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

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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

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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

AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at Storefront Ten Eyck, “Terra Incognita” and “Tetes”

At Storefront Ten Eyck

Terra Incognita
Lisa Corinne Davis, Shane McAdams,
Kristine Moran and Aaron Williams

and in the project space:

Tetes
Nathan Anspaugh, Jerstin Crosby, Barbara Friedman,
Daniel Heidkamp, Michael Peglau, Eric Trosko and Mie Yim

Exhibition Dates: December 13, 2013 – January 18, 2014
Gallery Location: Storefront Ten Eyck, 324 Ten Eyck St., Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 6pm and By Appointment
Contact:
 storefrontbushwick@gmail.com
For More Information: View the Press Release (PDF)

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AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at Microscope Gallery, “Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye”

Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye

KATHERINE BAUER

Exhibition Dates: December 15, 2013 through January 5 January 13, 2014 (extended!)
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Monday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm, or by appointment
Gallery Location: Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Contact: 347-925-1433 / info@microscopegallery.com

Photos Below:  Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery © 2013
Text Below: From Microscope Gallery (http://www.microscopegallery.com/?page_id=12312)

Katherine Bauer, "Sizzle", 2013, b/w photographic print on fiber paper, 5 x 5"

Katherine Bauer, “Sizzle”, 2013, b/w photographic print on fiber paper, 5 x 5″

Microscope is pleased to present KATHERINE BAUER, Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye, the third in a series of live film performance events and exhibitions, following the 2010 Black Sabbath Black Mass and this year’s Invocation of Joan of Arc, which took place at Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris. With Seduction…, the New York-based artist continues her series inspired by coming of age rites of the American female teenager – rock & roll rebellion, teen idolization, “dirty” novels, etc. – addressing that time of transition in an interpretation of Georges Bataille’s 1928 “The Story of the Eye”.

“[Seduction…] is about the seduction of the eye, of seeing and the desires that it creates. Or of not seeing… about what we do not see… what is not there, what is imagined, in the way that [Bataille’s] novel is not about sex but desire and fantasy of discovering unknown secrets of life and death of birth and excess, death and denial.” KB

Seduction… opens with a 16mm film performance event (on 12/15) that doubles as an apparatus for the live production of photograms, which along with the film loops, projectors and ephemera from the event – the only evidence of the event that took place – will be mounted in an exhibition (opening on 12/19). The experiential, mysterious, and uncertain nature of Bauer’s work draws influence from 1960s expanded cinema, the ritualism and black magic of Kenneth Anger, Viennese Actionism, and body art among others. Seduction… may also be seen as a “literal cinema”, or a work in which content is further considered as an exploration of the material and technological nature of celluloid film and its projection.

Katherine Bauer, "Eye-O-Gram #1", 2013, egg, milk, urine, champagne on b/w photosensitive fiber paper, 42 x 100"

Katherine Bauer, “Eye-O-Gram #1″, 2013, egg, milk, urine, champagne on b/w photosensitive fiber paper, 42 x 100”

During the performance, light from 16mm film loops, projecting images of the eyes of the female performers onto their actual eyes, exposes photosensitive paper, positioned as both stage and backdrop, to capture impressions of the bodies and objects in the room. Bataille’s concepts of vision and liquids surface in the performance culminating as an erotic presence, summoned and transferred through milk, urine, and raw egg. Sound is an important and purposeful coalescence of the voices of the performers reading excerpts from Bataille’s “Story…”, analog synth compositions, and the hum of the rotating film strips.

The artworks in Seduction… are conceived not as remnants or residues, but as temporal crystallizations – the filmic surface itself composed of crystals – of the forces at play during the performance. Bauer states, “…the images are not representations, just as the performance is not an adaptation of The Story of the Eye – instead they are presentations, making its content present…”

Katherine Bauer CV

"Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye" - Installation View

“Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye” – Installation View

Katherine Bauer, "Wide Eyes/White Eggs", 2013, 16mm film strip installation, dimensions variable

Katherine Bauer, “Wide Eyes/White Eggs”, 2013, 16mm film strip installation, dimensions variable

KATHERINE BAUER works primarily with 16mm film and its material potential for sculpture, photography and installation. Much of her work involves mythologies, folklores, and narratives. Her work has previously exhibited at Participant Inc., NY; Shoot the Lobster, Dusseldorf, Germany; Place Gallery, Portland, Oregon; and Immanence Gallery, Paris, France among others. Bauer was awarded a 2012-13 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris Residency and was a recipient of a Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation Fellowship (2012-13). Bauer holds a BA in film and electronic arts from Bard College and a MFA from NYU Steinhardt (2013). Bauer was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in New York.

For additional information please contact Microscope Gallery at 347.925.1433 or info@microscopegallery.com

Katherine Bauer, "Wide Eyes/White Eggs", 2013, 16mm film strip installation, dimensions variable

Katherine Bauer, “Wide Eyes/White Eggs”, 2013, 16mm film strip installation, dimensions variable

Still from "Wide Eyes/White Eggs", 2013, b&w hand-processed 16mm film, 6 minutes 49 seconds, sound

Still from “Wide Eyes/White Eggs”, 2013, b&w hand-processed 16mm film, 6 minutes 49 seconds, sound

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AROUND TOWN: Opening Reception TONIGHT at Robert Henry Contemporary, “Structural Tendencies”

Robert Henry Contemporary

“Structural Tendencies” by Mike Childs

Exhibition Dates: January 3 through February 2, 2014
Location: 56 Bogart St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery Phone: (718) 473-0819
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Contact: http://www.roberthenrycontemporary.com/contact

Opening Reception: January 3, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm

Left (2012) Mike Childs

Mike Childs
Left, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
30″ x 40″

(Image Source)

Here is their press release:

Mike Childs’s paintings attempt to create an internal order through space, color, and line, looking outward into the world for connections. His work has always been fundamentally abstract, however this latest imagery attempts to take that work one step further removed from identifiable representation.

In 10 new paintings (acrylic on canvas) and drawings (graphite on paper) included in Structural Tendencies, he concentrates on creating and juxtaposing shapes and patterns occurring in man-made structures with those formed in nature by bees, spiders and other animal builders. Childs says, “The urban, architectural environment which held sway in my earlier work is now being coupled with that of the natural world.”

While still allowing to be read as something related to the seen this new work pushes the boundaries of recognizable space. In subtle changes of colors, structure, and pattern these paintings fade, breakdown, and deteriorate, and in so doing, liberate and confine the spaces of his compositions in unanticipated and unexpected ways.

Intensive looking is integral to Childs’s studio practice and a prerequisite for viewing his work. His process of deconstruction and juxtaposition broadens the possibilities of meaning and experience of space and intensifies the activity of looking. On the second, third and subsequent viewings each composition reveals something new…some color or shape unnoticed before.  It is through careful analysis and patient observation that the internal order of his work slowly becomes evident.

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AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at Associated Gallery, “A Little More to the Left”

UPCOMING AT ASSOCIATED:
A LITTLE MORE TO THE LEFT

+ Tom Warren Pop-up Portrait Studio

Exhibition Dates: December 14 through January 5, 2014
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and By Appointment
Contact: associatedgallery@gmail.com (Email for confirmation.)
Location and Further Contact: http://associatedgallery.tumblr.com/Visit

Painting by Rachel Pontius

Painting by Rachel Pontius

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Associated is pleased to announce a group show concerning notions in contemporary portraiture. Please join us on Saturday, December 14 from 7-10pm as we celebrate the opening of A Little More to the Left, featuring works by Solito Jibaro, Rachel Pontious, and Tom Warren.

As narcissism in our culture becomes ever more pervasive, as evidenced by the ubiquity and popularity of the “selfie”, the portrait in turn becomes something worth reflecting upon. Rather than a contrived homage to oneself, the portrait is instead a dialogue, the projection of an emotion about someone else. Perhaps a commission or a tribute to a loved one, the portrait has the power to reinterpret reality, making the subject more flattering or reviled, while inscribing a sense of emotion and memory into the image.  In A Little More To The Left, Associated has mad a selection of three artists working through contemporary issues in portraiture.

Solito Jibaro collages images of people in his life along with cryptic visual signifiers found online and in vintage magazines to create paintings that are simultaneously abstract and photorealistic. By blending the two he is able to create a narrative in the works, while also developing a sense a character in the portraits’ subject.

Rachel Pontious is similarly interested in creating an emotional context in her portraits, in that she is exploring “personal and propositional knowledge through storytelling, allusions, and experimentation.” And yet her family portraits, often obscured or bisected images painted from family photos, are a dialogue between her family and herself, between nature and nurture. She explains that, “By referencing family photographs for my paintings, and then manipulating them, I am creating a self-portrait that delves into the idea of what makes them—their insecurities, neuroses, physical attributes, personality traits—me.”

Tom Warren on the other hand is not a painter but a photographer. He’s been capturing portraits of people from all walks of life in New York since 1981 and will be showcasing a broad range of his portraits from over the years. Additionally, he will have a pop-up studio set up during the opening on December 14th at Associated to take portraits for just $100 right in time for the holidays.

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Another Portrait Studio Pop-Up

is happening at the closing on January 5th

from 4pm to 6pm!

Please join Associated on Sunday January 5 for a closing reception and last chance to have your portrait taken by Tom Warren, one of the three artists included in the exhibition. The portrait studio will be set up in our freight elevator from 4-6pm. Portraits will be FREE, and prints will be available for purchase after viewing the digital file with a watermark.

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AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at LOFT594, “The Trip”

The Trip
at LOFT594

Loft 594

http://www.loft594.com/

Exhibition Dates: December 13, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Location: Loft 594 Gallery, 594 Bushwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery Hours: Sundays from 12pm to 5pm and By Appointment
Contact: info@loft594.com / Facebook
Gallery Curator: Ryan Bevilacqua, ryan@loft594.com

This show features everything from sculpture to painting to video art
and takes you on a trip from the city back to nature.

To view the show, feel free to email info@loft594.com
or Ryan Bevilacqua (ryan@loft594.com), the Gallery Curator.

Slideshow of Works / Photos of the Opening Reception

AROUND TOWN: Exhibition at Jackie Klempay Gallery, “Josef Bull: Casa Piramidal”

josef bull - casa piramidal

JOSEF BULL: CASA PIRAMIDAL

Exhibition Dates: November 16 to December 31, 2013
Location:
Jackie Klempay Gallery, 81 Central Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm and By Appointment
For More Information Contact: 
KLEMPAYJ@GMAIL.COM

From their website:

Guided by garage scientists and fringe thinkers, youtube videos and dust bunnies of the internet, Josef Bull cross-breeds western backyard culture with tools of transcendence. This exhibition includes a series of meditation-pyramid folding chairs and a functioning PVC-pipe Didgeridoo that enables full-body sound bathing, providing solutions for spiritual experiences in domestic settings. 

Josef Bull (b. 1984) graduated from Konstfack University College of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden in 2009.  He has exhibited internationally at Museum of Ethnograpy Stockholm; Mare Gallery, Crete; Hanaholmen Cultural Center, Helsinki;  Forgotten Bar / Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin;  Peter Bergman Gallery, Stockholm. He’s a co-founder and editor of the publishing house and artist collective Nautofon.

We thank The Swedish Arts Grants Committee for their generous support of this exhibition.