There are exactly 10 cool things happening and around Greenpoint this weekend. Eleven if you count Bill Murray bartending at 21 Greenpoint, but that doesn’t count, does it? There are at least 10 cool things happening this weekend.
I double dog dare you to get to more than three of these events. Choose wisely!
Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York whose exhibited work “investigates the segregated yet inseparable relationships between manufacturing and artmaking within local settings in Brooklyn.”
In this series, Lin’s subjects include an Italian bakery in Bensonhurst, a Chinese steel fabrication shop in Sunset Park, and an artist and interior painter.
The exhibition is open through the weekend and a gallery talk will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 4pm.
Featuring seven artists, this exhibition opens on Sept. 16 and runs through October 22nd.
From the gallery: “Today it is dually hard to fall out of love. First we disengage from the physical relationship, then the digital. To unfollow or not to unfollow? Voyeurism abounds in the fretting over Facebook invitation lists, the stalking of geotags. The average length of a romantic relationship continues to shrink (currently it’s less than three years), but traces of ex-digital-relationships will eternally exist, no matter how many times we clear our caches.”
PHUNK Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 16th, 6 – 9pm at Owen James Gallery 61 Greenpoint Ave. Suite 315
In association with Art Seasons Gallery of Singapore, Owen James Gallery presents a solo exhibition of PHUNK Studio. The gallery is proud to open this exhibition in collaboration with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW).
PHUNK is a dynamic and influential 4-man art and design collective based in Singapore. Founded in 1994, it is composed of Jackson Tan, Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee and William Chan. Since it’s inception, PHUNK’s enormous output has produced typography, graphic design, animation, vector illustration, sculpture, mural and installation art. In addition to their studio practice and individual endeavors, they have worked on major design projects with clients such as MTV, HTC, Nike and Comme Des Garçon, to name but a few. PHUNK’s defining feature is their distinctive computer-based illustration style. It is both frenetic and sublime, combining tight-lined characters with a carnivalesque Baroque lushness. As a group they tap into a wide range of influences, from Chinese mythology to Japanese manga to British music and American pop culture and media.
Printed Matter presents the eleventh annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 16th to the 18th, 2016, at at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines.
Last year, the fair featured over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries. The 2015 NY Art Book Fair was attended by more than 35,000 people.
The 3rd Greenpoint Arts Block Festival September 17th, 11am – 5pm Leonard Street, between Norman Ave and Meserole Ave
The 3rd Greenpoint Arts Block Festival, hosted by CultureShock.pl is a neighborhood street festival consisting of various cultural, educational, and recreational events with the goal of promoting Polish and local artists, highlighting the Polish identity of Greenpoint, and integrating its old and new inhabitants.
(below the BQE, across from Staples and McDonalds on the ground floor between Kingsland and Sutton Streets)
From the gallery: Real Fine Arts welcomes back Jon Pestoni for his second exhibition with the gallery. After looking back this past summer with Some Years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Pestoni has taken a step forward with a new technique of wet-into-wet painting that further complicates the figure/ground instability central to his previous work.
Kenji Fujita, Will and Weather Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18th, 6pm – 8pm at SOLOWAY 348 S.4th St.
Kenji Fujita is a visual artist who makes work out of ordinary materials such as wood, fabric, paper, and paint. For his flat work, he creates commonplace geometries of shape and form that are then cut, pressed, and glued into unexpected amalgams of order and disorder. With his constructed wall pieces, Fujita’s relations of shape, form, and structure become animated as the viewer engages the work from different points of view.
Lýdia Pribišová will present her most recent curatorial projects. These include Corridor, an exhibition at tranzit in Bratislava that examined social features of architecture, the public art project Bojárt Market by the artist Kateřina Šeda, and two solo exhibitions by Lucia Nimcová and Martin Kollár that each offer an indirect picture of the political situation in the Ukraine. Furthermore, Pribišová will present the works of leading artists from Slovakia including Anna Daučíková, Daniela Krajčová and Oto Hudec, Svätopluk Mikyta, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkáčová and Anabela Žigová. This project has been supported using public funds provided by Slovak Arts Council.
Jeff Weber’s practice concentrates on developing a personal epistemology. He will speak about the Kunsthalle-Leipzig, a project in the form of a gallery space that he founded in 2014, which functions as an extension of his photographic practice and as a collaborative conceptual framework that includes the active participation of others.