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GOS 2017: Unusual Art Spaces!

NOah Prebish at San Damiano Mission/Lot Radio, GOS 2017
Noah Prebish at San Damiano Mission/Lot Radio, GOS 2017

Since the introduction of its first archetype, the modern “art gallery” continues to evolve into many different forms today—as artists can be found showcasing their work in more intimate settings outside the institutional format of endless rooms and luminous ceilings.

During Greenpoint Open Studios (June 3-4), one can easily come across several types of art in unusual places; like an ambient soundscape from The Lot Radio (17 Nassau Ave) at the San Damiano Mission, where you can expect to hear a range of midi sound loops through its historic 700-pipe organ. Since its opening a little over a year ago, The Lot Radio has held several events within the church to raise money towards the pipe organ’s renovation. The program during GOS will be performed by composer and DJ Noah Prebish, who plays in the band Psymon Spine when he’s not at The Lot.

“Throughout the day, we’ll have different sized loops playing that will work similarly to a Steve Reich tape loop, so no sound will repeat exactly the same,” explains Noah. “When you walk into the church, each loop is going to sound a bit different. This will kind of showcase the abilities of the organ, which can be played really fast or really slow, or with several different tempos at once.” Prebish will also be accompanied by local musicians like Bryan Ujueta of Mr. Twin Sister and others, who will improvise with instruments over the loops.

Be sure to catch Noah’s soundscape piece at the church (85 North 15th Street) and scope out some of the other types of unexpected art you can find in the neighborhood after the jump. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Textile Artist Julia Brandao

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Textile art by Julia Brandao

By way of São Paulo, Julia Brandao has come to grace New York with knowledge of the finest cultural relics and wisdom from what seems like the world’s edges. As a textile and sculpture artist having traveled all over the world (though she calls Brazil her home), Julia’s love for collage canvases a mix of experiences and thoughts from the people and places she encounters. Her work largely prefacing the influence of memory, she glues together the thoughtful impressions that evoke feelings of familiarity through colors, shapes, and textures.

 

To see more of her work, you can can catch her at the Greenpointers Fall Market on October 30th, at The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street), and visit her website/Instagram. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Traveling Boutique Will Now Open Shop in June!

Clotilde-WalkTheWest-GreenpointLike an old friend you might see once in a blue moon, Walk the West is Greenpoint’s traveling boutique that comes bearing goods and stories, often unexpected and unannounced. Continue reading

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First Weekend of April: Exhibitions and Openings

Need something to do this weekend? We’ve got a couple of shows at a few galleries this weekend for you to check out to celebrate the first weekend of April. From Owen James Gallery to Secret Project Robot, be sure to mark your calendars for some of their special receptions the next couple of nights!

Photo source The Village

1. The Village Art Installation
Secret Project Robot
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st 7-10pmThe Game by Allison Maletz

2. Allison Maletz, “Game”
Calico Gallery
Friday, April 1st (opening reception 7-9pm) to Saturday, May 7thMen at Work by Paola Citterio

3. Paola Citterio, “Men at Work”
Picture Farm Gallery
Friday, April 8th at 6-9pmBather by Walter Robinson

4. Charles Bukowski & Walter Robinson
Owen James Gallery
Friday, April 8th to Saturday (opening reception 6-8pm), May 14thYoung and Innocent by Amy Hill5. Amy Hill, “Young and Innocent”
Front Room Gallery
Friday, April 15th (opening reception 7-9pm) to Sunday, May 22nd

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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Harriet Salmon

Lindsay Lohan by Harriet Salmon

With a BFA at the California College of Arts & Crafts and a concentration in sculpture at Yale University School of Art, Harriet Salmon successfully found herself in the East Coast art world in the year 2006, making a name for herself as an illustrator, fabricator, and artist. Her roles in the past have included working as the Production Assistant at Pixar for the film Ratatouille and former Senior Photo Editor at Artforum Magazine, with much of her artwork revolving around body movement within landscapes. Continue reading

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Female Artists in Greenpoint: Jackie Mendoza

Jackie Mendoza

While thinking about ’90s pop groups, it seems many badass female artists have followed some intrinsic pull to become solo artists succeeding the rise of their careers. From Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, to Fergie and Gwen Stefani, there is no doubt that these decisions are a cultural paradigm of blazing American independence.

This is not just exclusive to the world of pop artists. To leave the bracketed comfort of a known name or branded identity to stand on your own is an admirable example of fearlessness and self-actualization, more than a lofty risk. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Lewis Lazar

Lewis Lazar

Originally born and raised in Brussels, Lewis Lazar is a Greenpoint-based painter and musician who draws elements of folklore into his visual artwork and photography journals. Throughout his career, he has had exhibitions worldwide in London, New York, and Nicaragua. Usually dabbling in watercolours, oil paintings, photography, etchings and Lino cut prints, Lewis creates to seek understanding of the world and communicate the acknowledgement of desires from needs, as well as disingenuous advertising when it comes to art and self-exposure. “It is not enough to know and to show, it also has to be lived and experienced,” he tells Greenpointers.
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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Michael Hambouz

Pretty in Pink exhibition by Michael Hambouz

Michael Hambouz is a multi-disciplinary artist who’s been living as a Greenpoint resident for the last 12 years. Originally from the Midwest, he calls Niles, Michigan, his hometown where he continues to source paper from a local mill called French Paper Co.

In his current solo exhibition at Calico (67 West St, #203), Michael Hambouz is showcasing “Pretty in Pink” – an experimental series of multi-tiered structures, collages, and videos created during a period of personal hardship, with each piece representing the meditations on specific issues that the artist dealt with in his life. By “pink-washing” his 3D lenticular paintings, his work speaks of positive transformation and taking control of negative experiences by reinterpreting them into bright compositions of bold colors and figurative patterns. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Tattoo Artist Diego Romay

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Photo Source: Diego Romay

Born into a family of architects and photographers, Bolivian artist Diego Romay had wanted to go to art school with no other purpose than doing what he liked. Four years after graduating and saving money he made from a couple of art shows, Diego had the chance to study abroad and come to North America with his family’s support. He found mentors in a shop in Washington, DC who taught him the techniques of professional tattooing. After two years of learning, his experience and love for the craft led him to permanently relocate to Brooklyn. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gallery is Reopening with a Fire Relief Show Tomorrow (Fri, 3/4)!

After 2 months of recovery from a devastating fire accident, Greenpoint Gallery (390 McGuinness Blvd) is ready to resume their art shows. Tomorrow on Friday, March 4th at 8pm, they will be holding their first show of the year. The Fire Relief Salon Show will be a one night juried event where one exhibited artist has the chance to win $200. Open call submissions go until 11pm tonight for anyone interested in submitting pieces for the show. Continue reading

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