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Thursday Spotlight: Danielle Orchard, Embodying the Feminine

Danielle Orchard in her Greenpoint studio, photo by Ian Hartsoe

Danielle Orchard greets me with a big smile in her Greenpoint studio. We just met two months prior at her solo exhibition, “A Little Louder, Love,” at Jack Hanley Gallery. Danielle and I immediately connect over our shared Midwestern roots, having both spent four idyllic years in Bloomington, Indiana for college. While in her studio, I am drawn to a painting of a woman bathing with her head laid back on the edge of a tub. In some areas, a color change designates a volumetric form, and in another moment, it will depict a flattened shape. The clarity she has in her vision is insurmountable, and echoes in the candor of her paintings.

Orchard’s figures exist in their own reality; they are neither staged nor stumbled upon, yet seek both attention and solitude. She invokes figuration of the past and present. Inspired by how the nude woman has been portrayed throughout Western art history, she uniquely explores the familiar yet overlooked shapes of the female figure. Orchard reveals how a woman’s body flattens in a bathtub while breasts buoy to the surface, how her arms tangle overhead while taking off a shirt, and how her curves contour the ground while laying nude in grass. Repeating tulip and cigarette motifs are reflected in her figures’ pubic and elegant fingers, signaling impermanence, or a momentary recess. Danielle explains to me that those activities we visualize ourselves doing we can biologically benefit from as if we were physically doing them. While viewing her paintings, we are all in some way benefiting from their requiescence.

Painting in Danielle Orchard’s studio, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

Greenpointers: When were you first exposed to art growing up?

Danielle Orchard: I was born in Michigan City, IN and grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. Both of my brothers and a lot of my family are into skateboarding. I was never a skateboarder, but creativity was always around me. There was always this sense of making art which shaped the community, like building the skate park which was fairly engrossing while I was growing up. I drew as a kid, and remember always asking for art supplies for holidays. Both of my parents are design minded, my dad a really good draftsman and my mom a flower hobbyist. I think once you’re recognized as being talented as a kid, you sort of decide that is the thing you’re going to pursue. I had an art teacher in high school who was really supportive. There was always that sense that art was serious, but not to say that that was never mutable. It has always been subject to various pressures and even taste throughout college and graduate school.

Orchard’s wall of drawings and reference material, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

GP: In your interview with MaakeMagazine in October 2017, you mentioned you would like your drawings to be standalone pieces. How is that process going?

DO: Not well! I’m always so impatient to get painting. I do keep a pretty steady sketching practice and I also take a lot of written notes. I think it’s interesting when painters take color notes to plan for future paintings. Drawing is so much a part of the way I paint that I feel that the urge is satisfied there. The early stages of my paintings are typically linear. I don’t see much of a division between drawing and painting in my process, so I guess that’s why I’m okay with drawing not being a distinct thing where I show the work independently. I do think a lot about Nicole Eisenman’s decision to stop painting for a year and what that means to fully shift focus to a different medium. In the future it’s something that I’m interested in to turn off oil paint for a while and see what happens.

Girl Drawing Pears, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

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Art Roundup 4/19-23: Earth Day and Greenpoint Gallery Night!

Greenpoint Gallery Night is celebrated this Friday, all over the neighborhood

Spring is here, at long last, and Earth Day is just around the corner. Art kicks into high gear this season — there’s Greenpoint Gallery Night (with a guide to the fun here), our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market, then Greenpoint Open Studios June 2 and 3, and more. Check out some highlights for the upcoming, biannual Greenpoint Gallery Night (taking place all over the neighborhood on April 20 from 6–9 PM), and explore the latest artistic (and terrestrial) happenings this Earth Day week!
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Freshly Baked Comedy, Pasta Fesca Plate, Prophets Over Profits, Bike Tour Tuneup — What’s Happening Greenpoint (4/11-4/17)

Poster design by Julia Moak

Our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market is Getting Ready to Blast Off! Spring may not yet have fully sprung but we’re bringing fresh life, warmth, and out of this world local vendors to the Greenpoint Loft on 67 West Street for Greenpointers’ Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market. We’ll be blasting off on Sunday, April 22 and staying in orbit from 1 to 7pm. Join your fellow space gardeners and RSVP on Facebook.  More deets here.

WEDNESDAY 4/11

^ Letters in the Dirt @The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue), 7pm, $20, This play places its audience face-to-face with the insightful Aiyana Jones— a seven-year-old girl fatally shot by police in 2010 during a botched raid in Detroit, now a symbol within the Movement for Black Lives. Buy Tix
♫ Full Frontal Female Fronted @Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave) 8pm, $5, Buy Tix
Grand St. Stompers: 20s Jazz @Radegast (113 N 3rd St.), 9pm, FREE, Grab some German food & drink and join the quintet for dancing, listening, and hanging, More Info
☺ Freshly Baked: Cookies and Comedy @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue), 9pm, FREE, rotating lineup, surprise special guests and homemade baked goods, More Info

THURSDAY 4/12

* Economic Development Committee Mtg — Community Board 1 @ CB1 District Office (435 Graham Avenue), 6:30pm, FREE, More Info
* Cacao Ceremony & Reiki Experience @Anima Mundi Herbals (35 Noble Street), 7pm, $40, Are you ready to cultivate a deep loving sensation within your heart? Are you ready to deepen your loving relationship with yourself and others? Buy Tix
# Pasta Fresca Plate! @Archestratus (160 Huron St.), 7pm, $20,Archestratus is very excited to kick off a new weekly dinner gathering! A relaxed evening of fresh, homemade pasta from a pasta-making Chef + Friend of Archie’s, RSVP
Abraham Brody & Trys Keturiose: Ancestors @National Sawdust (80 N 6th St.), 7pm, $20, Buy tix
PULP FICTION LIVE performed by The Last Nites @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue), 8pm, $12-15, Buy Tix Continue reading

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Weekly Roundup March 28–31: Groupmuse and Rooftops and Egg, Oh My!

A Groupmuse concert from back in November

If you’re gonna be a heathen this Holy Week (happy Easter and Passover to those of you do-gooders), might as well indulge in some of the artistic, culinary, and musical happenings around the neighborhood.

A Classical Williamsburg Eve
Groupmuse | Williamsburg (full address given to attendees only)
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30

More info, $3 to reserve and $10+ donation to the musicans

Groupmuse — the community-building and stereotype-breaking music series — is coming to Williamsburg this week. Here’s how it works: classical music enthusiasts open up their homes, announce an event on Groupmuse’s website, and then loyal audiences look for upcoming mini-concerts in their nabes. The host for this event will welcome two violinists; if it fills up, you can always search the site for future events (or host one yourself!).

Last Call: Kombrewcha closes National Women’s Month
Egg | 138 North 8th Street
Friday, March 30 from 2–4 PM
More info, $5 ticket(/donation!)

After a month of celebrating boss ladies everywhere, Kombrewcha is closing out National Women’s Month at Egg Shop Williamsburg. Attendees are invited to kick-off the holiday weekend with a free Kombrewcha cocktail or bottle (and a few light bites!) and raise a glass to the power of women. RSVP here.

Karin Campbell’s “Sunnyside”
106 Green Art Gallery | 106 Green Street
Opening Reception on Saturday, March 31 from 6–8 PM
More info, Free

106 Green is pleased to present “Sunnyside,” a solo exhibition of new works by Karin Campbell. The exhibition will be open from March 31–April 29. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. Karin Campbell’s work exudes an ecstatic painterliness: Energetic brushwork, bright colors, and wild shapes come together in joyful and rambunctious compositions. She draws from the language of cartoons, gestural abstraction, and notebook doodles. The paintings are animated, full of movement, but balance extroverted expression with interior contemplation.

Rooftop Barter
Mothership NYC | 252 Green Street
Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 1–5 PM
More info, Cost? Hmm…

Books with forgotten notes, pots from a drunk purchase, potteries from the Oaxaqueño valleys… Do you have stories behind the things you own? Jue, Mothership’s artist-in-residence, has been contemplating the objects of her life over the past month and will be hosting a rooftop barter this weekend. Like a yard sale, you will find everything from silverware to original artworks. Unlike a yard sale, no monies will be exchanged at this barter.

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Park Church Co-Op Exhibition Highlights Female Voices this Holy Week

We all know the Twelve Apostles’ reactions to Jesus’ resurrection. From joyous celebration to Thomas the Doubter’s human skepticism, you might say their responses were the original OMG. But it was women who first encountered Jesus outside the tomb, and men considered their reports “ides tales.” Greenpoint’s Park Church Co-Op, the liberal Lutheran church focused on radical love and inclusion,  is reclaiming these female voices, defiantly (and hysterically) calling men’s history of outshining female voices “mansplaining the resurrection.”

Citing the #metoo movement as an opportunity to empower women’s voices that are often overshadowed in the Bible, Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) will commemorate this Holy Week — the day’s leading up to Jesus’ resurrection — by bringing together artists from varying cultural and religious backgrounds to discuss themes of justice and gender. Curated by Concetta Abbate and Pastor Amy Kienzle (one of Brooklyn Magazine‘s Top 100 Influencers), this Friday’s exhibit opening, from 6 to 10 PM, jumpstarts a week of events that blend art, religion, and activism. The exhibition will continue through April 1, Easter Sunday.

As with any wholesome and hip church, all are welcome.

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Poetry + Paintings from the Backwoods of Alabama at Calico on Thursday (3/22)

Calico Gallery, Field For Ballads with Hannah Hill and Hannah Aizenman's work
Calico Gallery, Field For Ballads, showing the work of Hannah Hill and Hannah Aizenman’s work

A few weeks ago, Calico Gallery (67 West Street #203) opened Field For Ballads, an exhibition of works by two Brooklyn women originally from Alabama, painter Hannah Hill and writer Hannah Aizenman (who is Poetry Coordinator for The New Yorker). The exhibit, curated by artist Frank Schellace, pairs several of Hill’s beautiful color changing (!) paintings with Aizenman’s words running down the wall and onto the floor. The room, with a few earth-toned fabric covered stools and a stag fern from Dobbin Street shop Feng Sway, feels like a reading room, with copies of a limited-run book of poetry and images. Shellace’s goal was to give viewers an intimate storytelling experience, transporting them deep into the backwoods and folklore of Alabama from the confines of a small, hip Brooklyn gallery. “The show was conceived with the notion of what it means to be a Southern transplant in Brooklyn,” Hill says.

This Thursday night (March 22nd) at 7pm, the gallery is hosting a reading and artist/curator walkthrough. The show is elegant, philosophical and powerful, and though the work gives impressions of the past the show feels modern and fresh. Thursday’s reading is a fantastic way to fully experience the work at its full intention. Continue reading

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An Art Heist, An Environmental Vision and Another Hit and Run — The Hook-Up (3/16)

One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg
One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg via Brooklyn Paper

Happy Friday, Greenpoint, and welcome to the Da Vinci Code. There’s been an art heist on Bayard Street, and the NYPD has made an appeal for information from the public. The thief broke into the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg, and made off 6 Hudson River School landscape paintings worth a combined 1.7 million dollars.

Speaking of the River, this week, local community advocacy groups Riverkeeper,  Newtown Creek Alliance, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Perkins+Will teamed up to launch their Vision Plan for Newtown Creek and Flushing Waterways.

Newtown Creek Alliance is also part of a coalition of nearly 200 environmental groups that staged a rally this week to pressure Gov. Cuomo to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in New York State.  Continue reading

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Light Industry’s 10th Anniversary Benefit is March 24, Get Tix Now and Support Local Arts!

Light Industry Benefit

Light Industry. Photo: Alison Considine
Light Industry. Photo: Alison Considine

Greenpoint’s own alterna-cinema Light Industry (155 Freeman Street) is having their tenth anniversary this year—and are having a party and silent auction on March 24th from 7-9pm to celebrate and raise funds. Light Industry‘s programming ranges from the rare historical film to the under-appreciated 70s art film to a LGBTQ-produced public access TV show from the 90s (tonight (3/13), Dyke TV will be screening). The space is modest—75 folding chairs, a white wall and film nerd-worthy archive. Co-founders Thomas Beard and Ed Halter curate the programming, cultivate the audiences, and maintain the performance space. It’s a cultural landmark for Greenpoint (in good company with Film Noir Cinema on Meserole Street whose programming and setup is a different vibe from Light Industry), and one that draws visitors from not only all over NYC but also other parts of the world. Below, find details for their 10th Anniversary benefit.

Light Industry’s Tenth Anniversary Benefit
Party and Silent Auction
Saturday, March 24, 2017 from 7-9pm
Bridget Donahue Gallery | 99 Bowery, 3rd Floor
Tickets for Party and Silent Auction – $100 here
Online bidding for the artwork is now live on Artsy.

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Armory Week: North Brooklyn Artists and Galleries

Spring is approaching, and you know what that means- it’s Armory Week in New York! In addition to The Armory Show, the other fairs VoltaSPRING/BREAKArt on Paper, NADA, Independent, and SCOPE are happening all around the city. Our team at Greenpointers created a road map highlighting some North Brooklyn artists and galleries that will be exhibiting throughout the week, along with when and where to catch them. Enjoy!

March 6-12: SPRING/BREAK Art Show (4 Times Square)     

Hiba Schahbaz and her The Garden installation, courtesy of Greenpointers
  1. Hiba Schahbaz (Bushwick): The Garden curated by Field Projects; Room 2362; also exhibiting at Art on Paper with Sugarlift; Booth 417

    Carolyn Salas, Caryatid, no. 1, 2018, hydrostone and steel, 10×7 feet, courtesy of Greenpointers
  2. Carolyn Salas and Maureen Cavanaugh (Greenpoint): Here Now curated by Adam Parker Smith; Room 2370
  3. Brian Willmont (Greenpoint): Milk Thieves curated by Alison Sirico; Room 2374, and Human Now curated by Kara Brooks; Room 2319

    Alexandra Fanning and Kawita Vatanajyankur video installation, courtesy of Greenpointers
  4. Kawita Vatanajyankur: Rituals of Otherness curated by Alexandra Fanning (East Williamsburg); Room 2232

    Macon Reed and Helen Toomer, A Pressing Conference, courtesy of Greenpointers
  5. Macon Reed: A Pressing Conference presented by Helen Toomer (Williamsburg); Room 2221; Daily performances will take place at 1pm and 4pm

    Caris Reid and her paintings, part of Crystal Visions, courtesy of Greenpointers
  6. Caris Reid (former Greenpointer): Crystal Visions curated by Sarah Potter; Room 2364/2365
  7. Eric Lee Bowman (Greenpoint): What’s Past Prologue curated by Kristin Sancken; Room 2369

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Thursday Spotlight: Artist Hein Koh, Wide Eyed

Hein Koh in her Greenpoint studio, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

It’s hard not to love sculptor Hein Koh and her carefully constructed amorphous spandex sculptures. Nearly twice her height, Hein’s wide eyed and weeping flowers watch over us while we talk. Her Greenpoint studio feels like a remix to a more extensive, and sparkling, Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse set, a reference she immediately identifies with. A mother to twin daughters, Ami and Oni, the brilliant whimsical world Hein has created explores the innocence of childhood, and the melancholy she faces in her inability to return to such virtuous times. Continue reading

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