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 →
Greenpoint’s beloved Calico Gallery, a 250vsq.ft. artist-run exhibition space at 67 West Street, is now accepting proposals for their 2018 exhibition year.
Operated by Founder and Director, Scott Chasse, an artist and arts organizer with over ten years experience, Calico’s mission is to present emerging, mid-career, and non-career artists in a venue that offers “white cube” presentation with a DIY approach. Exhibits typically run 4-6 weeks and are not reliant on commercial sales. Open gallery hours are Fridays & Saturdays, 12-5pm and by appointment.
There is no fee to apply and submissions are due by midnight, December 20th, 2017.
This weekend kicks off our local autumn art season. In addition to the Brooklyn Clay Tour providing an array of ceramics-related events (check their calendar for a full listing), art opening receptions of all mediums abound—stay in the ‘hood for sculpture, embroidery, immersive installations, surreal sculptures, and paintings that suspend disbelief.
As part of the Brooklyn Clay Tour, Calico presents a pop-up exhibit of commemorative plates, in conjunction with art collective FPOAFM Studios. “PLATE PARTY will feature over 20 artists whom have chosen their favorite artist or inspirational figure to commemorate on a porcelain plate. Images have been drawn, collaged, painted, illustrated, or etched, then permanently transferred onto a plate through a ceramic decal process or laser etching process.”Continue reading →
This weekend, Manhattan was bombarded with contemporary art: in addition to The Armory Show, we had SCOPE, Volta, Spring/Break, Art on Paper, and NADA (and probably others I’ve forgotten). Greenpointers staff were able to attend most of them, and we wanted to give a shoutout to our local artists and galleries who participated! You all are awesome.
Here’s the lowdown:
Local vintage shop Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave.) collaborated with Noah Scalin at Spring/Break to create a large fabric portrait of Helen Keller.
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!
3. Paola Citterio, “Men at Work”
Picture Farm Gallery
Friday, April 8th at 6-9pm
4. Charles Bukowski & Walter Robinson Owen James Gallery
Friday, April 8th to Saturday (opening reception 6-8pm), May 14th5. Amy Hill, “Young and Innocent” Front Room Gallery
Friday, April 15th (opening reception 7-9pm) to Sunday, May 22nd
Last Friday marked the 18th Greenpoint Gallery Night, hosted by Scott Chasse (Calico) and Owen Houhoulis (Owen James Gallery) who voluntarily organized this informal directory of art spaces and organizations. It’s a night to roam the neighborhood, visiting new and familiar places, and meeting some of the talented creatives who make Greenpoint the incredible neighborhood it is.
Here’s a short recap of the work I was able to see. Hope to see you at the next one! Continue reading →
Even though this past Friday brought more (unwanted, unexpected) flurries and cold, gallery owners took the storm in stride and kept their doors open late for Greenpoint Gallery Night. And for a good cause—the brave locals came in crowds, saw the art, and thus conquered the last snow of the the winter season. Check out our Instagram recap! Continue reading →
“#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday” will open at Calico Gallery (67 West St #206) in September as part of the next Greenpoint Gallery Night. The exhibit will consider the theme of “nostalgia” as it pertains to the artist regarding his/her former works. Please read the “call for work” below if you’d like to submit. There is no submission fee.
Jurors for this exhibit are:
Scott Chasse, founder/director of Calico
Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief & co-founder of Hyperallergic
Throwback Thursday: When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites. -Urban Dictionary
Instagram and other social medias are flooded at the end of each week with “nostalgic” images featuring the hashtag notations “#throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday”. These pics of our former selves sporting bad hair, tacky prom dresses, sitting on dad’s lap, or playing the oboe in high school band used to hide under the bed in an old shoe box. Their weekly resurrection has become money-in-the-bank in our online economy of “likes” and “shares”.
As artists, are we as willing to share images from our potentially cringeworthy artistic pasts? Or, could the older work be a “younger, hotter” version of its modern incarnation? Perhaps there is an outright cohesiveness in your work that has withstood the test of time? Calico invites you to dig deep into your portfolio and submit your artwork from yesteryear for consideration in the upcoming juried exhibition “#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday”.
Selected artists will exhibit one current piece (for perspective) and one piece from the past – the longer ago, the better. Space is limited and submissions will only be accepted in the following format:
send one email to calicosubmit (at) gmail.com
subject line: “throwback”
• Submissions due by Mon, Aug 5 – midnight
• Selected artists announced Fri, Aug 16
• Exhibition dates: Sept 13 – Oct 4, 2013
include in your submission:
-1-3 images of OLD work that you currently have available
-2 images of CURRENT work that is currently available
( web-friendly 72dpi images preferred)
-title, medium, dimensions, and year produced for each image
-your website or comparable link
Selection will be based on how interesting the relationship is between current and former works.
A great Greenpoint gallery called Calico Brooklyn opened this past year and contributed 10 amazing art shows that represented over 50 local artists in our art community. It was a lot of fun to go to the shows, see inspiring work, mingle with talented people and drink free beer. But organizing and installing art shows isn’t free and the first season was funded out of pocket by gallerist Scott Chasse, who also organized the Greenpoint Gallery night.
This gentleman is contributing a lot of his time and resources for the art culture in our neighborhood. For season 2, which will begin in September, with plans to produce another 10 shows, he is asking for the community to help him raise $5000. He has already raised $4,200 and has 1 day to go. Help get him to his goal and look forward to some really fun Friday art nights.
There are tons of great “perks” for donating, but I do recommend donating at the $250 level because you will receive an original piece of artwork by artists who have kindly donated their work to the gallery’s fundraiser who normally sell it for way more money. That’s not a donation – thats an investment in artwork!