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Thursday Spotlight: Pinpoint—Pins, Punk Rock and Friendship

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Bold will hold. This phrase, most commonly associated with the tattooing style of early traditional artists, signifies designing tattoos with a bold, thick line style that holds up beautifully over the years. Guys like Norman Collins (commonly known as Sailor Jerry) or his predecessor Amund Dietzel, preferred this style as smaller and more intricate designs tended to fade and wear away.

_mg_0526To the women who co-founded the breakout Greenpoint pin and patch company Pinpoint, the phrase applies in a different way. It not only drives their stylistic choices, but also serves as a metaphor for what it means to be young in New York and to begin a somewhat risky project with a lifelong friend.

Not surprisingly, Samantha Freeman and Emily June met during a high school art class in their home town of Cornwall, New York. As something that now seems like a predecessor to their future business together, they bonded over making stuffed animals outside of class. A few years later the two parted ways for college. Emily stayed in New York to study design and Samantha headed down to Florida to get her degree in dentistry. Years later they reconnected, and armed with new sets of skills and business savvy, they managed to found Pinpoint in the midst of navigating their lives in New York City.
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Gritty, Rapidly Disappearing Cityscapes by Monte Antrim

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Monte Atrim’s “Last World Problems”

A talented local artist and designer, Monte Antrim, is displaying his unique images at South 4th Bar & Cafe (90 South 4th St.) in a show titled “Last World Problems.” The installation, which will open on Saturday, December 10th and run through January 5th, differs from other shows he has done in the past. Last World Problems will feature small affordable silkscreens, perfect for holiday gifts, and also several collage and acrylic pieces on plywood panels.

A talented sketch artist with unique designs, Antrim has gained a considerable local reputation for his local scenes, many of which feature gritty, rapidly disappearing cityscapes. His impressive sketches include a wide variety of other scenes, yet each captures something unique. Continue reading

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Art Sale & Call For Artist + Musician Residencies: The Hollows Transforms

Previous exhibit, "Monologue Relief" by Margarete Hentze at The Hollows.
Previous exhibit, “Monologue Relief” by Margarete Hentze at The Hollows.

Williamsburg art gallery/studio/performance space The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave.) is restructuring its townhouse space so that each of the 5 floors of the building will be designated for a different discipline/medium. As a result, they’re clearing out their basement storage and turning it into a music studio.

The basement clean-out art sale is happening this Friday, November 25th (through November 28) at Lower East Side gallery Chinatown Soup (16B Orchard Street). Details after the jump, and read about their call for artists and musicians in residence! Continue reading

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Major Retropective Honors Greenpoint Artist

Questroyal Gallery at 903 Park Avenue in Manhattan will host an important retrospective of great Greenpoint painter Ralph Blakelock from November 11th through December 10th. The show is titled “Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns” and will feature many of his works. Continue reading

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Newtown Creek Clean by 2035!, BQE Weekend Woes, and Greenpoint is the New Home Design Capital of the World! – The Hook-up 10/28

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Enjoying a beautiful sunset in McCarren Park.

A green cab driver was shot in the leg early last Friday morning when he tried to speed away from two armed assailants attempting to rob him and his passenger. The incident happened at the intersection of North Eighth and Berry streets at 3:15am. Check out this article from DNAinfo for more details.

Newtown Creek will be swimmable by 2035! Actually, don’t quote me on that swimmable thing, but according to this piece from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, at last week’s Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting, the EPA announced plans for the remediation of Newtown Creek. Unfortunately, the plans wouldn’t even begin to show results until 2025 at the earliest.

According to this article from the Wall Street Journal, sculptor Barry X Ball will be moving his studio from Williamsburg to Greenpoint in the Spring. The space, at 193 Banker St., is currently being renovated specifically for him, and according to Mr. Ball, once it’s finished will be “the only comprehensive stone fabrication facility in the world.”

Local Greenpointer Kim Brown, who is the owner of Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) got some press this week in this lovely piece from Bedford + Bowery. Brown is a ceramicist herself and her gallery features work from mostly Greenpoint-based artists.

Greenpoint has been dubbed “the new home design capital of the world” according to this recent article from Vogue.

Some of last weekend’s Greenpoint Halloween festivities, including the Town Square Spooktacular and P.S. 110’s annual fall festival, were captured in this piece from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Some of the photos are especially great!

Guys dressed up as construction workers for Halloween will be preventing anyone from passing under the BQE this weekend. Actually, they are real construction workers, but seriously, traveling from one side of the BQE to the other will be difficult this weekend. Three out of six avenues that travel under the highway in Greenpoint will be closed. Check out this piece from The Williamsburg Patch for more info.

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Sunday Snaps – Minstrels of Greenpoint

There are a few things that just make you stop dead in your tracks and smile. Maybe you’re even in a hurry, rushing along down the street, and then that wondrous sound comes to your ears – a voice and some sweet strums of an instrument playing a favorite song of yours. I’ve always thought musicians are to a neighborhood what fish are to a stream – an indicator of health and liveliness. If you can walk around for a whole day and not see anyone walking down the sidewalk carrying an instrument or sharing a song, you might want to think twice about what that says about the creative vitality of the place. Luckily for us, Greenpoint is full of musicians, and so today’s photo essay honors these minstrels and everyday suppliers of soul.

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I found Jack Simchak breaking in a new guitar of his in McCarren Park. He was playing some beautiful classical guitar arpeggiations, which fit the feeling of a gorgeous late October day perfectly. Check out Jack’s project, Resident Electric.

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Iron Man Returns Next Week To House of Yes!

Iron ManWe last caught up with champion shirt-presser Iron Man at his Pete’s Candy Store residency back in July. Now the pro-ironer is pressing on with a new event next week, attempting “synchronized ironing” during a screening of the movie Carrie. (We think A Wrinkle In Time would have been more appropriate.) Bring any clothes you want ironed, prom clothes preferred, but any will be accepted for pressing.

SYNCHRONIZED DOUBLES!
James Hook with Sarah Lapinski
Little Cinema @ House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick)
October 25 & 26th
7pm-10pm, $10 | Tickets available here

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A Collaborative Sculpture In McGolrick Park, and a Meadow-phor for All of Us

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Conceptual artist Martynka Wawrzyniak will create Ziemia, a public art project created in collaboration with all Greenpointers.

Martynka Wawrzyniak has always been a conceptual artist. She thinks deeply about her relationship to the world and comes up with self-portraits that are inimitable and brilliantly unique. These ideas often utilize unusual substances and require her to collaborate with specialists in an eclectic range of fields.

For example, in her 2012 project, Smell Me, she spent two years working with Hunter College Professor Donna McGregor and a team of chemistry research students to create an olfactory-based self-portrait utilizing the extracted essence of her sweat, tears and hair.

In another project, Feed, she collected a year’s worth of her used cloth dinner napkins in order to create a suspended double spiral where viewers walked through her life in the self-described “stains of my existence”.

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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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Thursday Spotlight: Ed Zipco of Superchief

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Ed Zipco, self-portrait

Superchief is a bi-coastal gallery, with locations in LA and here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the back of Tender Trap on Greenpoint Ave… And it seems like they’re constantly hosting exhibitions of trippy artwork and extreme artists.

We recently caught up with Ed Zipco, co-founder of Superchief, to chat about the weird nature of the art world, what it’s like to live between two coasts, and who exactly buys the weapons and art cars Superchief exhibits.

Greenpointers: With two gallery spaces and a seemingly constant rotation of exhibitions, how do you keep all of this going? How do you stay organized?

Ed Zipco: Yup, we’re proudly working non-stop. We like to keep it moving, we like to see new stuff, and there are so many artists killing it right now, we’re hooked and working on it 24/7.

An Occulus Rift Experience #DiMoDA Vol. 2 at Superchief Gallery BK
An Occulus Rift Experience #DiMoDA Vol. 2 at Superchief Gallery BK

The length of exhibitions in Greenpoint always varies… this last show with DiMoDa for instance, which features Oculus Rift goggles that visitors can wear and giant wall to wall projections, will be up for nearly a month; while recently we had a few different opportunities pop up at the same time, so we did 4 separate art shows in a single week.

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