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Art in DUMBO | February 2nd First Thursday Gallery Walk
February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art in DUMBO has announced that DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk will take place on February 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. Highlights from February’s Gallery Walk include the opening of Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country, curated by Sharon Butler and Rachel Farber, at the AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program; a performance by Jarrod Beck at Smack Mellon; the opening of Tokyo International Photography Competition 2016: Origin at United Photo Industries; and a special kagami biraki–a Japanese cask breaking ceremony—at Usagi NY to celebrate the opening of Jeffrey Brosk: Imperfect Landscapes.
On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, gallery openings, artist talks and live performance. Visitors enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as they walk along the waterfront from one gallery to the next, and can enjoy local drink specials after their tour. Free and open to the public. Visit ArtinDUMBO.com for more information.
The participating February 2nd First Thursday Gallery Walk venues include:
AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program (20 Jay Street, M10) hosts the opening for Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country – Artists from the Two Coats of Paint Residency Program. Curated by Sharon Butler and Rachel Farber, this exhibition aims to be an investigation of our nation, illuminating the structural relationships between three elements – Land, Mind, and Country. Briefly, land is a raw material of country, and country is an indispensable element of mind. The three elements are not practically divisible, but rather are constructed, perceived, and interpreted in coordination with one another. Featuring work by Marie Thibeault, Danielle Mysliwiec, Peter Scherrer, Gyan Shrosbree, Sue McNally, Nancy Morrow, and Erin Wiersma. On view through February 26.
A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) presents two exhibitions:
- Sinister Feminism, curated by Piper Marshall and Lola Kramer, presents work by women-identified artists across the country organized around alternative feminisms: We fortify veneer into armor. We appropriate from misogynist sources…
- SLOW DOWN/ DON’T STOP, an exhibition of work by A.I.R. fellow Eleanor King that presents a new video Pang that surveys the landscape of a remote Arctic village, Pangnirtung, Canada, capturing scenery constantly discussed but seldom seen. King utilizes found infographic source materials to explore the different meanings of melting of sea ice, asking: if Freud uses the iceberg as a metaphor for different states of consciousness, what happens when the poles thaw? On view through February 5.
CREATIVEBLOCH Gallery (145 Front Street #17) celebrates their 2-year anniversary with a presentation of the latest work by resident artists Alejandro Caiazza and Joe Bloch. On view through February 24.
LIGHT YEAR (Pearl Street Triangle) presents a series of video projected onto the Manhattan Bridge.
NEO-PAST-FORWARD brings together artists inspired by Goddard’s proclamation, “The so-called ‘digital’ is not a mere technical medium, but a medium of thought.” As theorists try to define our time with terms like post-internet, post-truth, and post-reality, these artists return to Praxis to engage and investigate their contemporary digital environment. Featuring artists Bibbe Hansen, dnasab, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Lee Wells, Patrick Lichty, Raymond Salvatore Harmon, and Sean Capone.
Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street) presents Jan Groover and Hanno Otten: GEOMETRIES. Geometry is defined as “the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something.” Preoccupied with picture space, photographers Jan Groover and Hanno Otten pursue the notation of size, shape, planes, and space in their work. On view through February 11.
KLOMPCHING GALLERY (89 Water Street) presents CUT/PASTE, an exhibition of photo-collage and assemblage, featuring eight dynamic artists, whose work collectively touch upon notions of identity. Made between 2005–2016, the work collected in CUT/PASTE represents contemporary practice in staging of photographic narratives and incorporate a range of collage and assemblage techniques. Featuring work by Marc Baruth, Joana P. Cardozo, Antony Crossfield, Bill Durgin, Odette England, Alma Haser, Cornelia Hediger, and Peter B. Leighton.
Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street) hosts an opening reception for Jakob Kudsk Steensen: The Extirpation of Animism, an exhibition that envelopes the Media Center in a living virtual forest, developed and designed using the Unreal Engine. Through projection mapping and video, Steensen transports visitors into a virtual North American winter forest, with glimpses of post-apocalyptic futures that overlap with residue of past romantic landscapes. On view through February 28.
Main Window (1 Main Street) presents Katarina Wong: Daybreak a site-specific installation that combines painting and assemblage with DIY craft techniques to create a sense of light, even in the dark of winter. The window is viewable from the street 24/7. On view through March 2.
New York Foundation for the Arts (20 Jay Street Suite 740) hosts special performances by Joseph Keckler & eteam in conjunction with their current exhibition Borderless: In Residence, featuring artists who have participated in NYFA’s national and international residency programs through partnerships with various national and international arts organizations. 7:30PM
Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) presents two exhibitions:
- Jarrod Beck’s text, collaborative performances, and astounding site-specific installation comprise The Moon, a 60-foot-diameter, handmade paper moon hovering above the gallery floor and reaching upward into the gallery’s coal trough ceiling infrastructure. For the First Thursday Gallery Walk, Smack Mellon presents a reading of The Moon.
- ruby onyinyechi amanze: STAR FISH, a collection of new large-scale, dimensional drawings that are part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative where aliens, hybrids, and ghosts reside in a magical world of constructed realities, memory, and make-believe. On view through February 26.
This Friday or Next Friday (18 Bridge Street, second floor) celebrates the closing of Julia Oldham: Girl Under the Floor. The exhibition presents Oldham’s video, combining live action video with traditional animation to create narratives about science and nature.
On view through February 3.
United Photo Industries (16 Main Street) hosts an opening reception for TIPC 2016: Origin. At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the interpersonal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. The fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition presents a group exhibition exploring the meaning of “Origin”. Featuring work by Elisavet Tamouridou, Andrea Foligni, Yoshiki Hase, Vicki Reed, Kai Caemmerer, Magdalena Sole, and Naomi Harris. On view through February 25.
Usagi NY (163 Plymouth Street) hosts an opening reception for Jeffrey Brosk: Imperfect Landscapes, an exhibition of wall-mounted wood sculptures whose juxtaposition of natural wood and refined slate and gold invoke the stark, understated Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Usagi NY’s first exhibition of 2017, the opening will be celebrated with kagami biraki, the traditional Japanese sake cask breaking ceremony. After the lid of the sake is opened using a kizuchi (wooden mallet), a hishaku (wooden ladle) is used to fill masu cups with sake. Guests are encouraged to keep their masu to commemorate the event.