greenpoint gallery night

Get a look at this work from Jonathan Campolo, and more, as you stroll trough Greenpoint Gallery Night. via Facebook

Spring has just about sprung, and you’re feeling like you want to stretch your legs and get a good walk in. You can do that and get get your wine and cheese on at this Friday’s Greenpoint Gallery Night. The first Greenpoint Gallery event of the new year, this Friday’s art walk (weather permitting) promises a chance to hobnob with local artists and explore the environs of Greenpoint gallery scene.  (more…)

02/16/15 11:15am
This is completely innocent

This is completely innocent

Puberty was probably the worst time in your life for you, a confusing rush of hormones and patchy beards and so many feels. You don’t want to revisit it, not for any reason in the world. Well, maybe one reason, because an art exhibit opening in Williamsburg Friday is turning your hormonal trauma into delicious candy that you get to eat. As long as you’re okay with eating cotton candy boobs and candy off of ropes coming out of a gourd, which is supposed to represent menstruation. You know, normal ways to eat candy. (more…)

02/13/15 3:00pm
green-wood cemetery clown


You might remember that last year brought us joy in the form of captivating Brooklyn-based mysteries. They made us ask questions related to the security of our landmarks and whether living in a building with a garbage chute was really worth the convenience after all. A couple of them even made us consider the paranormal, if it weren’t so obvious that all of them were some lousy art thing. There were the white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Prospect Park Brooklyn Nets skeleton and, of course, the clown just hanging out in Green-Wood Cemetery last summer.

Sometimes mysteries remain unsolved, eventually becoming local lore and capturing the imaginations of generations to come. But sometimes, you just have to consider Occam’s Razor. No, it wasn’t the incorporeal spirit of a dead clown haunting the grounds he would no longer ever get to leave, because come on. It was some jerk who was performing a piece of what he really wants us to call “art.” (more…)

02/02/15 2:57pm
black artstory month

Sure you could look at a picture of Anthony Boone’s painting, but you could also go see it live this month. via Facebook

February is Black History Month, and there is no better place to celebrate the heritage of African Americans than here in Brooklyn. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is celebrating with their 3rd Annual Black Artstory Month, under this year’s title of “Where I’m From: The Black Artstory of Myrtle and Beyond.” The month-long series of free art exhibits, performances, film screenings and more in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, Brooklyn will explore themes of time, travel and transition by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists celebrating the neighborhood’s rich African American history. (more…)

01/28/15 4:04pm
gowanus art

Something like this, but maybe not this exactly. Mural by Tonky Designs, via Flickr user Jason Eppnik

Arts Gowanus is putting out the call for artists to send in plans for new public works to be displayed all throughout the neighborhood, which is good news for the, what 3 artists in Brooklyn that aren’t already millionaires lounging on private yachts? If you’ve got a concept for a love letter to that most canal-est of neighborhoods, send it on over to Arts Gowanus and have the chance to see it come to life in your very own backyard. They’re looking for pieces that capture the history, diversity, and community of Gowanus, and bonus points if you can visually express exactly what that smell coming off the canal resembles. (more…)

01/12/15 9:25am
smith-9th street bridge

BYO Pink Floyd. via Flickr user Timmy Caldwell

When was the last time you went to a laser light show, that youthful rite of hand holding and possibly making out passage (we’ve never actually been). If you feel like it’s been too long, you’re in luck, because Brownstoner notes that for two weeks starting tonight, the same group that re-lit the Kentile Floors sign is projecting a “light sculpture” on to the side of the Smith-9th Street Bridge in Gowanus. For once, the strange lights in the sky won’t be an LSD flashback, which is nice. (more…)

11/06/14 9:13am
death by audio

Death By Audio curator Mark Kleback relaxes in DBA’a cargo net. Photos by Mary Dorn

Before we were mourning Glasslands’ announced closure, we were hit with the news that Death By Audio would be closing at the end of this month. The pedal company/venue/artist studios lasted 10 years, which is a pretty good run, all things considered, but it’s still a shame to see it go. Before they pack up for good though, DBA’s community will be hosting Death By Art for the rest of November, an art show that opens up the space behind the venue itself, which is rarely seen by the public. Before the show though, we got a look behind the scenes at Death By Audio’s studio space, whose chaotic, DIY aesthetic is an outlier in Williamsburg today instead of the norm. (more…)

08/15/14 2:13pm

This one seems like it could be good for you.

If you’ve just moved into a new apartment, congratulations! We hope it doesn’t have bed bugs. Also, you might want to do a little bit of decorating. Finally get rid of your Reservoir Dogs poster and that Ikea art you made a huge mistake buying, and check out Gilt’s Banksy sale for a quick way to spruce up your new pad. (more…)
07/31/14 4:47pm
bushwick mall

Yes, see, the black-and-white suggests themes of a simpler time, before we saw the world in color. via Wyckoff Heights

Despite our occasional appreciation of it, we here at Brokelyn are by no means art experts. Unless you’re counting Cowboy Bebop, some of us have seen every episode something like three times. Otherwise, stick us in front of an abstract painting or some experimental photograph and the best we’ll come up with is, “Yep, that’s a thing.” Still, even we were struck by the haunting new renderings of the long-dreaded Bushwick mall, delivered to the world in black-and-white instead of the usual splashes of color that developers try to show off with. What does it all mean? (more…)

07/24/14 8:08am
deli grossery

Hell, they almost look appetizing. Photo by Michael Silber, via Deli Grossery

New York City, the advertising hub of the world. Everyone here is keen on the effectiveness of advertising, even so far down the line as bodega owners with those classic food posters with pictures of what’s supposed to pass for delicious looking food. They have become an unmistakable staple of delis and bodegas, and have become so ingrained in the city’s landscape that they’re one of the many awesome definitive characteristics of the city. So much so that one man has devoted his time to photographing and mapping out all these signs and posters on his Tumblr, Deli Grossery. Depending on your perspective, this could be art, but at the very least it proves to be interesting. (more…)