Gritty, Rapidly Disappearing Cityscapes by Monte Antrim

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Monte Atrim’s “Last World Problems”

A talented local artist and designer, Monte Antrim, is displaying his unique images at South 4th Bar & Cafe (90 South 4th St.) in a show titled “Last World Problems.” The installation, which will open on Saturday, December 10th and run through January 5th, differs from other shows he has done in the past. Last World Problems will feature small affordable silkscreens, perfect for holiday gifts, and also several collage and acrylic pieces on plywood panels.

A talented sketch artist with unique designs, Antrim has gained a considerable local reputation for his local scenes, many of which feature gritty, rapidly disappearing cityscapes. His impressive sketches include a wide variety of other scenes, yet each captures something unique.

95-fanellisI have a personal connection to Monte’s work. Before I published my first book Greenpoint’s Forgotten Past, he kindly allowed me to grace the cover with his sketch of the American Manufacturing Company’s building on West Street. Hundreds of people have praised this striking image, but it is really only one of many unique Antrim creations.

93-vistacruiserMonte’s background is as interesting as his artwork. He grew up on a small farm in Indiana and studied Architecture at Ball State University. He later went on to receive a Masters in Architecture from Princeton. Since 2003 he has been a freelance design consultant, and has lived and drawn locally since 2010.

96-end-of-huronShows like “Last World Problems” place Antrim into a different creative mode. Many of his works are spontaneous and captured in his sketchbooks. Installations like the South Side show are different. He uses elements from sketchbooks, but he develops and recombines them into unique designs that require a lot of time and discipline from the artist, but are rewarding for the viewer. Come and check out Antrim’s great talent and creative designs.

South 4th Bar | 90 South 4th St.

About Geoff Cobb

Geoffrey Cobb is a Brooklyn high school history teacher and writer of the blog historicgreenpoint.wordpress.com. He has lived in Greenpoint for over 20years and is the author of a book on the history of the area, "Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past."

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