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
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.
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.
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
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
*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
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
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…
The second of two inaugural group art shows at Calico
ex•hib•it – noun – document or material object produced and identified in court or before an examiner for use as evidence (via Merriam-Webster) “Exhibit B” includes works by: Elana Adler, Lisa Bauer, Eric Lee Bowman, El Celso, Corey Corcoran, Thomas Dupere, Pat Falco, Kyle Garnett, Shepherd Gilhooly, Kenichi Hoshine, Vanessa Irzyk, Chris Mottalini, Kate Nielsen, Damion Silver, Hannah Lamar Simmons, Chris Smith, Will Star, and Charles Wilkin
October 19 – November 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Oct 19, 7-9pm
67 West St, #206, in the Greenpoint Terminal Building
It was nothing like the cowboy-dress, sepia novelties of every town tourist traps. Having my collodian portrait taken at Heliopolis gallery by inherent photographer Eric Lee Bowman felt (and was) more like a real, happening tradition. The week of signup volunteer shots was an active extension of his too brief cynanotype print and glass plate figure show at the Huron space. Continue reading
Currently showing at Cleopatra’s, a small art gallery (sidenote: here’s a brief story about its inception) tucked into a thin slice of space on a quiet stretch of Meserole, is an array of drawings by Poznań, Poland based artist Leszek Knaflewski, or, as he signs his drawings, Knaf. I’ll leave Cleopatra’s website to chronicle the lion’s share of the history of Knaf’s work, but it is important to recognize his work in the context of the collective with which he associated, Kolo Klipsa.
The works on display at Cleopatra’s utilize a number of quotidian images – boxy, stereotypical houses, basic furniture, trees, cats, and so forth – run through Knaf’s surreal imagination before being drawn out. It reminded me of images that you may hold in your mind of half-remembered places and people to which you ascribe dreamlike qualities to make up for a lack of actual details. Did the vase look like the cat, or did the cat look like the vase? Simple inversions in elements of even the most basic drawings, as in the work pictured above, add a depth to images that far exceeds their composition.
Knaflewski’s work will be on display at Cleopatra’s (110 Meserole Avenue) until May 27.
Heading over the Williamsburg Bridge, have you noticed the colorful oval tiles, an art installation that covers the rafters on your way down towards Manhattan? It is one of my favorite pieces of public art, not only because of how happy it makes me as I whiz down, but because of the intrigue the work inspires and how bold the artist is, not only in his color choice, but it makes you wonder, “how the hell did he do that?”
When I walked by Black and White Gallery on Driggs this past week, I spotted those eye catching ovals. Was he so audacious as to tape them to the outside of a gallery?
Of course I barged in and met Peter Brock, who was installing his first solo exhibition in the space.
The Most Exciting Part About An Old Brick opens tonight, Friday April 20th from 6-9pm, and he is giving out presents!