Tiger Tooth is a bit of a unique project. A collaboration between musicians and a visual artist, former nightlife workers and impresarios, Johnny Siera, Will Broussard, and Sofia Szamosi, Tiger Tooth recently released their first album and series of videos, including their latest video for the song “Polka Dot”, which we’re excited to be premiering here today at Greenpointers.
Recently I visited these guys at Johnny and Sofia’s colorful one bedroom apartment and the first question I wanted to ask them was if they considered themselves to be a band?
“A band of artists,” Will said, and we all laughed.
“We make electronic music,” Johnny added. “But first and foremost we’re friends who came together who have their own little specific talents so in that way it’s more of an art project than a band? I mean it’s not that formulaic.”
I was first introduced to multi-media artist Christine Gedeon through her site-specific installation at the new Greenpoint events space Dobbin St. and soon learned her wealth of work includes complex sound installations referencing her Syrian heritage and family, stitched cartography, and celebrity “blueprint drawings.”
We recently discussed her process and approach when working in these various mediums, specifically her relationship to Syria and her family there during this now 5-year civil war. We also talk about Greenpoint, naturally, and how it reminds Gedeon of mid-90s Prague.
Greenpointers: What is you favorite thing about Greenpoint?
Christine Gedeon: What I love, especially about Greenpoint are the low buildings, the light, and the mix of cultures. The Polish community that was of course more present in the 90s and earlier, also for me had it’s charm, as I was living in Prague in 1996-97 and felt immediately comfortable in Greenpoint. If there had been a better connection to public transportation, I probably would’ve stayed there, but then again, so would many others, and that would’ve made it lose it’s character…
You were born in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in New Jersey… Can you tell us about the inception and process to create your work Syria..as my mother speaks… The 5-year civil war there is just devastating… can you give us some insight to the country and culture and how that fits into your work and everyday identity?
Yes, well, seeing what was happening as the war started, and how affected I was by it, I felt compelled to do a piece that had a more personal story, than what one was just hearing on the news… We left Aleppo in the 1970s when I was three years old, and moved to the U.S, for no other reason than my parents getting divorced, and there were more opportunities [in the U.S.] for my newly divorced mother. It was quite easy to move to the U.S. as Jimmy Carter was president, and my uncle sponsored us, so we obtained our green card right away, and became citizens some years later.
The day will start with an open skate at 4:00pm at Newtown Barge Playground. This is open to girls of all ages & abilities! There will be coaches onsite to assist with all the beginners out there. We’ll then feature our more advanced riders with a contest portion (and prizes!). The day will then continue back at East River Skate Shop, 86 Greenpoint Avenue from 6:00-9:00. There will be live music by a 3 piece all girl skater band, a BBQ & free beer – thanks for PBR! Come out & celebrate with us. See you then! Continue reading →
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Meet with our editorial team along with old and new contributors Wednesday, May 11 2016, 7pm at No. 7 North at 931 Manhattan Ave (at Kent St.). We’ll have a fun time exchanging ideas, drinkin’ beer and meeting other mega-talented Greenpointers.
This Sunday, come on down to 67 West Street starting at 1 pm to find some cool accessories and furniture for your newly spring-cleaned home (or if you’re like us, the apartment you’ve been totally meaning to get around to spring clean).
After the jump, get a sneak peek at our awesome home decor vendors. We hope to see all of you Sunday afternoon! Continue reading →
Michael Hambouz is a multi-disciplinary artist who’s been living as a Greenpoint resident for the last 12 years. Originally from the Midwest, he calls Niles, Michigan, his hometown where he continues to source paper from a local mill called French Paper Co.
In his current solo exhibition at Calico (67 West St, #203), Michael Hambouz is showcasing “Pretty in Pink” – an experimental series of multi-tiered structures, collages, and videos created during a period of personal hardship, with each piece representing the meditations on specific issues that the artist dealt with in his life. By “pink-washing” his 3D lenticular paintings, his work speaks of positive transformation and taking control of negative experiences by reinterpreting them into bright compositions of bold colors and figurative patterns. Continue reading →
This weekend, it’s time to get your art on (and booze on). Greenpoint Gallery Night is back again this Friday (3/18) from 7-10pm. You’ll be able to meet the artists, admire their artwork and check out their work spaces to find out more about their process. Continue reading →