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Open Container at et al projects


Anthony Palocci Jr. at et al projects


You might want to hold onto last nights "take out" boxes … they may hold the inspiration for your next great artwork. So one might think after viewing "Open Container", a solo show of exceptional paintings and works on paper by Boston artist Anthony Palocci Jr. at et al projects (56 Bogart Street). A first glance at the selection of paintings in muted tones of grayish greens reveals subject matter including computer keypads, cardboard coffee cup trays, and empty food containers. These paintings are less about issues of consumption and commerce, but rather meditations on color, light and form.
Vibrant undercoats of orange and yellow inform and solidify the painting surface, while linear elements trace the rise and fall of shape within space, indicating both volume and light. In "Boneless Spare Ribs" 2014, a ruddy container is delineated in spare ways; one brightened edge here, a set of angled lines there. The paint handling is confident and current, loose and signature-like but paired with all the components of classic pictorial structure; perspective, line, overlap, shadow. A peek into the back room at et al reveals works on paper wherein Palocci Jr's strategy is reduced to its essence; charcoal lines suggesting form through angle alone. These works are far from simplistic. They are a knockout. The current art conversation is full of slap-dash and hollow gesture and Palocci Jr's monumental contribution reminds us, in an even-handed way, not to be so quick to throw out the classic concerns of paint. The readily discarded may yet have much to offer. (through April 6th).


Palimpsest at Underdonk



Inna Babaeva at Underdonk


Texture. Color. Form. These are a few of the first connections one draws between the works currently on view in Palimpsest, a two-person group show at Underdonk (17-17 Troutman Street #201) showcasing the work of Inna Babaeva and Lauren Clay.
While a small gallery, what Underdonk lacks in physical space it more than makes up for in considered programing and careful installation. For Palimpsest, two white, rug-like wall sculptures from Lauren Clay are paired with a sculpture of neon green foam emanating from a tin pail and an installation of Lucite panels bearing the repeated image of this foamy paint spill. The repetition of imagery and texture in this show activates the implications of the title (a palimpsest is a writing surface that has been effaced to make room for new text, but on which traces of the erased text yet remain), but so to does the subject matter, i.e. the possible references within Clay's forms to the Black Paintings of Frank Stella, only here offered in corpulent papier-mache and cotton ball white pulp. The interplay between the bloated yet ordered forms of Clay and the regurgitant excess spilling from Babaeva's works make for engaging viewing and the rounded fields of white in Clay's work make nice counterpoint to the acrid, neon green within Babaeva's. This is a charming show and like the title might imply, you won't get a full view of each artists interests but rather, see traces of each within the other. (through April 28th)


-Enrico Gomez




THURSDAY APRIL 3
Dumbo/Downtown
AIR Gallery, 6-9
Smack Mellon, 7:30
United Photo Industries, 6-9
Sculptors Guild Gallery, 5-8
Kunsthalle Galapagos, 8pm
Giacobetti Paul Gallery, 6-9
Gallery Gaia, 6-8pm


FRIDAY APRIL 4
Bushwick
Signal Gallery, 7-10pm 
Grace Exibition Space, 9:00 Doors 9:30 Performance 
Friday Studio Gallery, 6-8
Theodore: Art, 6-9
Outlet, Fine Art, 7-10
Schema Projects, 5pm
Fuchs Projects, 6-9
Amos Eno Gallery, 6-9
TSA, 7 – 10
Dumbo/Downtown
Minus Space, 6-9
Greenpoint
Calico Brooklyn, 7-9
Williamsburg
Picture Farm, 6-9
Front Room Gallery, 7-9
Park Slope/Gowanus
Showroom Gowanus, 7-10
440 Gallery, 6-9
Red Hook
Rhombus Space, 6-9


SATURDAY APRIL 5
Bushwick
Underdonk , 7-10
Parallel Art Space, 6-9
Secret Project Robot, 7-12
Microscope, 6-9pm 
Regina Rex, 6-9
Harbor , 7-10
Williamsburg
Cotton Candy Machine, 7-11
Park Slope/Gowanus
Brooklyn Museum, 5-11
BKBX, 6-8
Red Hook
Pioneer Works, 8pm
Boerum Hill
490 Atlantic Gallery, 6-9
Bedford-Stuyvesant
Good Work Gallery
Greenpoint
Janet Kurnatowski, 5:30pm


MONDAY APRIL 7
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
Pratt Institute Galleries, 5-8


TUESDAY APRIL 8
Greenpoint
Light Industry
Sunset Park
NARS Foundation, 6-8
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
Ouchi Gallery, 7-10


WEDNESDAY APRIL 9
Sunset Park
Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, 2-7


FRIDAY APRIL 11
Bushwick
The Parlour, 6-9 pm 
The Active Space, 7-10
Studio 10, 7-9
Life on Mars, 6-9
Park Slope/Gowanus
Trestle Gallery, 7-9
Williamsburg
--WILLIAMSBURG EVERY SECOND, FRIDAY--, 7-9


SATURDAY APRIL 12
Red Hook
Kentler International Drawing Space
Park Slope/Gowanus
Fivemyles, 6-9
Bushwick
Lorimoto, 6-9
Williamsburg
17 frost, 7pm – 11pm
Dumbo/Downtown
AIR Gallery, 4pm


SUNDAY APRIL 13
Bushwick
Grace Exibition Space, 7- 10


TUESDAY APRIL 15
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
BRIC House, 7pm 
Greenpoint
Light Industry


FRIDAY APRIL 18
Bushwick
Storefront Ten Eyck , 6-9


SATURDAY APRIL 19
Park Slope/Gowanus
Ethan Pettit Gallery, 6-9pm
Boerum Hill
The Invisible Dog, 8pm 
The Invisible Dog
Bushwick
Transfer , 7-11
Ortega Y Gasset Projects, 6 - 9
Sunset Park
NARS Foundation, 6-8
Bedford-Stuyvesant
helper, 7 - 10


MONDAY APRIL 21
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
Pratt Institute Galleries, 5-8


TUESDAY APRIL 22
Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
BRIC House, 7-9pm


WEDNESDAY APRIL 23
Park Slope/Gowanus
Open Source, 7-9


THURSDAY APRIL 24
Williamsburg
Gitana Rosa
Simon/Neuman² Gallery


FRIDAY APRIL 25
Williamsburg
Art 101, 6-9
Bushwick
ISCP, 6:30
Valentine, 6-9 
Robert Henry Contemporary, 6-9


SATURDAY APRIL 26
Red Hook
BWAC


MONDAY APRIL 28
Bushwick
Fresh Window, 7-9

Some Notables This Week

Mikael Kennedy at NURTUREart

Opening this Friday in Bushwick at NURTUREart, "To begin, at the beginning," addresses the frequent, existential condition of artists and creative professionals as expats. Rejecting the comforts of home for spaces to incubate ideas, the artists in this group exhibition tend to stray far from familiar territories. Their works demonstrate a desire to bridge the gaps between the domestic realities we construct for ourselves and the geographically nested home, indirectly posing the question of what "returning" really means. Curated by Sam Perry and featuring artists:Megan Broadmeadow, Mike Calway-Fagen, Pascal-Michel Dubois, Katalin Hausel, Mikael Kennedy, Tommy Kwak, and Phuc Le.

 

"Of Landscape," which opens in Williamsburg at Reverse Space, looks into artificial and unstable images, represented by an aestheticized landscape idea. Working at the intersection of science, technology, and art,Melissa F. Clarke and Genevieve Hoffman, collaborated to create "Silasphere: A Speculative Expedition".Floating Point Collective presents 3D printed sculptures that capture a specific moment in the evolution of their installation "LANscapes". Audra Wolowiec's installation "Concrete Sound" presents a synthetic landscape that references sound waves or suggests a graphical representation of certain topography. Incorporating sound as a visual experience, CHiKA'sinstallation consists of light cube structures and a two-way mirror box that are activated by the sounds in the space. Through the composite experience of simple gestures, lights and sounds "SHiKAKU 08" distills complex environments into a minimal but holistic digital landscape. In "Error de Formato", by artist Nicolas Rupcich, the Chilean Patagonian landscapes are the main protagonists. In Andrea Wolf's video installation, vintage found postcards, are projected onto thick panels of plexiglas, becoming vessels of these images. 


Elizabeth Hazan at Janet Kurnatowski 


In Greenpoint at Janet Kurnatowski "Are You From Around Here," Elizabeth Hazan's paintings are reinterpreted landscapes of her travels, drawn from memory. She re-creates her experiences of her environment using shape and color, and positive and negative space. Her approach begins with her constructing an aerial view of a landscape by layering colored, shaped papers on her studio floor.

Art In Brooklyn this Week

Reed Anderson at Pierogi

The Way You Look Is the Way I Feel
, opens this Friday March 21, from 7 - 9 pm at Pierogi. The show runs through April 20.  The show will feature Reed Anderson’s cut paper paintings and his project “Papa Object”. In the cut paper paintings circular and elliptical forms are cut from the paper. In most there is a central organization from which the pattern of cut forms pull outwards towards the edges of the paper, in a mandalic esque pattern. The work is painted on, collaged on and cut into creating a harmonious rhythm of these techniques. The “Papa Object” project will also be on view at Pierogi and is based around ideas of object. The works in “Papa Object” are sent to various homes in the world for people to live with for 30 days, and are documented in their surroundings - the photographs then become part of the project. Most recent works for “Papa Object” have yet to be sent to their destinations.


Preach R Sun at Grace

On Friday March 21, CHRYSALIS, commences at 9 pm at Grace Exhibition Space. The multimedia performance based installation is the “reveal” of the ‘ONEMAN’ project by Preach R Sun. The work examines the question “What is freedom; is it a fact or merely a slogan or value that can only be achieved through struggle and pursuit?” and also questions freedom in the context of social conditioning and environment. The work examines issues of race, politics, identity, sexuality, religion, class  and specifically questions ideas of “freedom” in relationship to the history of slavery and Jim Crow Laws in the United States, and the present influence of these histories on African Americans.



Judy Rifka and Victor Ving at Trestle
The closing for Judy Rifka: Star Street at Trestle Gallery is this Saturday March 22, from 7-9.
The show is curated by Alison Pierz, and features a graffiti environment by Victor Ving and a video installation by Judy Rifka and Daniel Dibble. Rifka’s large canvas and paper collage paintings will also be on view. The title of the exhibit “Star Street” comes from Rifka’s and Dibble’s collaboration. In which Rifka makes video works, which become collage like in themselves. Sometimes cut paper can be recognized in the video, while other intriguing forms appear, more difficult to distinguish. The imagery synchronizes with Dibbles sound in a symmetrical dance through most of the video.  Daniel Dibble is a british visual and sound artist.

-Kate Shaw


THURSDAY MARCH 20
Williamsburg
FRIDAY MARCH 21
Bushwick
Williamsburg
Pierogi, 7-9
SATURDAY MARCH 22
Williamsburg
Sideshow, 6-9
Bushwick
Park Slope/Gowanus
SUNDAY MARCH 23
Sunset Park



Art In Brooklyn This Week



Art into Music at BRIC Arts

BRICVisit the Gallery at BRIC House this month for "Art into Music", an exhilarating group exhibition, expertly curated by BRIC Director of Contemporary ArtElizabeth Ferrer.

The most obvious crowd pleaser here is an 11' high, freestanding wall, comprised entirely of boom boxes, byartist Bayete Ross Smith. Entitled "Got the Power: Brooklyn", this impressive and motley monolith matches, in visual scale, the auditory impact that popular music can have. Nearby, a grouping of works by multi-disciplinary artist Karlos Carcamo, likewise focuses on the material forms traditionally used to convey sound. In the sculpture "Rock Box", Carcamo employs a microphone stand that curls inward on itself, seeming to sway, performer like, to the music that passes within. Nearby stands his substantial sculpture made of 300 perfectly stacked LP albums, recalling the minimalist works of Donald Judd in a shape that buzzes with unlocked, aural energy.

Don't miss "The War Song", a single channel HD video by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere wherein the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (which performs at the yearly Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony) and lauded chanteuseJenny Hval perform a re-purposed version of a Culture Club hit in somber, foreboding tones that seem unfortunately, ever more apropos.

On a lighter note, artist Audra Wolowiec offers, "The Music of the City is Free"; blocks of 6,000 free posters which simply offer the title on white paper, a Cage-ian frame through which the ever changing aria of the city is considered. Exceptional visual contributions by Rashaad Newsome, Ward Shelley, and Dread Scott round out this museum-quality event, which is, like the works of Audra Wolowiec, free for the taking. (through 4/27).

-Enrico Gomez



Some Notables This Week

MicroscopeEileen Maxson will be presenting her Videos at Microscope for the eventShelf Lives, on Monday March 17, at7pm. Maxson combines humor, performance, and installation in her videos. Some notable videos on view are Tape 5925, Amy Goodrow and Date With Deceit. The videos recreate film of people left vulnerable in the use of digital media. In Amy Goodrow an auditioner for Real World, reveals a personal story only to be "fast-forwarded" by reviewers. In Date with Deceit, Maxson plays the part of a person scammed by online dating. No Show is also currently on view at Microscope and includes works of celluloid film damaged by the development process. The show runs through March 31, with a live screening with the artists on March 30Artists in the show include: Katherine Bauer, FP Boue, Martha Colburn, Timothy Geraghty, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Sarah Halpern, Stephanie Gray, Victoria Keddie, Andrew Lampert, Josh Lewis, Jonas Lozoraitis, Kevvy Metal, Liz Roberts, Lynne Sachs, Joel Schlemowitz, Kelly Spivey, Richard Sylvarnes, Moira Tierney, Matt Town, Stephanie Wuertz, Larry 7, and others.

OutletStill.Life, Reflections on Contemporary Still Life is on view at Outlet throughMarch 30. All the artist in the show tread and expand the historical path of still life in art. Featuring: Genesis Belanger, Brent Everett Dickinson, Andrew Ross, Katie Torn and Heeseop Yoon. Genesis Belanger's porcelain flowers pay homage to still life, while other works hint at it. More subtly inviting ideas of still life is Katie Torn's multimedia arrangements, which blend digital and physical medium into sculptural animations, or prints. The result is an intriguing mixture of found objects, digital images, performance and animation. Heeseop Yoon's intricate site-specific masking tape installation references basements, workshops, and other spaces filled with stuff. The images begin as sketches of a specific place and are drawn over one another creating an overlay and transformation of many singular spaces. There will also be a performance at Outlet in conjunction with Still.Life, by Ben Kobold and Jennifer Mills, Wednesday March 19 at 7 pm. Ben Kobold and Jennifer Mills reference the porcelain figures of the all too sweet Precious Moments, in a long-form improv performance.

-Kate Shaw


Upcoming Arts Events in Brooklyn

FRIDAY MARCH 14
Williamsburg
Art 101 , 6-9
Glasshouse , 5-7
Gitana Rosa , 6-9
P339 , 6-10
Bushwick
The Active Space , 7-10
Robert Henry Contemporary , 6-9pm
NURTUREart , 7-9
Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery , 7- 10
Bedford-Stuyvesant
Elgin Gallery 6:30-9pm


SATURDAY MARCH 15
Greenpoint
Yes Gallery , 7-10
Sunset Park
NARS Foundation , 5-7
Williamsburg
Glasshouse
Dumbo/Downtown
Smack Mellon , 5-8


SUNDAY MARCH 16
Bushwick
Momenta Art , 3-6pm


MONDAY MARCH 17
Bushwick
Microscope , 7pm


TUESDAY MARCH 18
Bushwick
Outlet, Fine Art , 7pm


THURSDAY MARCH 20
Williamsburg
Simon/Neuman² Gallery , 6-8


FRIDAY MARCH 21
Bushwick
Valentine , 6-9
Grace Exibition Space , 9-11
Williamsburg
Pierogi , 7-9


SATURDAY MARCH 22
Williamsburg
Sideshow , 6-9
Bushwick
Jackie Klempay
Park Slope/Gowanus
Soapbox Gallery , 6-8pm


SUNDAY MARCH 23
Sunset Park
Tabla Rasa Gallery , 2:30-4


FRIDAY MARCH 28
Greenpoint
Fowler Project Space , 7-9
Janet Kurnatowski , 7-9pm
Williamsburg
Reverse Space , 7-9


SATURDAY MARCH 29
Red Hook
Pioneer Works , 8pm


TUESDAY APRIL 1
Bushwick
ISCP , 6:30


THURSDAY APRIL 3
Dumbo/Downtown
Gallery Gaia6-8pm


FRIDAY APRIL 4
Bushwick
Signal Gallery , 7-10pm
Amos Eno Gallery , 6-9
TSA , 7 – 10
Williamsburg
Front Room Gallery , 7-9


SATURDAY APRIL 5
Bushwick
Parallel Art Space


WEDNESDAY APRIL 9
Sunset Park
Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery , 2-7


SATURDAY APRIL 19
Park Slope/Gowanus
Ethan Pettit Gallery , 6-9pm
Boerum Hill
The Invisible Dog


FRIDAY APRIL 25
Bushwick
Valentine , 6-9