Brooklyn goes to the Fairs
The Armory Week is always a big affair in the city, and no less so in Brooklyn. Expect both Williamsburg and Bushwick to host late night gallery offerings on Saturday March 8th to coincide with the festivities (details at wagmag.org) and also expect to see a strong Brooklyn presence within the fairs themselves.
Starting with The Armory Show (Piers 92 and 94, Manhattan) see Williamsburg’s very own Pierogi Gallery and catch Bushwick’s Clearing Gallery, showing works by Harold Ancart.
At the solo-booth fair Volta in Soho (82 Mercer St. Manhattan) catch three Bushwick art spaces; Slag, Studio 10 (with Meg Hitchcock’s mandala-like repurposed sacred texts) and Robert Henry Contemporary, showing painstaking gouache drawings by Robert Lansden.
The curator-driven art fair Spring/Break (233 Mott Street, Manhattan) presents an exhibition by Causey Contemporary’s Tracy Causey-Jeffery.
At the Independent (548 West 22nd St., Manhattan) go to Greenpoint’s Real Fine Art booth and at the video art fair Moving Image (269 Eleventh Avenue, Manhattan) visit Bushwick galleries Transfer and Microscope Gallery, who will be offering works from Lisa Gwilliam & Ray Sweeten (DataSpaceTime) and Zach Nader.
At Scope (312 W. 33rd St., Manhattan) visit Rush Arts Gallery and Fuchs Projects.
At Fountain Art Fair (68 Lexington Ave., Manhattan) enjoy strong contributions from galleries across North Brooklyn including Bushwick’s Grace Exhibition Space, Greenpoint’s Calico, Dumbo’s Mighty Tanaka, and Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg. Lastly, the Whitney Biennial opens this week (945 Madison Ave., Manhattan), which is sure to include a smattering of Brooklyn talent, of which Dumbo gallery Minus Space’s Matthew Deleget will be a part. Brooklyn talent looms large this month, at the art fairs and beyond.
Art into Music
Visit the Gallery at BRIC House this month for “Art into Music”, an exhilarating group exhibition, expertly curated by BRIC Director of Contemporary Art, Elizabeth Ferrer.
The most obvious crowd pleaser here is an 11’ high, freestanding wall, comprised entirely of boom boxes, by artist 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 chanteuse Jenny 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).