A multi-media installation of new work by Belgian artist Lucile Bertrand
Bertrand explores topics of travel and landscape as they relate to the movement of travelers, be they migrants or tourists. She ponders the shifting accessibility of spaces depending on the condition of their trip and the different words used to describe different types of movements. Bertrand references the true life stories of both harrowing and pleasant journeys undertaken from different provenances, and juxtaposes them with those of birds, who are allowed to travel freely. Her site-specific, large-scale drawing installation will incorporate written text, 2-dimensional objects and photography.
ARTIST-LED TOUR OF CLOUD DRIFT -- BY CANOE! SEPT. 16
Tour Katarina Jerinic’s art installation Cloud Drift by canoe on the Gowanus Canal with the artist and the Gowanus Dredgers and join us for a closing party at the boat house afterwards.
Get up close and personal with the canal's murky surface and the "clouds" of Cloud Drift from the safety of a canoe. Cloud Drift is a series of cyanotype image flags flown from light posts on the Gowanus Canal's bridges on Union, Carroll, Third and Ninth Streets. As each flag blows in the wind, images of the canal's surface just below unfurl, transforming its dingy waters into sublimely cloudy skies. On this tour, participants will paddle to Third, Carroll and Union Streets and have the opportunity to see the project and the canal itself from this unusual perspective.
The Gowanus Dredgers is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing waterfront access and education to the public.
Free of charge--registration required.
Canoeing experience not necessary. There will be a short safety presentation at the shoreline, where you will be outfitted with safety gear.
Saturday, September 16, 4:30-6 pm (Rain date: Sunday, September 17, 4:30 pm)
On Sept. 16 there will be a beers-at-the-boathouse closing party from 6-7 following the canoe trip. You do not need to sign up for the canoe trip to come party. :)
Objectify - Opening Reception, Friday, September 22
On View through November 3rd
Objectify, a group exhibition of international artists, presents work that defies categorization and moves in a space between painting and sculpture, image and object. Much of the work is influenced by painting yet emphasizes its objecthood by using methods of presentation that reduce its spatial and pictorial implications. Some works can be viewed as sculpture that has moved to the wall or as painting that has moved to the floor, though, at times, these boundaries have been transgressed more than once before settling into place.
Many of the artists share an interest in process and materiality. Others are involved in the disembodiment and deconstruction of painting. The physicalization of ideas in real space subverts held assumptions and habits of viewing. One’s understanding of the work as an object in the world and the attendant categories is thrown into question.
—Daniel G. Hill & Mary Schiliro, guest curators
Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is a free annual weekend event that takes place in October. Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists. This year’s GOS 2017 is the weekend of October 21 - 22.
Please join us for a private viewing and curator discussion of Ortega Y Gasset Project's current exhibition, Retreat, by Polly Shindler. This solo exhibition explores themes of isolation, identity and connection - both physical and psychological - through intimate portrayals of recognizable spaces.
This an EXCLUSIVE event for AG artists, volunteers and friends. The evening will include wine, schmoozing and the opportunity to hear from exhibition curator, Will Hutnick.
We will conclude the evening with dinner at Baba's Pierogies!
7:00: Wine and Conversation
7:30: Curator Discussion
8:15: Dinner at Baba's
For more information on OYG Projects, the artist or exhibition, please visit: www.oygprojects.com
Trestle Gallery 850 3rd Ave. Suite 411
Queer as a Clockwork PeachFish
A solo exhibition by m(ARTHA) BURGESS
Artist's reception: September 8th, 7-9PM
On view August 7th - September 15th.
ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.
The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood. By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.
August Featured Artist: Katarina Jerinic
Saturday, June 17, 12:00-2:00pm
From the Canal, Found Watercolor Compositions with Suzy Kopf
Participants will be led on a 20 minute walking excursion around Whole Foods and will look for articles of post consumer waste (discarded toys, plastic remnants, objects that generally feel out of place around the Canal) as well as any organic materials that are detached from plants (twigs, leaves, fallen flowers and rocks). Once everyone has collected an object or several objects, materials will be arranged as a shared still life set up and participants will compose a picture from life using a homemade viewfinder. Suzy will demonstrate observational watercolor painting— how to sketch the composition, paint from light to dark, reserve whites and control the water media.
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Saturday, August 5, 12:00-2:00pm
In conjunction with her own cyanotype image flags flying over the Gowanus Canal this summer, Katarina Jerinic will teach participants in this workshop to make their own cyanotype prints related to the canal and surrounding neighborhood. Cyanotypes are a simple early photographic process, the reaction of chemistry to sunlight and water. Objects or film negatives are placed on chemically treated paper or fabric, exposed to sunlight, and then rinsed for a few minutes in ordinary water to develop the image. During the class, participants will explore the blocks and the park surrounding the ArtLab to gather ideas and objects for their cyanotype images, using the idea of a map or flag as a model. Back at the ArtLab, each participant will assemble collected objects and negatives provided by Jerinic into their own cyanotype image. Artists and non-artists of all skill levels can easily make a successful print using this process. Jerinic will also supply a list of materials and resources so that after the class, participants can continue to experiment with this inexpensive and simple process.
Katarina makes maps, photographs and invented navigational guides that respond to and intervene in the built environment. Recently, she has been making photographs of the surface of the Gowanus Canal, with its floating debris, mucky formations and reflections of Brooklyn skies, signs and structures. It looks cloudy, and in her upside-down cyanotype images, like a sublimely cloudy sky. Cyanotype is an early photographic process that results in a blue monochromatic image—the reaction of chemistry to sunlight and water. This process is conceptually linked to Katarina's project: it connects the canal’s polluted present to its industrial past, produces a stripped down image in the colors of idealized skies and waterways, and alludes to a historically romantic view of untouched landscapes as separate from built ones.
It’s hard to create in a vacuum! In the endless effort to deepen artistic practice, it is invaluable to gain feedback on works in progress. Join other artists at Trestle to discuss your work in a constructive, serious environment.
Critiques in the gallery begin at 6:30 and run approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the number of artists. There is a maximum of 10 artists per critique. We also welcome those who simply want to participate in the discussion, whether or not they have current work to share.
Participating artists are given 15 minutes to discuss their work. They may make a short statement about their theme and approach, or simply open up the discussion to the group. We suggest bringing a maximum of three pieces.
Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming critiques: all start at 6:30pm and take place at 850 3rd Ave, Suite 411.
Critiques are held on the first Tuesday of every month
Works of art which give the viewer a sense of movement, from recycled plastic sculptures that spring from the wall into the air, to photographs of aerial views of natural patterns found on the earth's surface. Each one of these artists has ignited their works of art with a suggested movement, may it be through pattern, color, line or perspective.
Melissa Staiger, Beatrice Lebreton, Myra Kooy, Daniel Lanzilotta, Amy Williams, Carlos Torres Machado
850 3rd Ave. Suite 411 Sunset Park
Small Works 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday July 6th, 7-9pm On view through July 27th, 2017
Guest Curator Bill Carroll