By Andy Smith

About Andy Smith

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

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
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Weekend Art Roundup: April 14 – April 16

Photo: @APSmithNYC

Ok, y’all. Don’t freak out.

But, yes, winter is over.

Perhaps only art speaks truer to the soul than the spring. So, here’s a few things to hit this weekend, ya know, between drinks at bars with sidewalk seating.

Go get em, Tiger!

 

Sacred Luminosity
Friday, April 14
6pm – 9pm
at Gallery AWA
61 Greenpoint Ave #306

As a feature of The Lumiere Series, Gallery AWA presents an exhibition of the sculpture of Susan Pullman Brooks, Sacred Luminosity: Goddesses of the Vedic and Celtic Pantheons.

Sacred Luminosity seeks to examine the divine feminine energy that was once an integral part of ancient belief systems, and to reassess and re-imagine this energy in the modern day.

The Lit Exhibit: Spectrums
Friday, April 14
6pm – 9pm
at New Women Space
188 Woodpoint Road

Showcasing a variety of multi-genre experimental and interactive prose and poetry across mediums, this exhibition is hosted and curated by Lana C. Marilyn.

The Lit Exhibit is a project that launched in July 2016. The show returns in Spring 2017, this time at New Women Space, for its second iteration. The gallery will feature several contemporary emerging writers and artists.

For The Lit Exhibit: Spectrums, participants have been asked to reflect on the subject of “fluidity” as it applies to daily life, and to produce work that illuminates this theme.

$10, Tickets

Jumpin’ Jive: Vintage Musical Shorts
Friday, April 14
7pm
at City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave

Check out 80-minutes of musical shorts “both ecstatic and sublime,” including vintage jazz, pop, country and gospel performances, Soudies and television and film performances ranging from the late 1920s to the early 21st century. This program is curated by Brooklyn-based film/video archivist Russell Scholl, known best for producing a compact disc by noted American folk artist Howard Finster, “The Night Howard Finster Got Saved.”

$10/$8 Reliquary members

THROAT CHAKRA w/ Inna Babaeva, Joy Curtis, Gail Fitzgerald
April 15, 2017 – May 7, 2017
Opening Reception, April 15
7pm – 9pm
at Songs for Presidents
1673 Gates Avenue

Throat Chakra features three artists who engage in concrete wizardry, re-forming elemental material into transformative objects. Insistently abstract, these art objects are interventionist – protruding, bulging. They take up space.

 

 

See you in the streets!

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Thursday Spotlight: Justin Bolognino’s Business of Evolution And The Future of Experience

Justin Bolognino’s favorite thing is evolution. “I’m a huge evolution theorist at the end of the day,” he tells me. “Conscious evolution, specifically.”

He is the Founder and CEO of META.is and we’re sitting in a coffee shop in Greenpoint on Manhattan Avenue on an unseasonably warm winter morning. I want to talk about his company, META, but he wants to talk about evolution.

“The name of my first company was Learned Evolution and this neighborhood represents that,” Bolognino says. “A lot of people would question whether it’s evolution at all but I think it fits perfectly within the stages of evolution. You can still have an old Williamsburg, or an old Greenpoint-like experience any time you want. Or you can go to the William Vale and stand on the roof. I think that’s really cool. I think we’ve lost a little bit of the grit and dirt but it’s still out there. You can still go to a stinky loft party any Friday or Saturday you want to, but again, there’s the other side of it, the cultural evolution of it… it still is exciting for me.” Continue reading

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Tonight: Alison Owen at Greenpoint Hill Opening

Alison Owen at Greenpoint Hill

Kim Brown’s Greenpoint Hill first opened last October and has since hosted a handful of exhibitions in this unique retail-cum-gallery space on Freeman Street.

Tonight, Greenpoint Hill presents an exhibition of new work by Alison Owen.

Inside Greenpoint Hill at 100 Freeman St.

Owen’s new work is assembled from scraps and residue found at the studio; often donated by artists who work alongside her. The work reflects the poetry found in fragments and cast-offs, existing as a quiet, formal response to the found materials.

The exhibition will also feature an installation made from the to-do lists and notes of her friends. Created from pages sent from the notes app, she has created physical versions of this digital ephemera. With some distance, divorced from context, these notes become little poems; dream-fragments.

FRAGMENT
Alison Owen
at Greenpoint Hill, 100 Freeman St.
March 30 – May 14, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 7-9pm

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Hey Greenpoint, Registration for Make Music New York is Now Open!

Make Music New York is NYC’s largest one-day, free celebration of music. Let’s make Greenpoint the place to be during Make Music New York!

Now entering its 11th year, Make Music New York, is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer.

Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part. MMNY, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with the city community boards and NYPD to obtain amplified sound permits and block party permits for authorized applicants. Register for a performance on the sidewalk at your address, home or business, and MMNY takes care of the rest! From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.

You can register public parks like McGorlick Park and McCarren Park. And if you apply soon, MMNY can help you register to host a block party!

In year’s past, dozens of MMNY concerts were put on in North Brooklyn during the festival at venues like Jimmy’s, Milk and Roses, Cato’s Army & Navy, and the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue.

MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 750 cities around the world – a global celebration of music making. Let’s show the rest of the world what North Brooklyn can offer!

If you’re interested in hosting a show and would like to coordinate with Greenpointers, please email Art [at] Greenpointers.com

The next Make Music New York is on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Register as a performer or a public venue today!

For more information, visit MakeMusicNY.org

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The Brooklyn Art Library now offers Art Club Subscription Box

Everyone’s favorite art library – er, the only art library? – recently launched a subscription box called Art Club “designed to keep you inspired.”

If you’re not familiar, the Brooklyn Art Library is home to The Sketchbook Project, an internationally crowd-sourced collection of 35,000 original artist sketchbooks created around the globe.

Brooklyn Art Library at 28 Frost Street

With over one million sketchbook spreads housed within their library walls at 28 Frost Street, BAL is a platform for visitors to connect with artists they may never have come across otherwise. And so much more!

Brooklyn Art Library’s Art Club Subscription Box

The new Art Club subscription box, starting at $15/month or a $160/year, ships monthly and includes:

* One 5×7 Gallery Quailty Print
* Bio card about the artist
* 2-3 premium art supplies recomended by the artist each month
* Exclusive Discounts to Supplies
* FREE Shipping

For more information, visit online or in-person, IRL!

Brooklyn Art Library
@thesketchbookproject
28 Frost Street

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EGO DEATH at 106 Green – Opening 3/18

Opening Saturday evening, 106 Green present EGO DEATH, a new solo installation by Brooklyn-based artist Lydia McCarthy.

EGO DEATH is a selection of photographs from Non-Game Ecstasy, a series concerned with self-love, self-care, and a cult of feminine energy. According to The Psychedelic Experience, Game Reality is waking or egocentric reality, wherein one plays the game of life – it is the barrier to higher levels of consciousness. Building up exposures on color film, new objects, colors and patterns become talisman and transport the seeker to alternate realities. Each part of Non-Game Ecstasy, investigates a different aspect of journeying into new realms of consciousness and what the seeker may encounter along the way.” – Lydia McCarthy

McCarthy’s work has exhibited widely, including Essex Flowers and the Scandinavia House in New York and NAU Gallery in Stockholm. In 2012 she was included in the Humble Arts Foundation’s 31 Women in Art Photography. Lydia’s work has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Dossier and the Huffington Post. She received a yearlong American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship and has held residencies at the Banff Centre and the Vermont Studio Center.

Lydia McCarthy’s EGO DEATH
Opening Reception Saturday, March 18 from 6-8pm.

The exhibition will run through Sunday, April 16th.
Gallery hours are Sundays 12-5pm.

106 Green
104 Green St.
@gallery106green

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Tues 3/21 at Mothership NYC: South African Visual Artist Diane Victor

2nd Tuesdays at Mothership NYC are informal, salon-style gatherings for artists, friends, and colleagues welcoming improvised presentations over wine and popcorn. All are welcome to sing, play, perform, or showcase!

Founded in 2005 by visual artist Sol Kjøk, Mothership NYC is a live-work space and presentation arena for international artists across multiple disciplines.

This month’s 2nd Tuesday (which will be held on Tuesday the 21st due to this week’s snowstorm) keynote presenter will be Mothership NYC’s current artist-in-residence, South African visual artist Diane Victor who will give a presentation about her ongoing project: ephemeral portraits drawn with the soot from a candle.

2nd Tuesdays at Mothership NYC
Tuesday, March 21st (rescheduled after the storm)

7:30pm | Facebook Event

Mothership NYC | 252 Green Street

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Weekend Art Roundup: March 3 – March 7

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, 2017 – Photo: Andy P. Smith

With all those damn art fairs in Manhattan this weekend, don’t forget about your local, North Brooklyn galleries and outposts! Here’s a couple receptions and a couple screenings happening around town, starting tonight.

Also, it’s only a week until Bushwick Galleries Late Night.

But first, here’s this weekend’s Art Roundup!

 

Arlene Morris “STITCHED”
Friday, March 3rd
7-9pm
at FigureWorks
168 N.6th St.

This new series uses handmade Kozo paper with embedded chips of Maine mica, created by neighboring artist Richard Lee. Arlene has molded, stitched, painted and stained the paper to create these spectacular reliefs. The work is personal and haunting. The figures, seemingly delicate and innocent hold dark secrets that is often revealed through hand stitched text.

And this exhibition marks the first in FigurewWorks’ new home, same address, just one flight down. “This work is a perfect compliment to Figureworks new exhibition space – each historically reflecting on the past while recreating a striking new future.”

 

Japanese Emerging Artists Exhibition, Armory Night Video Screening
Saturday, March 4th
7–10 p.m
at Williamsburg Art & Historical (WAH) Center
135 Broadway

As part of JART7th, an ongoing annual exhibition curated and produced by Hiro Shiraishi of Pepper Project, a Tokyo-based art group, aiming to introduce a new wave of young emerging Japanese artists from Tokyo in collaboration with the New York Japanese artists, as well as artists from Stockholm and Berlin, bridging these metropolises and their respective art worlds and linking these geographically disparate artists together in one show.

This Saturday’s screening features three experimental videos by Mami Kosemura, Jun Ando, Om Meguro Akiyoshi. Artist discussion to follow the screenings.

 

Alex Chowaniec: Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse)
Saturday, March 4
6–8pm
at New York Studio Factory, 2nd Floor Studio Gallery
2 St. Nicholas Avenue

w/ Musical Performance by Ev
Sponsored by Braven Brewing Company

After party at Artichoke Basille, 8pm ’till.

NYSF is excited to present Alex Chowaniec: Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse), a solo pop-up installation, with musical performance by Ev, during Armory Arts Week, in Bushwick.

Chowaniec’s Gloria Patria (Burnt Eclipse) installation is realized through progressive light, as darkness falls at sunset. The image comes to you slowly; in darkness there is discovery.

The democratization of access to art is critical. Chowaniec’s goal is to expand how we achieve this, working in hybrid media (traditional and new) with the conscious goal of creating multiple access points for viewer engagement. Alternative spaces provide a vehicle to change the way we make art, engage with art and reach out to community through flexible sites for exhibition, education and organizing.

 

Four Films by Richard P. Rogers
Tuesday, March 7
7:30pm
at Light Industries
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Tickets – $8

Richard P. Rogers (1944–2001) maintained two full-time careers: he was a celebrated director and producer of nonfiction films as well as an inspired teacher of still photography and filmmaking at Harvard. Rogers’s appetite for knowledge was omnivorous, taking him from the jungles of Nicaragua to the fountains of Rome, from the bedrooms of colonial New England homes to the streets of working-class Albany. Throughout these travels, his unsparing artist’s eye turned as often back onto himself—touching on a range of topics from art and architecture to history and literature, his films spoke in many voices, politically engaged but also personal and experimental. Though perhaps best known for the long form independent documentaries Living at Risk and Pictures from a Revolution (both collaborations with Susan Meiselas and Alfred Guzzetti), at Harvard he was also a mentor to new generations of committed filmmakers, and under his directorship the Film Study Center became an important catalyst for nonfiction production.

Presented by Jeremy Rossen, the Assistant Curator at the Harvard Film Archive, this event features four films by Rogers, followed by a conversation with Jeremy Rossen, and Roggers’ collaborators Susan Meiselas, and Alexander Olch.

 

See you in the streets!

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Thursday Spotlight: Isaac Arvold, “later” Opens at Greenpoint Hill – TONIGHT!

Greenpoint Hill presents their second exhibition, later, works by Isaac Arvold, which opens tonight! We interviewed Greenpoint Hill’s Kim Brown when she first opened the gallery and retail shop on Freeman Street, and for this week’s Thursday Spotlight we’re showcasing Isaac Arvold, whose exhibited works are the harvest of a month-long artist’s retreat on a rather secluded beach in Costa Rica.

“I wanted to get away, be alone, and just make art,” says Isaac Arvold. “I think I was getting distracted in New York at the time and I wasn’t owning my craft. In my luggage I packed 2 pairs of shorts, 2 tops, sandals, a significant amount of ink accompanied by paper. Lots of paper. My favorite paper. 1,400 sheets of paper. I made my little beach office cabana out of drift wood and various fallen palm fronds. I would strip my bed sheets from my bed bring them to the beach with me and tie the corners to upright sticks which would give me sweet beautiful shade during the day.”

Sometimes working his Brooklyn studio, Arvold will feel the pressure of not having enough time to work on something or not be able to resume right away the next day. That was not an issue on the beach in Costa Rica.

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