AROUND TOWN: Holly Coulis – PITCHERS – at Sardine BK

Holly Coulis - PITCHERS(Image Source)

Text from their Facebook Event Page:

Sardine is pleased to present PITCHERS, a solo exhibition by Holly Coulis. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 1 from 6 to 9pm and will be up through March 2, 2014.

PITCHERS features Holly’s recent body of still life paintings. Having worked with portraiture and landscape in the past, she continues to subtly recontextualize these traditional genres. Here, the still life is an open platform to talk about painting and to display the nuances of everyday life. The pitchers, vases, fruits etc. are immediately familiar but with time, they bend away from the commonplace into floating shadows, bright lines, and dreamy color. Oftentimes, the perspective is slightly skewed, awkward shapes replace naturally occurring shadows, and minute details contrast with broad strokes. Instead of being dramatic or idealized, everything that happens is poetic, humorous and personal.

Holly Coulis was born in Toronto, Canada and has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1999. Her work has been shown in Toronto, Zurich, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and New York. She is represented by Cherry and Martin Gallery in Los Angeles and LaMontagne Gallery in Boston. Her most recent show was at Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Detroit.

Sardine is located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn, one block from the Dekalb L train and near the Knickerbocker M. For more information, please visit sardinebk.com. Contact: Lacey Fekishazy and Jon Lutz at sardinebk@gmail.com

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AROUND TOWN: Lots of exhibition openings!

LOTS OF OPENINGS AROUND BUSHWICK TODAY!

“Glorious Creatures,” an exhibition featuring artworks
by Jeff Davis, Deborah Mesa-Pelly, and Michael Wetzel.

Reception 6p-9p
Honey Ramka
56 Bogart St.
(646) 401-4431

Adam Simon: Swipe
Reception 6p-9p
Studio10
56 Bogart Street
(718) 852-4396

“PAST/FORWARD”
Reception 6p-9p
Amos Eno Gallery
1087 Flushing Avenue, Suite 120
(718) 237-3001

AZETTAGH
Reception 7p-10p
OUTLET Fine Art
253 Wilson Ave
(915) 525-0410

Reva Castillenti | Corporeal Digest
Reception 6p-9p
et al projects
56 Bogart Street
(914) 498-8328

Things That Barely Exist by Pancho Westendarp
Reception 6p-9p
Robert Henry Contemporary
56 Bogart St
(718) 473-0819

X-istential
Reception 6p-10p
Loft 594 Gallery
594 Bushwick Avenue
2nd Floor
(305) 205-9722

and a performance at
Grace Exhibition Space
“BODY/MASS” Performances
by Faith Johnson, Nyugen E. Smith,
Geraldo Mercado and Thomas Albrecht
Curated by Samuel Burhoe (with Jill McDermid and Esther Neff)
Doors 9:00 Performances 9:30-11:00 pm
Donation suggested $5-15
840 Broadway, 2nd Floor

AROUND TOWN: “Show #9” at The Parlour Bushwick

Show #9

Location: The Parlour Bushwick, 791 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Exhibition Dates: January 25 through March 9, 2014
Opening Reception: January 25, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Gallery Hours: Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm and By Appointment
Contact: info@theparlourbushwick.com or (718) 360-3218 / (718)360-6973

Text from their website:

The Parlour Bushwick is pleased to present “Show #9”. The opening reception will take place Saturday, January 25 from 6 – 9pm. The Parlour Bushwick is located at 791 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221. The exhibition will run until Sunday, March 9, 2014. The gallery is open Sunday from 12 pm – 6 pm and by appointment. 


The work in show # 9 exudes a minimal aesthetic. Simplicity rather than decoration guarantees the essentialness of the piece. The work speaks to you thoughtfully as if carefully controlled. That is not to say that chance does not play a role in their process. In fact, all the artists’ experiment with the materials they work with whether it is a printer, a form or a surface. The decisions made during their process, calculated or random have an introspective quality.

Andrea Monti’s polaroids are a result of playing with different techniques, including multiple-exposure, long exposure, interference, addition of filters, as well as straightforward shots documenting his life. The accumulation of these images creates a sensory experience that describes a quiet and pensive solitude. On the other hand, much of his work can be playful. His piece entitled “The Most Useless Machine Ever” not only is a study in futility but is also a documentation of what has become a universal pastime – obsessively watching seemingly ridiculous and random subjects on the Internet. Combining YouTube videos of other peoples’ obsession with building and then displaying machines that immediately shut themselves off is a meditation in the act of nonsense and displays a sense of mischief.

Stacy Scibelli’s work is a contemplation on form. Intuitive and conceptual, her pieces are made to look like clothing but are impossible to wear. They call to mind minimalist art and fashion while denying the functionality of the clothing adding an element of frustration and suprise.

MaryKate Maher makes terrestrial-like objects that are based on notions of how to manipulate and control nature. The perilous arrangement of rocks in “Cairn,” convey a metaphorical unease. You don’t expect the rocks to fall nor the paper bag that supports it. The piece stands as its own entity, free from the laws of gravity. It is the restrained elegance and careful placement of parts that draw associations and mood while defying a narrative.

Images courtesy of The Parlour Bushwick.

AROUND TOWN: Book Release and Signing, Joe Leavenworth

Book Release and Signing, Joe Leavenworth, at VUU

Location: VUU Studio, 56 Bogart St, 1st Fl., Brooklyn, New York
Event Date/Hours: January 24, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm (Signing 7pm to 8pm)
Contact: info@vuucollective.com

Text and image(s) courtesy of VUU Studio:

VUU is pleased to present their first monograph, Native Son by Joe Leavenworth, a series of photographs made between 2009-2012 while crisscrossing the Southeastern United States. Please join us for the book release and signing!

Native Son by Joe Leavenworth

RSVP on their Facebook Event!

AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at Transfer Gallery, “APOPHENIA”

ALMA ALLORO || APOPHENIA

Location: Transfer Gallery, 1030 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Exhibition Dates: January 4 through January 25, 2014
Gallery Hours:
Saturdays 2pm to 7pm and By Appointment
Contact: 
transfer.gallery@gmail.com || directors@transfergallery.com
Exhibition Publication: Download Here (PDF, 15 MB)

Text and image(s) from their website:

Apophenia /æpɵˈfiːniə/ is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.

Apophenia is a collection of works by Alma Alloro exploring the possibilities — and limitations — of an artist’s aura in a digitally-oriented world. The exhibition consists of a series of hand drawings and animations, installed alongside a machine that manually creates animation. Alloro’s works invite the viewer to simultaneously experience both the animation itself alongside the exposed analog apparati that produces it.

Alloro’s meticulous hand drawings make manifest the notion of repetition, a yearning for the infinite. Within the patterns that emerge, however, individual fragments of the animation reveal their lack of continuous identity — a tacit acknowledgement of the imperfections of the human hand.

Meanwhile, a kinetic machine generates colorful spinning surfaces broadcast via closed-circuit television. This screen — part of a device intended for the reading of printed matter, and which once helped Alloro’s late grandfather compensate for his low vision — becomes a site of color and motion. Says Alloro:

In its afterlife, the device exposes a ubiquitous short sightedness, rendering users of every generation blind to other potential (mis)uses of technology.”

With Apophenia, Alloro considers the kinds of aesthetic effects that still lie beyond the scope of digital practice: what can be made with bare hands that can’t be made with a computer? And further, what new means still belong to the realm of tradition, yet embrace new potentials made possible by the digital?

ALMA ALLORO (b. 1982, Tel Aviv) is a contemporary retro-futuristic artist living and working in Berlin. Her work spans a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, and music composition and performance. She has shown with The Store in Berlin, P8 Gallery in Tel Aviv, Furtherfield Gallery in London, Spacebar Gallery in Linz, and Eigenheim Gallery in Weimar.

Alma studied fine art at the Midrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl, Israel, and received her MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany.

More info at AlmaAlloro.com

APOPHENIA

AROUND TOWN: Amos Eno Gallery Launch Party

Launch Party

Amos Eno Gallery

has moved to
The Loom, 1087 Flushing Ave, Suite 120, Brooklyn, NY 11237

and TODAY

they are having a Launch Party
starting at 6:00pm

to celebrate the new space and their 40th anniversary!

Contact: AmosEnoGallery@gmail.com

The text/image from their Facebook Event Page:

Amos Eno Gallery is hosting a party to celebrate their new home at The LOOM in the vibrant Bushwick art community on Saturday, January 18, 2014! The launch party will include the premiere of “I Shut My Eyes,” the second collaboration between Bushwick-based filmmaker Steven S. Harrington (crew, MGMT, “Alien Days”) and New York-based experimental music group Small Dream Ada. The event is sponsored by Société Perrier and will feature live music from Small Dream Ada’s co-founders Alaina Ferris and Tyler Gilmore, followed by the debut of the video for “I Shut My Eyes,” and concluding with a DJ set curated by Gilmore.

Launch Party

RSVP on their Facebook Event!

AROUND TOWN: Two Openings! One at BFP East and Auxiliary!

“Big Strokes and Tiny Lines”
Opening today at Brooklyn Fire Proof East

Location: 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
Hours: http://brooklynfireproofeast.com/about/
Opening: 7:00pm and 10:00pm
Contact: events@brooklynfireproof.com

and

LISA LEVY: “Everyone is a Winner”
Opening today at Auxiliary Projects

Location: 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, Space 25, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and By Appointment
Reception: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact: auxiliaryprojects@gmail.com