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.
Black confronts white, movement smacks against immobility and seriousness is sliced with subtle humor. Unlike the familiar idiom, Michael Lee creates opposites that do not necessarily attract one another, but generate a captivating, if uneasy, tension. His use of patterns and collage make for optical illusion that produce visual challenges and seemingly impossible scenarios. The disorientation that results is most definitely intentional.
Speakers, an art show curated by Michael and colleagues, opens Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6 – 9 @ 111 Front St #216 in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Continue reading
You might know Scott Chasse from his OMGWEBCATS drawings or from his obsessive paintings of Burt Reynolds. This Friday September 28, 2012, 7-9pm, Scott is introducing a new art gallery to Greenpoint called Calico Brooklyn (67 West St, #206), with an opening reception of the inaugural show titled, Exhibit A.
When asked the significance of the word Calico and whether it has anything to do with perhaps a secret obsession with feline’s, Scott said he liked the ring of the question: “Are you going to the opening at Calico tonight?” He did mention he has “two pretty cool cats at home,” and believes that “cats are good marketing tools.” Continue reading
• Nora Ephron’s Heartburn – BK Kitchen Book Club @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30pm, $10, discuss Nora Ephron’s novel HEARTBURN and enjoy a no-pressure potluck inspired by the book (drinks provided), More info
• How to Kick Ass on Kickstarter @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7-9pm, FREE, Learn the tips and tricks to preparing, launching, and successfully funding your Kickstarter project, More info
♫ Indian Rebound / The Denzels / Fast Years @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm
*** VOTE FOR LINCOLN RESTLER *** Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. Polling locations.
• Happy Hour @ The Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble St.) 6-9pm, $5, a open house featuring wine and tapas. Learn about the history of the Shul and sign up for membership.
♫ Hard Bodies / Money Now / Nice Purse / Hard Nips @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm
♦ Heroes Opening Reception @ Small Black Door (19-20 Palmetto St., Ridgewood) 6-10pm, This show is about a different kind of hero, More info
♦ House Party @ Pierogi’s Boiler Room (177 North 9th St) 7-10pm, a full-scale, participant activated installation by Andrew Ohanesian, a spatially accurate, quintessentially American suburban home opened up to the public for a house party on the opening night of the exhibition, More info
♫ Merchandise / Rosenkopf / Siamese Twins / Dream Affair @ Saint Vitus (1110 Manhattan Ave ) 8pm, $12
♥ Instagram Photo Walk @ (Greenpoint Ave and Manhattan Ave) 12pm, Instagram NYC is hosting an instawalk in our hood! Come meet other greenpoint instagrammers, take photos and explore the neighborhood together. TAG #GREENPOINT_WALK @GREENPOINTERS
• Newtown Creek Armada @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Paidge Ave & Provost St) 1-4pm, FREE, an art installation that invites the public to explore the creek, visitors will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-control boats along the creek’s surface, More Info
• Williamsburg Garden Walk (558 Metropolitan Ave) 2-5pm, a free,self guided tour of private gardens in Williamsburg, Maps available for pick-up at Crest, More info
♦ Fair Touching Opening Reception @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, Sam Martineau solo exhibition, More info
♦ Wearables Opening Reception @ Real Fine Arts (673 Meeker Ave) 7-10pm, Artwork by Nicolas Ceccaldi, More info
♫ Beach Day / Jangula / Life Size Maps / O-Face / The Ne’er Do Wells @ 171 Lombardy, 8pm, $7
*** Sunday – Saturday 9/16-9/22 Et cetera 2012 @ Public Assembly ***
A week of art, talks, films, comedy, learning, music and dancing.
• Kings County Corn Bowl @ TBD (224 Franklin St) 2-5pm, $15, music, raffles, corn cook-off to benefit Food Bank of NYC, More info
• Brew n’ Chew @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 3-5pm, a kick-ass homebrew/food pairing event. Taste brews and snacks of six competing teams and vote for your favorite! Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the New York Harbor School, Buy Tix
• CKTV @ Tandem Bar (236 Troutman St) 10pm, Cleopatra’s with artist Chris Rice, presents CKTV, an interactive video screening for one night at Tandem Bar in Brooklyn. Including works from over 50 Brooklyn based (and inspired), each have produced a unique karaoke video made to accompany a tune of their choosing, More info
• Hustle Harder: Get Paid For Your Creativity Class @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7-9pm, $25, the creative mind is usually always faced with two great tasks: making quality artwork and finding ways to profit from it. But it can be done, and it must be done! 10% Off with Code Greenpointers, Buy Tix
♦ Sumi-e Workshop @ Arts@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave) 6:30pm, In this workshop we will learn the principles and techniques of the ancient tradition of Sumi-e Painting. Sumi-e is a Japanese term meaning “ink painting.”
• Photoshop 101 @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 7-9pm, $30, learn the fundamentals to using the design program Photoshop, including layers, tools, and editing practices, 10% Off with Code Greenpointers, Buy Tix
• Very Short Sentences with Verlyn Klinkenborg @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Get writing advice from author and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg! He’ll give tips and tricks, take questions, and discuss the recommendations in his new book, Several Short Sentences about Writing.
♫ Band of Horses @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 8pm, 2 Free Tix with Album Pre-Order
• That’s What She Said: Conversations with Women Writers & Comics @ Public Assembly (70 No. 6th St) 7-9pm, FREE, Glennis McCarthy, of the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy (G.L.O.C), will moderate a panel discussion with women navigating the worlds of both comedy and literature, More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
Greenpointers had a chat with the artist:
Greenpointers: Is this your first solo show?
KT Smail: Yes. I work as an illustrator so this is the first time I have concentrated on a body of personal work in a long time.
Greenpointers: Where are you originally from?
KT Smail: Edinburgh, Scotland
Greenpointers: How did you come to have a show at Nights & Weekends?
KT Smail: I have been working on this series of drawings for a while and really wanted to show them in a place that was casual and lived in, but pretty. I know lovely Kathy (owner of N&W and Five Leaves) from when I used to work at Five Leaves, so when I was talking to her about where to have a show, she very kindly suggested N&W as a space. Continue reading
On Friday, I stopped by REVERSE Space, which opened in May 2012. Six artists were invited to create and exhibit in the space from July 16-August 19. Friday was the opening night.
As I rolled by, music was pulsing and guests were trickling in. I wandered into the airy gallery space and soaked in the artworks.
Here are some favorites:
This girl has chops with pen on paper, the time and attention to detail to draw micro-fine strands of hair isn’t easy, but her hair illustrations, created just for this show, are not meant to show-off her skills but to deal with her hair that she describes as “big.” Continue reading
It’s August everyone! That means savor the rest of what’s left of the summer. Watch an outdoor movie. Get out of town. Hit the beach. Take an evening bike ride or how about a canoe paddle? Because before you know it, we’ll be snowed in. Unless this global warming thing turns NY into Florida. Fingers crossed.
* Princess Bride @ McCarren Park (Bedford & No. 12th St) 6-10pm, Free, Music by Extreme Animals / Soft Circle / PC Worship
♫ Family Band / Jennifer Castle / El Dorado @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $8
♫ Big Black Cloud / Girls of Porn / Trabajo, Necking @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7
♫ Thursday 8/2 – Monday 8/6 – Do The Reggae @ BAM (30 Lafayette Ave) Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican independence at BAMcinématek with this 14-film series dedicated to the country’s unique and widely influential musical tradition, More info
♦ Where We Are @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, Opening Exhibition of paintings by Josh Goldberg, RSVP
♫ SUMMERSTARZ 2012 (for kids) @ East River State Park (North 8th St & Kent Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, music from Brooklyn Wind Symphony, screening of Kung Fu Panda 2
• Hearken: A Reading @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, an evening with Karolina Waclawiak, James Yeh, and Tobias Carroll. Three of North Brooklyn’s finest writers. Shooting from the hip, RSVP
♫ Washed Out / Chairlift / Lemonade @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 7pm, Free, All ages
♦ Summer Small Works Show & Doggy Wedding @ Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness Blvd) 8pm, More info
♫ Splash / Friends / Janka Nabay / Helado Negro / Uumans @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10, all ages
♫ Arbitration Rock Festival @ Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood) Noon-10pm, $10, rain or shine, Live Music: Winter Ring / Activists/Dictators / Uzuhi / Springs / Gunfight! / Katie Mullins / Bad Credit No Credit / Backwords / Not Blood Paint / PassKontrol, RSVP
♫ Warm Up w/ Jamie XX / Pearson Sound / Lemonade / Sinjin Hawke / Zora Jones @ PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 2pm, $15
* Open Canoe Paddle @ NBBC Boat Yard (49 Ash St) 5:30-8:45pm, $5 insurance fee, an open canoe paddle along the North Brooklyn shoreline to Bushwick Inlet, More info
♫ Miniature Tigers / French Horn Rebellion / Joywave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.) 8pm, $13
* Tour “The Insalubrious Valley” with NCA Historian Mitch Waxman @ (Meet: the corner of Grand St and Morgan Ave) 11am-2pm, $20, the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens, and the place where the industrial revolution actually happened, provides a dramatic and picturesque setting for this exploration. Visiting two movable bridges, the still standing remains of an early 19th century highway, and a forgotten tributary of the larger waterway, BUY TIX
♫ DIY Jam – BBALL Tournament w/ CSC Funk Band @ Cooper Park, noon, FREE, BBQ
♫ Rock-a-way Summer: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence @ Beach 96th St (Rockaway, Queens) noon-9pm, FREE, music, food, water balloon fight!
♫ Mad Decent Block Party w/ Major Lazer / Erol Aikan / Bonde Do Role / Lunice / Riff Raff / Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire & more @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave) 2pm, FREE
♦ Comics Jam with Michel Levesque @ Word (126 Franklin St) 3pm, Attendees will create a collaborative comic together, led by Levesque, and will discuss storytelling and the art form, RSVP jenn (at) word brooklyn.com
• Words by the Water @ East River State Park (Kent @ No. 9th St) 7pm, outdoor reading series featuring Soho Crime authors James Benn, Henry Chang, and Timothy Hallinan, More info
• 94th Precinct’s National Night Out @ 94th Precinct (Lorimer St betw. Calyer St and Meserole Ave) 6-9pm, Free food, police displays, music, fun for all!
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
It was hot, humid, sticky. It’s summer in New York. Friday nights are often special; this friday in particular was the opening of Gina Pollack‘s solo exhibit of Where They Swam // Other Relics. It was hosted at the one well, a fabulous local shop/gallery space whose owner Kerry Jones is also the curator/designer.
Gina came in, price sheets and artist info in hand. ”So sorry, I forgot about these,” said the Silverlake native-turned New Yorker.
I was admiring her photographs earlier while helping Kerry prep. A part of me always wonders what the artist looks like in comparison to the art they make. Her photos were colorfully vivid and vibrant. They were filled with beautiful nostalgia and juxtaposition of man-made elements and forces of nature.
With her vintage red pumps, ethnic-inspired black dress and no-fuss hair, Gina was the perfect petite embodiment of her artwork.
I was curious what inspired her to take these photographs, so I asked if she had a couple of minutes to answer my questions.
Y: So, aside from the fact that the McCarren Park Pool is opening soon, I want to know what spurred your interested in taking photographs of it in the first place?
G: It was actually a spur of the moment thing. My friend and I were walking past it and curiosity got the best of me. Continue reading
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!