Weekend Art Roundup: April 21 – April 23

Photo: @apsmithnyc “Hiiiii!”

OK, guys… we’re in the midst of some serious cosmic happenings… As you may know, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Pluto are all currently in retrograde. And Mercury turns retro next week. What does all this mean?

Well, Jupiter deals with personal growth and expansion, so don’t freak out if you feel like you’re treading water right now. Pluto rules love and relationships, Mars is all about emotions and *gulp* sanity, and Saturn essentially manages your karma points. in short: if you feel kinda crazy and listless, you’re not alone!

What better time to check out some art? Get pro-active, y’all. The cosmos may be trying to hold you back, but go out there and let yourself be great!

The Hollows: Performance Studio: “Mattress” & “Pressing On”
Friday, April 21
7pm, 8pm, 9:15pm
at The Hollows, 151 Bedford Avenue
$10-$20

PRESSING ON
7pm, Duration: ~40 mins
“Pressing On”, examines different reactions to the idea of “human thrownness. We do not ask to live, yet we are destined to die. The initial momentum created by our toss into existence propels us in our march toward death. People handle this knowledge in different ways, and thus interact with one another differently.

MATTRESS
Two sessions
8pm, 9:15pm, Duration: ~75 min

“Mattress” is a dance-theater work conceived by Ashley Robicheaux which follows the experiences of 5 different performers growing older inside of a historic brownstone in Williamsburg. We perform with our bodies and our voices the narratives which we have truly lived, the stories that are nothing other than our own and that draw from the performers honest and subconscious realities. We use the mattresses as a platform to further explore our movement possibilities as we move through time, unveiling dreams, finding flight, and becoming who we are today.

 

 

TWO MOONS : A NEW YORK SURF PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT featuring Mike Nelson and Matt Clark
Friday, April 21
6pm-10pm
at Picture Farm Gallery, 338 Wythe Ave.

Mike Nelson and Matt Clark are fixtures in the New York Surf scene, documenting almost every swell between the two of them since 1990. Add to that the that both have recently bagged SURFER Magazine covers and the opportunity presents itself to witness the work of two surf photographers in the hard earned flow of observation and perspective.

Two Moons highlights the two contrasting styles of both Clark and Nelson. They can both be shooting the same swell, at the same surf spot with the same surfers and will come up with completely different results and points of view. Few photographers have as great of access as Matt and Mike do to some of the best surfers and surf spots in the New York/New Jersey surf world.

TWO MOONS is brought to you by PF Gallery and SMASH Productions as part of the annual IT DOESN’T NOT WORK surfcraft design symposium happening on May 19, 20 & 21 in the gallery space.

 

 

NON GRATA’s Scandinavian Performance Summer + Book Release
Saturday, April 22
7 PM – 10 PM
at Last Frontier NYC, 520 Kingsland Ave
$10-$15

Come join us for the worldwide premiere of Non Grata’s Diverse Universe, Vol 4, the latest edition of the chronicles of the worldwide caravan of performance madness that is Diverse Universe Festival! This new Non Grata performance bible covering the years 2011–2016 features Non Grata & Diverse Universe actions from US tours, European tours, Asian tours, writings from all over the world, and tons of pictures! Copies will be available for purchase.

Presented by NOoSPHERE Arts, The Nordic Culture Fund, WILD EmbeddingS, and Last Frontier NYC

In NYC with Non Grata this time: Anonymous Boh, Devil Girl, Reborn, Albino, Trippy, Ouija, Spider Monkey, Miss Jamaica, Barbie, Man on The Wheel, and more.

 

 

Gaia Summit, End Times
Saturday, April 22
at 7pm
at Cleopatra’s, 110 Meserole Ave

Gaia Summit is a panel series which brings together participants from various disciplines (art, activism and academia) whose practices engage the subject of climate change for a public discussion on the urgent environmental crisis facing our planet.

Many who are in some form familiar with the Gaia Hypothesis know it as the cultural philosophy and scientific theory based on universal synergy. The Gaia Hypothesis, developed in the 1960s by atmospheric chemist Dr. James Lovelock, has been updated multiple times since its inception and stands today as the discursive location of interdisciplinary approaches to climate change, wherein the mysticality of a self-sustaining “living” Earth meets the politics and science of a deteriorating natural ecosystem.

The Gaia philosophy suggests hard science can overlap with other esoteric endeavors. Specifically, there is a space where social justice, earth science and current visual practices see eye to eye. These talks seek to highlight the tectonic shifting of ideas and sensibilities at this extremely fertile intersection.

Over the course of two meetings, Gaia Summit will join artists, curators, community organizers and educators in conversation to explore themes including: experimental and alternative living systems; community action and education; and the critical intersection between nature and culture. These talks strive to generate an exchange of creative ideas surrounding consumption and re-use, gentrification and urban infrastructures, and the ways in which art and climate discourse can work together to move each other forward.

See ya in the streets!

About Andy Smith

A.P. Smith is a writer, photographer, and record collector living in Greenpoint with his dog, Luigi.

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