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Greenpoint Gigs: Personal trainers, Babysitters, Design interns, Food Service gigs, and more

Illustration by Aubrey Nolan
Illustration by Aubrey Nolan

Churn LLC (Van Leeuwen) needs a dish washer and a porter full time. They’re looking to fill the position immediately.
Score a design internship at Java Studios (252 Java Street). You’ll get a $20/day stipend and an unlimited MetroCard.
One of our fave salons, The Karcher (760 Manhattan Ave), wants a front desk host.
Wood-fired Mexican spot, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave), needs front of house staff.
Love social media? Need an internship? Brooklyn Craft Company (165 Greenpoint Ave) needs an intern.
Looking to make some extra cash? And, you’re an amazing sitter? A family is looking for a new sitter from September-June.
Keep that ship running: Nooklyn is hunting for a storefront maintenance coordinator and office manager.
Sweat it out: Crunch Fitness put out the call for personal trainers for their Greenpoint and Bushwick locations.
The Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble Street) seeks a part-time Executive Director.

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Java Studios is North Brooklyn’s Creative Hub for Artists

Tucked away in the northern tip of Brooklyn, there is a hub for creatives where creativity and innovation flows freely. Where artists and entrepreneurs alike gather to manifest their vision and collaborate with their counterparts. Where locals find peace to fuel their focus and manifest their vision. From an outdoor event space to a fine-art gallery and 150+ studio and office spaces, Java Studios (252 Java St) has emerged as platform for creation, owned and operated by artists.

Java Project Art Gallery Opening during Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

As artists themselves, the owners at Java have worked hard to provide space and opportunities to like-minded people. From architects to writers, designers to painters, and non-profits to small businesses, the inhabitants have a diverse range of focus. And it’s this diversity that sets Java apart from similar workspaces-it’s not the studios, amenities, or affordability-it’s the surrounding inhabitants who become neighbors, collaborators, sources of support and inspiration. Art cannot be created in a vacuum-it both reflects and regards the world around it. To be inspired is to be connected, and that’s what Java provides.

In keeping with the larger Java ethos, the physical space has been designed to fit the needs of the its occupants. Unlike other communal workspaces, the studios at Java are private and individualized-your work environment is entirely customizable, and the shared amenities are there to support your needs. The Java Project-a fine-art gallery on the first floor-presents new exhibitions each month, and also features inhabitants’ work. Other amenities include an outdoor spaces, a conference room, slop sinks, WiFi and utilities, package reception, and an on-site handyman, all of which are free and readily available.

The outdoor venue, Java Outback, has been revamped in anticipation of the many upcoming events. For the third year in a row, Java will again host the 2018 Greenpoint Open Studios launch party. The creative spirit and community, along with Java’s support of small businesses, make it the perfect place to kick off a weekend of GOS.

GOS Launch Party (photo: Julia Moak)

We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of art and community! Find more details and RSVP for the launch party here!

 

Sponsored post by Java Studios: A Creative Hub for Brooklyn Artists
(347) 599 – 2832 | www.java-studios.com | @javastudios

Located at 252 Java St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Greenpoint Open Studios Launches Tomorrow with 3 Floors of Art, Music, and FREE Cocktails ! (Fri, 6/1)

We are gearing up to immerse ourselves in local art and can’t wait to kick it off in Java Studios (252 Java St) Friday (6/1) night! From 7:30-11:30PM, we will be weaving around the three floors of art studio spaces and checking out the gallery show inside The Java Project. Outside, there will be live music, video projections, performance art, and a bar stocked with beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale and wine supplied by Palinkerie.

Forecast is looking drizzly but that’s not gonna stop us from splashing around outside underneath Architensions’ iridescent Dikhroos tent, built in collaboration with the owners of Java, who are artists themselves.

If that’s not enough to get your feet wet, how about an hour of FREE Moscow Mules supplied by Industry City Distillery? Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios, Free Moscow Mules, Go Green! Brooklyn, War Witch and Wrestling for Lovers — What’s Happening, Greenpoint! (5/30 – 6/5)

Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

GREEENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS | JUNE 2nd + 3rd, 12-6pm

Greenpoint Open Studios (GOS) returns with more than 400 local artists, who will open up their studios to the public to showcase their works. Free and open to everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to engage directly with artists in their own spaces, including painters, sculptors, video and installation artists, photographers, printmakers, ceramicists, designers, architects and more. This year GOS is offering several guided tours, workshops and additional fun art events all over the neighborhood.
Full schedule of events (including a Launch Party at Java Studios Friday night, Wrap Party at Northern Territory Sunday night) and tour registrations can be found here.
A map of all the artists’ studios can be found here.

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WEDNESDAY 5/30

* Extreme Cities: On Water Contamination and Urban Adaptation @ A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.), 6:30pm, FREE, The future of cities and their role in mitigating climate change. RSVP
^ Evergreen Review @ Bizarre Bar (12 Jefferson St.), 7pm, FREE, readings, prizes and more, More Info
* War Witch: The Art of the Curse @ Catland (987 Flushing Ave.), 7pm, $20, jinxes, hexes, curses and challenging the ethics of witchcraft, Buy Tix
♫ Menjuje, Rose Cologne, Purracuda @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Avenue.), 8:00pm, $7, More Info

THURSDAY 5/31

☺Physically Bold Comedy Show @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St.), 7pm, FREE, More Info Buy Tix
♫ TEST/Bandit/Organ Dealer/Chepang/Bea$ters @ St. Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave.), 8pm, $10, Buy Tix
♫ Starina and I Am The Polish Army @ Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave.), 9pm, FREE, More Info
♫ 3 Year Anniversary: Friends b2b Family ~up and down~@ Black Flamingo (168 Borinquen Pl.), 10pm, FREE, Black Flamingo’s celebrating its 3 year anniversary, RSVP
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Art Roundup June 1-8: Greenpoint Open Studios and More Local Events

Java Studios, the location of this year’s Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party
We’ve been building up to this, neighbs! Greenpoint Open Studios returns this weekend, Saturday and Sunday June 2–3. Get your steps in, visit parts of the hood you’ve yet to explore, and check out local art! Along with this annual celebration, there’s a host of other goings-on taking place in the coming week — check out more below.

Greenpoint Open Studios
Where: Artists’ studios all over Greenpoint!
Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd | 12pm-6pm
More info, FREE
More than 400 local artists will open their studios to the public for a peek inside their craft. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered in the northernmost tip of Brooklyn. Plus, talks, tours, workshops and parties. Stay updated on all activities and events by joining the mailing list, liking on Facebook, and following on Instagram @greenpointopenstudios.
Full event schedule here.

Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party
Java Studios | 252 Java Street
Friday, June 1 from 7:30–11:30 PM
More info, free
Join us to kick off Greenpoint Open Studios 2018 in style, at local art space Java Studios! Art, performance, music, drinks, tacos, and more.

Greenpoint Open Studios Wrap Party
Northern Territory | 12 Franklin Street
Sunday, June 3 from 6:30–11 PM
More info, free
Join other local creatives to wind down the art-filled weekend festivities on Northern Territory‘s beautiful rooftop with beer, food, music, good vibes, and a view of the Manhattan skyline. Participating Greenpoint Open Studios 2018 artists get one FREE beer by Founders Brewing!

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Greenpoint Open Studios Returns with 400 Local Artists! (Sat 6/2- Sun 6/3)

This weekend, Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd! Greenpoint Open Studios is returning with 400 artists who will open up their studios to showcase their work and engage directly with visitors.


Colleen Blackard – Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

This uncurated event is free, open to the public, and includes a lineup of events starting with a launch party at Java Studios on Friday, June 1st (7:30PM-11:30PM), followed by two days of open studios (Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd from 12-6pm), and ending with a wrap party on Northern Territory’s beautiful roof.

GOS 2018 map and booklets at CutLoose (117 Dobbin St)

Like last year, we expect the neighborhood to thrive with art-filled activities so to help navigate the weekend, you might want to plan ahead by viewing the gallery of artists who are participating this year, checking out the online map, or picking up a printed guide booklet from any of the eight info hubs: Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Transcending Form – Sex, Magick and Queer History with Anthony Cudahy at The Java Project

Anthony Cudahy paints the remnants of an ephemeral past, utilizing found photographs as source material and preserving the echoes of memory in radiant paintings of oil on canvas.. An exhibition of his recent work, The Gathering, is currently on view through February 12th at The Java Project at 252 Java Street. The exhibition is a beautiful allegory for the impermanence of memory and collective history as examined through personal narrative.

In this exhibition, Cudahy presents two large-scale oil paintings as well as several smaller works. Working with a sourced image found through the online One Archives at the University of California that depicts a gathering of a nameless group of young people at a 70’s queer camping retreat taken by Pat Rocco, Cudahy creates a personal narrative that builds upon the fragments of a history that is rarely at the forefront of our conversation. It is both a timely and important statement on how history can be erased, forgotten or changed, told through Cudahy’s personal narrative. The exhibition opens an important dialogue with the viewers, as queer history is rarely addressed by mainstream media. It is part of a larger conversation that is (excuse the pun) still coming out.

Cudahy brings queer history into the larger context of gender identity, as the figures’ are in numerous ways ambiguous. You can see the transformation and evolution across the exhibition, with Cudahy working on the larger paintings and smaller works on paper concurrently – each influencing the other.

Cudahy paints beautifully. The surface of each work on canvas abounds in texture while his colors fluctuate between the rich darkness of velvet and areas of bright luminescence that appear to be lit from within. Working and reworking the source image, Cudahy takes ownership, transforming and continuously re-defining the meaning of the finished piece. Picking apart the composition, figure by figure to create a rippling, breathing surface of lush color, Cudahy’s utilization of chiaroscuro bears a marked comparison to the canvases of Goya. Like a gathering of spirits, the figures modulate in areas of shadow and light across the larger canvases, while in smaller studies Cudahy repeats certain figures and gestures again and again, capturing new meaning in each iteration.

An essay by Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez, an NYU art history student that has recently been making waves with an article in UK’s Dazed magazine is presented adjacent to the exhibition. A decision that curator Dakota Sica left up to Cudahy, as the Java Project gives as much free reign as possible to its exhibiting artists. In his essay on the Cudahy’s exhibition,  Yáñez writes of ephemerality, of re-imagining the original photograph as a queer utopia in a mutable form, able to re-shape the image into something new and imbuing it with meaning that stems from Cudahy’s own experiences.

Greenpointers had the opportunity to speak to Cudahy on these aspects of queer history and gender identity in the show. On describing the original subject of the source material and his approach, Cudahy is straightforward:

AC: I would say it’s closer to gender-ambiguous or gender-fluid than neutral. In the sense these figures exist outside of neat binaries (which anti-identitarian signifies to me) — potentiality and an attempt away from “one-correct-meaning” is something I’m interested in. Formally, painting this image so many times, repeating formations or cropping while dramatically changing the colors of moods is an attempt away from there being one scene being represented.

GP: A lot of your paintings focus on facial features, or gestures, would you consider yourself to be a portrait artist? What interests you the most in working from found photographs?

AC: I wouldn’t say portrait in the sense that I don’t really think I’m getting across the feel or “soul” of the people I’m painting. Maybe “figurative” is a better umbrella? I’ve always worked from photographs, and occasionally, lately painting (like the flower still life that entered one of the paintings in this show), but in this case, there’s also a specific intent on painting from queer history: a past that has been willfully diminished and erased. In a way, I’m arguing that the past is as (or more) malleable and filled with potential as the present/future.

When asked about the significance of the pride flag as described by Yáñez:

AC: The pride flag idea was a very loose association I made, not super concrete. I wanted to make sure those colors that had been bureaucratically taken off were represented, especially since they stood in for magic, art and sex!

 

 

It’s no news that Greenpoint is rapidly changing. Amongst the new developments (and closures), the local arts community has witnessed major growth. From the ever-expanding, high-caliber Greenpoint Open Studios, to a popular Friday night drink-n-draw  to rival Bushwick’s BatHaus, to a NYTimes shout out of 106 Green on a list of not to be missed galleries – Greenpoint is gaining major traction. Both Cudahy, as well as the Java Project, seem poised at the center of all this momentum – a promising combination that speaks to Greenpoint’s continued shift towards an encompassing arts district. So what are you waiting for? Go see the show before it closes!

 

Anthony Cudahy, The Gathering
at The Java Project
252 Java Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
You can view the exhibition by appointment or on Saturdays from 1-6pm.

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Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios, Food Book Fair, Bad Film Fest – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (4/27–5/03)

Greenpoint Open Studios 2016

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

unnamedWEDNESDAY 4/27
 Soul Slam: Prince Tribute Edition @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave) 7pm, FREE, Prince & the Revolution “Around the World in a Day” presentation by DJ Ron Like Hell and DJ Spinna, RSVP
* Wilkommen Deep House Yoga @ Verboten (54 North 11th St) 8:30pm, $20, A weekly yoga class series accompanied by soothing deep house music, Buy tix

13006537_10156810487225716_5734309188614634431_nTHURSDAY 4/28
# Food Book Fair Kick-Off Party @ Achilles Heel (180 West St) 6pm, FREE, Food, drink and magazine specials available for purchase, More info
* Way Beer Night @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, FREE, Meet Alejandro Winocur (partner/brewer of Way Beer) and drink some beers straight from Brazil, RSVP
* Kevin Geeks Out About the Devil @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 9:30pm, $15, A video variety show filled with Satanic Panic, deals with the Devil, and Satanimation in 80s cartoons, More info

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Greenpoint Power Couples: Fashion Photographer Rachel Effendy and Art Curator Dakota Sica

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Rachel Effendy and Dakota Sica are the kind of fun couple who make their projects and collaborations seem effortless. Dakota, Director at The Java Project in East Greenpoint, and Rachel, fashion photographer and blogger at Rachel et Nicole, often step into one another’s worlds to photograph and support one another. When they’re not eating all the best food or flying around the world for art and fashion events, the pair can be found at Greenpoint’s galleries, restaurants and shops. Read more about Rachel and Dakota. Continue reading

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