?
I’ve worked with a couple of them before. Edward Ubiera and I did a mural project together last summer. Also I’ve done a few projects with Julia Rothman. This Brooklyn art world is pretty small actually.

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

GP: What other kinds of shows do you plan on putting
together in the future?

No immediate plans just yet. Though this is the 5th year of doing nudes and definitely planning on keeping this project going until we’re both very old. It’s been really interesting seeing how the project and work has evolved through the years.

GP: With these drawing sessions, what is the procedure like in order to get people the most comfortable?
We try to keep it as professional as possible. There is a changing area and we usually set up a bunch of props and lights that the models can interact with. Usually we try to chat a little bit with each model to see what kind of poses they want to do or what will make them feel more comfortable. I think one person this year drank half a can of beer, which seemed like it helped!

GP: What are you looking forward to the most with this exhibition?
I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the models. It’s been fascinating hearing the stories from people that have modeled for us. We’ve gotten people who’ve wanted to pose in order to get over a phobia of being naked in public, women who are about to have a baby, my studio mate who wants to embarrass me, etc. It’s always been sort of a crazy experience.

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

You can find more on Josh here.

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The Art World Near You—A Weekend Adventure in Greenpoint

Monte Antrim: promotional card for group art show "Both Sides of the Pulaski," 2010.

Summertime in the city, and Brooklyn is full of places to explore. Today, go to Brouwerij Lane to have a beer and check out Monte Antrim‘s neighborhood-friendly opening (6pm).  On Friday, stop by Java Studios Gallery for Katerina Ganchak‘s opening of delicate glassworks & paintings, “Just Feel” (6pm). On Saturday, drop by the Brooklyn Artists Alliance for Jason Roy‘s first solo-exhibition opening “NO (A Masterless Universe)” (7pm). Or, have a conversation with Jean-Pierre Gorin at Light Industry (7pm). Get lost in the streets but find yourself in the art.

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Greenpoint Gallery Night Map (2/7)

Greenpoint Gallery Night (2/7/14) Map

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.

Last week we introduced all the new galleries in Greenpoint, but there are over a dozen locations where you will find great local art on exhibit. See you Friday!

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SoloShow Opens + BYOVinyl – Tonight At HeadChop in Williamsburg (11/2)


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.

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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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Attn Greenpoint Artists! Call For Artwork: “NOW” Greenpoint Art Exhibit (Deadline: 8/15)

Ugly Art Room & Greenpointers Present “NOW” – A Group Art Show @ Dobbin Project Space (50 Dobbin St) in participation with Greenpoint Gallery Night.

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:
Name:
Email address:
Phone:
Website:
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.

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