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The Art of Being Honest: “Alternate Landscapes” & “Werner Herzog Eats A Sandwich”

Artist Maj Anya DeBear at The One Well

On a recent Friday night I visited two art shows that both opened on Greenpoint Ave. Both artists, Maj Anya DeBear and  Roxanne Palmer mentioned that honesty was one driving force behind their recent artworks. While being true to oneself creatively in a hard to please art world is difficult to attain, the resulting satisfaction and confidence that came through made for two stand-out openings on either side of McGuinness Blvd. Continue reading

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This Happened in Greenpoint: Taylor Swift Drag Performance (VIDEO)

I’d heard the name but admittedly didn’t know who Taylor Swift is and somehow managed not to knowingly listen to her music. Are you a fan? Aside from Lena Dunham, main stream pop culture isn’t on Greenpoint’s map, but a show on view at Fowler Project Space titled “Who’s Taylor Swift Anyway?” seeks “to explore our relationship to celebrity through embodiments of the pop-fictional character, Taylor Swift.” Now I know.

At the opening there were paintings and interactive art installations. I instagrammed “D” the dog with a donut (#iamtaylorswift) while cruelly not letting her eat the art. The catchy tunes on repeat were familiar and got stuck in my head. I hate that! The night was capped off with this performance by Chris Tyler, who doesn’t need an introduction. Just watch.

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Interview With Dan Witz—Pioneer Street Artist

© Dan Witz
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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Grand Opening of Succulent Studios Saturday (3/29)

Artwork by Sek3 at Succulent Studios

Greenpoint has a new and HUGE art gallery – Succulent Studios, occupying a 3,000 square foot space on the coveted 5th floor of 67 West St – a landmarked former rope factory on the waterfront. A freight elevator up from our third floor HQ, past Greenpoint Loft and around the bend, I opened the door into a construction zone – a vast, high ceilinged and sun drenched construction zone with a view of the East River, lower Manhattan and a granite store yard below – the kind of space many of us would dream to work or live in.

And, it was Wednesday. The Grand Opening exhibit featuring the works of over 30 big name street artists is this Saturday night.  Continue reading

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Ode to Geodes with Lauren Davies at Dose Projects

Artwork by Lauren Davies

As I left the building last Friday to check out a few art shows opening in Greenpoint, a bread crumb trail of postcards with what looked like a giant cracked open pink Sno Ball sculpture led the way to Dose Projects were I had a chat with “California artist living in Cleveland,” Lauren Davies, whose mixed media sculptures are inspired by odd DIY roadside museums where you can buy rocks from outer space.

The show was titled, “The Comfort of Rocks.” Continue reading

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“Trip” An Art Show in an Elevator (During Spring Market!)

Art piece in an elevator by David B. Smith

The team behind Ugly Art Room is excited to host an art piece by Greenpoint artist David B. Smith in the elevator on the way up to our Spring Market on 4/13/14! The show will be up all day, but there will be a proper “opening reception” from 4-6pm. Make sure to swing by – or up or down! RSVP on Facebook

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“Via Delorosa: Meditation on Mortality” Opens Tonight at Messiah Church (3/5)

Lutheran Church of the Messiah hosts sacred art show

Last night, I met with Pastor Amy Kienzle at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) mid installation of an art show that opens tonight at 7pm. For all you heathens, today is also Ash Wednesday.

The show titled Via Delorosa: Meditation on Mortality is a “sacred exhibit” – a take on The Stations of the Cross, which are different scenes of Jesus’ crucifixion from his arrest and conviction through his entombment.

Half of the show takes place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg (334 So. 5th St) and was co-curated by the Pastor there – Ben McKelahan, along with Pastor Amy and Baxter Alexander – a local musician and artist.

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New York Mag Has NO LOVE for GREENPOINT Art (loves BUSHWOOD tho)

I heart New York Magazine. This week’s “cheesescape” photos and the self-portraits of heroin addicts were brilliant – and especially disturbing back to back.

I do have to give them some shit this week for Jerry Saltz’s nifty tear out art guide because it perturbingly shows NO LOVE for Greenpoint or Brooklyn in general. Continue reading

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Skip The Line on V-Day with Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s SuperPass!

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Escorting your sweetie to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a genius Valentine’s date and here is why… First show your lover what a VIP he or she is with the Valentine’s Day SuperPass so you can skip the line in style! (Seriously no one wants to wait in line on a date…) Continue reading

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