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Immigrant Defense Project Benefit + Art Show Tonight 3/23

Greenpoint Hill - Immigrant Defense ProjectTonight (3/23) from 7-10pm, Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) is hosting a benefit to support the Immigrant Defense Project, a NYC-based non-profit. It’s also a good chance to catch Isaac Arvold’s show before it wraps up.

They will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP’s holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses.

Speakers from IDP will be attending to talk more about their initiatives.

Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill
Isaac Arvold @ Greenpoint Hill

Work provided by Greenpoint Hill, and Carol Joo Lee, M. MortonDanielle KrollLibby VanderPloegSigne YbergAlison Owen, LeshThe Lost CampIsaac ArvoldAnabella ZubillagaTatiana Arocha, Monty J, and Kim Brown.

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Thursday Spotlight: Multimedia Artist Alison Owen

Alison Owen – Diagonal Dipped Vase With Circle Handles

Alison Owen is a Greenpoint-based artist and art teacher whose work is committed to no set medium, but rather to the notion of “responsible consumption.” Her multimedia pieces are highly interactive with their environments, using the neglected materials of an art gallery space to demonstrate how what is no longer valued can be transformed into something beautiful. Alison scavenges for defunct installation tools, old hardware, scraps of forgotten artworks—and even collected dust—to create her innovative and conceptual exhibitions.

In recent years, Alison has masterfully picked up ceramics, which unlike her installations requires a more defined use of media and more prescriptive processes. In addition to her residency at the Wave Hill Estate in the Bronx, she will also be having a spring exhibition at Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) right in our neighborhood that kicks off on March 30. In the meantime, preview Alison’s diverse works on her website.

GP: How will your upcoming show at Greenpoint Hill be different than past shows you’ve had, and how will it be similar?

Alison: I tend to work site-specifically, responding to the architecture, the history, or the current use of the spaces where I show. I gather up materials from the site or from people connected to the site, and use those in the space. At this point, I have a large collection of materials that have been donated or scavenged from other artists over the years, and I have been using these materials to make collages and paintings and small sculptures that I’ll show at Greenpoint Hill. This will be less of a site-specific installation and more a show of individual works, which is kind of new for me.  Continue reading

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