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Thursday Spotlight: Isaac Arvold, “later” Opens at Greenpoint Hill – TONIGHT!

Greenpoint Hill presents their second exhibition, later, works by Isaac Arvold, which opens tonight! We interviewed Greenpoint Hill’s Kim Brown when she first opened the gallery and retail shop on Freeman Street, and for this week’s Thursday Spotlight we’re showcasing Isaac Arvold, whose exhibited works are the harvest of a month-long artist’s retreat on a rather secluded beach in Costa Rica.

“I wanted to get away, be alone, and just make art,” says Isaac Arvold. “I think I was getting distracted in New York at the time and I wasn’t owning my craft. In my luggage I packed 2 pairs of shorts, 2 tops, sandals, a significant amount of ink accompanied by paper. Lots of paper. My favorite paper. 1,400 sheets of paper. I made my little beach office cabana out of drift wood and various fallen palm fronds. I would strip my bed sheets from my bed bring them to the beach with me and tie the corners to upright sticks which would give me sweet beautiful shade during the day.”

Sometimes working his Brooklyn studio, Arvold will feel the pressure of not having enough time to work on something or not be able to resume right away the next day. That was not an issue on the beach in Costa Rica.

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Weekend Art Roundup: Oct 14 – 16

Photo: Andy P. Smith
“When there were only one set of footprints, it was because that’s when I gave you a drunken piggy back ride to the next bar.” Photo: Andy P. Smith

Guys, I know we’re all looking forward to staying in this weekend, ya know, watching baseball or football or the new Christopher Guest mockumentary… but here’s a few things to check out if you do find the strength and courage to leave home.

Also, FYI, this weekend is a Super Full Blood Hunters Full Moon, watch out!

See ya in the streets,

Andy

ballot2016 at the front room


The 4th Quadrennial “Ballot Show”

October 14th-23th, Opening Reception Friday, Oct 14, 7-9pm
Gallery open Fri-Sun 1-6pm & by appointment
at The Front Room Gallery
147 Roebling street

The Front Room Gallery is proud to present the Fourth quadrennial “Ballot Show”, which focuses on the American electoral system, and the overall notion of voting with a ballot. “The Ballot Show,” held every four years since 2004, is inspired by the American election, and contemplates our antiquated electoral-college voting process.

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Thursday Spotlight: Ed Zipco of Superchief

Ed Zipco, self-portrait
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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Weekend Art Roundup: Sept 16 – 20

Bill Murray inquiring about lemonade out front of Paulie Gee's.
Bill Murray inquiring about lemonade outside of Paulie Gee’s.

Hey guys,

There are exactly 10 cool things happening and around Greenpoint this weekend. Eleven if you count Bill Murray bartending at 21 Greenpoint, but that doesn’t count, does it? There are at least 10 cool things happening this weekend.

I double dog dare you to get to more than three of these events. Choose wisely!

See you in the streets,

Andy

 

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Thursday Spotlight: Michelle McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics

Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics
Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics

If you’ve ever sought out quality ceramics in our nabe, you’ve no doubt discovered a crowded market. And yet Calyer Ceramics has managed to break through and shine. Founder Michelle McLaughlin grew this independent, creative brand from the ground up, starting out in her own apartment.

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Greenpoint Gallery’s 4th Annual National Juried Art Competition: $5,000 Cash Prize

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The 4th Annual Greenpoint Gallery National Juried Art Competition is now accepting applicants. The winner of Best in Show in this national competition will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a solo show and three runner-up artists will be awarded $250 each and a slot in a group show.

2015's Grand Prize Winner: Isaac McCaslin, Spectacularly Dying, oil on canvas, 60 in. x 50 in. 2014-c
2015’s Grand Prize Winner: Isaac McCaslin, Spectacularly Dying, oil on canvas, 60 in. x 50 in.

The Greenpoint Gallery has over a decade-long history of excellence, having exhibited thousands of artists and awarded nearly $100,000 in prize money.

Enter today!  Only the first 300 applications will be accepted.

More details here, good luck!

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Thursday Spotlight: Eric Morrell, Art Director at Project Runway

Eric Morrell, Art Director
Eric Morrell, Art Director

Eric Morrell is a Production Designer and Art Director for TV and film living in Greenpoint. He has art directed numerous feature films, commercials, reality shows, and music videos while working for four seasons as Art Director for the reality competition show Project Runway.

I recently caught up with him at his Greenpoint apartment to chat about the hyper-local film industry of Greenpoint, the value of art school, and the impending L train closure…

Greenpointers: What is you favorite thing about Greenpoint/Williamsburg?  What’s a typical day for you in the neighborhood?

Eric Morrell: My favorite thing about Greenpoint how each street feels a little different and it really feels like a cohesive neighborhood even though it has a warehouse district and a commercial district and the area around McGolrick feels completely different then Franklin Avenue. Its got a lot of variety and changes a lot every few months. I really don’t need the rest of the city.

A typical day off is going out to eat somewhere for one meal, I try to go to new spots. If it’s a nice day I walk around or bike around the neighborhood and then go see a movie or go home and watch a movie. I like that we have movie theaters in Williamsburg but it’s still not close enough. With all the movie studios around I feel like they should build a big one somewhere East of McGuinness.

Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City
Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City

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Thursday Spotlight: Ted McGrath

Ted McGrath in his Greenpoint studio
Ted McGrath in his Greenpoint studio

Ted McGrath is originally from the Philadelphia area but has become a Brooklyn fixture over the last decade plus. He has exhibited works at institutions like Cinders Gallery, Calico, and Black Ball Projects and he’s performed music under the moniker The Flag in venues like Death By Audio, Silent Barn, and Shea Stadium to name a few.

You may recognize him from behind the bar at The Diamond though he now works full-time as an art director for MTV, while working nights and weekends in his studio, a small but sunny room in a factory building next to the Pulaski Bridge.

I recently stopped by for a visit to see his latest work, some of which was created for a solo exhibition at Current Space in Baltimore.

"Sphinx", 2014 by Ted McGrath
“Sphinx”, 2016 by Ted McGrath

Greenpointers: You use a large mix of mediums in your work: oil, spray paint, house paint, graphite, crayon… How does your process unfold? Do you give yourself any parameters in regards to your mediums?

Ted McGrath: Parameters, no, not really. I’m primarily trying to set up as many moments of engagement or conflict as possible between myself, the materials, and the surface. Frequently changing up the materials, layering them quickly, trying to get something unexpected happening so that I’m completely focused and totally off balance at all times. A series of planned crises, I’m mopping one up while staging the next. 

"Fantastic Black Police Car", Ted McGrath, 2015, oil, ink, spray paint, house paint, oil stick, graphite on paper,
“Fantastic Black Police Car”, 2015, Ted McGrath

Some of your work is very abstract while some works are iconic and graphic, eg. representations of figures or objects like “Sphynx” or “Fantastic Black Police Car”… What inspires you? Do the more abstract works come from a different area of your imagination than the more figurative works?

It all comes from the same place, definitely, and I think the most successful pieces are those where things get kinda blurry. I work from a constantly expanding sort of lexicon or repertoire of forms and gestures, the ones that really sing are the ones that end up in combinations that are surprising even to me. I’ve lately been a little more excited by the more figurative end of that spectrum, letting more editorial or narrative suggestions in. But that said, it’s like they’re actors, this or that shape or gesture that recurs isn’t always playing the same role or delivering the same lines in every painting. 

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The Lot Radio & Crowdspacer present: 67Yarc at The Mission

67Yarc is a multimedia project by Joakim
67Yarc is a multimedia project by Joakim

Greenpoint’s only outdoor/online radio station, The Lot Radio, is hosting a series of events with their neighbors the San Damiano Mission. Join them this Saturday evening for a special performance of 67Yarc.info, an interactive multimedia project by Joakim, followed by an ambient live set, befitting to the pious venue.

Brother Nick and Father Raphael with The Lot Radio DJs
Brother Nick and Father Raphael with The Lot Radio DJs

Suggested donation is $10 and 100% of all proceeds go towards the renovation and refurbishment of the San Damiano Mission’s pipe organ, originally installed in the mission in 1912.

 

The Lot Radio & Crowdspacer present: 67Yarc at The Mission
Saturday, July 9th
8pm
at The San Damiano Mission
21 Nassau Ave. (next to The Lot Radio)
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Weekend Art Roundup: July 1

Bushwick in the Summer
Bushwick in the Summer

With July 4th on the horizon, it feels like most of North Brooklyn is at the beach (or heading to Saratoga to see a band play) but there are a couple of receptions this evening, Friday, July 1st, in Bushwick, just a few blocks away from each other. Kick off your weekend with some visual art!

 

Erin M. Riley, The Beginning, 2016 Hand woven wool tapestry on a cotton warp
Erin M. Riley, The Beginning, 2016
Hand woven wool tapestry on a cotton warp

Erin M. Riley – 18/bi/f/ma
Friday, July 1, 6-9pm
at Brilliant Champions Gallery
5 Central Ave

This collection of new tapestries, being the largest to date (some as large as 8 x 8 feet), captures traumatic moments of turmoil in the artists personal narrative, moments of her youth pre-smart phones, and images referencing a battle with Trichotillomania. A formidable depiction of self portraits and the obsessive documentation of an image saturated life.

Summer Anagram at NURTUREart
Summer Anagram at NURTUREart

Summer Anagram
Friday, July 1, 7-9pm
NURTUREArt
56 Bogart St.

“In more than a way, Summer Anagram is a summer show like every other summer show. It embraces its format and its season. It claims no conceptual crutch. The exhibition’s title is also there to confuse so, please, do not think too hard about it. It happens that it is summer here, as I write this.

Artworks are as strong and relevant as the more or less transparently structured algebra backing their visual, conceptual, technical and material components. The ones selected for this exhibition make no exception. Their units can be taken apart and recombined around new formulas, overlap and complement each other like the abstract-sounding, recurring letter clusters of an anagrammatic poem.”

Featuring: Cortney Andrews, Courtney Childress, Theresa Daddezio, Amanda Friedman, Rachel Phillips, Cheon Pyo Lee. Curated by Marco Antonini.

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