Tonight is Greenpoint Gallery Night! (7pm-10pm)

550pxIt’s Friday night and we’re feelin’ alright! Kick it off with Greenpoint Gallery Night (7-10pm)!

Participating venues:

Booklyn Artist Alliance • 37 Greenpoint Ave
Brouwerij Lane • 78 Greenpoint Ave
Calico • 67 West St
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Spotlight On: The Java Project

The Java Project, a new gallery and project space, will open this February. © The Java Project

Long in the shadow of neighboring Bushwick and Williamsburg, Greenpoint’s artistic community is getting a lift thanks to a new gallery and project space set to open in February. Boasting a new 250 square foot gallery plus 400 square feet of outdoor space, The Java Project will feature 12 exhibitions a year and additional programming. Last week, I sat down with The Java Project’s founder and director, Dakota Sica, to learn more. Continue reading

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On view now at Figureworks Gallery: “Without/Color,” Part 1

"Without/Color," Part 1 at Figureworks Gallery ©All images courtesy of Figureworks

There is a gem of a gallery tucked away on the second floor of a quiet, four-story brownstone on 168 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, just off busy Bedford Avenue: Figureworks. And, inside this gallery right now, there is an exhibition of watercolors, drawings, and sculptures that is entirely “void of color.” The effect is transporting in such a way that the gallery seems like a separate world entirely, removed from the cityscape outside and, thus, a perfect respite for those in pursuit of silence and inspiration. Greenpointers recently caught up with gallery Director Randall Harris to discuss this exhibition, “Without/Color” (Part 1). Continue reading

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Opening Tonight: Matt Coats at Brouwerij Lane

Stop by Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) tonight for the opening of Self-Distributed: a new photo series by Matt Coats, local photographer and beer consumer, who spent his summer vacation tracking down and photographing craft brewers in NYC that self distribute their wares. For many small breweries, self distribution is a critical business move. While extremely physical and time consuming, small breweries can gain an extra 25-30% income that they would otherwise be yielding to distributors. On top of the percentage cut, self-distribution methods harken back to an old-timey era of business, when manufacturers and retailers connected on a more neighborly level.

Check out the opening tonight, Sept. 18, 7 pm-close, at Brouwerij Lane, and try some of the beers made by the makers in Matt’s work! The show will be up all month long. Some of the breweries on tap tonight include: Singlecut Beersmiths, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, Dirck the Norseman(aka Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.), Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half Brewing Company.

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TONIGHT! Brooklyn Collage Collective closing party

"Forces" Paper Collage, 7"x11" by Daniel Greer (2014) ©Daniel Greer

The Brooklyn Collage Collective (BCC) is back with its 3rd installment of the year. While they had an opening reception last week, they have a closing party tonight at 7:30pm with DJs, drinks, and food. Continue reading

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A Poster A Day with Alex Proba

Designer, illustrator & art director Alex Proba ©Evan B.

A few weeks ago, Kickstarter Art Director Alex Proba exhibited her year-long project, “A Poster A Day,” at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg. Originally from Lüdenscheid, Germany, the ambitious young designer, illustrator, and art director worked in architecture and product design before making the leap to the start-up world several years ago. We stopped by the exhibit to take some photos and chat with Alex about her project.

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Brooklyn Collage Collective Recap at Brooklyn Fire Proof

Daniel Greer explains his technique to fellow artist, Joseph Karwacki

Meet – Brooklyn Collage Collective, a group of 14 local collage artists who utilize the cut and paste medium to convey their own aesthetic. With a wide range of approaches and techniques from paintings on wood to creating a gigantic collage building comprised of smaller buildings.

“Episode 1” was hosted at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick. They eventually ran out of mac n’ cheese, but the event wasn’t short on interesting artwork and great vibes. Continue reading

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Art + Pasta Jewelry at New Franklin St Gallery Rekover Projects

Tristan Fitch & Katie Hartsough of Rekover Projects

While real estate snooping, I spotted a 2500 sq. ft. space on Franklin St, sandwiched between the newly opened People of 2Morrow and the half block of scaffolding that will soon become even more prime retail space on one of Greenpoint’s most booming blocks.

I thought to myself this spot would be perfect for an art gallery and a few weeks later POOF! – Rekover Projects (77 Franklin St) opened – just like that. The first show titled “Before Intersections” is a solo exhibition by space lessee and artist Tristan Fitch, who runs the project space with his partner and women’s accessories designer Katie Hartsough. Continue reading

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Free A$AP Rocky, NYC Land Use Review, Museum Freestyle, Funny (True) Stories, Beer Festival, Soul a Go-Go, and Sandwich Talks: What’s Happening Greenpoint? (2/20-2/28)

“Curiosity is only vanity.  Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk.  We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.”
-Blaise Pascal, Pensées

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!


*NYC Land Use Review: A Citizen’s Guide Workshop @El Puente Green Light District (289 Grand St) 6:30-8:30pm, Want to know who decides what development happens in our neighborhood? Interactive workshop about ULURP, the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, RSVP
Salsa Wednesday @ School Settlement Association (120 Jackson St) 7-8pm $7, 1-hour lesson, More Info
• Quizz Off @Pete’s Candy Shop (709 Lorimer St) 7:30pm, FREE Wrack your brains with six rounds of twenty questions, 1st prize $75 bar tab, 2nd prize $40 bar tab, 3rd prize $15 bar tab More Info

Museum Mixtape @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) 7:30-10:30pm, a series of videos in which amateur rappers perform freestyle rhymes as live critiques of museums in the southeast United States, RSVP 
A Most Wondrous Evening of Comedy @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm $6, Host Ross Parsons/Michael Lawrence/Sheng Wang/Michelle Wolf/Bryson Turner, RSVP
A$AP Rocky/Bodega Bamz/DJ Getlive/ASAP Ferg/4th Pyramid @Public Assembly (70 N.6th St) 9pm, FREE, More Info

Another Landscape @440 Gallery (440 Sixth Ave, Park Slope) Opening 6-9pm, Presenting new works by Greenpointer Jennifer Williams & Jason Varone,  features work operating outside the canon of the traditional landscape, RSVP
Secondment @ Beginnings Gallery (110 Meserole Ave) Opening 7-10pm, Peter Nencini solo show reveals a world of never-before-seen colors and structures that we have always known, a class of brand new shapes that we have always seen, RSVP
Tom Shillue’s Funny Story @The Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 8pm, $10 (includes a beer), Tom Shillue is a master tale spinner and each month puts together a program of great, true stories from various raconteurs More Info
Littoral: Perec! Queneau!OuLiPo! @155 Freeman St, 8pm, FREE, Celebrate the publication of Georges Perec’s La Boutique Obscure and the expanded edition of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises with an evening of readings, RSVP
Happy People/House of Fools,/Momma Holler/Robbers @Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $10 RSVP
XXYYXX/Teen Daze @ 285 KENT, 11pm, $10, First show sold, (2nd) 11pm show added! TIX

Deafheaven/Sannhet (record release)/Cleanteeth/Theologian @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8-11pm $13, RSVP
Legs Like Tree Trunks/Zula/The N’ere Dowells/Nic Lawless @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $7 RSVP
Money and King/French Camp/Bird Dog @ The Gutter (200 N.14th St) 8pm, $5 Record release show RSVP
King Cake/Le Boum/Air For Ants/Hello Phones @The Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 8pm, $8 RSVP
*7th Anniversary Party @ Boulevard Tavern (579 Meeker Ave) 9pm DJ Spaz spins the tunes, dancing and free munchies and surprises! RSVP


*Flea Market Party @ 151 Kent (apt 312) 7pm-12am, $4 Vintage clothes for sale,
cocktails, and DJ’s spinning, entry gets you one cocktail and all proceeds will go to the funding of Parsons thesis show catalogue, RSVP
• Grand Opening Party @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave, Bushwick) 9pm-3am, $5 Tarot Readings, Esoteric Standup from Kat Toledo, special performance by “Your 33 Black Angels”, DJ’s: Judge Wise, T’Angelo, and Evan Michael Free with RSVP 
♫ Sleeping Bag/Speedy Ortiz/Shark?/Plates of Cake @ Cameo Gallery (93 N.6th St) 8-11pm, $7 RSVP
♥ Soul a Go-Go @ The Grand Victory (245 Grand St) 11pm-4am, FREE Join the “Empress of Soul” for a twisting night night of Soul and R&B 45’s More Info

Roof Top Supper Club: Communion @ (Location TBD) Noon-3pm, $45 They say brunch is the new church, take culinary communion with new friends in the sanctuary of a classic Williamsburg loft overlooking the city, TIX
*7th Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival @ D.B.A Brooklyn (113 N.7th St) 4pm, FREE (tastings pay as you wish) 16 rare and interesting casks promised, including authentic ‘real ales’ from England, rarities and vintage bottles up for grabs at the Mega Beer Raffle More Info

Broken Comedy@ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE Guy Branum/Aparna Nancherla/Adam Lowitt/Craig Baldo/Phoebe Robinson. Hosted by Nimesh Patel, Michael Che, Mike Denny More Info

*Between the Bread: The Masters of Social Gastronomy Talk Sandwiches @Public Assembly (70 N6th St) 7pm, FREE  The history of sandwiches is laced with vice, ingenuity, and industry RSVP
♦ Talking to Strangers Screening @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St) 7:30pm, $7 A noncommittal, increasingly unreliable, disintegrating protagonist as he tackles the world; this choreography also includes a series of strangers, who remain strangers to us and him despite being confronted with probing questions about life, religion, ethics, art, love, followed by a conversation with Porterfield and Tregenza More Info

*  Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥  Pheremones likely
♦  Art Event
☺ Comedy Event

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Bad On Its Own Opens Tonight (11/16)

Greenpointers contributor and local artist Martin Esteves and local artist Amanda Browder will feature recents works at Calico Brooklyn (67 West St #206) with an opening reception tonight Friday, November 16, 2012 from 7-9pm. The show will run from November 16 – December 2, 2012. RSVP

“Bad on its Own”

Technically, a tree falling in the woods doesn’t make a sound unless the resonance has an eardrum to bounce off of – an argument that only stands under the assumption that the “anyone” in the famous question is a human being. Yet the crash displays independence even within its own nature. The tree falls despite our ears and despite its own roots.

Art also provides an example of an imaginary sentience, and “Bad on its Own” is a particularly mischievous one. Pairing the malleable found textile patterns of Amanda Browder with “nature” paintings by Martin Esteves, the show demonstrates a pretend awareness through a more puckish spite; but art isn’t actually aware of itself, so the line treads wearily between a straight face and a smirk.

Browder’s oversized installations create optical hallucinations from the simplest found sources. Her materials have been freed from all practical intentions and aren’t afraid to let you know it. Esteves’ paintings highlight the fact that nature is mean spirited already, regardless of human interferences such as greenhouse effects or global warming. Both artists’ mix of beauty and farce are what gives this show its title. The word “Bad” here means an intentional state.

“Bad on its Own” plays Browder’s lively environment against Esteves’ more traditional containment. The playful tension that results is welcoming to the public – while an actual need for the public is another story…

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