These brightly colored Camera Flowers by designer Andre Feliciano were photographed by me through the window of an anonymous gallery at 111 Front Street, DUMBO Brooklyn. See more photos of this artist’s work at This Link!
If you’ve been following the blog over the past week, you probably know that I did some exploring at the Galleries at 111 Front Street in DUMBO. While it is, as a rule, nearly impossible to get me to leave Manhattan, I discovered many cool galleries in this not-that-inconveniently-located space, and am compelled to share some of what I saw with you.
One gallery I popped into is AHA Gallery, also called Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art. AHA is currently hosting a diverse Contemporary art group show called Balls the Wall. Some casual music fans may think this title is a reference to AC/DC, but it is actually the title of a song by German Metal band Accept. The song’s video prominently featured the use of a wrecking ball, long before Miley Cyrus was even conceived. But I digress.
The collection of works that make up Balls the Wall has a lot of humor in it, as if you couldn’t tell by the title alone.
You can see thumbnails of most of the art with cursory “What and Where” info at This Link, but, sadly the show lacks a locatable Press Release. So, I’m afraid that unless you physically go and see the show, which I reccommend, you’re on your own as far as identifying the artists beyond what I was able to glean from my own admirable sleuthing skills.
I think the collage piece above might have something to do with The Big Lebowksi, but I am not sure.
Balls to the Wall Will be on Exhibit Through June 29th , 2014 at Arcilesi Homberg Fine Art, (AHA Gallery), Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 222, Brooklyn (DUMBO), NY. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM and by Appointment.
Last night, I was roaming around in this building at 111 Front Street in DUMBO Brooklyn:
Maybe you know it: it’s where a bunch of cool art galleries are – kind of like a consolidated Chelsea Gallery District on the second floor of just one building. Still, they make the most of the space. I had been invited to two specific shows at 111 Front and after doing time at both of those, I just wandered around the floor, because it was a bit of a happening scene. And, as you know, I like to make the scene.
After a couple of glasses of free wine, I stumbled upon Unlovely: a group sculpture show for 2014 graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design MFA program, which was full of all kinds of fucked up art. At first I wasn’t even going to shoot it, because I was balancing a PBR in one hand and my iPad in the other, but I just couldn’t resist taking a few snaps. Some of the art looked like things you would see in nightmares, and I mean that in the most complimentary was possible. Now of course, I am kicking myself for not taking pictures of everything, because this was one crazy show. Still, I try to live my life without regrets.
This sculpture looks like a big wadded up ball of tin foil that’s been spray painted with a variety of what I’d describe as “wound-hued” colors. I felt very compelled by its bruised pinkness.
This thing, wow, it was like a terrarium/fountain combination from the X Files or something – like that episode where they made that kid drink the “Back Oil.” I wish I could un-see that one.
I call this one “Garbage Dump Skeleton in a College Dorm Room.” There is a lot going on here, that is for sure. Here is what the Artist, Matthew Mahoney, Used in the creation of this tableau:
Here’s another shot, where I tried to get in more of the garbage look:
OK, so that’s all I got on this exhibit but you can see Unlovely at 111 Front Street, Suite 220, Dumbo Brooklyn, Through June 25th, 2014.
Last Thursday, Stephen Romano Gallery lured me away from my familiar haunts in the Chelsea Gallery District all the way to DUMBO, Brooklyn for its new group exhibition, Mysterium Cosmographicum, featuring works from over 30 international artists on the theme of the artist’s relationship to the cosmos. Seriously, how could you stay away from that? I’d been invited to the opening reception by one of my favorite local artists, Eric Richardson (I am proud to own two of his paintings in my collection) but I was super excited once I got to the gallery to see both Colin Christian and Kris Kuksi, two other fantastic artists whose work I always like to support, participating in the show.
Mysterium Cosmographicum presents a selection of works that demonstrate the variety of responses to the notion of the divine cosmos. I noticed a lot of Outer Space-themed art, and also a lot of art with religious iconography on display and I think the two are not mutually exclusive.
Included in the list of internationally active artists with work in this exhibit are Shonagh Adelman (Brooklyn), Steven Baines (Brooklyn), Dan Barry (Austin TX), Jana Brike (Latvia), Paul Campbell (Brooklyn), Judy Chappus (Windosr, Ontario), El Gato Chimney (Italy), Mahwish Chishty (Pakistan/Chicago), Colin Christian (Tampa), Edward Robin Coronel (Austin), Matthew Dutton (Chattanooga TN), Sonya Fu (Hong Kong), James Gallagher (Brooklyn), Limor Gasko (Brooklyn), Teiji Hayama (Switzerland), Alessia Iannetti (Italy), Jumaadi (Australia), Lu Ke (Brooklyn), Tine Kindermann (New York), Pavel Kraus (Brooklyn), Kris Kuksi (Kansas), So Youn Lee (Los Angeles), Joel Lorand (paris), Rene Lynch (Brooklyn), Abby Martin (Washington), Heiko Müller (Germany), Matt Nolen (Brooklyn), Peca (Barcelona), Eric Richardson (New York), Ray Robinson (LaHavre), Gromyko Semper (Manila), Masae Shimoichi (Tokyo), Martin Wittfooth (Brooklyn), and K.B. Yung (Portland ORE).
Here are more of my favorite pieces from the show:
The show also includes cosmographic euphemera from throughout history such as plates from Andreas Cellarius’ Harmonia Macrocosmica from 1660 and several works by America’s earliest visionary artist Charles Dellschau (1830 – 1923). The exhibition features several vintage astronomical vernacular photographs, space pulp paintings from the 1960’s, hand-drawn star maps from 1800’s, works by visionary artists William Blayney (1918 – 1985), A. Fiorelo (dates unknown), Romeyn De Hooghe (1645 – 1708), Darcilio Lima (1944 – 1991) and William Mortensen (1897–1965).
Stephen Romano Gallery is a new addition to the DUMBO arts community, having opened its doors in April of 2014 with the favorably received inaugural exhibition, Welcome To The Dreamtime.
Mysterium Cosmographicum will be on Exhibit Through August 30th, 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Art By Matthew Dutton
With her compelling use of bright, fluorescent colors and her mix of both hard (steel, plexiglass) and soft (fabric, felt, pleather, elastic) materials, artist Susan Stainman creates minimalist sculptures that maintain an original feel while hinting at other influences. In her new exhibit, Color All The Way Through at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, Stainman reveals her work’s roots in late 20th Century American Art, Craft and Architecture along with her fondness for childlike creative impulses. It’s a fun show.
Existing in the realm that merges contemporary art with design (any of Stainman’s works would look great placed among the furnishings in a modern decor-filled home), pieces like Three Triangles, with its bright, reflective, angular surfaces recall the neon and glass works of Keith Sonnier.
Stainman’s incorporation of sewn fabric may or may not be an homage to Louise Bourgeois, but it’s pleasing to imagine that reference, intentional or otherwise. Her desire to explore the texture and tactility of fabrics is certainly exciting.
This cluster of ruched fabric “bowls” fitted with bright plexiglass windows is a centerpiece of the A.I.R. show and reminded me very much of the sculptures of Charles Clary from his show at Nancy Margolis in January of this year.
Circular Plexiglass Group #2, Close Up
Susan Stainman has participated in nearly a dozen group shows but Color All The Way Through is her first solo exhibit. It is worth the trip to DUMBO to check it out. Visit Susan’s website at This Link.
Susan Stainman’s Color All The Way Through will be on Exhibit Through June 22nd, 2014 at A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street #228, DUMBO, Brooklyn.